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post #11 of 17
I've tries blue, brown, black, and red.
I first bought a blue, loved the clicky feeling and sound, but it was really loud and bothered my family. They can hear me typing in the other room... I had o-ring mod... imagine typing on blue without the o-ring mod... and blue switch is more for typing than gaming. It's really hard to do a quick double click, which is preferred in typing. But it will be a disaster if you play games like starcraft2... you may get away with it in FPS. But all in all, blue switch is not an allrounder.
I then tried brown, which was advertised as similar to blue but quieter. But it's pretty far away from blue actually. It's not clicky, it's bumpy and fuzzy, it feel funny to me. So it's a no go for me.
Switched to a black keyboard, feels nice, but my forearms can easily get sore under serious typing.
I then tried red, and stayed with red. It's straightforward and less tiring. It's also the most quite switch among the four. Very easy to do fast double click in games. It's soft, so I can type really fast. I do have to focus on typing to avoid errors. In comparison, I didn't have to focus my attention on typing on blues, It was not as easy to make mistake on blues. But I do find myself try to avoid the keyboard before I switched to brown. It was so annoying that I started to feel guilty making that noise in the house...

Preference is always a subjective thing. I would suggest you buy four keyboards from bestbuy, try them in your home, on the desk you usually use, at the same time, then return the three you don't like. I don't think they charge a restocking fee on keyboards, but I could be wrong.
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post #12 of 17
I've tried blues, browns, reds, greens, blacks and clears.

The brown switch is my favorite hands down, and that's what I have on my daily driver, which is a Poker II.

I personally don't like the linear switches as I need that feedback, I'm just so used to it now. I like my blues as well but they can become rather annoying after a while. Greens are just heavier blues so I don't see much of a point to them.

Topre is over rated in my opinion.
post #13 of 17
I bought a Deck key sampler to try the difference between the black, blue, brown and reds. I'm currently using reds but I love the tactile feel of the blues but not the noise. Browns weren't that great as the tactile feel was dull compared to the blues but I'm looking for a keyboard that has green keys as I would like a higher tension blue.

I will be buying o-rings to reduce the clicky sounds as it's quite loud and will wake/annoy the family.
Edited by magicase - 4/5/14 at 3:41pm
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post #14 of 17
If you've never used a mechanical keyboard before and you have idea what to get then you have two options.

1. Get MX Browns, for me they are the 'all rounder' switch. Probably why they are so popular.
2. Better than option 1, get a switch tester or even better see if you can try out some keyboards at a shop.
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post #15 of 17
Tried Blues, Blacks, Browns, Clears and Topre switches.

I'm a little biased because I'm a light touch typist whenever I can help it, so MX Blacks were by far my least favorite. The linear action and relatively heavy actuation force required made it unpalatable for me to use for daily, extended use. This is also the reason why I didn't even bother trying for MX Green switches and am not that comfortable with MX Clears. I really wanted to love the MX Clear (or maybe just the Code Keyboard as a whole) but again that actuation force required turned me off a bit. I've been told that ErgoClears would probably do the trick, but I don't really have the time for that.

MX Blue switches make that awesome clicking sound that probably caught your attention when you first heard about mechanical keyboards. I mean, the sound of a clacking typewriting still brings a tear to my eye (except for the fact that I make a typing error about once in every thirty words, which would instantly take me out of the typewriting pool = (. With a very clear actuation point (due to both the clicking sound and that extra bit confirming you hit said actuation point), it probably would be the best keyboard for a person who is specifically interested in experiencing or demonstrating the difference between a mechanical and standard rubber membrane keyboards, short of going with buckling springs or Alps switches.

However, my favorite MX switch is the MX Brown. While the MX Blue is the best demonstrator of a mechanical keyboards qualities, some of those "qualities" aren't very friendly to people around you. Both at home and in the office, people lost their patience very quickly when hearing clicking that isn't coming from their own keyboard for 4 hours straight, especially when the role generally has everyone being somewhat quiet. Admittedly, it's not a sound everyone loves, especially if only one person (ahem me) is making all the noise. MX Browns represent a very good compromise between getting a tactile feeling (though not as tactile as a MX Blue/Green), while still not annoying your coworkers. It helps that MX Browns have some of the lowest actuation forces, which make it easier to type for extended periods of time, though this probably contributes to my rate of mistakes.

Then you have Topres; the end all be all of switches if we talk about cost. I will state this upfront; if you are expecting a revolutionary feeling switch that gives you an instant orgasm and cures cancer, you will be sorely disappointed. In fact, you will probably be reminded of your old rubber membrane keyboards before you delved into the world of mechanicals. HOWEVER, in terms of actual typing experience, it's much crisper than a rubber membrane, and in some ways can make even MX Browns feel a little mushy in comparison (though the transition is very easy).Is it BETTER? I can't really answer because this is very subjective. I will just put it this way, Topre's are VERY appropriate for all-day typing applications (coding, report writing, etc.), but you honestly won't be able to appreciate what you're getting until you roll through some of the MX switches first (and your wallet will cry less when the time comes, simply because you've already spent so much MUHAHAHAHA!)
post #16 of 17
I have had extended use with both MX Blue(A generic, and Razer product), and MX Brown(XarmorUBLS). Just last night I got to lay my hands on an MX Red Model (Corsair K95)

I started out with an MX Brown Keyboard, it was good for typing and I felt comfortable gaming with it. Perhaps a little membrane squishy feeling by comparison to MX Blues. It is the most logical jump from cheap membranes to mechanical in terms of feel. It will be very intuitive! There really isn't much else to say about Browns, they are very straight forward.

I next tried MX Blues, the keys actually felt light to me. Though perhaps it could of been a mind game on the way it actuates. Typing on MX Blues are a joy, unless you are gaming with headphones all day and then the audible key feedback disappears and you are left with just an extra tactile bump. Overall without hearing the keyboard they are more similar to browns. Blues where a failed experiment for me though, they where not very comfortable for gaming. I went back to my old MX Brown keyboard, the blues are a very unique staple of the classic mechanical keyboard but they just don't fair well for gaming based on experience.

I just got a keyboard with MX reds on them so I can't say how they will fair in the long. So far they are the least fatiguing keys I have had the pleasure of pressing my fingers against. They require very little force to actuate properly meaning a light tap will activate them. Although light, they don't activate on their own over a brush over. Of all the keyboards I have owned though there is a bit of a learning curve with them. They are not normal and require you retrain some muscle memory compare to blues and browns. The Reds do have a bit of a tactileness to them, when people say linear I was expecting to not feel it. When touch typing they are nearly pitch silent~ I am having issues pressing two keys at the same time as I have not mastered the force required for actuation per finger.

I believe for typing and gaming I will end up sticking with Reds once I get used to them. They just feel so comfortable and effortless.
Edited by RitzyBusiness - 4/9/14 at 10:07am
post #17 of 17
The reds are my top choice. I've had an MX red keyboard for about a year and i couldn't imagine using anything else. as Rizty mentioned, it's nearly effortless and I can type incredibly fast (sometimes in excess of 150wpm in bursts) but you do need to be accurate because even a 1/4 press will activate the key. Gaming is also awesome with reds, even though I mostly play FPS which probably doesn't have as much impact as maybe some kind of RTS game would have.
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