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Hi all

For around a month ago i completed my first build and since then I have use my friends keyboard, that he was so kind to loan me. But now it is time to buy one for myself. The one I am using right now is rubber dome and I really do want something that fells a lot better than this, so I have decided to buy a mechanical keyboard, preferably with MX Cherry black switches, since I game much and heard it was the best for the purpose.

So now i am here, asking for help. Have researched a bit and Meka G1 buy Thermaltake came to my eyes. What are your opinions? Thanks
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post #2 of 34
I'm not sure where the "blacks for gaming" myth really came from but hopefully you like it. All the switches can be used well for gaming that I've seen so it's purely preference.

I haven't really heard bad things about the meka g1 before so it seems to be a decent choice for blacks.
post #3 of 34
There is no such thing as "best", people can recommend, but it's personal preference. Although I'm sure some Korean SC2 super star will tell you certain types of switches improve his game-play .
post #4 of 34
I personally don't like black switches.

There's definitely no best switch for anything, it is 100% purely personal preference.
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While Mx black switches are often recommended for gaming, I highly disagree with it. They are very stiff even if you have never had experience with a mechanical keyboard so it makes typing/long sessions tiresome. Eventually you might get use to it, sure, but if you're playing a game where you spam a lot of keys like SC2, I'm pretty sure your fingers will tire out much more quickly then with other switches (for example I'm MX reds and my fingers feel fine after long sessions).

Would you be willing to try other switches? I highly recommend MX browns (safest first switch) or MX reds for your first board.

Another important factor is what is your budget? That will help us easily recommend you something, as mechanical keyboards are pretty easily separated in tiers by their cost.
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post #6 of 34
I agree with what's been said. There is no best switch, it's personal preference. Personally, I don't like the heavier switches like MX Black, I much prefer MX Reds and Browns.
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post #7 of 34
Yup, general consensus is that there's no "one-switch-fits-all" strategy. If you're lucky, there'll be stores near you area that'll allow you to sample and try out the various switches available, and then you can choose which switch you like best.

For me, I type a lot, so I love tactile keyboards, and even better if it clicks as well. If you're moving from dome switches, I'd suggest a Brown or Red, though personally, those are too light for me (Even Blues are too light). Black switches have a heavy activation force, like the buckling spring keyboards. For extended gaming, no. Unless you plan to develop mini-biceps on your fingertips, of course.

Reds are lighter versions of Blacks, same linear feel, but much lower activation force. Just be sure to not bottom out the switches, cause that still causes fatigue. Browns are the safest, light activation force and still has a slight tactile feel to it.


And the myth probably started cause Blacks are harder to accidentally press, so they're more precise. Reds are very, very light and thus you will tend to mis-press a few keys here and there especially if you've got large fingers like I do, but if you don't bottom out your keys they will cause barely any fatigue.
 
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post #8 of 34
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Okay, thanks for the replies so far.

I am open to all switches and brown actually seems like a good choice for me. I have a decent budget and can pretty much afford the most. I would say that I do not won't to spend to much and Filco is my limit, preferable under. So now I just need to know what is the best, so give me your best shot. Thanks
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post #9 of 34
im using blues right now as my first, sortof, mech board. They feel really light to me, from reading above seems like reds and browns are super light if they are lighter than blues. I like the clicky noise my blues make but they drive my girl insane. I could actually go for something louder than these . Might also want to look into ones with black lighting, makes life easier when in the dark
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post #10 of 34
I love the sound of my blues typing and the tactile feel of them. the blues are loud though if you play at night in a dorm like I do, thank god my roommate stay up as late as I do. but for doing hw on and games I LOVE THIS KEYBOARD. But I knew i would like the sound.
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