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I want to get a Cherry MX keyboard and I'm a hunt and peck typist, any ideas on the best mechanical switch for this typing technique?
post #2 of 65
I don't think the typing technique matters all that much. It depends on what you intend to do with the keyboard.

Switches with a tactile bump let you feel when the switch is triggered, which is great for typing. MX Blues or MX Browns would be a great choice. Blues are much louder than Browns, because they provide an audible feedback. If you play games, you might want to choose between MX Reds and MX Browns. Reds are linear switches. Browns have a less defined bump, making them the more suitable choice than MX Blues.

Here's my Cherry MX switch comparison.
post #3 of 65
Pretty sure if you're just hunt and peck, that the keyboard choice won't matter much. Until you get to a point where tactile feedback becomes important (40-50 WPM on up) - you're shopping for aesthetics and extra features only.

I like my Razor Black Widow - and I clock in about 100-110 WPM on average. It's pretty loud at that speed, but something I'm used to after 20 years of tactical mechanical keyboard usage.

Greg
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I hit 90 WPM with two fingers, past that point what criteria should I look for?
post #5 of 65
I'm guessing you type pretty forcefully if you're only using two fingers and you're typing that quickly so I would look at a stiffer key like mx blacks. They do not offer the tactile feel that blues have but would be better suited to the way you type. There are tons of options to choose from so if you need any help selecting the right one, I have had a lot of experience with mechanical keyboards so feel free to ask me any questions and you can also check out this thread as well:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1369214/recommended-mechanical-keyboards/
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I hit 90 WPM with two fingers, past that point what criteria should I look for?


I just want to say that if that's true, that's freaking impressive. Lol
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I want to get a Cherry MX keyboard and I'm a hunt and peck typist, any ideas on the best mechanical switch for this typing technique?
With that sort of typing technique you can get away with 114 or so of these lined up in the backyard:




How in the hell do you hit 90 wpm with two fingers? Maybe 90 keys per minute.


Unless you are this guy:



In which case I still recommend the telegraph keys. I am calling shenanigans on that WPM. But as the post above me said, go with something that can take a beating.
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Gotta try them and see what you like best, different strokes for different folks - what someone else prefers could have zero bearing on what you do.
There are sample packs you can get from WASD, I'd recommend picking one up and reading on what characteristics you think you'll like best in the Mech KB guide here.

Semi-OT:

As for 90wpm hunt & peck...yea I'd have to see that to believe it too.
I think perhaps you're defining your typing style incorrectly then, b/c I just don't see how it'd be possible otherwise.
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post #9 of 65
Any Cherry switch other than reds should suit your needs well. I'm a hunt and peck typist myself and I make TONS of typing errors on my Nighthawks Cherry reds. They're just way to light for my typing but as far as gaming goes they're my hands down favorite.
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With just 2 fingers used MX Blacks are a lot more tiring. Since you bottom out all the time, there's not much use for the bump MX Browns offer over MX Reds. I'd go with MX Blues or MX Reds, depending on what you prefer.
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