Originally Posted by MrKuenning
I have been wanting to get a mechanical keyboard for a while now. I have only been able to try an MX blue, but from everything I have read I would want browns.
I am trying to decide between the Corsair K70 MX Brown or the Max Keyboard Nighthawk-X8 MX Brown. Both retail for about $150, both on amazon for less.
Do any of you have recommendations for me? Anybody own a Nighthawk?
I do a lot of FPS, but having never tried a MX Red it makes me nervous not having any tactile feel.
Should I continue going for Browns?
Should I get corsair for the brand, Max Keyboard for the Custom build and feel, Neither and get a Ducky Shine II for around the same price?
First off I am far from an expert on keyboards especially mechanical. However I have done tons of research for months trying to pick one for myself.MX Brown
Great all around for Typing and Gaming, the small tactile feedback is great for typing and no click is good for the people around you. I wanted this switch as well until I tried a MX Blue and then I changed my mind. I work from home and would mainly be using it for typing and some FPS gaming.MX Red
The best for gaming, especially RPG's since you can register a keystroke without having to press the key all the way down (bottoming out). There is zero click and a zero feedback. Since they are great for that obviously they take time while typing not to press the same key multiple times by accident, since it's so easy to register a keystroke on the MX Red. High spring tension (going back up) so not great for typing since it will fatigue your fingers.MX Blue
The best for typing and FPS Gaming, the tactile feedback and loud audible click is the most satisfying meckeyboard around. May not be the best for games since you have to bottom the key out to register. As long as you don't need the press the same key multiple times then you'll be ok. You can press them multiple times but MX Blues will be slower than other switches.
I too was torn between the Max Keyboard and Corsair K70. So this may help you out more.
I choose the Corsair K70 for the aluminum frame, media keys, sleek design (open and easy to clean) and key by key custom backlighting. I wish it had white backlighting and audio and mic ports, then it would be perfect.
I liked the MaxKeyboard for the white backlight or custom color, audio and mic ports, memory foam wrist rest and simple design. I didn't like rubberized finish that will show oil an dirt, the lack of key by key custom backlight (chose which keys light up).
The Ducky Shine 3 was my first pick overall but I just kept getting turned away from it's too simple look and no media keys. The Lighting features are over the top and in many colors but I just could never pick it over the Corsair.
Long winded but I hope it helped somewhat.Edited by travisamc - 9/21/13 at 5:59am