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What does it mean when a keyboard is Mechanical.and has Cherry switches? How do a determinate what keyboards have this as well ?
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Mechanical switches have a different feel than dome or spring switches, and you can immediately tell if a keyboard has mechanical switches. "Cherry" refers to a specific brand/type of mechanical switches. You may have also noticed a color mentioned, like Cherry MX-Blue/Red/Brown/Black/etc. The color refers to the particular type of mechanical switch, where the amount of tactile feedback (the feeling in your fingertip when you press a key), the amount of sound that the key makes when pressed, and how much pressure is needed for the key to actually be pressed varies between the colors.

Here's some more info, if you're interested. thumb.gif
http://www.keyboardco.com/blog/index.php/2012/12/an-introduction-to-cherry-mx-mechanical-switches/

If you're thinking of getting a mechanical board, DO IT!!!! I don't even have a "top-of-the-line enthusiast" mechanical keyboard, and I love mine! I have the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate. biggrin.gif
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Thanks, I am getting the Cherry MX 6.0 I believe but not sure if I am going to keep it.
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Mechanical switches also last a lot longer than most other switch types. There are keyboard built in the 80s that are still going strong.

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Thanks, I am getting the Cherry MX 6.0 I believe but not sure if I am going to keep it.

Sounds like a decent keyboard. Though, if you're dropping that $200+ on it, then I think you could do better than that particular keyboard. Corsair and DuckyChannel both have good mechanical keyboards (from what I've heard and read), and Razer has a couple of good mechanical keyboards.

In the end, it all comes down to your personal tastes, so I'd definitely check out the MX 6.0 and see how you like it. If you don't like it, you can always swap it out. thumb.gif
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Mechanical switches also last a lot longer than most other switch types. There are keyboard built in the 80s that are still going strong.

^This also. biggrin.gif
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Mechanical keyboards have very linear key press, which makes them an absolute joy to use compared to conventional rubber-dome type switches. Rubber domes also have a "bump" in the engagement, and they feel very mushy when they bottom out. Mechanical keys feel smooth, and when they bottom out, you get a satisfying stop to the motion.

I would gather that the only reason rubber dome keyboards even exist is because they're cheaper. Beyond that, mechanical keyboards are superior in almost every way. thumb.gif
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Mechanical keyboards have very linear key press

well.. most mechanical switches are actually tactile in a way ;p a click or a bump is usually present.
i'm under the impressionm that it's the minority who prefers linear mechanical switches.
but yeah, it's probably all about production costs. the cheaper rubber dome boards typically use low-quality plastics as well.
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Originally Posted by kremtok View Post

There are keyboard built in the 80s that are still going strong.

i have a 30 year old keyboard that's in better shape than i am biggrin.gif
there are even older keyboard out there, but they are basically museum-pieces. very rare and very expensive.
here's one example rolleyes.gif it was built in '83 i believe.

anyway; very good posts by blaze2210. hits the nail on the head. smile.gif
Edited by Bucake - 10/4/15 at 6:13am
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well.. most mechanical switches are actually tactile in a way ;p a click or a bump is usually present.
i'm under the impressionm that it's the minority who prefers linear mechanical switches.
but yeah, it's probably all about production costs. the cheaper rubber dome boards typically use low-quality plastics as well.

Yes, a lot of them are tactile (My Cosair K90 w/ Cherry Reds isn't), but they still have a linear travel on the key press, where as rubber domes usually feel mushy and imprecise. That's mainly what I meant when I said linear.
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What does it mean when a keyboard is Mechanical.and has Cherry switches? How do a determinate what keyboards have this as well ?

The benefit of cherry mx switches comes down to feel and sound for a lot of people, but they may also provide some advantage in gaming and typing usage because they actuate before hitting the bottom of the keyboard. In general tactile switches (make a satisfying clicking sound or just have a nice little bump feeling) like cherry mx brown, blue and clear are prefered for typing and the linear switches (that go straight down without a bump or sound) like mx red and black are prefered for gaming due to the smooth and uninterrupted travel.

All switches have a different weight and other advantages so you can try to tailor a purchase of a mechanical keyboard to your own needs and usage.
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I always thought mechanical keyboards are not so much about the feeling but more about individual button input latency?

I have been using a Logitech Illuminated keyboard (scissor-switches) and am thinking of switching to the Corsair Strafe RGB with silent switches (basically cherry reds), i'm kinda nervous if i will hate them xD
Edited by Nardykil - 10/6/15 at 12:24am
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