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I have been inspired, After seeing a really sick mod on a Black Widow. I want to do it to mine..
I need a few things from you guys tho. I want so know what your dream layout would be , as far as mix matching diff sections of the keyboard, with diff switch types ( colors ).. I like the blues, But I kinda wish they were a bit more CLICKy, Mainly my gaming cluster, But I feel like if my gaming cluster has a diff "feel" , it might throw off my typing?? Has anyone done this before ( had different types of switches in the typing area of your board ) , Have any insight?



Dont BLACKS have the most click?.. Please oh great keyboard gods, enlighten me here.. smile.gif Thank you

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post #2 of 12
The only thing I would not do is mix tactile and non tactile. Unless you mixed two heavy switches and two light switches. Like mixing blue cluster with a clear spring and then the rest clears might be ok or all browns with a red gaming cluster. Either way it will have an odd effect on typing though.

If you are looking for more clicky than blues you are looking for ALPS or another non-cherry MX switch. Blues are the only common clicky cherry switch.
Edited by magna224 - 11/14/11 at 8:33pm
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Interesting, What other switch would you recommend me mix with the blues then?? Is there anything heavier than a blue??


EDIT: just reread your post, Making more sense now ( more me dumb to keyboards , than your post lol )..
Anyways, When you said "Like mixing blue cluster with a clear spring", do you mean actually putting the spring from a clear, into a blue, then putting those hybrids in my gaming cluster??
Edited by Capwn - 11/14/11 at 8:39pm
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What about mx clear switches...they are tactile and heavier than blues by 5 grams.
    
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Blues are light switches. Thats why I suggested making them more resistant by adding a clear spring, so even though the feel of each switches will be different, the force required to press each switch will be the same. MX Clear and black switches are both heavier than blues but black switches are linear( no bump) so that might feel kind of awkward having tactile and non tactile switches at the same time.
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post #6 of 12
Like Magma said try putting the springs from either black or clear switches into your blue switches. I have a board with black spring modded blue switches and the clicks have a bit more oomph to them. I have yet to try clear springs with blue switches, but I'd imagine it being a beastly clicker.
post #7 of 12
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Wow, So can you show me how I would go about pulling the switches apart??
Also I imagine you cant buy just the springs, so I would need to buy a full set ( or as many as I want ) of clears, THen pull the springs out of them?
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Wow, So can you show me how I would go about pulling the switches apart??
Also I imagine you cant buy just the springs, so I would need to buy a full set ( or as many as I want ) of clears, THen pull the springs out of them?

Depends if the board you are modding the switches to is plate or PCB mounted. If plate mounted you must first de-solder teh switch and swap out the sping and or stem.

If PCB mounted then you can just pop the stem off and swap out the spring / stem.

You can get clear switchs / stems / springs from let's say a donor cherry board with clears or find someone selling the parts seperately ( like on GeekHack).

If you look on the GH wiki you can find online stores that sell switches and or parts of a specific switch.
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Depends if the board you are modding the switches to is plate or PCB mounted. If plate mounted you must first de-solder teh switch and swap out the sping and or stem.
If PCB mounted then you can just pop the stem off and swap out the spring / stem.
You can get clear switchs / stems / springs from let's say a donor cherry board with clears or find someone selling the parts seperately ( like on GeekHack).
If you look on the GH wiki you can find online stores that sell switches and or parts of a specific switch.

so from the photo above, can you tell if my switches are Plate or PCB mounted?
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Plate. You would need to do some soldering.
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