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Hi, I'm a new member to these forums but I've been using them as what seems to be an excellent source of keyboard related information for a wee while now. Anyway, I'm about to purchase my first ever mechanical keyboard. After quite a bit of research and decision making I've come to the conclusion that the Filco Majestouch 2 104-key best fits my needs, however I still have a few questions.

I figure if I'm going to spend this kind of money on a keyboard I may as well do the best I possibly can. From what I understand the Filco has pad printed ABS keycaps which are generally considered inferior to PBT keycaps. Can anyone comment on the quality of the keycaps as well as the wear of the pad printed lettering?

I do a lot of gaming as well as typing and I was originally set on getting MX Brown switches, however I'm now quite tempted by the MX Blues. From what I understand Blues feel the nicest to type on which is a major draw for me but as a gamer I find the double-tap issue slightly disconcerting. I feel as though I would enjoy the Blues more than the Browns overall and lately I haven't really been playing any games that require fast double taps (League of Legends, racing games, the occasional RPG) so I'm not sure how much of an issue it would be but I also don't want to buy something that I would find annoying. The sound also isn't a huge problem for me. Coming from a cheap dome keyboard do you think I will have any problems with the Blues and gaming?

Finally I'm planning to buy from The Keyboard Company as no one in my country (New Zealand) stocks Filco keyboards. Are they considered reputable?

Thanks very much for your time and opinions smile.gif
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What feels the nicest to type on is going to vary by personal preference.

Personally, my preference for typing is red > black > brown > blue. I find my self the slowest on blues and find them the most cumbersome and clumsy of the group. Browns aren't bad but feel a bit squishy so I heavily favor blacks and reds for typing.

If you have a chance to try some keyboards out with the various switches, I would highly recommend it. Worst case, the sampler pack may give you an idea but it's hard to tell without really typing out on one type of switch or another.
post #3 of 7
I've only had experience with red and brown. I find I enjoy typing on the reds more so than the browns, even without the tactile feedback, since I type faster on the reds since it feels less resistant to my keypresses.

Gaming on both switches is great, but I don't really have an opinion either way of which is better.

Also I think my keyboard with red switches (quickfire rapid) has a much nicer build quality and feel than my brown Ducky 1087, so that I have a biased view towards the red switches - I'm sure a nicely built keyboard with brown switches are great too.

Wait for more opinions about switches, because everyone has a different favorite for gaming/typing.
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Thanks for the replies. Unfortunately I don't have an opportunity to try out the different switches. I have a friend with Blacks and compared to my dome keyboard they feel great. Other than that I pretty much have to go off opinions. I suppose what ever I go with it will be an improvement over my current keyboard.
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I have MX blues. They are the only ones I have tried, so here is my experience.

They are noisy, which doesnt bother me at all; however, when I am out of town, and someone else is using my keyboard, they say that the clicks are too loud in the morning. The keys feel light, and responsive. If I was to buy another keyboard, I would probably get something other than MX blues just to try something different. I am looking at buying a keyboard for my mom, and I might get the MX browns, or reds because I know that she says my blues are too loud.

Good luck!
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Thanks very much for your opinion. I've made my decision and ordered the Blues last night. I can't wait till it arrives biggrin.gif
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