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MX Browns - My current favorite, but not quite perfect. I like the low force, and the subtle tactility is enough to provide a pleasant typing experience without being in your face. They're excellent for gaming; the tactile bump lets you hover right above the actuation point, so you only have to move your finger about 0.5mm to actuate the key, and the force is very low.

However, due to their subtlety they're also rather boring. Additionally, they feel different from keyboard to keyboard. My favorites are the ones on my MX8000, with the SPOS a close second. Also, they unfortunately lose their tactility after a few years of use, as witnessed by my first MX brown keyboard, an MX11800 that felt nearly linear. But for the first 3-5 years of use, any decent MX brown keyboard will rank up with my favorites.


MX Blues - These are probably my second favorite. They're anything but boring; the tactility is very crisp and snappy, and they're a pure joy to type on. However, they have two flaws. First, they're extremely loud in comparison to other MX switches, enough so that they bother me even wearing headphones. Second, I have trouble gaming on them; I feel like they jam up on me and I can't double tap or switch keys quickly on them. I'm also worried about their fragility; they're a complicated mechanism, and jam easily.


MX Blacks - I don't have a lot of experience with blacks, but my overall impression of them is one of ambivalence. They're not phenomenally good for typing, and actually feel slightly mushy if you don't bottom out (which doing so will tire your fingers). I don't see any advantage over MX browns for gaming; a disadvantage actually, since there's no tactile bump to help with the hovering technique. Overall I think I could live with MX blacks, but they're nothing special.


MX Reds - Earlier I mentioned that MX browns lose their tactility. When browns lose their tactility, they turn into MX reds. Almost literally. A brown switch will become linear and slightly lighter in force after about 5 years of use, and at that point there isn't much difference between them and MX reds. MX reds are decent, but really are even more boring than browns, without the tactility. Again, I could live with MX reds, but I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire them.


MX Clears - Before I tried them, I believed that clears would feel just like browns, but heavier. I was wrong. If anything, MX clears remind me of Alps switches, with a frictiony, unpleasant tactile bump. MX clears feel more like a rubber dome than any other Cherry MX switch, and it's a mediocre rubber dome at that. The only benefit is that they don't have a mushy landing like domes do.


ML - ML switches are found on Cherry's ML/G84 line of keyboards, and on the $1000+ Optimus Maximus. ML switches are Cherry's answer to scissor switches, in that they're low profile and could work on a laptop. They're decent enough, feeling rather like heavier, short-throw MX browns. However, they have one major sticking point--they stick. If you hit a key off center the internal friction of the switch will make it stick, delaying the key from going down or stopping it entirely. You have to be a very disciplined typist to avoid this issue, but if you do then they are very excellent switches.


MY - MY switches are found on Cherry's MY/G81 line of keyboards. They are the worst switches I have ever used in my life. I describe their force curve as infinitely exponential; they never bottom out (until after 100cN anyway), the force just increases exponentially as you press the key. They're heavy, have no feedback, and feel mushy. They're like if an MX black switch was modified to make it as terrible as possible. Avoid at all costs.





That's my opinions. What are yours?
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In three words: Silly toy switches. The primary advantage they have over Alps switches is that you wont lose your sanity trying to make sense of the different varieties.
Edited by ch_123 - 1/20/11 at 2:36pm
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well i like cherry switches just fine thank you very much
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Originally Posted by ch_123 View Post
In three words: Silly toy switches. The primary advantage they have over Alps switches is that you wont lose your sanity trying to make sense of the different varieties.
Although I disagree with you for the most part, I must agree that I am going slightly insane punching myself in the face trying to decide browns or blues.

Seeing as how I've typed on blues before and I've loved them but I want to try an even lighter switch such as the brown.

(I bottom out anyways, and I think I'll like the tap tap of the browns and I have no future plans of trying to not bottom out.)
Edited by Khaotik55 - 1/20/11 at 2:43pm
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I do enjoy typing on a good Cherry Blue board, but there's issues of how sensitive they are, how mushy they get with age, and how relatively mediocre most of the keyboards using them are.
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As a fairly heavy handed guy the mx blacks are truly my favorite switches, I bottom them out every time I touch the keyboard, and find them to be quite beneficial to overall productivity and gaming experience as i find myself making less accidental keystrokes.


I also have a board with MY switches which after using the blacks does indeed feel mushy but i still far prefer it to the lighter touch of the Mx Browns
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