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So for the last 10 years I have used an MS natural elite. Which MS has decided to no longer make.
It died a watery death (from my kids). So.. after reading a lot of stuff I thought I would go back to a standard flat keyboard (I use an ms 4000 at work and really don't like it much and can't imagine gaming on it. ). I ended up being between a sidewinder x4 and a cm storm with brown switches.

So.. since the difference was only $10 (due to a sale) I opted for the brown switchy one. I have been using it for a week and honestly am not liking it. Here is why. First.. I mistype a lot on this board.. I can't figure out what my problem is, but I will transpose letters, add spaces and other oddities. Second, the keys feel pretty crammed together so my arms are not comfortable. Third, this is a very loud keyboard. Fourth there is no wrist rest and the keyboard sits 3/4" up in the front which makes it really uncomfortable.

So.. I am debating sending it back and going back to an ergo of some type. or maybe just pushing through in hopes that I will get used to the thing.

We use the keyboard for my gaming and my wife transcription.

Thoughts?
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I currently use the CM Storm Quickfire pro with brown switches. It is definitely louder than I expected, but not annoyingly loud, like the blue switches. I have noticed that after I first got it, (came from a 3 year old Sidewinder x4, absolutely nothing wrong with it, just wanted a mechanical) it took about a week or so to get used to, but I am typing much more quickly as well as accurate now that my hands are used to the layout and key pressure. I regret the quietness of the sidewinder, and I really enjoyed using it, but the precision and accuracy that the mechanical boards give makes it hard for me to go back. The Sidewinder is a great keyboard though, and I would buy another for a backup or for a more quiet solution. I would give the mechanical board another week or so, maybe it will grow on you. If not, the sidewinder is a great alternative for all around gaming/typing.
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Have you tried the mod thing to quiet it down? Someone suggested putting these on the key stems to quiet it down.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051XWXCE/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Wow, I've actually never heard of doing this, but it seems very applicable in this situation, and people are reviewing it great for that use. I might even get some lol. This will surely get rid of the loud clack of the keys hitting the board. Although some people will argue that the audible "click" helps them manage keystrokes, which it definitely does, this seems like a perfect alternative to get a nice quiet compression for your keys. thumb.gif
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Well I ordered some.. and a fat one wrist rest that everyone recommends for this board. I will see if that helps.
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its just the nature of the beast for the sound. I personally don't like the o-rings, but some people do. the sound is made from the plastic keycap hitting the top of the switch, so you can get o-rings or landing pads from EK to mute them. ( and after awhile you will learn not to bottom out if you choose to try to type like that ) they do make the keys feel a bit mushy though


the problem with browns is they are not smooth as reds/blacks, so they feel 'dirty' and don't have enough of a tactile feeling as blues/greens/clears so its kind of a compromise on both ends. ( which if you were like me, having no/little tactileness threw off your typing a bit. but you can get used to it and will type 'normal' again soon
Edited by Jixr - 8/20/13 at 9:46am
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