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post #11 of 18
I bought my dad a Das, he loves it so far. I got the model with brown switches because he does a lot of work on conference calls, so a loud keyboard in the background would be no good.

You should check out the leopolds from elitekeyboards.com. They run $100-120 I believe and have the largest switch selection I know of.
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post #12 of 18
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So obviously the blues are a lot louder than the browns, but what are the other differences? Why do people say that browns are better all around, and blues are for typists? Just because of the sound?
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http://www.overclock.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=197803&stc=1&d=1298910971

http://www.overclock.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=197802&stc=1&d=1298910971

Those are the different switches. You'll notice the brown is a slightly lighter switch (the angle is a little less steep.) You'll also notice that the Blue switch snaps when it actuates. That's what causes (to my knowledge at least) the loud noise. If you bottom out the browns you will still not have as loud of a noise as the blues. It will take you a while to get used to not bottoming out (if you're not sure what this means, bottoming out is when you depress the key fully - you don't need to do this with mechanical switches, they actuate about half-way down. As soon as you feel the tactile bump you can release the key)

I believe the blue spring is 'slightly' heavier than the brown as well, so the brown switch may feel a little lighter. I prefer brown switches for typing, but many prefer blues for the louder 'click' and the springier feel when the key actuates.
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post #14 of 18
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Very good info, thanks for explaining. I'm thinking Ducky or the CM Storm at this moment
Edited by Rhyno37 - 4/12/12 at 1:39pm
post #15 of 18
I prefer Cherry MX Blue because I game with a closed-ear headset and the Blue switches provide the most feedback.

I've heard Red switches are best for spamming keys in StarCraft 2 because they can be spammed more rapidly (because they are linear and very light).
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I actually find that blues and browns are very similar. The main difference is that the blues have a lighter clicking sound versus the brown's lower pitched crunch/thudding sound. I didn't notice any difference in key actuation/reset points between my Das with brown's and my friend's Blackwidow with blues, nor was there a significant change in the volume, they both sounded about the same to me, just a different kind of sound.
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Originally Posted by Fortunex View Post

I didn't notice any difference in key actuation/reset points between my Das with brown's and my friend's Blackwidow with blues, nor was there a significant change in the volume, they both sounded about the same to me, just a different kind of sound.

Were you wearing these?

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2cents: I consider blue switches a complete fail for serious gaming.
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Originally Posted by detto87 View Post

Were you wearing these?
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2cents: I consider blue switches a complete fail for serious gaming.

Nope, and I had both keyboards side by side trying them out. The difference was certainly not very big. The biggest difference in feel was that the blues felt stiffer and gummier (felt more linear, the spring's resistance didn't build up as much or spring back as quickly as my browns, but that might have been the keyboard as it was brand new).
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