Cherry MX Blue switches are the last type I would recommend for gaming. There are two types of mechanical switches: Linear and Tactile. Tactile switches have a "bump" you can feel roughly halfway down the keystroke. Think of it as a "click" feeling (press down, hit a small resistance point, feel a "click" as you pass through it and then back to "normal" resistance). Linear switches do not have a "bump" or "click." Instead, the force required to press down feels the same throughout the entire keystroke.
Linear switches such as the Cherry MX Black and Red are viewed as "gaming" switches because most gamers tend to bottom out keystrokes while playing so having a tactile bump isn't an advantage. Rather, the "smoother" keystroke is preferred for double-tapping. Blacks have a higher activation force (i.e. how hard is it to press down) than Red switches. Because of the lighter activation force (the lightest among the MX switches), some gamers consider Red switches the best for gaming as the light keystroke feels faster when double tapping (may or may not be true). Others like Black keys for the more "solid" feeling and less chance of an errant keystroke.
Tactile switches such as the Cherry MX Blue, Clear & Brown are viewed as typing switches The "bump" or "click" lets you know that the key stroke has been registered so you can let up and move on to the next key rather than fully depress each keystroke. The result is faster typing. Blue switches have an audible "click" as well as one you can feel = they are easily the loudest MX switch.
Browns switches are really a hybrid of Blue and Black switches. There's a tactile bump, but it's very slight (I'm typing with Brown switches and I can barely notice the tactile bump), and the activation force is a little less than either Blue or Black keys. Some gamers like Brown switches the best because they are able to ride the tactile bump with practice and get faster double-tapping. Clear switches are the same as Brown except for a little higher activation force.
A couple of other things to keep in mind:
- Not all mechanical keyboards use mechanical keys for ALL full-size keys. Things might have changed since I researched this last fall, but pretty sure the Corsair K60 & maybe K90 along with some other brands use rubber dome switches for some full-size keys along with mechanical. JMO, but if I'm buying a mechanical keyboard, I want all full-size keys mechanical.
- Don't forget media controls (i.e. volume, mute, etc.). Most (at least when I looked), mechanical keyboards do not feature dedicated media keys. Quite a few had media controls via a "FN+other" combination keystroke, but that's not as good IMO. I use my volume/mute controls daily let alone when I game, and FN+other is tedious IMO. Last thing I want when gaming is to have to use both hands or look away as I search for the right combination to change volume. JMO - others are perfectly fine with FN+other or even no media controls.
I would definitely NOT get Cherry MX Blue switches for gaming. Great for typing - as long as you don't mind the noise (I would). Instead, I suggest you consider either Black, Red or Brown switches. Even before the G710+ was released, I decided upon Brown switches because I wanted a switch designed to be good (if not great) at both rather than more specialized for one or the other. I can't remember the site, but during my research there was a website which polled Cherry MX keyboard owners. Switches were rated 1-10 for gaming & typing with a composite (average of both) score as well. Brown switches had the highest overall (i.e. combined) rating. Individual rating were pretty close the leading gaming switch (Red followed closely by Black) and typing switch (Blue) as well. I wasn't able to test Cherry MX switches locally so I figured that as a "hybrid", Brown switches were a "safe", "middle of the road" choice. After almost four months, I have no regrets at all in terms of my choice. Still, which switch is "best" is a very personal choice and I strongly suggest you test out the various MX switches locally to the extent possible.
I definitely recommend Logitech G710+
. I've been using one for almost four months and really like it. It has the dedicated media controls I wanted (volume scroll wheel is great), all full-size keys are mechanical (incl. numpad which I wanted) and even the few rubber dome keys (media playback/mute/backlighting levels/etc) have a nice sold feeling. It's not quiet, but not annoyingly loud either. One nice feature is that it comes with sound dampening rubber "O" rings already installed. Not sure if the Black or Red keys are quieter than the Browns, but I suspected with any MX switch I'd be ordering some "O" rings along with the keyboard. To be fair, I should point out that Logitech decided to switch the "labeling" on dual function keys (i.e. for the number "1" keycap, "1" is on top and "!" on the bottom, for "5", "5" is on top and "%" on the bottom) so that the default "label" lights up instead of the shift label. The reason has to do with the placement of the LED lights for the MX switches. Not a big deal for me (got used to it fairly fast), but others may find it annoying. Overall, I have very little to complain about the G710+ and would not hesitate to buy it again.
Along with the G710+, you might consider MaxKeyboards Night Hawk models
(my 2nd choice) along with the Ducky Shine II. BTW - if you do decide on a Nighthawk, do a web search on discounts for it. There's forum I found which regularly puts a group of ten buyers together so that they can get a 10% (20%?) volume discount.
GL & hope this helps.