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post #931 of 36890
Well with black switches you are pressing down against a spring instead of against rubber. They are better all around vs rubber domes imo. Of course blue or brown's may be more to your liking.
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I'm in the market for a new gaming keyboard. I hesitate between the Razer Black Widow, cherry blues, the Das Pro Silent, cherry browns and the Steelseries 6gv2 with cherry blacks. I understand how the blues and browns works but I don't understand how the cherry feels. I've never tried one. How's the feel of cherry blacks? Is it really different than rubber domes? More info would be appreciated.
In addition to what Crazy9000 said, there's another difference between mechanical switches and rubber domes: the key does not have to be pressed all the way down in order to send the keystroke signal to the computer. In other words, the keys don't have to be bottomed out in order to actuate. Plus, the fact that you're pressing down on real springs instead of a little rubber dome that's molded into a big sheet of rubber makes for a big difference as well.

Now, the Cherry MX Blacks have a similar amount of resistance which means they require a similar amount of force to actuate in comparison to rubber domes. But rubber domes provide a mushy tactile response while the Cherry MX Blacks have no tactile response at all. It's just a smooth key travel without any extra spots of resistance during that key travel.

Speaking of being tactile, both the Cherry MX Blues and Browns are tactile. This is the type of switch that the rubber dome technology is trying to emulate. Except again, there's a real spring that you're pushing down on and actuation occurs somewhere in the middle of the keystroke before the key is pressed all the way down. Now, this tactility is just a little bit of extra resistance during the keystroke, but it's different from rubber domes because once you pass the tactile part of the key travel, you're not forced to the bottom of the keystroke. But with rubber domes, once it gives in, you're instantly at the bottom of the keystroke.

In the opinion of just about every mechanical keyboard user, the feel is significantly superior to that of rubber domes. It's much easier to type which also means it's just much easier to use - almost especially for gaming. And of course concerning the longevity of mechanical keyboards, there's no little contact area (for actuation) to wear out, so mechanical keyboards last much longer than rubber domes.

But if you want more (and better) information, then definitely start a discussion in the Mechanical Keyboard Guide. But study the first 10 posts as well (or, at least study the stuff you want to understand better).
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post #933 of 36890
I recently got myself a Steelseries 7G. It is the same thing as the 6Gv2 with the adition of the usb hub, audio ports and palm rest. the rest is the EXACT same. I can tell you it is the best keyboard I have ever owned. It feels way different from my rubber dome keyboards. I had a logitech g15, saitek eclipse II, and a razer lycosa. the 7G is way better. I love the feel of the keys, and even tho they are not "Clicky" keys, theys till do make a bit of a sound. mostly from they key bottoming out. I love how you do not need to press the key all the way for it to actuate. most mechanical keyboards have a steel plate inside to keep the board from flexing. i know the 7g does. i am not sure if the razer does, I have been told it does not. but it still has a good weight to it. a mechanical keyboard is worth it for sure. I will have my 7g forever. you just need to make a list of what you want. one thing to keep in mind is the actuation point and reset point of a mechanical key. the cherry blacks actuate and reset at the same point. the blues and brown do not. this can cause some double tapping problems. some people report not likeing the blues or browns as much for gameing and others say it is no problem. All cherry keys are rated for 20M clicks, but the blacks are rated for 50M clicks. click the link in my sig and go the mechanical keyboard guide if you need more information. once you go mechanical you will never go back!!
Edited by BigT - 10/6/10 at 6:18pm
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post #934 of 36890
Just got my Cherry g80-3494lycus2 shipped from hong kong today
post #935 of 36890
Nice, that is the one with the cherry red keys right? is it ps2 or usb? NKRO?

Post a pic or two!
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post #936 of 36890
Yeah it's red switches and NKRO on ps2.
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post #937 of 36890
thats a sweet board! is it native ps2 or do you use an adaptor? show some pics. there really are not many good pics of cherry boards.
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post #938 of 36890
I'll definitely post some pics once I get some time to lol, its native USB but it comes with a USB to PS2 adapter so you can take advantage of the NKRO and all the other features PS2 has over USB
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very nice, i want that board for sure. i love linear keys. cant wait to see some good pics of the board!
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Just got my Cherry g80-3494lycus2 shipped from hong kong today
did you receive the white or black model?
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