But it was my devilish keyboard sending a control key signal perpetually. It would quit for a few when I rebooted. And I rebooted a lot. Until I finally figured out what was going on. So I grabbed a second keyboard - another membrane disaster - and it has started taking siestas of 30 to 45 seconds where it just quits typing. Very frustrating in a game where you need keystrokes to control your ships and such.
So I started looking at keyboards. And the divide was obvious. Membrane vs Mechanical. So was the price point. A bit of research and I was pretty sure I did not want Cherry MX blue - or another maker's equivalent. Way too noisy, I am more a stealth typist.
Logitech looked good but were kind of pricy. However Best Buy was letting older G710+ go for $79 and free shipping (in the States). The reviews looked pretty good and one first time users waxed so eloquent on YouTube, I could not resist. I popped for it. Yes, I'll have to reship to the Philippines. Yes, I looked for something here - but they were almost all overpriced or membrane based. The one G710+ I found was used and they wanted the cost of a new keyboard plus shipping. Just as well get a new one if that is the case. So I did.
What do you guys say about mechanical keyboards and about the Logitech G710+ in particular?
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Anyway,lots of nice features on the Razer keyboard you bought your son, but the drawback is noise and possibly the Kalil switches - which do not have the same reputation as the Cherry MX, but may work out fine indeed. Time will tell.
Hopefullly the keyboard won't die xD
The key caps are real source of concern if you move your keyboard. They are loose friction fit into the cherry brown switches. Let me say that again, they are a very LOOSE friction fit into the cherry brown switches. Just hitting one with a fingernail wrong can send it flying. If you should be so foolish as to tilt the keyboard upside down, get ready for an Easter egg hunt! Most will stay, but more than a couple will not. Seven or eight on my board minimum.
The only other letdown is the manual - extremely minimal with a reference to Logitech's website for guides on how to program, put in profiles, do macros, etc etc etc. Go to Logitech's site and finding the actual guides is not as easy as expected.
When you do find support documents on entering macros or profiles, sadly Logitech uses different keyboards to illustrate the procedure. What's with that? They make support documents for the G710+ and then fill them with photos of later keyboards. Bleh, not impressed at all.
So the good? Nice key action. A bit more noisy than I expected, particularly the space bar. It bottoms out and really booms when it does. But very positive action on the key switches. I like cherry switches. I was a parts guy for the Post Office way back and cherry were the switch of preference for high use consoles for mail processing. The G710+ is apparently the last of the Logitech keyboards to use cherry. Logitech switched to a different mechanical switch for subsequent keyboards. I'll stay with the cherry, thank you very much.
The 3 level back lit keys is a useful touch. I'm not a kid and don't need to color co-ordinate my keyboard to my computer's color palette. So white works fine for me. If you are still indulging your inner-child, you may find it a bit pedestrian.
The roller wheel for sound is way cool! I love being able to turn something up or down without mousing around. Or dedicating mouse keys to that task. Great idea and works like a champ.
My wife tried it and demands one for her computer now. So I may give her this one. It depends how many more times I have to get down and hunt a missing key cap. But overall, I like it quite a bit.
Something on that order would be perfect. I'd want to try it first though. I'm such a klutz and the key caps have got me spooked when it comes to mechanical keyboards now.
My new "plan" is something pretty similar though - nice recliner, 40 inch plus flat screen for monitor, so a lapboard for my keyboard and mouse is what the doctor ordered. I'll have to keep it in mind! Thanks, Blackhawk!
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