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I just ordered "QPAD MK-50 Pro" for cheap (compared to other options), which has Cherry MX Red switches.
I read lots of good about the keyboard itself and red switches. Basically I could've got black for the same price, but after researching I turned it down.

Now I've kept reading about red being inferior to blue at just plain typing. I come from rubber domes only (had some springs in my childhood but didn't really understand keyboards back then lol), and the linear is good introduction to mechanical keys imo.

Is the red really inferior to blue? I'm talking about the very ultimate capacity.

Also can I expect WPM to go over 100 with constancy? With the rubber dome I have now, Logitech g110, I can get 90-98 constantly and 80-90 if I do very bad or my fingers are feeling lazy. Also is 10fastfingers' quick test proper WPM test? It gives you random words to write for a minute, from a pool of 200 most common words in English.

I do programming and gaming mainly.

Lots of questions that time could tell, but I won't really be able to know the difference to blue since I won't have those haha..

Also any experience with MK-50 is appreciated smile.gif (I know the prints on the keys wear off)
post #2 of 19
Never used the QPAD MK-50 Pro. I do have and used all main switches. Brown and red and the two that I use right now.
When typing on red I felt likes my hands was getting more strained, than i would have used on browns.
Not to say Reds were not good, just while typing was bad, gaming is fine and enjoyable.
    
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I've used Blues, Blacks and Reds. For typing I like Blues but for gaming I prefer Reds. I make a lot of typing errors on Reds because they are so easily actuated.
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In general, I would say reds are "not ideal" for typing. It can be done. For gaming... well, I use a gamepad most of the time, but I do have reds at home. In general, red vs black is whether you push buttons when you rest your fingers on the keyboard. Again, personal preference.

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I have a sampler of red, black, blue, and brown here and it really helped me figure out what I wanted.

Long story short, the only way to know what your preferences are is to TEST TEST TEST.

I personally like browns for typing in an office. Closest thing to the tact of a dome and the accuracy of a mech. If I lived alone and worked at home, I'd have clicky blues, but I have other people in the house i don't want to kill me.
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I just bought reds, and I have experience with blues and browns. Reds are fine unless you want to type quietly, then I think you should get some o-rings, because otherwise they'll be a nightmare.
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post #6 of 19
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When typing on red I felt likes my hands was getting more strained, than i would have used on browns.
I've read about this a lot about reds after I ordered the kb :/ is it really that significant compared to the other switches?
post #7 of 19
plenty of people don't have that issue at all, so i wouldn't worry about it and just see for yourself.
coming from tactile switches, you might need a short time to adjust to the lack of it.
post #8 of 19
I typed on reds fine for a long time. You will be fine. Don't worry about it. Its harder to game on blues than it is to type on reds if that makes any sense. My switch of choice is the browns though. Perfect for typing and still really good for gaming.
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I recently got the new K65 with Cherry MX Speed switches (essentially reds with lower actuation point), compared to my previous keyboard which had blue switches I notice I tend to make quite a few more errors typing. Might resolve itself once I get more time to adjust, but for gaming I definitely prefer them over the blue switches.
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i don't have black or brown or other switches from cherry here but i have K95 with red switches and razer blackwidow chroma with their green switches and tbh typing on both keyboards are fine for me as for keys, razer makes more sounds i know when exactly the key is pressed because of the tactile feedback and sound but there is one problem about K95 which is the keys are placed too close to each other and my fingers are a bit big for them so i miis-press ALOT!

also red switches are pressed so easy so sometimes even when i play a game i might push the wrong button. i bought an orbweaver just to play games with it because those heavier keys are harder to press unintentionally.
in my opinion it all depends on your personal desire and taste reds are good greens are good but anyone who came to my house was in love with razer switches and the feel of them when they were typing, and most of them disliked the corsair k95 which is more expensive, but as i said the space between keys have ruined the keyboard a bit but if u have smaller fingers than mine and if u are one of those ppl who can adapt to situations then red switches will be as fine as any other switches for you, if you don't have problem with space between keys and how much pressure they need to be pressed then red switches are good actually they need less effort and strength to work with which sometimes is better.
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