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I've filco majestouch 2 black TKL and have been using about 2 years, and I'm about to sell it off and looking for best replacement.

The reason that I've given up on black switch is because the actuation force, my fingers will start feeling pain after long hours of playing, especially I've to press down w+LShirt all the time, sometimes I've to quit game just to rest my fingers. Compare with my previous Razor Tarantula, Tarantula is way more comfortable than black, but qc of Tarantula sucks. It's getting annoying lately that I've decided to get rip of it.

So can you guys recommend any switch for gaming except black? From what I know red switch is lighter version of black, but I didn't have any experience with other switches beside black, so I've no idea how does it feel actually. I'm playing FPS mainly, and my requirement is simply, it will not hurt my fingers in long period of gaming usage, especially I've to press down certain buttons constantly.
Edited by HGooper - 6/28/13 at 7:06am
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post #2 of 7
I think that the MX Browns and MX Reds are what people who are heavy gamers prefer. When I upgrade to a new keyboard from my Sidewinder X4 I am personally going for MX Browns in hope for the best. This guide will probably cover everything else you want to know.
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It's a pity that you feel that way about MX blacks. However the feel of Reds is very different from blacks, the decrease in actuation force makes the feel so much smoother, its basically effortless (for me, though I actually find MX blacks resistance to be almost negligible). If you try it out on your current black keys; press them slowly, notice the initial force needed? imagine if once you'd applied virtually no force they'd started to slide down. That's more or less reds. I'm not saying they have no actuation force its quite noticeable.

Go for the lowest actuation force, Reds or browns essentially. You'll not be disappointed with either but familiarity with the linear switches will probably make you feel more at home with the reds (or just remind you of the trauma). I'd recommend reds.
Edited by Eskanasi - 6/28/13 at 6:46am
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post #4 of 7
Wait a minute, you used 2 years a keyboard that was causing you pain? just wow.
post #5 of 7
Try either the blues or the browns you can order some sample keys from ebay to test the different switches out until you find one you really like thumb.gif
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I would say go for Browns. I personally think they are the best in terms of having no weaknesses, but I will say they don't haveas cclear of strengths as some other switches do.

Perhaps look into alternative switches like ALPS?
   
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post #7 of 7
I agree with OP's assessment of MX blacks. My friend has one of those Azio Levetron (or whatever it's called) and my fingers get tired within minutes of coding on that thing. I have an MX brown and MX red keyboard, and can recommend them both wholehearted for we dainty-fingered individuals.
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