Originally Posted by resis
I have no idea what all the switches feel like, I only know I want it as silent as possible. Which one would be the most silent? Can you explain in short how black vs brown vs red feel like (not technical data, but how it feels)?
The only Cherry switch designed to make noise is the Cherry MX Blue, which produces a distinct high-pitched "clicky" sound. Black and Red are linear and so produce no noise until you hit the bottom. Brown has a slight tactile bump and is almost linear -- if you're a heavy typer, you won't feel it at all. The tactile bump is so slight it doesn't make much (if any) perceivable noise at all. Clear has a more pronounced tactile bump, so it makes a little more noise as you pass through the bump and you get a bit of a click-clack (if you hit the bottom). Really, most of the noise will come from topping and bottoming out the keys. You can soften the bottoming-out with landing pads
(not recommended for backlit keys) or O-rings
or some other type of switch dampener.
As I know the black goes all the way to the end, while the brown has little bit of feedback before you press it completely down (so you don't need to push the key all the way down for it to work?). What does red switch do?
The purpose of the tactile bump on Browns and Clears is to help you feel the point of actuation so you know when to stop pushing down on the key. If you're a light typer (like a touch-typist), it helps you to avoid bottoming-out. Note that the point of actuation actually occurs after the bump.
Reds are like Blacks, only lighter. About as light as Browns and Blues. The three of them have basically the same spring.
Here's (almost) everything you ever wanted to know about Cherry switches (sorry, a lot of it is technical):
Those pictures are of a prototype. It's probably not something you can order. And I don't think Tankguys/OCN is taking any custom orders beyond switch type. It would be too costly to stock boards based on so many different variables.
I hear this keyboard uses USB 1.1, how does it perform?
I think all USB keyboards are probably USB 1.1. You'll never be able to type fast enough to require more bandwidth, no matter how much you spam it. Edited by mazessj - 12/7/11 at 5:52am