I finally bought my first mechanical keyboard and now I believe the hype.
I use a lap desk, a Cougar 550M mouse with a 3M Precision Mousing surface (=extra slick).
As usual, Micro Center got their ad wrong and it does not use CherryMX Reds, they are Kailh red switches. They feel good to a guy coming from a rubber dome Steelseries. Note that I made a shield because the RGB was reflecting on my screen. I have it set to a minimal orange glow to match my case and mouse. The RGB programming sets the whole keyboard, which is fine for me. I wanted white LED's and I hate RGB disco lighting. It can breathe or cycle if you like.
The main reason I avoided mechanical keyboards for so long is I hate the clicky noise. The reds aren't too loud, plus I added clear o-rings. I really like the mushroom pedestal design (easy clean up) and it feels heavy and solid. I'm pretty sure the top is aluminum. One thing I Love is it is tight and small. My old and sticky Steelseries APEX 300 was gigantic with like 27 macro buttons (that I never even tried to use) and 2 inches of plastic beyond that. I'm a sucker for a pretty product and it was ok for a rubber keyboard..
I love my mechanical keyboard and I think the Gigabyte K85 is a good budget choice at $80.