I think if you had tried ANY non chiclet style keyboard (mechanical or not) you would find the key travel huge because you're just so used to the chiclet style keyboards. I dont think this the fault of the mechanical keyboard or anything unique specificaly about mechanical keybaords. Its just that you went from flat keybaord with virtually no key travel to a real keyboard with key travel.
Try Cherry MX Blues. Mechanical Keyboards are far better than membrane keyboards, especially chiclet keyboards which i find to be horrible. Just because you're used to it, doesnt make it better technically. It just makes it comfortable and familiar.
All keyboards when new take sometime to get used to, especially if you're making such a radical change from one to another.
A lot of people will tell you they have their favorite switch, but most people will tell you to get the full mechanical experience you should get Cherry MX Blues, as they are the best to type on, along with browns but Blues will give you a very distinct and unique experience where as reds, blacks, clears etc are a little on the fringe of preference.
I personally like Blues first, then Browns. Browns are basically blues without the mechanical click sound and they're slightly easier to press. Each switch are designed to have a unique feel, perhaps you just found out you dont like reds.
I would stick with mechanical keyboards if i were you. They are the best, they are loud, and we love them that way because its part of the experience. Many people including myself find the sound of Cherry MX Blues and Browns to be a very pleasant sound. I suggest taking the keyboard back and trying a different cherry switch, or even a different brand of mechanical keyboard if you didnt like the corsair specifically for any reason. Give blues or browns a try first then if you hate the mechanical keyboard thing, so be it. Edited by DwindleFlip - 10/18/14 at 5:18am