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Hey guys, rubber-dome keyboard user here lookin' to make the switch to a glorious mechanical keyboard. To give you a reference of my experience in the keyboard world, I've used a rubber-dome my entire life and am currently using a Razer Lycosa which I dislike. I've been reading up on Mechanical Keyboards for the past few days and have come to a pretty good list of features that I want my keyboard to have, I even picked out a few models. The only thing I can't come to a conclusion on is the switch type! I'm leaning towards one of the following: Cherry MX Black, Blue, or Brown. I'm a big time gamer and do a fair amount of typing, all recreational though.

Desired Features:PS/2 Connection, Matt Black Color, ~100 price, and some kind of Cherry MX switch (Black, Blue, or Brown).

Models that I've found desirable: Leopold FC200, and the Rosewill RK-9000.

I want this first purchase to be the right one! What do you guys think I should go with?

Thanks for any feedback! smile.gif
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Go for cherry mx browns. It's the easiest transition from rubber domes. Light actuation and a little bit of tactile feedback. Blacks are very heavy, tiring switch. Blues are really fun but extremely loud.

Rosewill and leopolds are both very good for their price point.
    
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I have a quality mechanical keyboard that has Cherry MX Blues, but I wouldn't say that they are "extremely" loud.  Each click is about the same as the sound of a nice retractable pen, only a little quieter.  Yes, more sound is produced when typing, but I honestly feel that it's just "audible", not "extremely loud".  Although, I know that no two people hear things the same way.

 

Also, the Cherry MX Blacks are said to be the best switch for gaming.  If they were a "tiring" switch from being too heavy, then I think that no one would like them, especially for gaming.  Of course for typing only, they might have a bit too much resistance.  Although, some people love the Blacks for typing.

 

Really though, coming from the Lycosa, you will be extremely happy with almost any quality mechanical keyboard.  If I had to choose between the Leopold and the Rosewill, then I would choose the Leopold because I had someone tell me that it's noticeably a little better than the keyboard that the Rosewill is based on (the same board mine is based on).

 

Although, I think that comparing these two keyboards is a little bit like splitting hairs.

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Thank you for the hasty responses! I did not mean to compare to the two, sorry for being confusing. Those were just the two that I decided I liked based on PCB quality and reviews of others. If I may, I have another question: If I go tenkeyless will I feel as though my keyboard is lacking? Anyone have any experience with that shift?
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Thank you for the hasty responses! I did not mean to compare to the two, sorry for being confusing. Those were just the two that I decided I liked based on PCB quality and reviews of others. If I may, I have another question: If I go tenkeyless will I feel as though my keyboard is lacking? Anyone have any experience with that shift?

 

I haven't tried a Tenkeyless, but I will say this: if you ever use the keypad for anything, then you might miss it.  I depend on my keypad because it gives me extra buttons that I can re-assign to other things, such as volume control.  I also depend on its Enter key for when my hand is on my mouse and it turns out to be more convenient to just quickly reach over with my thumb a tiny bit and tap Enter.  I also depend on it for creating ASCII such as ½, ¼, and various other useful ASCII characters.

 

So I'm saying that if you realize that you never ever touch it, not for anything at all, then you would love a Tenkeyless because then you get to have your mouse closer to you.

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I own almost exclusively tkl boards....with the exception of a few IBM model Fs. I do miss the tenkey when I have tho do some number crunching, but the tkl has its own usefulness for gaming. The question you have to ask yourself is how often do you need to enter a lot of numbers.

If you will be using the Kb around others stay away from blues as they are loud and will annoy others. Blacks are heavy and the ocn guide that says they are an amazing gaming switch was written before reds were as readily available and cheap as they are now.
    
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post #7 of 48
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I won't be around other's while typing, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I think I'm going to go with the Leopold Cherry MX Browns (http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless&pid=fc200rtab). Thanks for all the help guys!
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I won't be around other's while typing, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I think I'm going to go with the Leopold Cherry MX Browns (http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless&pid=fc200rtab). Thanks for all the help guys!

 

Nice.

 

Keep one thing in mind: there will still be the sound of "bottoming out".  This is the sound of the keycaps hitting the bottom (which is the top of the switch casing).  So while the switch itself doesn't make a click sound (it is technically considered to be "silent"), the keycaps will still make sounds.

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I can actuate the switch without bottoming out though, correct?
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I can actuate the switch without bottoming out though, correct?

 

Yep!  It just takes a little bit of practice to do it 100% of the time.  Although during gaming, it will probably be impossible to avoid bottoming out - especially when things get intense.

 

The switch actuates approximately halfway down.

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