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Hey

I am looking for a new gaming keyboard and figure I should probably go mechanical. I tried my friend's Razer black widow mechanical keyboard and the keys felt great but the sound they made drove me crazy. Are there any quieter mechanical keyboards or ones that sound more like a standard keyboard? Thanks.
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Different switches have different loudness-es.
I assume his black widow had blue switches which are on the louder side.
There are also Cherry MX Brown which are quieter, and Cherry MX Red which are even quieter.
Those 3 are some of the most common types, but there are more out there too.

And if you really really want to be quiet you can even buy O-Ring Switch Dampeners:
http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/keyboard-accessories-2/cherry-mx-rubber-switch-dampeners.html

But like I said, I assume his had blue switches which are quite loud indeed, some of the other switches (even without dampeners) will probably work out just fine for you.
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I have the Blackwidow 2013 Stealth with the quieter brown keys. It sounds normal.
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Personally, having owned a blue switch (like the BlackWidow), 2 browns and two reds, browns and blues are not that different from each other in terms of loudness. I'm not sure why everyone markets browns as "the quiet alternative / stealth". Reds are probably the quietest. Perhaps blacks, but it depends how you type on both I suppose. 

 

You should also note that blues are quite poor for gaming if you are anything more than a casual gamer. The actuation force required to trip the manner, at least for me, meant that I couldn't double tap. This was killer for games like Starcraft 2, and Battlefield 3. They are typist switches, and they are amazing for typing if you doa lot of forum/Reddit/essays. 


Edited by GridIroN - 6/23/13 at 7:38am
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GridIron would you think it is worth buying a less nice looking board with brown instead of reds? I am thinking K70 :-) I type a lot and have never owened a mechanical keyboard. -thanks
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Personally, having owned a blue switch (like the BlackWidow), 2 browns and two reds, browns and blues are not that different from each other in terms of loudness. I'm not sure why everyone markets browns as "the quiet alternative / stealth". Reds are probably the quietest. Perhaps blacks, but it depends how you type on both I suppose. 

Brown switches are much quieter than blues. The blues click while the browns don't.
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Brown switches are much quieter than blues. The blues click while the browns don't.

 

Yes, obviously. I'm saying that people say this, but in my experience, it's not really true. They're just two different sound profiles, one's a click and the other's a "thud", and they're both relatively loud. I tend to believe people are more prone to believing the twang of the metal clicker hitting the metal backplate is louder. The click may certainly be more annoying though. 

post #8 of 9
Get any keyboard you like which have MX-Brown keys.
It's quiet.
post #9 of 9
MX blue and green will be pretty loud no matter what you do to it. MX brown or white (if you can actually find white anymore) are quiet clicky keys. Reds and blacks are not clicky, but they are quiet.

If you want the keyboard to be silent, you should add some o-rings onto the keys, so that they don't make a click when they bottom out.

Alternatively, if you want it to be as loud as possible, get an IBM model M.
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