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Hi,

I'm using a MS Sidewinder x4 as of now and will buy a Filco soon but unsure if I should get Brown or Black switches.

I will bottom out so won't the Tactile feedback from Brown switches be a nuisance? What seems to be nice with Brown is the low force requirement to press them down. How is black compared to rubber dome? Will the blacks be tiring to press all the way down?
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Unless you have a way of physically trying out the two switches before hand to test the two, I would recommend getting the Browns. The tactile feedback from them shouldn't be an issue even when bottoming out.

Blacks are very seldom loved, although I am typing this up on my 7G which used blacks, lol. For me, blacks are perfect. They allow me to glide over the keys as the actuation point to trigger the keypress is very high up on the switch, so you don't need to push down as much.

However, since you will be bottoming out, as you said, I would recommend the browns as they will put less stress on your fingers. Typing or gaming on blacks for a long time can really wear you out.
    
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Unless you have a way of physically trying out the two switches before hand to test the two, I would recommend getting the Browns. The tactile feedback from them shouldn't be an issue even when bottoming out.

Blacks are very seldom loved, although I am typing this up on my 7G which used blacks, lol. For me, blacks are perfect. They allow me to glide over the keys as the actuation point to trigger the keypress is very high up on the switch, so you don't need to push down as much.

However, since you will be bottoming out, as you said, I would recommend the browns as they will put less stress on your fingers. Typing or gaming on blacks for a long time can really wear you out.
There are no stores near me with mechanical keyboards so I can't try them out before buying. I'm worried that the tactile feedback would become a hindrance when I bottom out, but it seems like Brown is a safe switch to buy as a first mech. Are blacks harder to press than the keys on rubber domes?
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There are no stores near me with mechanical keyboards so I can't try them out before buying. I'm worried that the tactile feedback would become a hindrance when I bottom out, but it seems like Brown is a safe switch to buy as a first mech. Are blacks harder to press than the keys on rubber domes?
i was just in the same boat as you. I tried a mx black board and felt the keys were a little to stiff. They were fine for gaming but if i tried to type on them I could only type a little bit before I started to feel uncomfortable. The blacks certainly were harder to press down than a rubber dome. I much prefer my rubber dome to mx black switches.
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There are no stores near me with mechanical keyboards so I can't try them out before buying. I'm worried that the tactile feedback would become a hindrance when I bottom out, but it seems like Brown is a safe switch to buy as a first mech. Are blacks harder to press than the keys on rubber domes?
If you're worried about the tactile feedback, then consider red switches. A little bit more expensive, but they are linear like the blacks (no tactile) and don't require as much force.

And as Ratjack pointed out, blacks require much more force than rubber domes.
    
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i was just in the same boat as you. I tried a mx black board and felt the keys were a little to stiff. They were fine for gaming but if i tried to type on them I could only type a little bit before I started to feel uncomfortable. The blacks certainly were harder to press down than a rubber dome. I much prefer my rubber dome to mx black switches.
Hmm I think I'll get the browns then. Keyboardco will get them in stock soon (nordic layout).
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If you're worried about the tactile feedback, then consider red switches. A little bit more expensive, but they are linear like the blacks (no tactile) and don't require as much force.

And as Ratjack pointed out, blacks require much more force than rubber domes.
There are no keyboards with red switches with nordic layout except the new corsair one which I find ugly.
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Hmm I think I'll get the browns then. Keyboardco will get them in stock soon (nordic layout).
I would try another brown switch board but I dont like buying from places I cant return and even if i could i hate shipping costs

So for me.. im sticking with rubber dome. What made you want to get a mech instead of your x4? ive heard nothing but good things about the x4.
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I had a Noppoo Choc Mini with Blacks as my first Cherry MX-based mechanical board. I've since sold it and I currently own two Filcos, one a full-sized Majestouch-2 Ninja with Browns and an original Majestouch Tenkeyless with Blues. I enjoy both Browns and Blues much more than the Blacks. Out of the two, I have to say I like Browns better, for gaming at least. Even though I bottom out all the time, the Browns feel better than the Blacks. Typing on Blacks is very boring. The bump of the Browns isn't very pronounced at all and really doesn't get in the way of your bottoming out, so I like having it there just to make my typing experience better.
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TL;DR I bottom out too and can tell you that the tactile bump of the browns won't annoy you if you want to bottom out.
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i was just in the same boat as you. I tried a mx black board and felt the keys were a little to stiff. They were fine for gaming but if i tried to type on them I could only type a little bit before I started to feel uncomfortable. The blacks certainly were harder to press down than a rubber dome. I much prefer my rubber dome to mx black switches.
If you like linear with a lower actuation weight, then reds sounds perfect for you.
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