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To a diff country or something?

Different dimension, got bored.
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I'm planning on getting the Sidewinder X4 to go  with my first custom built desktop that I'll be building next year for college. I had originally intended on going with a proper mechanical keyboard, but I think trying to go between a laptop keyboard (low profile caps) and a mechanical keyboard (larger caps, different actuation) would be a struggle to do day to day. Also, from what I've read, many mechanical keyboards are loud, which would probably annoy my roommate. However, it appears that the X4 gives me a very nice compromise. It has caps that are similar to a laptop, and from what I have heard, is way more quiet than a proper mechanical. I'd like to know if this is true.

 

P.S. I know it's not strictly a mechanical board, don't kill me plz...

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I'm planning on getting the Sidewinder X4 to go  with my first custom built desktop that I'll be building next year for college. I had originally intended on going with a proper mechanical keyboard, but I think trying to go between a laptop keyboard (low profile caps) and a mechanical keyboard (larger caps, different actuation) would be a struggle to do day to day. Also, from what I've read, many mechanical keyboards are loud, which would probably annoy my roommate. However, it appears that the X4 gives me a very nice compromise. It has caps that are similar to a laptop, and from what I have heard, is way more quiet than a proper mechanical. I'd like to know if this is true.

P.S. I know it's not strictly a mechanical board, don't kill me plz...

If you know how to touch type properly and maybe buy some key silencers, your mechanical will be about as loud as a laptop keyboard bottoming out constantly if you have brown keyswitches. MX Blues are loud. Not obnoxiously in my opinion but to most people they may be a minor annoyance. (nothing that can't be fixed with headphones or background music however.)

But if you type properly and learn to use the tactile bumps to refrain from bottoming out your mechanical can be quieter than many rubber domes. thumb.gif

Personal experience: My Dell Multimedia Keyboard (rubber dome) is very loud in comparison to my CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid with Cherry MX Brown switches. I do not have silencers and can type quietly because the tactile bump in the key signals to me that the switch has been activated and that further depression of the key is not required. I have a laptop and I transition from both my laptop to my desktop with it's mechanical frequently and without issue. My QFR is actually not much louder than my laptop keyboard (barely noticeable), and if were to use key silencers I do believe that it would be as quiet, if not quieter. The majority of the sound from mechs are from people bottoming out the keys with reckless abandon.
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Requesting to join please. Happy owner of a Tesoro Durandal G1N MX-Brown switches.

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If you know how to touch type properly and maybe buy some key silencers, your mechanical will be about as loud as a laptop keyboard bottoming out constantly if you have brown keyswitches. MX Blues are loud. Not obnoxiously in my opinion but to most people they may be a minor annoyance. (nothing that can't be fixed with headphones or background music however.)
But if you type properly and learn to use the tactile bumps to refrain from bottoming out your mechanical can be quieter than many rubber domes. thumb.gif
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Not really a touch typist, I can get by on simple stuff, but I still look if I'm writing an essay or anything big like that.

 

I am trying to fit this whole build into a roughly $1500 dollar budget, so I'd prefer not to buy a bunch of extra non essential accessories. Also, where would one buy key silencers?

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Not really a touch typist, I can get by on simple stuff, but I still look if I'm writing an essay or anything big like that.

I am trying to fit this whole build into a roughly $1500 dollar budget, so I'd prefer not to buy a bunch of extra non essential accessories. Also, where would one buy key silencers?

You can get them from WASD.

But if you learn how to touch type without bottoming out, you won't need it. Occasionally you will bottom out key or two, but it's not really much louder than typing on a rubber dome. They browns are a pleasure to type for long sessions in my opinion. Definitely worthy taking a look at.

This might help you get a general idea on how loud the keys are.
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You can get them from WASD.
But if you learn how to touch type without bottoming out, you won't need it. Occasionally you will bottom out key or two, but it's not really much louder than typing on a rubber dome. They browns are a pleasure to type for long sessions in my opinion. Definitely worthy taking a look at.This might help you get a general idea on how loud the keys are.

Cheers for the helpful vid, can't wait until my Filco TKL arrives. wheee.gif
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Thanks for the video. However, I don't know how I'll be able to learn to touch type if I'm using a laptop keyboard with rubber domes. I think I'll just go with the Sidewinder. Plus I really don't want to have to learn how to type in a different way just so I can use a certain class of keyboard.  But thanks for all the help thumb.gif

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I'm drooling over a Filco Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless... Now I gotta figure out if I want to switch to blues or stick with browns redface.gif
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