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Hey Guys,

I have recently been looking into mechanical keyboards, but since i have only used them very minimally, i am not sure what type of switches i like. I was wondering what keyboards you guys would recommend to try out each of the main cherry switches (blue, brown, red, black). It would be awsome if i could pick these keyboard up at frys or microcenter (bestbuy and such too if needed) as i have them all relatively close to where i live. I would prefer to be able to pick these up in store for mere convinence, but i need somewhere that will let me return them after they have been opened (so i can try them obviously). I would also like to be able to test all of them at the same time. any recommendations for each of the switches is great.

Thank you in advance,
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EDIT: I will decide what board i am getting (if i do decide to move forward) after i have tested out each of the switches and determined what i do and dont like, so other features are not too important at the moment.
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The stores eat the cost of having to repackage and mark down after a return, so I can't really recommend anything along those lines. If you look around/someone will know where the "tester board" is. There should be a board going around that is a keypad with all the different types of switches on it you can get a feel for. Other than that go feel what blues feel like from best buy or fry's because the Black Widow is at most locations.
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Frys carries the cooler master quick fire series boards also if its for gaming. Actually my frys has about 7 different mech keyboards. You can open the boxes in the store to try em. Screw em they dont like it. Open n try or buy n bring back n restock. Which do you prefer mr manager?
My frys is a 15minute drive and microcenter is 2.5 hours away...
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The stores eat the cost of having to repackage and mark down after a return, so I can't really recommend anything along those lines. If you look around/someone will know where the "tester board" is. There should be a board going around that is a keypad with all the different types of switches on it you can get a feel for. Other than that go feel what blues feel like from best buy or fry's because the Black Widow is at most locations.

This will probably sound kinda snobby, but i dont honestly care about making a big corporate shop eat $20 in repacking, and restocking fees (especially since i plan to but what is most likely a $150+ keyboard once i figure out my preferences)... if it was just some local mom and pop shop, i would definitely agree with you, but i dont hold the same feelings for frys and micro center if im being honest... also, my little experience with mechanical keyboards comes from a tester board, but it just got so agitates=d from different keys having different feels, i couldn't realy determine what types of keys i did like.
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Frys carries the cooler master quick fire series boards also if its for gaming. Actually my frys has about 7 different mech keyboards. You can open the boxes in the store to try em. Screw em they dont like it. Open n try or buy n bring back n restock. Which do you prefer mr manager?
My frys is a 15minute drive and microcenter is 2.5 hours away...

I will be gaming on the keyboard, but the vast majority of what i will be using it for is writing (gf engineering major)... i am well aware that most people like blue witches for typing, but i want to make sure myself before i make such an investment in a keyboard... i am also a bit of a peripheral hoarder and since i mainly play rts and rpg games, i use my nostromo quite a lit as well as the 1 million different buttons on my mouse (witch i will have to replace soon, since it stared with about 10 million frown.gif)

EDIT: and microcenter i about 5 min from my house, and frys is 2 doors down from where i work thumb.gif
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