I got my first mechanical keyboard the other day, a Ducky Zero Shine Tenkeyless. I’m just going to say a few things about it in case you’re interested in buying it.
First of all, it feels great. The craftsmanship is excellent, and it has a decent weight to it. The keycaps are smooth, but they have a little texture so it doesn’t feel like your fingers will slide right off. I have the Cherry MX Brown switches in mine, and they are pretty quiet. All noise is from the keys bottoming out, and this will get better the longer I use the keyboard.
The lighting is nice, but I have a few problems with it that I haven’t been able to figure out. The F1 and F5 keys are used for setting the repeat rate for the key presses. If the keyboard lighting is on at all, those keys are fully lit all the time. I haven’t figured out a way to have them be the same brightness of every other key. It isn’t a big problem though, and if it gets too annoying I just turn off the lights completely.
I am still getting used to the TKL design. I usually use the numpad for entering IP addresses, and for hitting enter when typing in a website that only requires one hand. However, I don’t miss it enough to want a full size keyboard again. My laptop has no numpad either, so it hasn’t been a hard transition for me.
All in all I am pleased with my keyboard. It feels absoultely wonderful to type on, and I think it will last a long time. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I’d be happy to help you with them.