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Hello,

Mechanical keyboard virgin here seeking advice on what cherry MX switch to go with for my first mech keyboard purchase.
I have tried all swith colors on the Max keyboard sampler kit and even tried them all with red and blue WASD O-rings. Right now Im down to either the blue or brown switch. Problem is, I like the feel of the blue switch a little bit more than the brown one but Im worried about the sound level getting annoying with time. What color out of the two mentioned do you prefer for gaming and why?

Thanks in advance!
Edited by Falconetti - 10/21/14 at 2:23pm
post #2 of 32
I use red. I tried all the sample keys and disliked the tactile bumps, I prefer my keys to smoothly actuate and with time I have learnt to activate them without always bottoming them out. The only real problem I have in games is while I am riding the key half down when trying to minimise time to activate I will occasionally push too far, the lack of feedback on how far means its possible to push past the activation without noticing. Neither less its improved my typing accuracy and they seem to speed up key spam a bit in games so I got what I expected out of them.
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post #3 of 32
Ignore anyone who says "this switch is best"

Switch type is ALL about PERSONAL preference.

I love blacks, have them in all but 2 of my keyboards. lots of people hate blacks. I hate browns, lots of people love browns.

Though comparing brown to blue, Brown is Quieter.

If you share an office/computer space with others, they may find it annoying.

If you play games and voice chat with a mic or headset, the mic may pick up the 'ticking' of the blues.


I'm not sure if that tester has clears or not, but clears are going to be heavier than browns, but the bump is much more pronounced and much more tactile than the brown switch. ( but the force to press it down is slightly more than an mx black ) Something you may want to consider.

Also, with blue switches, it is possible to double input a key while only hearing one 'click' since the internal slider slides above the actuation point, so for rapid key press's, it may throw you off a bit.

According to an OCN poll, mx blue is the most popular switch ( among OCN users )
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Originally Posted by BrightCandle View Post

I use red. I tried all the sample keys and disliked the tactile bumps, I prefer my keys to smoothly actuate and with time I have learnt to activate them without always bottoming them out. The only real problem I have in games is while I am riding the key half down when trying to minimise time to activate I will occasionally push too far, the lack of feedback on how far means its possible to push past the activation without noticing. Neither less its improved my typing accuracy and they seem to speed up key spam a bit in games so I got what I expected out of them.

Thank you for you input, but I wasn't too fond of the red ones when I tried them out so the choice is either blue or brown for me.
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Originally Posted by Jixr View Post

Ignore anyone who says "this switch is best"

Switch type is ALL about PERSONAL preference.

I love blacks, have them in all but 2 of my keyboards. lots of people hate blacks. I hate browns, lots of people love browns.

Though comparing brown to blue, Brown is Quieter.

If you share an office/computer space with others, they may find it annoying.

If you play games and voice chat with a mic or headset, the mic may pick up the 'ticking' of the blues.


I'm not sure if that tester has clears or not, but clears are going to be heavier than browns, but the bump is much more pronounced and much more tactile than the brown switch. ( but the force to press it down is slightly more than an mx black ) Something you may want to consider.

Also, with blue switches, it is possible to double input a key while only hearing one 'click' since the internal slider slides above the actuation point, so for rapid key press's, it may throw you off a bit.

According to an OCN poll, mx blue is the most popular switch ( among OCN users )

The tester I have only have the red-black-blue-brown keys. Interesting info regarding double input with the blue switches, maybe I should avoid them. I tried the black keys a bit, really don't dislike them that much with Red O-rings installed, but still a bit worried that the blacks will make my fingers tired faster. Thanks for the help!
post #6 of 32
yeah, basically I had blues in my first keyboard, and the double inputs with only one click threw me off quite a bit in fast paced typing.

I'm not saying they are the best, but browns are a pretty safe choice.

And luckly, mechanical keyboards have a pretty good re-sell value as long as you don't buy a crap one.
Either that, you'll get bitten by the bug and start buying tons of them.
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Originally Posted by Jixr View Post

yeah, basically I had blues in my first keyboard, and the double inputs with only one click threw me off quite a bit in fast paced typing.

I'm not saying they are the best, but browns are a pretty safe choice.

And luckly, mechanical keyboards have a pretty good re-sell value as long as you don't buy a crap one.
Either that, you'll get bitten by the bug and start buying tons of them.

Looks like Im going for brown, might retry black just to be sure. You don't feel any fatigue while typing on your black keyboards ?
post #8 of 32
I don't, I personally ( again the key word here ) feel like reds/browns/blues are too light, and prefer blacks, clears and greens.

Though I can defiantly see how people could feel like the heavier springed switches cause fatigue.
On days where I write a ton at work, then come home and play games or work some more, I can definitely feel the weight of the switches.
post #9 of 32
Who are you worried about the noise of blues bothering, yourself or others? If it's you, I don't think it'd really bother you if it doesn't now. Just to be safe, find a video of someone typing on blues and listen to it for a bit while you're browsing the internet or something. Though I guess it's still a safe bet to go with browns since you seem to like them and you mention gaming which they're a bit better for. With blues, the actuation point is lower than the release point, meaning that you have to let go of the key a bit before it'll reactivate which makes double-tapping a bit slower. For some it's a deal breaker but honestly I never had any issue since I don't play at a high level.
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Originally Posted by a_ak57 View Post

Who are you worried about the noise of blues bothering, yourself or others? If it's you, I don't think it'd really bother you if it doesn't now. Just to be safe, find a video of someone typing on blues and listen to it for a bit while you're browsing the internet or something. Though I guess it's still a safe bet to go with browns since you seem to like them and you mention gaming which they're a bit better for. With blues, the actuation point is lower than the release point, meaning that you have to let go of the key a bit before it'll reactivate which makes double-tapping a bit slower. For some it's a deal breaker but honestly I never had any issue since I don't play at a high level.

Actually it's myself. It's kind of a bittersweet feeling with the blues. I like the feeling when i press the blue switch, but the sound might get irritating in the long run. I want to close out as much outside noise as possible while I game and imagine it would be a bit distracting with the clickety-clack noise in certain gaming situations.
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