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Are You Searching for the Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard?

Are You Searching for the Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard?

Hello, and welcome to our search for the ultimate mechanical keyboard. So Ken has spent many, many hours and many, many dollars buying, customizing, and tweaking to his heart's content, a wide range of key boards in our search for what could be the very best keyboard that you can buy. Now, the thing is, when it comes to a mechanical keyboard, you can get way into the weeds, right? I mean, there are people who are incredibly hardcore, you can completely custom build keyboards like our friend Tae ha Types does. But the thing I want to knowis which of these keyboards is closest to my own personal preference. And before we get to that,of course I have to give a big shout out to the sponsor of today's article, which is? - Which is? - Okay, it doesn't work when I try to lean in too far to the camera. 

to find out how you can not only helpsupport a wonderful charity, but also potentially win yourself some sweet new gaming gear. So to start out with, let's take a look at the Razer Huntsman Mini, which has the same, veryclicky switch that I'm used to and I actually use in myRazer Huntsman Elite at home. So I have always heard gravitated toward the much more clicky style. So for me, I like this, butalso as generally speaking a little bit better for typing, right? So, you know, as you'retyping away your essay, your report on why Kenspent all the company money, then this gives you a little bit more of that sort of satisfying click. Now on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the linear keyboard. This is much quieter, as you can hear, but essentially instead of having that sort of very indistinctive click, so you press it down andthen you get the click, this is completely, as the name implies, linear from top to bottom. 

Now this is generally speakingbetter as a gaming keyboard. Now what you get here is something which doesn't have thatlike. (keyboard clicks) It doesn't have that same kind of feel, especially doesn't havethat same kind of sound. Well you have to think about it, if you're going to be be gaming and you're going to beusing a handful of keys for hours at a time there area couple of things you want. First of all, you want it tobe very quick sort of key. In fact, actually, ifyou look at the Huntsman, the Tournament Edition, thisis a very light linear switch for the exact same reason, right? It's sort of very quick to kind of pop up. It's also very quick to press down and it's not going to be super heavy so your fingers are tired after your hours and hours of Fortnite. 

I wouldn't know, I don't do that, but I'm sure people play lotsof, (clears throat), anyway, what was I saying? Oh yeah, yeah, so linear,very different style of key. Now, if you want to blend the two, then you get what isknown as a tactile switch. So essentially it has alot of the same advantages of a linear switch. But as you can hear, you have a little bitmore of an actual click. So this pretty much has no click, right, It just goes all the way down and it sort of, to thefeel just is like straight. - Yeah, there'sa little bit of a bump when you press it, you can actually morefeel it than hear it. -Yeah, likeright like this, right? So, click, click, click, You can see how it goes down alittle bit and then it drops? Same thing with this guy, right, but you have a much more pronounced click and of course you get alot more of that sound. - Yeah, basically it'sall about confirmation. 

Do you want to have the audibleand physical confirmation or do you just want thephysical confirmation or no confirmation at all,it really just depends. So you can spend as much money as you want customizing these keyboards, but you actually don't haveto spend a crazy amount. So probably the cheapestone that I have here is this SK64 board. So this has hot swappable switches for optical mechanical switches,So kind of like the Razer. this board with the key capsand the switches themselves costs about $90 unshipped. - Not bad.- Not too bad at all. - [Austin] I love the NES style,color scheme going on here. - It's a cool color scheme, right? And again, it came withall of this stuff already. The only thing that I hadto buy apart from that was I ended up taking theliberty of getting some kit stuff to help with the processof taking keys out, right. So, as I pop that guyoff, don't worry about it. With a little bit of labor youcan actually make your keys feel and sound betterthan they did before.

