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If so, what are your thoughts?
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Blacks were too heavy for me, reds are my favorite switch. I prefer the 2 lighter Cherry MX switches, some prefer the heavier ones.
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Funny I should see this thread today. I'm receiving a Noppoo Choc Mini (mx red) today and am currently typing on a Filco TKL (mx blacks). I'll let you know my impressions in a few hours.
    
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I barely saw a difference at first (kbc poker with red switches). In fact, I found myself wondering what the heck was so special about the switch, since the blacks had at least some degree of tactility in the form of a 'pillowy' feel. Eventually though, I began to notice the lightness, and the fact that I could type much faster than with the black switches. However, I still find myself missing the 'pillowy' feel of the black switches and go back to my 6gv2 sometimes. So it's hard for me to say which is better; I guess red switches by a slight margin due to ease and comfort in both typing and gaming compared to blacks (even if black switches sometimes feel a bit more fun).

edit: I'd also like to add that the heaviness of the black switches is more pronounced when using PBT keycaps compared to when the stock ABS keycaps are used, if that matters.
Edited by subgenoa - 11/7/11 at 6:56am
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So I just received my kb with red switches. I have to say that they are an incredibly light switch. Much lighter than I ever anticipated. Too light for my tastes in fact. I bottom out every time I press a key on the kb with red switches. With black switches I can at least control my key presses better so I don't bottom out. Black switches are definitely my switch. Blues are way too loud, reds are way too light. Blacks have just the right amount of resistance I need.

Hope that helped you.
    
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Originally Posted by _AKIMbO_ View Post
So I just received my kb with red switches. I have to say that they are an incredibly light switch. Much lighter than I ever anticipated. Too light for my tastes in fact. I bottom out every time I press a key on the kb with red switches. With black switches I can at least control my key presses better so I don't bottom out. Black switches are definitely my switch. Blues are way too loud, reds are way too light. Blacks have just the right amount of resistance I need.

Hope that helped you.
Where would browns fall into between all those?
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post #7 of 13
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Where would browns fall into between all those?
Personally, I have no idea as I've never typed on a brown switch. Blues made me give up tactile switches in their entirety. Many people swear by browns though.

If you look at the OCN guide, it has the same actuation force as reds (45 grams). http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/4...ml#post6009482
    
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post #8 of 13
Even though browns have the same actuation force as reds, they do feel ever so slightly heavier than reds to me. Also, the tactility of browns isn't anywhere near that of blues, it's not even noticeable while gaming imo.
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post #9 of 13
Thanks for that. After using browns for about a week now I went black and tried blues again on a razer at best buy. I think I definitely made the right choice. But of course now I am curious what blacks and reds feel like.
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post #10 of 13
Very different. It is hard to imagine a linear switch if you have never tried one. Just try to imagine a MX Brown with no tactile resistance. You could try to find some MX Black stems on geekhack or deskthority and replace your brown stems with them. Then you would essentially have an MX Red.
Edited by magna224 - 11/7/11 at 6:32pm
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