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post #1 of 10
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So I have a razer blackwidow which is blue switches, but since I play fps a lot I want to swap out my most used keys like wasd and such with cherry reds, i was looking on the cherry website for some samples but their form is ridiculous to fill out and I don't know how. So I was wondering where can I get samples/ buy cherry red switches?

There were some on ebay but they were like $5/6 each and the cherry reds according to the site shouldn't be more than $1/2 dollars each. So where should I go looking? Also where would I get the tools to switch out the switches
Edited by chinesethunda - 4/2/12 at 12:46am
   
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can you solder
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post #3 of 10
You can get them here: http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/keyboard-parts-1.html
Not sure if there's cheaper, but these guys are good.

As for tools, you're probably going to need to solder, so a soldering iron and the solder itself.

Are you sure you want to switch it though? Reds and blues are pretty different (linear and tactile), so it's going to feel way different. It would drive me nuts, just want to make sure you're prepared.
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is there a video to how to switch the switches? I was reading through geekhacks for some info but was wondering if theres any picture guides
   
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post #5 of 10
What keyboard do you have... If they are PCB mounted you can swap the stem/spring out, however if they are plate mounted then you have som soldering to do.
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post #6 of 10
All this is in the Geekhack Cherry MX wiki.

Whoops.

Sorry, it got deleted by mistake.
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post #7 of 10
Go to GH and ask in classifieds. I have black stems (same as red) and 45g springs if your interested. Red stems might be a little harder to find though because they're a little more rare.
I think the BW is plate mounted so you'll have to desolder each switch you want to swap and solder another one, or just open the switch and replace the stem/spring and resolder
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post #8 of 10
Having different switches across different keys makes it really weird to type on, actually. I hated my Ducky 9008G2 with MX Browns because of the fact that the spacebar had some random MX Clear which was much harder to press.

If you touch-type, I wouldn't recommend it. And I know you have to write lab reports, chinesethunda tongue.gif
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post #9 of 10
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if the blackwidow is plate mounted then i might pass, I don't have a solder and I don't wanna mess around with it at the moment without much soldering practice. It had looked like PCB mounted but I'm not sure

as for having different switches I think the reds will be okay since they need less actuation force no?
   
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post #10 of 10
Most quality boards are going to be plate mounted though. The only one I can think of that's not is the poker or cherry g80 boards. The noppoo choco mini might be PCB mounted but im not sure
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