Mechanical Keyboard under 5000

rockfella

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Which one do you have?

I hate those cheap KBs with rainbow backlight which can't be changed. I'll pick one with even just white backlight over rainbow ones. Personally, I'm eyeing that Cosmic Byte GK11 with brown switches. It seems to meet all my requirements, still expensive though but after using my friend's G413, I understand why mech KBs are loved in spite of the cost.
The one in my siggy. It is good for it's price. Fully changeable RGB. Havit HV-KB366L
 
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Good mech keyboards are well worth the price as they last well over 10 years. Membrane ones usually develop issues in a year if you do typing regularly. It's a pity they don't make the media buttons mechanical.
 

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Good mech keyboards are well worth the price as they last well over 10 years. Membrane ones usually develop issues in a year if you do typing regularly. It's a pity they don't make the media buttons mechanical.
My KB, CM Devastator 3, is 3+ years old now. I didn't have decent KBs fail in a year or so yet, I used to use a Logitech wireless one before this for 3-4 years.
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I ordered GK61 from Aliexpress after lots of research. Since its my first mechanical keyboard and I am a bit budget constrained. Compared to brands like Ant Esports and Cosmic Byte this is much more well regarded. Went with Gateron Blues. Cost me around 2800 including shipping.
 
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Good mech keyboards are well worth the price as they last well over 10 years. Membrane ones usually develop issues in a year if you do typing regularly. It's a pity they don't make the media buttons mechanical.
Some mechanical keyboards have mechanical media keys as well, though they are mostly an existing key to be used in conjunction with the Fn key.
 

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My KB, CM Devastator 3, is 3+ years old now. I didn't have decent KBs fail in a year or so yet, I used to use a Logitech wireless one before this for 3-4 years.
I am not talking about outright failing. But some of the keys tend to not register the keystrokes in the first try within a year of use, sometimes you have to press harder or at a certain angle for the keystroke to register. All the keys on my 5+yr old mech keyboard still feel as it was on Day 1 (except for the media keys which aren't mech).
 

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I am not talking about outright failing. But some of the keys tend to not register the keystrokes in the first try within a year of use, sometimes you have to press harder or at a certain angle for the keystroke to register. All the keys on my 5+yr old mech keyboard still feel as it was on Day 1 (except for the media keys which aren't mech).
My Logitech wireless one did have some keys which had to pressed after 2-3 years of use. I think a few keys stopped, that's why I threw it away. My current KB has no issues at all since 3 years, just bit dirty which isn't as easy to clean as a mech KB with removable keycaps. My KBs with home PCs have lasted a few years without issues as well, so never had a membrane KB fail in 1 year (never bought those ₹200 KB though).

My old Logitech KB was 800-900 & Devastator 3 combo was like 2.5k (its mouse failed in 2 years though, left click issues), so hard-pressed to justify 7-9k on a KB for me. I know many who will likely not spend over 1-1.5k on KB+mouse.
 

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I am not talking about outright failing. But some of the keys tend to not register the keystrokes in the first try within a year of use, sometimes you have to press harder or at a certain angle for the keystroke to register. All the keys on my 5+yr old mech keyboard still feel as it was on Day 1 (except for the media keys which aren't mech).
You are right. Membrane keys do tend to get stickier/harder to press within 1/2 years. I will not buy a membrane again.
 

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My Logitech wireless one did have some keys which had to pressed after 2-3 years of use. I think a few keys stopped, that's why I threw it away. My current KB has no issues at all since 3 years, just bit dirty which isn't as easy to clean as a mech KB with removable keycaps. My KBs with home PCs have lasted a few years without issues as well, so never had a membrane KB fail in 1 year (never bought those ₹200 KB though).

My old Logitech KB was 800-900 & Devastator 3 combo was like 2.5k (its mouse failed in 2 years though, left click issues), so hard-pressed to justify 7-9k on a KB for me. I know many who will likely not spend over 1-1.5k on KB+mouse.
YMMV with less typing.
 

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YMMV with less typing.
I surely don't type all day, but surely more than most people + gaming on it. Maybe I was just lucky, IDK, but KBs from good brands have lasted me a few years. Last KB that gave me issues was my old laptop's KB which I replaced but ironically that wasn't used as much as my Devastator KB.
 

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I have seen good reviews for Gamdias Hermes E3. Comes in both Black and white and has RGB backlighting too. Its TKL.
It seems to have bad keycaps but decent keys for the price.
 
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