Originally Posted by Tator Tot
Blacks require slightly more force than your average rubber dome keyboard. Thus they can make it tying to type on for extended periods of time (this depends on the person though.)
Browns require less force and are easier for many to use but they don't like the tactile bump as it temporarily increases the force by about 10 grams and that feel of it doesn't "feel" right to some when gaming. Other's don't mind.
Typers like that feel as that's when the tactile feedback comes in and you can stop pressing the key as you know it's registered. Meaning you don't have to bottom out.
For MX-Black based board, the Overclock.net Ducky with PBT Keycaps would be a good option.
If you can find it (since they're harder to find in the US due to being OOS at many places) the SteelSeries 6Gv2 is another good option. It's $20 less then the OCN Ducky and comes with many of the same features (NKRO & Media keys) as well as one of the more important "gamer" features (lack of a left Windows key, the OCN Ducky can disable this key, but comes with it as well.)
I was looking at the SS 6Gv2 it looks like a pretty solid MX-Black keyboard and I found one for $70. The OCN Ducky is pretty awesome, I like the ESC key but its a bit of out of my price range, I'd like to spend <100 dollars if I can. I'll prob end up getting the SS board if I decide to go with MX-black.
Anyways back to the question!
So a MX-black will usually will bottom out (because of the lack of tactile feedback) and it takes a bit more pressure to press down the keys, so overall it would be a bit more tiring but it's more smooth because there's not tactile bump half way through the key press? Then a MX-brown requires less pressure and has a tactile bump to help prevent bottoming out, so overall it would be less tiring (and faster?) to type on but feels less smooth because of the tactile bump.
Basically I'm imaging the MX-black to be more like a typical rubber domed keyboard with a mechanical feel and a MX-brown to be the same as black but with tactile bump when the keystroke is registered to help prevent bottoming out.
To me the MX-brown sounds like a better option because it requires less force, it has a tactile bump that helps with typing or double tapping and I'd imagine the tactile bump is easy to ignore when gaming but I've never used one before. What are your thoughts?Edited by smitty5569 - 7/24/11 at 10:38am