Originally Posted by Teasee
Yeah, I'd prefer it to be under $100. It's only an extra $10 for you, but where I am it costs $120 and if I were to buy it internationally I'd have to add on a $10-$25 shipping cost.
Heh, I only just learned about these Cherry switches. Like I said, I haven't really bothered with keyboards much.
I'd be using the keyboard for gaming primarily, but obviously I'd be typing regularly on forums like this. Do the different Cherry switches really make that much of a difference? Which one would you recommend?
They do make a difference. Reds don't have a point where you can tell it activated the key. It's one long and smooth stroke all the way until it stops. Blacks are like this too except they are heavier than reds. Browns are heavier than blue but have no click at the activation point. They do have a tactile feel though. So when you press the key you can feel the point of activation. Blues work like browns except they are lighter and click at the tactile activation point.
I'd recommend Blues or Browns overall. Both will be a pleasure to type on and you could game fine. You may or may not like typing on Black or Red switches because they respond like rubber domes may for typing. What I mean is since you cannot feel the point of activation you might be bottoming out each time. Since you can feel when browns and blues activate you don't have to bottom them out and can type faster.
That said, the Black and Reds generally work better for gaming since you don't have the tactile feel and it's a smooth stroke all the way. You don't need the tactile feel and it's easier to double tap and the like for many people. I don't have a hard time with blues, but some people mention it does affect them. Something to keep in mind.
I'd say blues would be the best introduction to mechanical keyboards, but the click might be a bit much for you. Browns don't have the loud click and are a good choice too. It really is preference.
Cherry Reds will likely feel closest to what you're used to and would be the better choice for gaming purposes. Blacks would probably be a bit heavier than what you're used to but not by much.
So basically I'd break it down like this
Blue: Most fun to type on but may be loud. Ok for gaming, but some people report issues with double tapping keys. tactile feedback and click at the activation point
Brown: Good for typing and decent for gaming. No click. tactile feedback at the activation point
Black: Great for gaming. Ok for typing. no click, a bit heavy so you might have finger fatigue from typing, no tactile feedback at the activation point
Red: lighter than Black. Great for FPS gaming. no click. since they are light they are easy to type on but there is no tactile feedback at the activation point. typos might be more with the lighter keys.
Where are you located? Maybe someone knows a retailer in your country you could order from.Edited by cmdrdredd - 10/16/11 at 10:17pm