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I just found out about the student discount on Das mech boards so the price is very appealing ($100 shipped, no tax and brand new).

I have a few issues though. I've read through just about every single thread and I think I have a good idea between Mx Blues and browns. But it's still hard for me to decide... Here are some of the issues that are making me hesitant.

1. I play mostly FPS games and MOBAs. I am VERY picky about feel/settings and minor things can throw me off so I am looking for something that feels right, which sounds like browns would suit me better... Even though I have not tried either switch yet, I am almost certain that I will fall into the 20% of people who have trouble gaming with blues since I'm sensitive to these kinds of things (if you changed the sensitivity of my mouse by .1 I would notice). But--
2. When it comes to keyboards I love hearing the clicks which leads me back towards blues. The clicky sound seems very appealing.So I can't decide between the two switches. I do play both FPS/MOBA on a competitive level so I take gaming seriously but at the same time, I need the board to write my papers on as well .


3. Lastly, are there any other boards in this price range (no more then $110) that you would recommend? And I don't mind at all getting a used board, if that means I'm getting a used $150-$200 board for $110. I hear that Das boards are like rebranded Filco so they're still a good deal.
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As far as picking switches, everyone has different preferences and switch type is definitely more of a preference than anything. With that in mind, I feel that Browns are safer bet in your case(and in general).

You can get a Leopold or OCN ducky for $110 or less with either of those switch types. DAS keyboards are solid and about the only complaint I ever hear about them is their glossy finish, maybe something to keep in mind.
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If you like the sound of blues get them by all means. If you get the browns all you're getting is lighter keys and you'll regret not having the nice clicky sound you like.
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I love the blue switch, but while gaming in late night hours they are too loud. I think if you are serious about FPS it's hard to recommend a blue switch. They can be annoying while doing movement WASD because you feel the bump each time you move. I could use the blue switch for gaming, but they certainly are a bit annoying and are extremely different from anything else you will use switch wise. With that said, they are not a good choice for your first mechanical unless you plan on possibly taking it back with a RMA.

I would recommend a red switch here: Elitekeyboards.com

They have the non-glossy finish of a Das, and the red switch is better than a brown switch IMO. Although, that is mainly preference due to the small tactile bump that the brown's have. I find the small bump to be more annoying, and not necessary. The red switch is smooth, and fun to use. Also, would recommend getting the pads to put underneath the switches for a nice quiet bottoming out sound. Good luck!
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If you like the sound of blues get them by all means. If you get the browns all you're getting is lighter keys and you'll regret not having the nice clicky sound you like.
The Brown switch isn't just a lighter Blue switch, they feel quite different and operate differently also.

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The Brown switch isn't just a lighter Blue switch, they feel quite different and operate differently also.
I didn't say they were.
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Get Browns or Reds.
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If you've never used a mechanical KB then browns are definitely the safer bet. Plus if you love the clack clack then just bottom-out. I do it with my black switches all the time just to hear the clack-clack-clack-clack. I tried blues (Razer BWU) while playing FPS and, personally, I couldn't stand it. Pushing for movement on the blues was fine, but the reset killed me since I weave a lot.

Again, this is all personal taste. Switches are 100% what you prefer. There is no superior switch despite what some people say.

Also, the blues were too loud for me. Others in the household complained.
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I didn't say they were.
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If you get the browns all you're getting is lighter keys..
I took this to mean that all you're getting with Browns is a lighter switch than Blues. Care to elaborate on what you meant?
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If you've never used a mechanical KB then browns are definitely the safer bet. Plus if you love the clack clack then just bottom-out. I do it with my black switches all the time just to hear the clack-clack-clack-clack. I tried blues (Razer BWU) while playing FPS and, personally, I couldn't stand it. Pushing for movement on the blues was fine, but the reset killed me since I weave a lot.

Again, this is all personal taste. Switches are 100% what you prefer. There is no superior switch despite what some people say.

Also, the blues were too loud for me. Others in the household complained.
This is pretty convincing and I like the sound of it. I'll probably order the DAS silent pro tomorrow, if I don't find a better alternative tonight.

Also anyone know if mech keyboards go on sale around black friday? I'm assuming its unlikely because there's not a huge market for them (besides maybe razer or steelseries boards).
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