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Old 02-05-2012, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for a keyboard to replace my current one (Saitek Eclipse I), but only when gaming. My left CTRL key is beginning to not respond way more than I am willing to put up with and I want my hands closer together when gaming. A standard keyboard with number keypad is too long to be comfortable for gaming for long stretches (for me).

I need to following:
  • short, without number keypad or the equivalent
  • normal keys (not laptop/chiclet keys)
  • normal layout (preferably without a FN key [may be impossible] as the left CTRL is the crouch key, but must have the F1-F12... or at least through F6)
  • preferably wired and USB
  • low cost, but serviceable for gaming
  • do not want a trackpad, trackball, or any such stuff

I like the Microsoft Sidewinder X6 in that it has a detachable number keypad, but $60 is more than I want to pay this time around (plus NewEgg is currently out of stock). I know I have seen a couple of other keyboards that have detachable keypads... somewhere, but I have not had much luck in finding them.
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I like the Microsoft Sidewinder X6 in that it has a detachable number keypad, but $60 is more than I want to pay this time around (plus NewEgg is currently out of stock).
But it's only $60? IF you're looking for a free keyboard, I could always send you my old Logitech Media keyboard

Btw, it's in stock on Amazon.

Amazon.com: Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard with USB Port: Electronics
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Tenkeyless Tactile Click Keyboard (White) - elitekeyboards.com - Products !!!!!! It's more expensive but they're soooo nice. and they look cool

or this guy, Tenkeyless Linear Touch Keyboard - elitekeyboards.com - Products sorta cheaper.
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Thanks, guys... but I ain't rich. Besides, the missus will have to agree to whatever I get.
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Keep the current keyboard and get a gaming pad like so: Logitech - G13 Advanced Gameboard
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Keep the current keyboard and get a gaming pad like so: Logitech - G13 Advanced Gameboard
I am entertaining that thought as well. I am looking at the Cyber Snipa pad right now.

I am also checking out left-handed keyboards. makes me glad I'm not left-handed, though, as they aren't that many and most don't look to be that good.
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The switch feel is generally described ranging from "too stiff" to "like typing on wet newspaper"[1] or "like prodding a dead octopus".
That doesn't sound very good!!!

And trotter it comes in white! Who doesn't want a white keyboard!!
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Well, it seems the Sidewinder X6 has been discontinued on NewEgg.

Right now I am trying to decide on cheaping out with a Cyber Snipa Gamepad or waiting for a CM Storm to come back into stock. I have looked at the G13 and just don't think it would work for me. Same thing with the Razer Nostromo.

Ugh.
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I just pulled the trigger on the CoolerMaster Storm. Hopefully I made a good choice.
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