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A while back I worked up to finally buying mechanical keyboard (~$100 range, "black" switches) and was initially quite content with purchase.

However just outside first year (read it - as soon as warranty expired) it started to develop repeat issues (press once, get chain of letter repeated) on multiple keys. It doesn't react to generic cleaning (up to compressed air) and searching Internet shows noticeable amount of people with similar-to-identical issues, spanning years.

This makes me severely hesitant to buy another mechanical keyboard, considering:

  • every other keyboard I ever owned, including ultra-cheap crap managed to last longer than that
  • typing experience is nice, but not lifechanging-fan-forever nice for me
  • my choice of mechanical keyboards is severely limited
    • not many brands represented in local market and primarily crazy looking gamer models
    • russian (not to mention russian and ukrainian if possible) layout excludes international ordering
  • price tag for a meek year of use I got our of it is plain demoralizing

It is obvious mechanical keyboards have their fans, but shopping around for "best fit" or getting into multiple hundreds price tags is probably not something I am highly interested in.

Considering my constraints and bad experience with reliability, is it practical for me to sink more money into buying mechanical keyboard(s) again?

In other words - manufacturers are beaming about how crazy reliable mechanical keyboards are. Are active long time users of such keyboards confidently of same opinion?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by terdon, Shekhar, Carl B, Tog, Joe Taylor Nov 12 '13 at 11:06

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

I don't think this is a suitable question. Your premises are based on your personal experience of one keyboard you bought, and you're asking others to fill in their opinion. While you do seek long time users of keyboards sharing their experience, what other answer are you expecting than "My FooTastic rainbow-key UltraKeyboard lasted for 10 years!"? – slhck Nov 11 '13 at 21:01
@slhck I think I am expecting for the people more actively involved with this kind of hardware to narrow it down on scale of "you got cosmic fluke rare event" to "they are dying like flies, expect to sink a grand into it". As per Q I got worried about multiple reports of such issues more so than my one keyboard being faulty. – Rarst Nov 11 '13 at 21:04
I agree with @slhck. This question is a bad fit here because i) it is primarily opinion based, ii) you don't explain if the "many reports" were about your keyboard, the specific make or mech keyboards in general iii) I don't see how any SE site could answer this. At best, you'll get other people's experience. There is no specific problem that can have a specific solution here. I suggest you try the Super User Chat. Voting to close. – terdon Nov 11 '13 at 21:12
I fully get that it is... questionable question. :) However for all I know someone out there just might be sitting on pile of statistical data on keyboard reliability and I don't see way to procure such answers other than asking. How mechanical keyboards work been answered to death here. Why is reliability aspect not deserving looking into? – Rarst Nov 11 '13 at 21:17
You'll quite often find the ratio of people complaining about a products on the internet to people praising a product on the internet is very skewed in the direction of the complaints. In the case of your keyboard, mechanically the switches might be fine, but the controller may be failing. – Michael Frank Nov 11 '13 at 21:23

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