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Hey everyone. Currently, I'm using a Logitech G110. While it's served me for a little over a year, I think it's time to enter the world of mechanical keyboards. It seems that the Cherry MX switches are the most popular, so the keyboard I end up buying will probably have one of those switches. It's not limited to Cherry MX switches though.

Here's what I'm looking at in a keyboard:

A key that is stiff and firm. I don't want any soft keys and noise isn't an issue. In fact, I like the clicky noise that the Blue Cherry MX switches make.

A key that doesn't take much force to recognize. Most of the typing errors I make is because I'm typing fast and I don't push down on a key hard enough. I don't really want this to happen.

Something that will be best for typing, but also good for gaming. I'll be honest, I'll probably be doing more gaming on them then typing, but I'd still like a keyboard that is very good at typing when I have to type for long periods of time.

Something that isn't the standard rubber dome feeling. I'm sure that most mechanical keyboards don't have this feeling anyways, but I want it to feel much different from what I have now.

I know that I haven't provided much info, but I want a good keyboard that feels great and sounds good too. I don't want anything silent or extremely quiet. I want to hear it.

From the research I've done so far, it seems that blues would be the best choice for me. From what I've heard, I love the sounds of blues and the clicky feeling is something that I would like. I've heard some mixed opinions in gaming with the blues, but I've found that most people don't have problems with it. I don't plan on double tapping keys so that isn't an issue with me.

I realize that there are many mechanical keyboard threads out there and around the internet. I have read the mechanical keyboard guide and have tried to find out as much as I could before posting the thread. I really would like suggestions from people that have used more than just one type of switch too, but all opinions are welcome.

And with the switch you suggest, possibly provide a keyboard around ~$100 USD too? Thanks much.
Edited by axizor - 6/9/11 at 2:45pm
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post #2 of 20
blues i recommend i dont understand your second line though

A key that doesn't take much force to recognize. Most of the typing errors I make is because I'm typing fast and I don't push down on a key hard enough. I don't really want this to happen.

are you saying you want a light switch? or are you making the errors because the keys are too light?
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If you want a switch that is firm and doesn't take much force I would say reds, they're darn light IMO.

They don't have a tactile bump, so if you want the tactile bump then I would suggest getting browns. Both red and brown require 45g to make a keystroke register, so they are quite light.

Blacks take more force (55g?) and they are similar to reds in the respect that they have no tactile bump.

At this point it's up to you, I would suggest trying to find keyboards with reds/browns/blacks, or order on Amazon and try them out, if you don't like it return it.

For gaming/typing I love reds but that's just me, everyone has their own switch that they'll prefer.

EDIT: I know that the KBC Poker keyboards come in red/brown/black and you can find them on eBay for ~$100 before shipping. No idea on what his return policy is though. I don't know of many other keyboards that are good yet below the $100 price mark.
Edited by SecrtAgentMan - 6/9/11 at 4:04pm
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I'd go blues all the way. You have pointed by yourself the downsides: and they don't seem to bother you.

I hope mines arrive soon
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post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by SecrtAgentMan View Post
If you want a switch that is firm and doesn't take much force I would say reds, they're darn light IMO.

They don't have a tactile bump, so if you want the tactile bump then I would suggest getting browns. Both red and brown require 45g to make a keystroke register, so they are quite light.

Blacks take more force (55g?) and they are similar to reds in the respect that they have no tactile bump.

At this point it's up to you, I would suggest trying to find keyboards with reds/browns/blacks, or order on Amazon and try them out, if you don't like it return it.

For gaming/typing I love reds but that's just me, everyone has their own switch that they'll prefer.
blacks are 60 and are linear which you might not like for typing
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blacks are 60 and are linear which you might not like for typing
Ah okay thanks for that.

Yeah most people pick black for gaming.

I know that with red the OP can do "touch typing" fairly well since that's what he seems to want.
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post #7 of 20
What type of gaming will you be doing most? If it is mainly FPS games, the blues get some time to getting used to due to the "clicks."

But from your post, seems like blue switches will be good for you. I have a das professional with blue switches and love it. With blue, you get a real good tactile feedback while typing. I tried my friend's das silent brown switches, and the tactile feedback isn't nearly as good. However, for FPS games the browns do feel more natural.
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post #8 of 20
o for 100 bucks with blues if you want full size you will most likely be getting a das if you got the student discount or the blackwidow

for tenkeyless go get reaper's plu if its still there or a leopold
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post #9 of 20
Browns or blues. My keyboard right now has browns, coming from the same model but with blue keyswitches. So far I really like it. Both have the tactile bump, though for some reason the browns feel slightly lighter. They also are not as loud, although there still is an audible click with each keypress. It's really more a of a low frequency click, versus the blues' higher frequency "PIK" sound. Browns are a pretty good medium, both between a firm and soft keypress, and the noise of a board with blacks vs blues.
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post #10 of 20
I came from a Logitech G11 and I recommend brown. I used blues for a day and while it was nice having the novelty of clicking, it was more resistant than browns and has issues with double tapping in gaming.

The only thing that you might have to get used to is how light they are in comparison to rubber dome. Browns are by far the lightest I've used and man it feels like a dream come true for me. I'm a light typist and I don't like to bottom out.

But from your post, asking for a stiff and firm key, I don't know if you'll like how light the browns are. But honestly I like them better than blues.
Edited by gl0ry - 6/9/11 at 4:27pm
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