A potential alternative to the Kinesis is the "ErgoDox". It's basically a homemade keyboard that uses a similar column layout and thumb cluster that the Kinesis does. It doesn't have the "scooped" profile, but it does have two separate pieces that can be situated wherever comfortable for the hand.
Of course, it's not sold by any company, you either have to buy all the parts yourself, or wait for a site like GeekHack or MassDrop to sell a kit (either way, you have to assemble and solder it yourself). Or you can pay someone on GeekHack or /r/mechanicalkeyboards to assemble it for you.
It's an interesting alternative that can save you about $50-100, but there's the hassle of actually getting one.
Caught onto this obsession quite quickly. So far I have a Rosewill with MX Blacks and a CM Quickfire TK. Just recently stumbled upon an IBM Model M and ordered it soon after (soon to be work keyboard?).
This post has been edited by Golossos: 02 September 2014 - 07:38 AM
I currently have a Razer Cyclosa, it came bundled with my mouse when I got my gaming PC, and I actually like the mouse quite a bit, I have been considering changing over to a mechanical keyboard for some time (if I can find one I like that is). The only real problem I have with the keyboard is that it doesn't have any backlit keys. I'd really like to get one with full backlighting as my keyboard sits on a sliding shelf about 4 inches under my desk and can be quite dark at times -- so having it with backlit keys would improve the times when I need to reference my keyboard (happens from time to time, if my keyboard shifts while typing -- I can get off by a key or so and totally throw myself off).
Now, I really don't have much experience with mechanical keyboards. Any input on what I should look at (brands/ products)?
My requirements are fairly easy:
Not super loud.
Capable of gaming.
The Rosewell above looks interesting. I may have to look at them a bit more.
I'd really like to get one with full backlighting as my keyboard sits on a sliding shelf about 4 inches under my desk and can be quite dark at times -- so having it with backlit keys would improve the times when I need to reference my keyboard
For the record, the Cyclosa isn't a mechanical keyboard, it's a rubber dome keyboard. So, expect a completely different feel when/if you get one with actual mechanical switches.
If I were you, I'd check out one of the mech forums like geekhack or /r/mechanicalkeyboards to find their buying guides, they'll have lists of ones that fit your requirement. Also, I think /r/mechanicalkeyboards has a stickied "what should I buy" thread.
Yeah, I didn't think that Cyclosa was a mechanical, I just found a few reviews out there claiming it was so I figured I was wrong... I guess I wasn't (well, until I posted here perpetuating the lies -- fixed now). I'll definitely checkout reddit and see what they have to say. Thanks for the non-NULL pointer.