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post #1 of 9
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Hi guys, I need your help because I dont know what kind of switch I should choose among the existing ones.
Ok, I'm a FPS player, and if I'm not mistaken any kind of switch should be fine in FPS games, but I'm also looking for a keyboard which would allow me to tap 1 button - or 2 - pretty fast. I have looked at the other threads and now I'm even more confused: someone says the blue switches aren't very good for tapping, but someone else says they would do the job pretty well. If I didn't misunderstand anything, the blue switches would allow me to tap pretty good only if I released the button completely, and since I'm used to the rubber domes kbs, it probably wouldn't be such a problem, but I don't know.
In your opinion, what would be the best kind of switch according to what I have to do? Would the blue switches be fine, or should I look for a kb with the Brown / Black ones?
I live in Italy, and sadly there are no shops selling mechanical keyboards, so I can't try out the different switches myself.
Thanks in advance, sorry for the awful english.
post #2 of 9
There are diagrams here illustrating each type of key. A linear switch looks the best for tapping as it has no delays on the run back up. I'd recommend black or red switches.
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Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR View Post
There are diagrams here illustrating each type of key. A linear switch looks the best for tapping as it has no delays on the run back up. I'd recommend black or red switches.
Thank you for the answer.
Is the actuation force I would have to apply to the black switches fine for tapping like a mad or is it a bit too high? Shipping a red switches kb would, in the end, get very expensive, so I'm considering getting a Steelseries, probably the 6Gv2. Didn't read anything about tapping in the threads about that keyboard. If anyone can confirm that that kb is good for tapping hell fast, then I'm going for it.
post #4 of 9
I have a Steelseries 6Gv2 and find that the Cherry Black switches are very good for quick taps, especially since you can keep a key slightly depressed and then only have to push it a little ways more for the keypress to register. This does take a little getting used to, but I found I adjusted quickly and it feels very natural.
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by XenoCrash View Post
I have a Steelseries 6Gv2 and find that the Cherry Black switches are very good for quick taps, especially since you can keep a key slightly depressed and then only have to push it a little ways more for the keypress to register. This does take a little getting used to, but I found I adjusted quickly and it feels very natural.
I just don't know if this will be useful, I'd need to tap the keys at 200+ bpm, and since at that speed I wont be able to control the depression I'll probably end tapping as soon as I fully release the button, but since I'm used to the rubber dome kbs it shouldnt be a problem. I just want to make sure the black switches kbs are less stiffy compared to the rubber domes ones, and that they will take 'less time' to come up again after a depression. Hope you got it, I'm pretty bad at explaining.
post #6 of 9
Just fyi

I just got an Adesso mkb 135b just today and it has the blue switch type, comparing to a regular dell keyboard ive had.

The keys are a hell of alot clackier sounding.
You dont have to press them quite as hard, there is a little bit less travel.
As advertised, typing is funner and a bit faster.
I played some cod blops and double tapping keys is not what this thing is good at.

This keyboard is definitely nicer than my old crappy dell keyboard but i think i want to return this and get something that has either brown or black switches. I play games more than i type.
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post #7 of 9
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Well, when I say 'tap' i don't mean just a simple double/triple tapping.
Snap, didn't want to reveal I need a keyboard for this, but I have no other choice haha.
Ok, I need to tap and rape my keyboard just like the dude in the video.
Still sure the black switches may stand that and help me doing the same thing with more ease compared to a rubber domes keyboard? I may be annoying but I'm still confused because I'm reading the black switches are pretty much stiff, sometimes even more than the r.domes.


Edited by Verisakeet - 3/22/11 at 6:38pm
post #8 of 9
Im going to try and return this blue switch keyboard, typing was fine but playing games was slightly abnoxious, i find the key strokes are defintely too loud and clacky for me, you cant press buttons fast enough.

Has anyone here used the black and or brown switch types?
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post #9 of 9
Since you play FPS, I suppose that you press the keys down all to bottom, with very fast repeat rate and with considerable force, that means black switch is good for you.

For mixture of gaming and typing, brown switch is good too.
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