Overall I've liked the keyboard, but it's reached the end of its lifespan. I've heard great things about mechanical keyboards, so I'm looking to make the switch.
I do a lot of programming, but also play a lot of games, so based on research it seems the best switch for me is either Cherry MX reds or browns. I've heard that browns aren't very good for perpetually shifting around keys like WASD, so I've decided on the reds.
Aside from that, my requirements for a new keyboard are:
- Must have large enter key spanning two rows
- Layout must be same as previous keyboard
- Must have backlight that is or has option for blue or orange
- Backlight must shine only through character text on keys -- not glow in between the keys
- Body must be black
- USB wired connection (if the keyboard requires multiple, that's fine)
- Must be below $200, but preferably around $100-$150
- Must be available from or shippable to US
Edit: I've decided it's fine if the key's aren't in the same place as my current keyboard, so long as the overall shape is the same (large shift on left, large enter, large backspace) and I can program the keyboard to change the location of keys.
I'd prefer if the spacebar was nice and fat as it is on my current keyboard, but I can adjust if it's not. I have no preference regarding multimedia keys, hand rests, or USB ports/headphone jacks built into the keyboard. I'm usually in a dark environment, so I need the backlight to distinguish between keys in the rare but possible event that becomes necessary, but I find the glow around the keys to be distracting, even if the color is static.
Out of the models I looked at, the two I liked the most were the ASUS Strix Tactic Pro and the Corsair K70 RapidFire. They both fit all but one of the requirements: the Strix doesn't have a double-row enter key, and the Corsair has glow around the keys instead of just through the characters.
Are there any options on the market that satisfy all of the listed requirements?