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[Memory Express] Gigabyte K81 Budget Mechanical Keyboard $29.99 (Free Curbside | 8.99 UPS)

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[Memory Express] Gigabyte K81 Budget Mechanical Keyboard $29.99 (Free Curbside | 8.99 UPS)

Pretty low-budget but functional mechanical keyboard. Seems to be a good price. MX unfortunately doesn't have locations near the GTA outside Hamilton but curbside is available for those who are lucky enough. $8.99 shipping may kill it for some.


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good prices but most likely not Cherry switches
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Outemu RED very decent, only down side is no backlights
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good to know.
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sf1 wrote: good prices but most likely not Cherry switches
Cherry switches has not been the best switch for a long time. Pretty much all Kaih and Gateron are better, a lot of knock off are similar quality as Cherry switch these days, I would say Outemu RED here is very similar to Cherry.
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Cucumference wrote: Cherry switches has not been the best switch for a long time. Pretty much all Kaih and Gateron are better, a lot of knock off are similar quality as Cherry switch these days, I would say Outemu RED here is very similar to Cherry.
that's good to know, always thought Cherry was the gold standard because they cost more,
been using mine for a long time
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Thanks OP! Needed an extra keyboard to connect to work laptop for WFH!

Anyone know if standard keycaps work on this thing?
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roastpuff wrote: Thanks OP! Needed an extra keyboard to connect to work laptop for WFH!

Anyone know if standard keycaps work on this thing?
They use standard bottom row so any MX stem keycaps will work.
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Thanks OP! Ordered one for curbside pickup.
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Great price, but why do people never make natural shaped ones?
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Are there any cheapish mechanical keyboard that are Bluetooth? All the ones I've seen are super expensive
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karldagenais wrote: Are there any cheapish mechanical keyboard that are Bluetooth? All the ones I've seen are super expensive
Anne pro 2 is pretty decent for under $100
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karldagenais wrote: Are there any cheapish mechanical keyboard that are Bluetooth? All the ones I've seen are super expensive
I found the Keychron K1 / K2 to be decent, under $100 shipped, with your choice of switches and backlight.
Caveat is that their official store seem to be shipping out of China (at least mine did), so it might take a while to arrive right now.
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$40 for red switches??? Nbnb
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karldagenais wrote: Are there any cheapish mechanical keyboard that are Bluetooth? All the ones I've seen are super expensive
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07RKM ... UTF8&psc=1

I got this one for 80, and it has been 65 in the past with lightning deals. Backlit, wireless, bluetooth. I use the bluetooth option without complaints.

Right now it is not really in stock, maybe use keepa to get a notification when it does go down in price.
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Maybe not the best place to ask, but do mechanical keyboards reduce finger fatigue from typing and gaming?
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Good price for office keyboard!
I wonder if in this era of teleconferencing we should be looking at quiet keyboards hehe.
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TeriyakiJack wrote: Maybe not the best place to ask, but do mechanical keyboards reduce finger fatigue from typing and gaming?
there are many different types of "finger fatigue", but mechs could certainly help. for example, some switches require less activation force, some have less travel time, different heights of keycap profiles and generally lower frames can help reduce wrist strain, etc, etc.
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TeriyakiJack wrote: Maybe not the best place to ask, but do mechanical keyboards reduce finger fatigue from typing and gaming?
In my experience, the most apparent benefit of mechanical keyboards is to offer consistent response to input. It might help, but probably not as much as a properly-positioned wrist rest or cushion.

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