Cherry MX Blacks usually require the most force to be pushed down out of the cherry switches, they're arguably the best gaming switch because they are the easiest to spam double tap with. The only feedback you feel from this type of switch is the key hitting the board when you bottom out.my opinion on them
: this is the heaviest cherry switch to press, and I personally love them for gaming, but it was an absolute nightmare to type on at first. I've gotten way faster, but it took time and I still reckon I can always beat my WPM using a cherry blue keyboard instead.
Cherry MX Browns usually require less force than Cherry Blacks and Blues, has feedback when a switch is pressed halfway thus making it much easier to type on than Blacks. They are also good to double tap on with practice, but in a race against Cherry Blacks, it would likely lose more.my opinion
: Browns are what I recommend to mechanical virgins
, they aren't noisy like Blues, fine for typing and gaming, it's the "I do a little of everything and I do it well" of mechanical switches. Also, many professional SC2 players use keyboards with Browns so it is also perfect for many games while not being fatiguing because they do not require too much force to press.
Cherry MX Reds are one of the lightest cherry switches, they are basically Blacks which require less force, so again great for gaming if you prefer keys which are easy to press, but no feedback apart from bottoming out.my opinion
: Typing is difficult at first - especially since these switches are easier to press down - so easier to make mistakes, but like with Blacks, one can get used to it. I reckon a persons WPM can only go up though if they switched to a Brown or Blue board. If you want a really really light gaming switch though reds can be your friend.
I'll leave out the typewriter-sounding Blues since you don't want a noisy keyboard, though I personally love them, also I won't bother describing Cherry Clears since I believe only 1 company currently uses them in a keyboard unless I am mistaken so they're rare and you don't have much choice in keyboards if you choose that switch (basically heavier Browns). I believe the 3 switch types above are what you should pick from since that gives you a pretty good amount of keyboards to pick from - I'd personally suggest Browns.Edited by Sainesk - 3/2/12 at 10:05am