Originally Posted by penguinz
Thanks for the reply, Xplaced. The browns seem like a good compromise between blues and blacks. I would of went with blues, but I heard they're not really good for quick taps, since the release point is higher than the actuation point. Is it noticeable? Are the browns any different? Also, how is the build quality of the QuickFire? And thanks for the Leopold link, it seems like a good choice too.
Personally, I don't think the blues are bad for gaming at all. I can quick tap a blue key just as well as a black or brown. It just clicks a lot when you do it.
I'm finding it hard to transition from blues to the browns because the browns are so easy to push. Like someone else said, "dirty reds" might be how to describe them. If only I'd tried reds, I would know! But I have tried everything but red.
Blacks are stiff with no actuation point. But, if you're using browns, they are supposedly tactile, but you don't really feel it unless gaming (in my opinion). Or if you type really slow and methodically, you might feel the bump ever so slightly. Otherwise, I would not buy browns strictly for tactile feedback. If you really want that, get blue. It will be loud though.
Biggest difference between my BlackWidow with blues and the QuickFire Rapid is the keys are so easy to press on the Rapid, and of course no clicky noises unless bottoming out. The quality I think is decent on the Rapid, but I think the quality of the BlackWidow is just as good honestly. In fact, between the two I have, the keys wobble more (seem loose) on the Rapid more than the BlackWidow. But, ultimately it is not effecting how I use the board at all.
I think if I can get used to browns, I could potentially like them more. They are quieter, and being easier to press can be a good thing. However, if you wanna really feel the key when you push it, I'd say use blues or blacks. Blacks will not click however, they will just feel stiffer when you push them down. Personally I don't have any issues typing with blacks either. Some say it wears their fingers out, but I guess I have typed so much that it just doesn't do that to me.
I must have Hulk fingers.
Somewhat off topic, but I like the tenkeyless size too the more I use it. I'm going to see if I can use the Rapid the rest of the week to get more of a feel for the browns. If I like it, I'll keep it or get another brown board with back lighting. It will be hard to find that in tenkeyless though, so most likely I would stick with the Rapid in that case.
It ultimately depends on how you feel about it and if you can stand the noise or not. If you're not in a place where the noise is bearable, then don't get blues. If you are, then blues are an option. If you want really tactile in all ways, go blue. If you want easy to push, somewhat tactile, and small form factor, go with the Rapid with browns.
Hope that helps. If you have anymore specific questions let me know since I have a blue and brown board to compare.