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I need advice. I am using some old membrane keyboard for the last 10 years. Two month ago on my job as a keyboard replacment I got Logitech K120 (low profile feels great). I thought it would be lame but so far seems very good to me, above expectation. I am planning to buy a keyboard after a looong time and with this in mind should I buy Steelseries Apex 350 (low profile) or Fnatic Rush keyboard (MX - Brown)? Are Cherry MX so good compared to membrane?
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I need advice. I am using some old membrane keyboard for the last 10 years. Two month ago on my job as a keyboard replacment I got Logitech K120 (low profile feels great). I thought it would be lame but so far seems very good to me, above expectation. I am planning to buy a keyboard after a looong time and with this in mind should I buy Steelseries Apex 350 (low profile) or Fnatic Rush keyboard (MX - Brown)? Are Cherry MX so good compared to membrane?

I'm a fan of mechanical > membrane. Easier to activate, type faster, feels less "spongy". Sometimes if my fingers are stiff/cold I'll get a lot more typing errors on mechanical with brown keys though, super easy to activate. Blue keys are nice, clicky, but might get annoying for some.
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Once you go mech you wont go bech! (lol)

An easy analogy that gets used a lot would be the car one.

Membrane Keyboard = Buick

MX Cherry = Mercedes

Topre = Rolls Royce



Membrane keyboards just get the job done, but is nothing really that can be LOVED. MX Cherry (and clones) are the most common kind of keyboard switch. Youll find a lot of keyboards using the MX Cherry switch or a clone version of them. Gateron is probably the better clone you can get of them. And Topre is different style mechanical switch that uses a collapsing rubber-dome (similar to a rubber-dome keyboard, but not to be compared to membrane) and a weak spring underneath. The feel is completely different and my personal favorite along with many others. Topre keyboards are much more valuable, harder to find, and much more of a "collectors" keyboard.

As your first mech, best bet would to get an MX Cherry mech for compatibility. But first you should figure out exactly what kind of layout you prefer. Full-size keyboard, TKL, or like a 60% would be the most common sizes. After you figure out the layout you prefer, then you look at the switches you prefer.

Here is just an example of some of the common MX Cherry switches (and some of this information applies to the clones)

RED = Linear, Non-tactile, Non-clicky = Smoothest keypress

BLUE = Tactile AND Clicky = Tactile bump and audible "click" sound for auction and keypress.

BROWN = Tactile, NON-Clicky = Tactile bump for feel of keypress but no audible "click" sound.

I won't go much farther into the switches feel and what is "best" because its all subjective. Every style has a group of people who LOVE them. I used MX Cherry Blue switches for 4 years (still do sometimes at work) but I don't like them anymore, I much prefer Reds or Browns. Mainly because I am just tired of the clicky sound, it bothers me more now although I used to actually like it.
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I think I will go with a mech. keyboard thumb.gif Thank you all for answers.
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