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sascha

Went and bought a new keyboard

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...the "Impact 100" by Turtle Beach.

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I was in town in a huge electronics store, wanting to buy a new mouse. Didn't quite like the feel of the mouse, plus it was too expensive at that store, so I started looking at keyboards.

I love the feel of mechanical keyboards, but the ones that felt good and whose designs I liked all were €130 or more. And since the only keyboard that ever died on me in 25+years of PC-ing was also the most expensive one (and the only mechanical one) I ever bought (Corsair Vengeance K90), I'm still a bit wary of big name "gaming" keyboards.

By chance I saw the Turtle Beach thing sitting on the shelf, price was reduced from €49 to €35, so I started typing away. I liked what I felt. This thing uses membrane switches, but mechanical type "linkage" to drive those membranes. The effect is pretty awesome: The keyboard does feel like and provides the feedback of a mechanical one. To me, it feels like a mix of mechanical Cherry "red" switches and probably the ancient Microsoft Internet Keyboard (best non-mechanical keyboard I ever had).

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It doesn't have any fancy special keys/switches/sliders and no programmable keys either. But I don't need that stuff anyway. Upside of this is that it also doesn't need drivers to run. Just plug in the single USB-connector and you're good to go.

So far, I can highly recommend this thing (typing on it now).

Slight caveat for US-players: According to a tomshardware-review from a year ago that I found, the backspace-key on the QWERTY-version is tiny (same size as a regular key). On the German version, the backspace-key is just as large as on any normal keyboard - so maybe they've changed this on the US-keyboards as well by now.

S.

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...the "Impact 100" by Turtle Beach.

2-630.3106544634.jpg

I was in town in a huge electronics store, wanting to buy a new mouse. Didn't quite like the feel of the mouse, plus it was too expensive at that store, so I started looking at keyboards.

I love the feel of mechanical keyboards, but the ones that felt good and whose designs I liked all were €130 or more. And since the only keyboard that ever died on me in 25+years of PC-ing was also the most expensive one (and the only mechanical one) I ever bought (Corsair Vengeance K90), I'm still a bit wary of big name "gaming" keyboards.

By chance I saw the Turtle Beach thing sitting on the shelve, price was reduced from €49 to €35, so I started typing away. I liked what I felt. This thing uses membrane switches, but mechanical type "linkage" to drive those membranes. The effect is pretty awesome: The keyboard does feel like and provides the feedback of a mechanical one - feels like Cherry "red" switches to me.

logo-630x354.886d7c60.jpg

It doesn't have any fancy special keys/switches and no programmable keys either. But I don't need that stuff anyway. Upside of this is that it also doesn't need drivers to run. Just plug in the single USB-connector and you're good to go.

So far, I can highly recommend this thing (typing on it now).

Slight caveat for US-players: According to a tomshardware-review from a year ago that I found, the backspace-key on the QWERTY-version is tiny (same size as a regular key). On the German version, the backspace-key is just as large as on any normal keyboard - so maybe they've changed this on the US-keyboards as well by now.

S.

nice , M8

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