Originally Posted by QuantumLink
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.
People tend to generalize a lot when it comes to switches, like each color is made to perform a certain task perfectly. This is wrong.
I used to loathe the Red switches because they were marketed as the "gamer switch". I bought into the bullcrap that they were absolutely awful for typing until I borrowed my friend's keyboard for a weekend. I previously only used Blues for typing, and my wpm was around 70. Imagine my amazement when my wpm shot up to 90 in a weekend by using the Red switches. I realized that I loved the low actuation point, the linear feel, and the light touch needed.
As much as I loved my Blues, my fingers were being "held back" by the tactile feel and heavier touch required. I make far less mistakes with my Red switches than I did my Blues, but everybody will be different. I ordered a KBC Poker II with Reds just for typing because I love them so much. They're everything I ever wanted in a switch, but I just didn't realize it until I actually felt it with my own fingers.
Moral of the story: Don't let anybody tell you what switches are to be used for. If you want to play games with Blues, do it. If you want to type with Reds, Blacks, or greens, do it. Just buy the switch that feels best to you. I would highly recommend going to a store where you can feel several different switches.