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This is my first post so I apologize in advance for any ignorant mistakes.

I’ll keep this short.

I was just wondering if red switches are any good for typing. Does their low actuation force cause many mistypes?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 59
Many people tend to avoid MX Red switches because of the actuation force, so depending how heavy-handed of a typist you are, you might have some issues.

From the data I've collected from the Mechanical Keyboard Club, MX Red's are the 3rd most popular switch overall and for typing.
post #3 of 59
Typing is best on blue, brown, and clear. You want it to be tactile and not smooth like red. Red just bottoms out
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post #4 of 59
I had a keyboard with MX Reds (Corsair K90) and typing on it really wasn't great, I'd end up double tapping and typing letters in the wrong order quite often. I much prefer Browns for typing and gaming, for me they feel much better. It's all based on preference though, just giving you mine smile.gif
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post #5 of 59
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

Typing is best on blue, brown, and clear. You want it to be tactile and not smooth like red. Red just bottoms out

Not everyone uses the tactility of switches like Blues, Browns, Reds, Greens etc, I almost always end up bottoming out my Brown switches, I know people that prefer typing on Blacks/ Reds because of the linearity.
post #6 of 59
I'd rank reds second to blues for typing (among commonly available switches), followed by browns and finally blacks (which are just terrible for everything unless you're an overly heavy handed clutz).


Clears, whites, and greens are pretty awesome for typing, but good luck finding a decent board with them.
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There is no best switch type for anything really, it's what YOU find most agreeable (different strokes for different folks).

A lot of people prefer some tactile feedback for typing: classically blues, browns and clears were marked as typists switches, but again it's all relative.
Your best bet is to find a shop where you can test some out or order a sample kit from WASD, do some research on the nature of the switch types (Mech KB guide) and make an educated guess.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

I'd rank reds second to blues for typing (among commonly available switches), followed by browns and finally blacks (which are just terrible for everything unless you're an overly heavy handed clutz).


Clears, whites, and greens are pretty awesome for typing, but good luck finding a decent board with them.

If you're really heavy handed you'd make a custom board with MX Super-Blacks (if you could find them), MX Blacks have an actuation force of 60g, Super-Blacks have an actuation force of 150g. tongue.gif
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Oh god the horror.....it must be like wading through a tapestry of super tight bungee cords (think of the "ant hill" from Discovery Zone)...
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Yeah, it would be pretty difficult to type on, the next step up would just be to use car shock-absorbers. tongue.gif
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