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post #21 of 73
I like this keyboard I believe the switches are brown... It does NOT have backlighting which is why I do not own it.

http://www.frys.com/product/7180812?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG


I would recommend that you find a way to test these boards... Also there are boards that do not have mechanical keys that offer a great feeling and if backlight is your thing mechanical keys are more difficult to backlight and are usually unevenly lit.

Also I have bought a lot of keyboards and unfortunately there are keyboards that the printing or coating on the keys goes bad very quickly. So that is a thing to keep in mind.

Also I don't really disagree with what anyone else is saying just want to make sure you thought of the above.

Also the mechanical keyboards are fine for a dedicated office but if the room is shared with another occupant it may be rather annoying to them.
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Ducky's are fine too. What Flashfir said basically I agree with, cherry switches are cherry switches no matter what brand the keyboard is. They'll likely feel the same regardless of brand, but there are differences in the key cap manufacturers, the inner workings (PCB) and the casing of the keyboard.

Brown switches aren't for beginners. Don't know what kind of thought process went behind that statement.

Ok. Yeah, but of course we want the best build quality that is not too much expensive. Which brand produces the best key caps?

What I meant by brown switches being for beginners is that if one doesn't know what switch color to pick, hence a "beginner" in mechanical keyboards, then brown switches are the most safe to choose, is that an accurate thought?
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I like this keyboard I believe the switches are brown... It does NOT have backlighting which is why I do not own it.

http://www.frys.com/product/7180812?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG


I would recommend that you find a way to test these boards... Also there are boards that do not have mechanical keys that offer a great feeling and if backlight is your thing mechanical keys are more difficult to backlight and are usually unevenly lit.

Also I have bought a lot of keyboards and unfortunately there are keyboards that the printing or coating on the keys goes bad very quickly. So that is a thing to keep in mind.

Also I don't really disagree with what anyone else is saying just want to make sure you thought of the above.

Also the mechanical keyboards are fine for a dedicated office but if the room is shared with another occupant it may be rather annoying to them.

Thanks. I just need some more justification to go with a TKL keyboard rather than a full-size one considering I'm using the numpad sometimes?

Yeah, no problems with mechanical keyboards having problems with anyone in the house.
post #23 of 73
Brown is a safe choice because it is a very good switch and most people prefer them (as far as I know). They are ultra responsive, fun to type on, and are good for everything (typing, gaming).

You pick things such as red or black and you have issues... They're not fun to type on because they're mushy and some what unresponsive... but people say they're good for gaming.. I don't know why people say that but whatever, it is what it is.

You pick blues you have issues... They're fantastic to type on, but they make loud noises, and they're not the greatest for gaming because of the way the switch works. You have to let the key come back up a certain amount before it can be pressed down again. So extremely fast double taps can't work.

There is literally no real downfall when it comes to browns. They're good at everything, the only thing I've ever heard is someone preferred another color over the brown... I don't think I've ever heard anyone say anything bad about browns. The activation force is perfect too IMO.
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post #24 of 73
Best bang for you buck? Try Craigslist for vintage mechanical k/b, I got this one for $12 and it was still BNIB. It doesn't get anymore "bang for you buck" than that.

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post #25 of 73
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Brown is a safe choice because it is a very good switch and most people prefer them (as far as I know). They are ultra responsive, fun to type on, and are good for everything (typing, gaming).

You pick things such as red or black and you have issues... They're not fun to type on because they're mushy and some what unresponsive... but people say they're good for gaming.. I don't know why people say that but whatever, it is what it is.

You pick blues you have issues... They're fantastic to type on, but they make loud noises, and they're not the greatest for gaming because of the way the switch works. You have to let the key come back up a certain amount before it can be pressed down again. So extremely fast double taps can't work.

There is literally no real downfall when it comes to browns. They're good at everything, the only thing I've ever heard is someone preferred another color over the brown... I don't think I've ever heard anyone say anything bad about browns. The activation force is perfect too IMO.

TBH I'd take browns over anything else for any reason...

Reds/Blacks don't even have their merits for me in my fingers after testing them.
post #26 of 73
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Originally Posted by gl0ry View Post

Brown is a safe choice because it is a very good switch and most people prefer them (as far as I know). They are ultra responsive, fun to type on, and are good for everything (typing, gaming).

You pick things such as red or black and you have issues... They're not fun to type on because they're mushy and some what unresponsive... but people say they're good for gaming.. I don't know why people say that but whatever, it is what it is.

You pick blues you have issues... They're fantastic to type on, but they make loud noises, and they're not the greatest for gaming because of the way the switch works. You have to let the key come back up a certain amount before it can be pressed down again. So extremely fast double taps can't work.

There is literally no real downfall when it comes to browns. They're good at everything, the only thing I've ever heard is someone preferred another color over the brown... I don't think I've ever heard anyone say anything bad about browns. The activation force is perfect too IMO.

Fair enough. Is the K70 supposed to better than the Ducky Shine II?
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Best bang for you buck? Try Craigslist for vintage mechanical k/b, I got this one for $12 and it was still BNIB. It doesn't get anymore "bang for you buck" than that.


Thanks, but I would prefer branded ones. I do consider the aesthetics of the board a little bit. And I'm not from the USA so Craigslist won't be a viable choice for me either.
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K70 uses red switches. So if you ask me, I think they suck.. but you already know my bias towards switch colors. biggrin.gif
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post #28 of 73
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K70 uses red switches. So if you ask me, I think they suck.. but you already know my bias towards switch colors. biggrin.gif

Oh ok, yes, I thought you can pick switch colors on those K70's.

What are the higher-priced keyboards with brown switches?
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Oh ok, yes, I thought you can pick switch colors on those K70's.

What are the higher-priced keyboards with brown switches?

Well, this is the one I own.

http://www.amazon.com/Majestouch-2-Tenkeyless-Keyboard-FKBN87M-EFB2/dp/B004ZJPSGI

Filco heavily regarded as one of the top brands for mechanicals.


http://www.daskeyboard.com/

Das keyboards are great also, I bought one and returned it because the casing was too glossy for me, picked up finger prints, but it was honestly a great keyboard.

http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/

They have a good selection, with ducky's that have backlights.
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post #30 of 73
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Well, this is the one I own.

http://www.amazon.com/Majestouch-2-Tenkeyless-Keyboard-FKBN87M-EFB2/dp/B004ZJPSGI

Filco heavily regarded as one of the top brands for mechanicals.


http://www.daskeyboard.com/

Das keyboards are great also, I bought one and returned it because the casing was too glossy for me, picked up finger prints, but it was honestly a great keyboard.

http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/

They have a good selection, with ducky's that have backlights.

Thanks. What makes the Filco so expensive?
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