If I actually take thisapart you guys will see that there are theseextra little stems here. Those are the stabilizers,those are for the longer keys that kind of need alittle bit of stability because the switch justwon't cut it on its own. On the other end of it, sothis is a Massdrop CTRL, we've looked at a lotof these on the channel. The Massdrop CTRL is one of the ones that you see around on the internet a lot. The biggest thing is thatthis keyboard on its own costs around I think 200, ifnot slightly, more than 200, but you can't hot swap theswitches off these things to whatever you want. Again, these Gateron MXswitches you can put in here. I think this is a lot of moneythough for what you can get. I actually found that for$120 this GMMK compact board was actually a really goodbalance of price and quality. So why don't you hold this,why don't you look that, 'cause I'll hold the camera for you. - 

So this is interestingbecause what you've done is you've given it those linear switches, but then you've put thesevery interesting key caps on which are sort of verymuch domed on all sides. Now that's great if you wantto hit F to pay your respects, you don't want yourfinger to fly off of it. But on the flip side it means it's a little bit harderto move from key to key. - Also, the key capsthemselves are about 90 bucks. These are from Drop. So does Anne Pro 2 we have pudding key caps in this really nice likecyan and pink color. These were only about $15 on Amazon. So you can go either really crazy at $80. You can get even more for like a couple. You can get them for like 200bucks, if you really want to, or you can get something really cheap. But of course the feel is different. These definitely feel alittle more substantial, a little thicker. These are obviously alittle cheaper plastic, a little lighter as well. There's a lot of thingsto chase Austin Evans, keyboards are hell, also this cable, $50. - So I think at this point we have a good sense for the various different keyboards we have. 

The different switches, different caps, the different sort of chassis. So now, what do we do now? You just wantto try 'em and practice? Well, let's put it this way. The first step is to get a computer in here. We should probably get that set up. Hey, there we go, there we go. So we got a computer. And I think what you should do is we'll start with a typing test. Literally, let's see which oneyou like to type on the most and then we'll go into gaming and we'll see which oneyou like gaming the most. And then we can kindof just gather opinions and then we'll see which onewalks away your favorite. - Okay, I like that, but youdidn't say dramatic enough. 'Cause don't forget, we need to keep people reading the article. Next up, we're about to do the most extreme keyboard test possible. I'm about to try all of these keyboards in a wide variety andchallenging conditions. I'm about to find outwhich is the ultimate mechanical keyboard. See, if you say something like that, the people are a little more interested. 'Cause otherwise it kind of sounds boring 'cause we're just playing with a keyboard.  

You did that for thefour people that are left. Good job. - They probably can't figure out how to find the escape keyon their custom keyboard So they're stuck on the article. - It's the big red one.- Yeah, well. - That soundedpretty good, actually. I'm proud of my work. - So start out with,let's try the Huntsman which I am a little bitmore comfortable with. So... 74 words per minute,so that's about right, I could be a little bit faster but, okay, that's I think a pretty good baseline. So obviously this is somethingI'm really comfortable with. Let's try one of the linear switches. (keyboard clicks) All right, 78, so almost exactly the same. Although interestingly, I was actually a little bit more accurate. Okay, let's try one of the tactiles now. (keyboard clicks) Oh, okay, slightly messed up. A little bit faster,wait, is that really true? 77, have I gotten exactly thesame on all three keyboards. Does that sound right to you? -I mean, just saysthat you're consistent. - 83, so a little bit faster on that one. 

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Now one thing I definitelynoticed is a, pinging, that's the phrase, right? So you actually hit thatspace bar a little loud, can you hear that? (keyboard clicks)  You get that twang, right? So what you can do is essentially dampen the body on some of these keyboards, you just straight up, openup the whole entire thing, put a little bit of foambetween the body and the board. This one, my favorite one that I spent hours and hours slaving over, this one, the GMMK actuallycame pre dampened already, it came with the foam. (keyboard clicks) 64, yeah I was significantly slower with that one. You know, in theory, I could probably be pretty fast with this one but the weight and especiallythe keycaps on that one it would take a lot of getting used toI’m not, no offense, I’m not a huge fan of this one particularly. (keyboard clicks) - 73, okay. Now why don't we try--- One of the CTRLs? - Yeah, which CTRL should I use? You can try both of them but they're very, verydifferent from each other. - Yeah, I'm making a lot of mistakes, but it does sound nice. It's crazy light. - I think therating is like 35 grams. - Okay, 69.- Nice. - But my accuracy was among the worst.  

