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I have a Filco mechanical keyboard for home MX blue switches, pretty loud for a work situation but i love the keyboard.

Where i work is in a bigger room with an employee down the long desk from me and there is a lot of customers in the waiting room.

I need something more silent but with the good feel of a mechanical keyboard. I was looking into the browns for this one, but from some of the videos it does seem to be a bit loud. I could be wrong.

Right now i am using that dell keyboard with the fat space bar. So i am here asking what would be a good recommendation for a mechanical keyboard more on the quiet side but with that great feel.
 
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You could look for a keyboard with brown switches and noise dampening rings. I only know of one keyboard that has this, the Logitech G710+ which is a bit expensive, but there's probably others I don't know about. If you don't mind the price, the G710+ is a solid keyboard though, and not very loud at all unless you really hammer your keys.
You could also see if you can find the rubber rings somewhere separately and try to put them on your current keyboard (or a new one with brown switches to minimise sound).
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post #3 of 22
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051XWXCE/ref=biss_dp_t_asn

If you want O-Rings. They will not make your blues anywhere near quiet enough for a public space though.
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post #4 of 22
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Also forgot to mention not looking for extra keys i mean if the browns are atleast half the noise of the blues then that would be great. I am looking at the Max keyboards or possibly even a ducky shine.

The blacks also seem to be pretty silent can anyone vouch and say the browns are blacks are at least half the sound of the blues? I like that Dell keyboard but i would rather switch to something more quality like. With a nice feel plus i have that keyboard itch and i dont want to replace my filco.
 
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How about this one?

http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-professional-quiet/

I think MX Cherry Reds would best fit your needs.
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post #6 of 22
I have a max keyboards Nighthawk x8 and it's pretty quiet. Louder than a rubber dome of course but compared to the Gf's black widows ult (blues) it's night and day. Throw on the orings and it's even quieter
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post #7 of 22
Orings + cherry clear switches would probably be your best bet for something that feels like blues but is quiet.

I believe Deck sells some boards with Clears, but aside from that, I'm not sure of any US market boards with clears.

You could always import something though. I believe Ducky has a few boards that come in clear variety overseas, and look less stupid on a work desk than a Deck board does.
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post #8 of 22
MX Reds would be quietest, yes, since they have no tactile bump at all. BUT, if you like MX Blues, you might not like the Reds.

MX Browns are your best bet. They dont have that extra "click" mechanism. This shows why Blues so clicky:


The browns dont have that extra (white) clicky piece, but there is still a tactile bump to let you know when you've actuated the key enough:


Reds have no bump at all:


They are loud only when you bottom out. That can be remedied by: 1. not bottoming out and 2. these: http://www.elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=access,slpads or the previously mentioned o-rings.

I saw good reviews about the soft landing pads on GeekHack (popular forum for keyboards).

I personally just bought a KBT Pure w/ MX Reds to use at work, it comes tuesday, and I can give you my personal opinion on those at that time.
I use the Das Ultimate Silent (MX Browns) at home.
Edited by PandaSPUR - 5/24/13 at 6:16am
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post #9 of 22
I love Browns. However, like any keyboard they do make noise. I now use a Quickfire TK Brown as my primary board. I placed .2mm dampening rings on it and the noise level is now perfect.
post #10 of 22
If you like blues, and you want quieter, go with browns. It's that easy. O-rings will make them even more quiet, but will reduce travel distance a little bit (if that's something that bugs you).

I wouldn't recommend blacks for pure typing, especially coming from blues. They have no click sound, true, but their activation requires more force, so I find they lead to a bit more strain on the fingers if you're typing for long periods of time.

Ducky Shine, Max Keyboards, Filco, and Das are all great keyboards for work & play. I find the first two the better options, since they're a little more feature rich than the latter two, which are priced almost the same. There are others that work just as well, but might be a little gaudy for a work computer. Still, some have nice features worth considering.
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