Thanks for the info guys. That helps me understand browns a little more. The thing that tipped me off the most actually was the moving .gif where the brown switch's bump was less pronounced than the blue. I've seen those before and just never noticed that the bump was less pronounced. Kinda a tiny thing to pick up on when looking at it, but until pointed out I just didn't notice. So, thanks for that.
@TarballX - now that I know more about the browns, I think that this is just how all browns would feel. I think they are very minimal tactile feedback and their only noise is the keys bottoming out. Which, I knew that last part, but I didn't' realize their "bump" would be so minute. The "tactile feedback" is pretty much going to be noticeable to someone coming from membrane or something like cherry reds or blacks, would be my guess. I'm going the other direction - I'm coming from blues to browns, so naturally they feel much less tactile and of course they aren't clicky like the blues.
So, all in all, I think that my worry about the QuickFire Rapid's keys not being very tactile is probably not something I should be worrying about. I think they really just are this way. I think going from blue to brown is what's throwing me off so much about the descriptions I've read about them. I just expected brown to be more tactile than it is, when in fact it is just a really light key compared to blue.
Like someone posted on here, "scratchy reds" would be how I'd describe them, but that's also (for me) based off of how I'd describe reds from other descriptions I've read of them, since I haven't personally used reds.
So it's an endless circle until I actually try reds!
I can say I have used browns, blues, and blacks now. I would say I like blues or blacks most (so far) because for me, the little bump in browns is so minute that when I do feel it, it makes me feel like the key is just being "pressed weird", or that it "stuttered" or something. I bottom out all the way when I type and I type better like that so I don't plan to try otherwise. That being the case, I am not sure browns fit the bill for what I'm looking for.
I may return the QuickFire Rapid and look into either another black board or possibly a red. I do like the light tough of the browns after using the board more, so I'm thinking I might like some reds due to no bump and just smooth fast typing. I will type with the board mostly, and I will game too, but I don't push keys errant enough that I'd worry about pressing keys wrong in games. Plus I'm no pro, so it doesn't matter when I do.
My experience with switches has been:
Blues - fun to type with, drives anyone around you crazy. Very tactile, the most of any I've tried.
Browns - not very tactile at all, a slighty "scratchy" feel or very minute "bump" felt when pushing keys slowly (in other words, not typing). Quieter than blues, light pressure actuates the key.
Blacks - Linear so no bump/scratch feel, stiffer than browns, probably would describe them as a blue key with no tactile feel or click. Bottoming out still makes loud clacks, which I like.
Reds - haven't tried them yet so I don't know. I hope they are like browns, but even lighter with no scratch/feedback. Just a pure bottom-it-out, easy to press key.
I feel a red board purchase in my future.
Seems like browns are all the rage right now, and I guess after tying them they just don't suit my needs as much as I expected. Then again, who knows. Maybe after sticking with them for a week I'll be used to them and love them, but I doubt it.