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Comment: Reprogram the G600 (Score 5, Informative) 431

by Cinder6 (#48895117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

A lot of people are suggesting that the G600 might be reprogrammable, but they all note that they don't have the mouse, so they don't know for sure.

I do.

I just checked it, and you can reprogram the primary mouse buttons to anything you want. You can also set that as the mouse's built-in configuration, so you don't need to use the drivers and the settings will be persistent across computers. Have fun.

Comment: Not necessarily subscription-based (Score 1) 570

by Cinder6 (#48868439) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Everyone is jumping to the conclusion, but I haven't seen any Microsoft statement indicating that. "Free for the first year" could easily mean that it's free if you install it within the first year of release, and after that it will cost money. There's already precedent for this. Windows 8 Pro was $40 for the first year (may have been less, but that's not the point), but went up in price afterward. It was an incentive to get people upgrade, which is exactly what this promotion sounds like.

Comment: Re:Lame roundup. (Score 1) 190

by Cinder6 (#48692921) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

No one reasonable would argue that gaming peripheral companies haven't done a lot to make mechanical keyboards much more mainstream than they ever were when it was just Ducky, Filco, etc.

(And yes, I'm quite aware of the scene. I own a Realforce HiPro, a Unicomp, an IBM 6850 beamspring, a Matias Tactile Mini, a MAX Blackbird, and a Poker II with the Granite keyset. My point is simply that the market for mechs is bigger than it's been in ages, thanks to Razer, Corsair, CM, etc.)

Comment: Re:I like Zippy keyboards (Score 1) 190

by Cinder6 (#48687073) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Perhaps I'm misundertanding, but most people don't consider scissor switches to be the same as a mechanical keyboard. You still have a rubber-dome membrane underneath the switch. (Then again, most people consider Topre mechanical, even though that's just a plunger over a rubber dome over a spring. Who cares. Use the keyboard you like.)

Comment: Re:Lame roundup. (Score 1) 190

by Cinder6 (#48687065) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

I think the last thing we need is elitism in an already niche group. Aesthetics aside, those are all mechanical keyboards. And the scene probably owes gaming a lot, considering gaming peripheral companies have been leading the charge in terms of introducing new mechanical keyboards to the market.

Comment: Re:Maybe I'm on the edge or something... (Score 1) 190

by Cinder6 (#48687057) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Just personal preference. Contrary to what many say, not everyone in the world is going to prefer a mechanical keyboard over a rubber-dome one. Use the keyboard you like, not the one that everyone else likes. (And I say this as someone who has six mechanical keyboards and is currently using one on his rMBP to type this comment.)

Comment: Re:Get on my level (Score 1) 190

by Cinder6 (#48686985) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

I got it as part of their Cyber Monday sale for $100, so if you can wait, you might be able to save on it (but you may have to wait almost a year...). Mine has red switches, so they feel nothing like a Model M (which I'm typing on right now). The closest you'll get are blues, unless you go with their custom keyboard option and choose greens (which will cost extra). IMO, greens are better than blues in terms of feel, and they require more force to actuate. They're still fairly different from buckling springs, but most people like them a lot.

(And yes, the backlight shines through the keys.)

Comment: Re:just curious... (Score 1) 190

by Cinder6 (#48686963) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

I've used several keyboards with blues. I currently have a Poker II, but I've also used/owned a Das (model 3), Razer BWU (older model that actually had blues, not the Razer greens), Razer Orbweaver, and I even have a few spare blue switches lying around. The bump is very noticeable if you slowly depress the switch, but as soon as I start typing on them, they just feel muddy and unremarkable.

Clear switches definitely require more force, as do greens.

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