Yeah, so these are a little bit of a heavier, tactile switch. - 93 and 100% accuracy, that is so much betterthan the other ones. So if I'm going to do all of these, I think I need to reallynarrow it down to a couple. So it is a new day. I have come in with fresh eyes and we have an actual gamingPC, unlike yesterday, ahem. So now let's play some CS: GO and see which keyboard I really like. So first impressions, Idefinitely like the Razer, right? It feels good, it feelssort of very responsive. And this is what I'm used to, right, this is the way I always game. It's funny, when it comes to gaming I almost feel like the mouse makes more of a difference than the actual keyboard. Right, would you agree? - Not really.- Really? I feel like for something like CS:GO I care more about sort of tuning my mouse than anything else?  You're not really playing like a CS:GO player though. - No, cause I suck. Of course, we alreadyhave established this, I'm not a good gamer. So this, if I remember correctly, is our tactile, right? Yes. - Immediately I like the sortof lighter feel of this one. So something I'm noticing with this one, it feels a little bit moresort of the lack of clickyness actually means that I feel like I can get the key down little bit quicker. It does seem like it's kindof an interesting blend. 

I really want to goback to the Drop though, 'cause I feel like this was my favorite when it came to typing and my thought is, it's probably going tobe better for gaming too. All right. Oh, I love that feel. So I think something thatis really jumping out to me about the Drop is it feels, like for my personal taste, Ilike the way that it sounds. And especially when it comes to actually gaming, it feels good, right,like I don't know how to, I don't know how to best describe it, but like, I guess the responsiveness of the keys. I'm a little bit torn between the Razer and the Drop right now. For typing I actually really liked the Drop. For gaming I do like the tactile feel, it does feel like it's anice sort of middle ground. This is one of the most expensive keyboards here. Obviously you have the fullrainbow puke if you want it. But especially if you get into something like maybe some custom key caps on this to kind of give it alittle bit more style. This might be the move. 

Like, I love my Razer, right,I love the clicky clackiness, but I think it actually may be time for me to move on a little bit and go to something whichis just a little bit more, sophisticated for your finestmechanical keyboard needs. The goal is to get you to try better things somuch to the point where certain things don't feel as good anymore. - Are you trying to tellme the difference right now is using my Razer, like thisis like a prebuilt gaming PC whereas this is like building my own? Like, is that the difference?  I think the differenceslike, this is Alienware. This is iBUYPOWER.- Okay. And then this islike your budget $800 PC that you built on your own. - So with all of this I'm curious, what happens when I go to the extreme end of mechanical keyboards, what happens if we actuallybuild a full custom one? - Well, I can findsomeone to help you with that. It will cost you about, acouple of hundred dollars or a thousand dollars. - Oh, okay, that sounds much more like it. Luckily we have thesponsor of today's article to help out, Omaze! See what I did there? You made a joke aboutmoney and I was like, oh, well this article's sponsored so hopefully they'll sponsor our article on a building a computer keyboard.  

They justified mepurchasing all of these. - Omaze is partnered with Gamers Outreach, a charity which is dedicated to providing children in hospitals with access to gamer gearas well as entertainment. And you can help support aswell as potentially win yourself a $20,000 ultimate gaming PC, as well as some sweet Razer gear, including a mouse, keyboard,as well as headset. When you donate you'reentered for a chance to win and you can do that by goingto and entering the code hamzagondal50 for 50 additional entries. If you're not familiar with Omaze, they have a wide range ofother things available, including giving away stuff like cars and one of a kind experiences. But if you want your chance to win a $20,000 ultimate gaming PC, and don't forget that also includes taxes and shipping included, head over to and use the code hamzagondal50 for those 50 additional entries. Thank you very much to Omazefor sponsoring this article and thank you very much to Omaze for giving you guys a sweet opportunity. What are you waiting for, head over there and until next time, I willbe playing with keyboards and not a $20,000 ultimate gaming PC. Well, that's a future articles, okay, that's not, that's a different thing. Don't worry about that. 

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