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Hello, As for now I am using a generic keyboard and I want to buy a new one, My hands are getting tired fast so I'd like to have a keyboard which are the easiest on hands to press. Thank you
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oh boy, you should really check out the stickies at the top of the keyboard section here. There is a ton of info that will direct you to the best keyboard for you.

In general though, if you are using the keyboard for typing the most (as opposed to gaming), you may want to think about a light, tactile mechanical switch like the clicky Cherry Blue or the quieter cherry Brown. Both require relatively low actuation force.
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Sorry, I have read some and I managed to understand that I should look for either Blue or Red, which of these or easiest to press? I don't mind about quiet
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Sorry, I have read some and I managed to understand that I should look for either Blue or Red, which of these or easiest to press? I don't mind about quiet

Red and Blue are like apples and oranges. Blue is a clicky, tactile switch ideal for typing. Red is a linear switch without any tactile bump and are generally less pleasant to type on, especially if you are coming from a rubber dome keyboard. Blue's have an actuation force of about 50 grams, Browns about 45 grams. Reds are about 45 as well. Have a look at THIS thread for more details.
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red and brown are the easiest to press.

both require 45g of force to activate.

the difference is red is completely linear (which imo i dont like) and has 0 feedback, wheras brown has a tactile bump when you press the key (which i like). brown is easier to touch type since you can feel when the key has actuated.
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Hello, As for now I am using a generic keyboard and I want to buy a new one, My hands are getting tired fast so I'd like to have a keyboard which are the easiest on hands to press. Thank you

I see you've already gone through the stickies and read the guide a bit and have some of the basics already. When I made the jump from my Microsoft Ergo rubber dome board I tried my wife's Corsair with red switches and was put off by how lite the reds were. I made typing mistakes all over the place by just barely resting my fingers on the keys as I had been used to.

When I tried browns they felt really lite as well and almost a gritty red to me. I was pretty sure I wanted blues because I didn't like the feel of linear switches so I ordered a Shine 2 in blues and never looked back. If you want some sort of feedback before you hit bottom I'd recommend looking at blues then browns personally. If a linear/smooth feel from start to bottom sounds more appealing I'd say check out the reds.

At the end of the day it's really personal to what appeals to the hands. Good luck with finding that first mechanical....Warning they can be addictive biggrin.gif
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