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Well to start out, I am looking at getting my first mech KB. I do want the tactile feel. I have felt old IBM mech keyboards and I loved the feel. I was not overjoyed with the noise, but I got over it. I really just want the feel.

I am looking for a KB with the Cherry MX Clear switches currently. But its nearly impossible to find a decent one thats not uber expensive.

Im only looking to spend around $100. Max $130 if its nice.

Currently Im debating between these,

(MX Brown) http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize&pid=fc500rtab
It is a full sized kb at a reasonable price. Only con is its not available with Clear switches.

(MX Clear) http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless&pid=fc200reab
The biggest con with this is that it doesn't have a NUM pad.

Are the Clear switches better than the browns? Would I be just as happy with a keyboard that had brown switches in it?
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MX Clear require more force to press and have more of a tactile bump than browns. They are heavy like the buckling spring switches in the Model M. There have been some TG3 keyboards with clears going on ebay for $70 lately. Browns and Clears are quite different. All of my friends prefer clear switches over browns.
Edited by magna224 - 10/25/11 at 1:08pm
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I really would like to get something with clear switches. Any recommendations?

opinions on Clear vs Browns?
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How adept are you with a soldering iron? You could buy a cheap Cherry G80 point of sales off Ebay for ~$40-$60, desolder the switches, and put them into the mech keyboard of your choice.
post #5 of 17
Cherry G80-3000 are of current production, easy to find on ebay also in USA.
Search for LQC**-* code.

I come from 15+ years typing on a Model M. The feedback of cherry mx switches is different. You need to try both to see which u prefer. I'm going for the browns.
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Are the Clear switches better than the browns? Would I be just as happy with a keyboard that had brown switches in it?

No switch is better than another, it's personal preference. Clears have a higher actuation weight than browns and also have more tactility. If you prefer a light switch, go with browns. If you prefer a heavier switch go with clears. Personally, I prefer lighter switches(browns and reds).
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Elitekeyboards just got some Leopolds with Clears.
http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless&pid=fc200reab
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Might think of maybe an ergo clear = Brown spring with clear stems. This would be mod though and not offered off the shelf.
post #9 of 17
I haven't tried Clear switches yet, but seeing as you love the feel of the buckling spring, I doubt any other Cherry switch would do. I've tried Black, Red, Browns and I own a Blue switch, but nothing comes close to my Customizer. The noise and the tactile feel are just out of this world.


And if you're used to the heavy force of the buckling springs, going to anything lighter like a Blue or Brown will result in quite a lot of mis-types. Even now I'm not used to the lighter activation force of the Blue switch.
 
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Hmm I might go with this and sacrifice a num pad.

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless&pid=fc200reab

Orrr shoud I spring for the DEck

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/product_info.php?products_id=96
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