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post #11 of 59
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I’m trying to find the ideal switch/keyboard suited for 75% typing 25% gaming.

Does anyone know a solid keyboard that would fit the criteria?
post #12 of 59
Having used blues, blacks and reds. I prefer reds for gaming and typing, typing on reds right now, they're the best by far in my opinion. I tried blues, I didn't like the tactile bump and the blacks were too heavy. Reds are like blacks but a lot easier to type on. Reds FTW
post #13 of 59
Answer these and we can help more:
  • Any keyboards you currently have in mind:
  • Price:
  • Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ):
  • Size (60%, TKL, full size etc):
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):
  • USB/ PS2:
  • KRO:
  • Macro keys (yes/ no):
  • Media keys (yes/ no):
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc):
  • Switch type (if not known complete the questions below):
  • *Noise level (high/low):
  • *Tactility (yes/ no):
  • *Stiffness (high/ low):
post #14 of 59
^ THIS.

Again as I said earlier it's what YOU like, so what someone else likes is essentially meaningless.
Don't base your purchase off what someone else says is the best, because unless you have an idea of what you really want out of a board, you might end up hating it.
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post #15 of 59
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Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Cm storm
Price: 70-150$
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): Individual backlighting red
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): No preference
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Mostly typing and some gaming
USB/ PS2: USB
KRO: No preference
Macro keys (yes/ no): No preference
Media keys (yes/ no): yes
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below):
*Noise level (high/low): low or medium
*Tactility (yes/ no): yes
*Stiffness (high/ low): low
post #16 of 59
I've only ever typed on my keyboard's red switch (K90 as well), and I can say that it works well for me. Not only for gaming but also typing (~70-90 average words per minute), doing programming stuff and essays. Like everyone have said, it's mostly a matter of preference. Only thing I'm sure of is that any kind of mechanical keyboard would outright beat a rubber dome keyboard.

Do take everything with a grain of salt though, everyone is different.
post #17 of 59
I've been using browns and its the best. DasSilent - I tend to type a lot, i'm a 140+ WPM typer so they work really well... and I game.
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post #18 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by QuantumLink View Post

Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Cm storm
Price: 70-150$
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): Individual backlighting red
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): No preference
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Mostly typing and some gaming
USB/ PS2: USB
KRO: No preference
Macro keys (yes/ no): No preference
Media keys (yes/ no): yes
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below):
*Noise level (high/low): low or medium
*Tactility (yes/ no): yes
*Stiffness (high/ low): low

Given how open you are to different keyboards, you could pretty much go for most of them from here, given you want a light, tactile switch I'd suggest something like a Ducky Shine 2 with MX Browns, it's up at the higher-end build quality wise and Ducky boards are among the most popular on OCN (around 13% of people in the Mechanical Keyboard Club are listed as owning a Ducky)
post #19 of 59
I don't mind typing on reds. Even if I bottom out and make typos sometimes, the low actuation force makes typing very easy and fast. If you're used to typing on heavier keys like blacks, then it might be a bit difficult adjusting to reds without bottoming out with too much force. I just switched back to my CM Storm reds after using Ducky greens, and I'm not having trouble at all.

I just decided to start typing on reds again because I feel like the greens I had been using for months require way too much effort to actuate (very heavy keypress at 80 cN, versus 60 cN of black, 50 cN of blue, and 45 cN of red). In fact, the green keys require so much force that I found myself making typos simply because I was trying to type fast and press some keys with inadequate force. As I'm typing on reds, I find myself making typos mainly because my finger slips between keys and end up typing two letters at once. However, since typing on reds is nearly effortless, it's a real joy to type on.

Like everyone else says, it's all based on personal preference. Some people who like blues might find reds too "squishy" because there's no tactile feeling. For me, I type so that I bottom out (or almost bottom out) with just the right amount of force, so there's technically still a tactile response but I don't fatigue myself by using more effort than necessary.

I would recommend reds, both for typing and gaming. However, browns are also very nice for typing on as a compromise between reds and blues. If you don't mind the tenkeyless format and large amount of logo labeling, get a CM Storm Quickfire Rapid (what I'm using). The Rapid has great value in that it has good build quality and a low price that makes it a good starter mechanical.

Quickfire Rapid with red switch (note this is not backlit, but has a red board under the keys)
Quickfire TK with red switch (this is a compact version that's red backlit, released recently)

Edit: Another thing to note is that red switches may be the quietest switch if you don't bottom out too hard.
Edited by Heliosphere - 5/18/13 at 5:08pm
post #20 of 59
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

Given how open you are to different keyboards, you could pretty much go for most of them from here, given you want a light, tactile switch I'd suggest something like a Ducky Shine 2 with MX Browns, it's up at the higher-end build quality wise and Ducky boards are among the most popular on OCN (around 13% of people in the Mechanical Keyboard Club are listed as owning a Ducky)

It seems like a great keyboard but I can’t find any retailers…
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