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Hello! I've been looking for a keyboard to replace my $10 best buy brand hunk of junk. I've tried the Logitech G110 and liked it but sent it in for a refund due to a defect in the shift key.

Since then, I have been looking in mechanical keyboards. I tested out a Razer BlackWidow and did not like it at all. It was very loud. I don't usually game with a headset so it was very distracting.

I want to know if there are much more silent mechanical boards out there that would be good for me. I mostly just play games on my computer, usually rpg's and rts games with a fps here and there.

My budget is under 150 USD.

Thanks!
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We have our own Ducky mechanical keyboards up at TankGuys; the ones with MX Brown switches may suit you perfectly, and are well within your budget; MX Browns have the tactile feel like MX Blues, but without so much noise.
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das keyboards have a silent version
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How would you guys compare the MX Brown switches to regular keyboards as far as loudness of typing goes?
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If you want something pretty like the BlackWidow but with MX Browns, then I highly recommend the U9BL-S. Just went on sale less than a week ago actually.



Only keyboard with brown switches that has LEDs. Considering one myself.
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I really like that XArmor.

Unfortunately I can't find any of these three that offer a no questions asked refund if I don't like them.

It was easy with the BlackWidow. It was sold directly by amazon and they have 30 day returns with full refund.

I don't know if the MX Browns will still be too loud for me or not.
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post #7 of 21
Any mechanical keyboard is noisier than, say, Apple scissor or Logitech slim keyboard. So if you prefer really quiet environment, try laptop-like keyboards with scissors switch.

If you insisting on using a mechanical keyboard, then Cherry MX brown or black is quieter than blue (as in BlackWidow).
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by mysticstryk View Post
How would you guys compare the MX Brown switches to regular keyboards as far as loudness of typing goes?
Not much louder TBH. Most of the sound comes from bottoming the switches out. Once you get used to not bottoming out the switches it's actually fairly quiet. If you think about it, most rubber dome keyboards make plenty of noise too.

For reference, I'll compare a standard dell rubber dome keyboard to a filco tactile touch. I'm going on memory so forgive me if I'm not entirely accurate. The dell keyboard being typed normally so it makes some noise. Without bottoming out the filco keys I'd say it is slightly quieter. Bottoming out the filco keys makes it noticeably louder but reasonable. If it bothers you there's a mod you can do using rubber bands under each key. I'm not sure how well it works though.

The difference between noise from browns and blues will be the blue's high pitched click that can be annoying.

*edit*
I'll be honest, I like quiet keyboards too. I have AT101W's (black alps switches) which to me are pretty loud. I've read buckling springs are even louder. I've tried mx blues briefly and mx browns. The stock black alps are a little loud for my taste. I would be happy with mx browns. If anything linear (mx black) would make the keyboard louder since the tactile feel of the browns allows you to keep from bottoming out the keys which is what makes 80% of the noise. I'm sure you've tried plenty of rubber dome keyboards and you can agree they're not exactly silent. They do make noise, just from the keys rattling around.
Edited by drjoey1500 - 2/24/11 at 11:01pm
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post #9 of 21
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I think the mx browns and blacks would work for me. Your right, my generic board I have right now is actually pretty loud. I think it was the clicking sound that mx blues make that made me dislike the BlackWidow.

So are those three that were previously posted the best for me or are there any mx blacks or reds I should look at as well?

EDIT: I would probably be bottoming out while playing games.
Edited by mysticstryk - 2/24/11 at 11:15pm
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I think the mx browns and blacks would work for me. Your right, my generic board I have right now is actually pretty loud. I think it was the clicking sound that mx blues make that made me dislike the BlackWidow.

So are those three that were previously posted the best for me or are there any mx blacks or reds I should look at as well?
MX blacks have no tactile 'bump' or 'click'. Purely linear feel which is good for games but not good at all for typing. Before I recommend, I have not used mx blacks but I have used other linear keyswitches. I'd recommend them mostly for fps or similar games. The tactile feel can be a little annoying for those games.

For typing though, the tactile 'bump' is awesome, so I'd advise you to find your priorities before you decide on either switch.

I've read the mx reds are very light and blacks are better for gaming. That could be wrong though .

I've read very good things about ducky keyboards. I'd suggest you consider those. Until tankguys just got the ocn ones they were hard to find in the US.
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