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I'm thinking about buying a Das keyboard for my dad. He does a lot of typing at work and complains about the keyboard he uses, so I was thinking he might like a nice mech board. He'll be typing emails 90% of the time, and he isn't a hardcore gamer, so I'm not interested in a gaming switch. I'm deciding between blues and browns, but leaning more towards the blues.

The problem is I don't know if the noise from the blue will be too much. Everyone says they are the best for typing on, but I don't think my dad has used a mechanical board before (or at least not in a very long time), so I don't know if the noise will bother him. Will the dampening pads from elitekeyboards help with the noise, and is there any downside to using them?

I'm open to suggestions for other boards/switches too.

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If he is in an office setting, I would go with the browns personally. As you know, they are quieter. Also, browns are still very nice to type on. It is always the safe switch to go with.
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Thanks for the quick response,

Are the browns noticeably lighter than the blues though?
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mech kb can be a bit more noisy than rubber domes though, silencing pad or o-ring mod would help.
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Originally Posted by MME1122 View Post

Thanks for the quick response,
Are the browns noticeably lighter than the blues though?

I have not tested the two side-by-side but I did notice the brown being lighter. The brown was also much smoother to me. It is all preference though.
Edited by OldMold - 11/14/11 at 7:05pm
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post #6 of 10
The actuation force for brown is 45g whereas for blue, it's 50g so yes, it's lighter. Personally I'd recommend you take the safest route which is go with the brown switch.

Check out Mech Keyboard Guide for more details on each switches including their actuation forces.
Edited by reaper~ - 11/14/11 at 7:08pm
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post #7 of 10
The Brown switch is indeed very light and almost feels linear, depending on how fast your keystrokes are.

if your father has an office, the Blues might not be that much of an issue but I do know that my MX Blue board can be somewhat annoying on conference calls. I use an RK-9000 both at home and at work. I've owned the Ducky 9008G2 with Browns as a comparison.
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He takes a lot of conference calls as well, if the blues make too much noise for that I'll look into the browns.
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post #9 of 10
What about cherry reds? They're a bit more pricey than the others but are supposed to be even lighter than blacks. Blues are a no-no if you want to type stealthily.
post #10 of 10
Browns feel a tad ligher than than blues. When i switched to blue for a while i didnt hit the keys hard enough to register them. I love the blues for typing though, i feel theyre much better than browns at that, but if hes in an office and getting calls while typing it might not be a great idea to get him blues.
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