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All the cherry switches are good for typing. But the blue's are great for typing.
Brown's would be the second choice. They are usually marketed as a "silent" version of the blue's, if the noise is an issue for you. The downside to the brown's is that they don't provide as much feedback as the blue's.
The brown's are also the choice for anyone in the middle of the road between gaming and typing, who would not be ideally satisfied by either the blue's or the black's.

I've tried all three types, and the brown's are my personal choice. I love how the blue's feel and sound. But they're just not good enough for gaming for me. On the other side the black's provide no feedback at all, so they're great for gaming, but not ideal for just typing on.

All of that though is really just personal opinion and preference. Some people love to type on blacks etc. etc.
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post #12 of 18
Look into the Ducky Shine or WASD keyboards.
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post #13 of 18
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All of that though is really just personal opinion and preference. Some people love to type on blacks etc. etc.

I apologize. Yes, that should have been in the disclaimer. What I actually meant to say was: "Just pick any keyboard at random, and you'll have just as good a chance at getting the one you want than if you had actually listened to what other people think"
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All of that though is really just personal opinion and preference. Some people love to type on blacks etc. etc.

I apologize. Yes, that should have been in the disclaimer. What I actually meant to say was: "Just pick any keyboard at random, and you'll have just as good a chance at getting the one you want than if you had actually listened to what other people think"

Funny.

My point that after so many posts like yours on this site. Stating opinions more like facts. Many people now think that blacks are "gaming switches" and blues are "typing switches." Just not true.
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post #15 of 18
I've used red, brown, blue, and black cherry switches. I can say that the blacks definitely felt the hardest to type on initially. The keys do seemingly loosen up over time (or maybe I was just getting used to them). After using blacks for a while, browns/reds/blues seem...effortless. They feel very very light. Overall, I think browns are my preferred switch. I can't stand the noise that blues make. Reds are nice, but honestly, it feels almost like a stiffer membrane keyboard.

There's a program over at geekhack that has a keypad with every type of switch bolted onto it. They pass it around to interested members to let others sample a variety of switch feelings. I can't recall the name, but if you're interested, I can dig it up for you.
    
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post #16 of 18
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I apologize. Yes, that should have been in the disclaimer. What I actually meant to say was: "Just pick any keyboard at random, and you'll have just as good a chance at getting the one you want than if you had actually listened to what other people think"

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seriously tho, i think i'll go for the MK-85, though i have no clue what switch to choose. the brown seems the logical choice given that i type&game, but i've never tried any of these switches out..
post #17 of 18
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seriously tho, i think i'll go for the MK-85, though i have no clue what switch to choose. the brown seems the logical choice given that i type&game, but i've never tried any of these switches out..

Before I bought mine, I found a store that has some different types on display where I could actually try them out. I was able to find black's and blue's as display model's in Canada Computers. I loved the blue's, but I knew they wouldn't be good long term due to the noise. Also, I found that blue's felt "loose" compared to the black's, I figured that was due to their 2-piece design. The black's wouldn't work for me, I wouldn't be able to use any non-tactile keys for any serious typing. So I purchased a keyboard with the browns' without actually trying them out, but I have no regrets at all. IMO this is the perfect all-around use keyboard.
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post #18 of 18
I've used blue, black, red, and brown switches (and topre and white alps) and black is ideal if you're going to be applying a lot of force onto the keys because they push back a lot (the single reason I don't like it). Go with blues for typing. If you don't want the clicky sound, get the browns. If you want a stiffer version of the browns, get clears (very hard to find). Black is for gaming if you accidentally press keys. Red is easier to push down but is linear like black.
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