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I'm looking to buy a mechanical keyboard. I love the sound of the blue switches but I feel that they can irritate someone after a long period of time. I saw a video comparing them to browns and reds. What do they mean exactly by "tactile" cause the reds are not tactile. I like the ducky shine but if I can get a keyboard for a bit cheaper that would be great. Also is there a switch that is almost like the sound of the blues but not as loud?

-I play FPS's and Starcraft II if that helps with a switch choice.
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post #2 of 16
tactile means you can feel a bump when pressing the switch down. Rubber domes have a tactile feel because of the dome collapsing. A linear switch does not have this tactile feel, it has a uniform feel to it. Its something very hard to explain.
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I'm looking to buy a mechanical keyboard. I love the sound of the blue switches but I feel that they can irritate someone after a long period of time.

This is true. I recently bought a CM Storm Quick Fire with cherry blues, it is amazing. I never get tired of typing. if you want the click, i don't think that the other keys have the clickyness of the blues.
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I like the ducky shine but if I can get a keyboard for a bit cheaper that would be great. Also is there a switch that is almost like the sound of the blues but not as loud?
while finding a keyboard with the sound of the blues but not as loud, might be very difficult, I did read one thing on some other forums about users doing something called an "O-ring mod". which i can only assume as them removing the keycaps and placing o-rings underneath to dampen the sound (this could be an option worth looking into

but perhaps browns would be the best option to look into.
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-I play FPS's and Starcraft II if that helps with a switch choice.

from what i've read on various forums, people really like the cherry reds for gaming (i guess the linear keys make it much easier to double tap). Before i got my quick fire keyboard, i tried out an azio levetron mech4 that had cherry blacks. In comparison, the blacks require more force but it is still a linear switch none the less. Personally, I couldn't stand typing on it. The keys felt mushy, almost like typing on a sponge.
I only play FPS however, and most of the time you just bottom out your keys anyhow, and I haven't had any issue with using blues

All in all, I feel that the whole switch thing is a very personal thing. You have to just find what works for you best. I'd recommend going to the store and just checking out the different switch types they have on the various keyboards. (The mechanical keyboard guide stickied on this forum is a good starting point along with geekhack.org)

One thing I'll leave you with is that I highly recommend the Quick Fire. I got mine for ~65 CDN, and from what many sites say, these keyboards are the same OEM as the Filco Majestouch2 keyboards (which are generally renowned as very good keyboards). Depending on your location, the quick fire will have different switches, however the cool thing about these keyboards is that you can get them in a variety of different switches(blue, black, brown iirc) and you can order from CM if you find what you want.


Finally, now yes, this is a pretty long post, but I guess most of that could be attributed to the fact that I'm typing on cherry mx blues, so hopefully that can give you some insight into how fun they are to type on.

Best of luck in your final decision.
post #4 of 16
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If there was a store near me that actually had mechanical keyboards I would go try some out, the only one that I can think of is best buy with the black widow which I don't think I want. I have typed on it while in the store though and I liked the blues, just wondering if there are any other switches similar but not as loud. I have read the sticky and it gives a good bit of info.
Edited by Theory - 2/15/12 at 7:35am
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post #5 of 16
Both MX blues on the blackwidow and that focus with ALPS you got a hold of are tactile. Linear switches feel pretty much the same through the entire keypress.
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I have typed on it while in the store though and I liked the blues, just wondering if there are any other switches similar but not as loud.

To answer your question both MX brown and MX Clear are tactile but don't make the click noise. However they feel quite different from MX Blues.
Edited by magna224 - 2/15/12 at 11:30am
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post #6 of 16
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I think im going to go with blues then. The sound to them is awesome, Now the tedious process of finding a keyboard :/
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post #8 of 16
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Looks nice! But I would prefer a full sized board. I dont know how transitioning to a compact board would be.
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post #9 of 16
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Looks nice! But I would prefer a full sized board. I dont know how transitioning to a compact board would be.

it's not even that compact it's just missing the numpad, easy transition imo.
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Some that I have been looking at:

Ducky DK1008

WASD

Leopold but its out of stock

Wish I had the money for it
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