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Is it possible to replace switches in mechanical keyboards? I've been looking around and I want a backlit keyboard with cherry MX brown and the options are slim in my price range (< 130). The U9BL-s was the only decent one i found but it's no longer made...

My question is, if I find a decent board with Blue switches can I purchase browns and replace them? It seems like the inner-workings are the same except for the switch itself...
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No unfortunately it looks like they are a bit different in design - check out this guide, should give you a good idea on Mechanical Keyboards.

http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/4...ard-guide.html
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You can, but I would advise against it if you don't know exactly what you're doing. I'd pretty much recommend to get a board with browns in the first place, because buying a whole keyboards worth of browns would cost as much as another keyboard.
    
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Unless you are buying thousands of switches, buying enough switches for a keyboard will cost as much as a keyboard itself. Sometimes more.
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