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Which Kind of Keys and Keyboard is Right for Me?

post #1 of 17
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I plan to buy a mechanical keyboard for gaming. This will be my first mechanical keyboard so I want make sure that I make the right choice, and I have never typed on a mechanical keyboard either so I don't really have an opinion about any kind of key or company. I want to be able to use my keyboard to type often and also game, so which type of switch is right for me? I don't particularly mind if it is loud, although I do prefer the sound of the browns to that of blues. I would like some audible feedback and I fear also that the things had to be compromised on keyboards to make them "silent" would detract from the important aspects of a keyboard. I would like it to be fullsize and with a numberpad, I don't care about backlighting, and I would like labeled keys. Also I don't want it to look particularly stupid like the Madcatz STRIKE. My budget is about $100 I would be willing to go a little over for a product that I will be happy with. I have heard that Leopold, Ducky, and Coolermaster make good mechanical keyboards but that is all I know. I know also that Logitech made a mechanical keyboard and I generally like their stuff but that doesn't mean that it is the best one out there or even good at all. Congratulations if you made it through this wall of text and thanks for any help.
post #2 of 17
Your criteria for the board are fairly general so I'd suggest taking a look around here.

I'd suggest MX Blues as you said you wanted some kind of audible feedback and 3 other most popular switches (MX Reds, MX Blacks and MX Browns) are all silent.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

Your criteria for the board are fairly general so I'd suggest taking a look around here.

I'd suggest MX Blues as you said you wanted some kind of audible feedback and 3 other most popular switches (MX Reds, MX Blacks and MX Browns) are all silent.

Browns are not completely silent, I think right? They are quieter but not silent? Or is the classification of silent mean that it is that loud?
Edited by Lubed Up Slug - 5/21/13 at 11:33pm
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Lubed Up Slug View Post

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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

Your criteria for the board are fairly general so I'd suggest taking a look around here.

I'd suggest MX Blues as you said you wanted some kind of audible feedback and 3 other most popular switches (MX Reds, MX Blacks and MX Browns) are all silent.

Browns are not completely silent, I think right? They are quieter but not silent? Or is the classification of silent mean that it is that loud?

Well, they make a very tiny sound as you press them down, like with any switch, but they don't click, the only real sound you get from Browns is if you either bottom them out or the sound of the switch springing back up after you take your finger off.
post #5 of 17
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I think I like the sound of browns better than blues, they provide enough auditory response for me. I have heard both in yt videos and I find blues to be annoying, browns are more what I am looking for.
post #6 of 17
Ok, I'd suggest some boards but around half the boards on the recommended list fit your description e.g. CM Storm Trigger, WASD V1.
post #7 of 17
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Have you owned any mechanical keyboards that you have formed opinions about?
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Lubed Up Slug View Post

Have you owned any mechanical keyboards that you have formed opinions about?

Of the ones on the list I only own the Filco Majestouch-2.

To get on the recommended mechanical boards list, a board has to be recommended often by several members of OCN and have a reputation for being a good quality board.
post #9 of 17
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Also as a quick question do all of a certain type of key have the same force required? I noticed that a lot of brown switch keyboards require 45mg of force and blues 50mg, or maybe I am just imagining things:D
post #10 of 17
All MX switches of the same type require the same amount of force (likely +/- a very tiny amount)

Different types of switches have different actuation forces though, the most common being:

  • MX Blacks - 60g average
  • MX Browns - 45g average
  • MX Blues - 50g average
  • MX Reds - 45g average

Then you also have many other rarer/ out of production varieties such as MX Clears, MX Greens, MX Greys, MX Dark Greys, MX Yellow, MX Pale Grey, MX Super Black, MX White and so on.
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