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Blacks are stiffer and linear, Browns are Cherry's lightest switch to press and have a slight tactile bump to tell you when the key actuates.
Switch types hinge a lot on personal preference though. My first mech used MX Blue switches, and I like them, but they're too noisy for my taste. I recently got another keyboard with MX Brown switches for work and will certainly be replacing my MX Blue keyboard with another MX Brown keyboard.
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I wish I didn't read that, I just found this:

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...pid=fc200rtabn

The concept of the blank keys, and still the nice subtle accents of the blue LEDs really captivate me..did you experience the "brown" leopold or "blue"? I read that the blue ones are apparently loud, I'm not sure what traits the brown has as opposed to black
I own the blank brown Leopold (Otaku). Both my Filco boards are blues. I don’t know what you mean by loud. Yes they make a click noise and if you bottom out then you will hear a clack; you will hear a clack if you bottom out regardless of the switch you chose. Ultimately I prefer the blues for the “heavier” switch and the clicks. My girlfriend begs to differ so I use the browns when she sleeps or doesn’t want me going nuts when I type emails and play SCII lol My co-workers don’t get mad when I use the blues at work, they hear it but they don’t hate; I can also hear their rubber domes too…so I don’t think it matters what board I have topre vs blues vs a typewriter someone will hear.

From another user on here they compare the clicking noise to the clicking of a retractable pen. I wouldn’t say that is 100% accurate, but if I had to describe the clicking that is best way to describe it (it’s not as loud though imo). Watching videos don’t do the noise justice.

For gaming “performance” its whatever you’re comfortable with and how you play. Don’t get too sucked into reading 100s of reviews of what switch is better. If this is your first board, buy what you think will suit you first then if don’t like it, sell it and buy something different. I took a risk with my first mechanical and bought the blues even though from what I read I wanted red switches. I’ve been very happy with my blues and would recommend it over browns.

I’m not saying browns are bad, but I don’t think they are exciting to type on.

EDIT
TL;DR: I got the Otaku Brown board. Filco Blues > Leopold (imo)
Edited by bloke226 - 4/19/11 at 5:58am
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post #13 of 40
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Blacks are stiffer and linear, Browns are Cherry's lightest switch to press and have a slight tactile bump to tell you when the key actuates.
You mean Reds are the lightest
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You mean Reds are the lightest
I've never tried Reds but going by specs alone, they require the same force as Browns, so... semantics.
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Blacks are stiffer and linear, Browns are Cherry's lightest switch to press and have a slight tactile bump to tell you when the key actuates.
Switch types hinge a lot on personal preference though. My first mech used MX Blue switches, and I like them, but they're too noisy for my taste. I recently got another keyboard with MX Brown switches for work and will certainly be replacing my MX Blue keyboard with another MX Brown keyboard.
I understand stiffer, assuming it'd just take a bit more effort, but what do you mean linear?
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I understand stiffer, assuming it'd just take a bit more effort, but what do you mean linear?
Good read, if you haven't looked at it before.
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I understand stiffer, assuming it'd just take a bit more effort, but what do you mean linear?
It's hard to explain if you've never felt the difference in a tactile switch, you feel a bump halfway down when pressing on a key, whereas in a linear switch, all there is underneath the keycap resisting your press is a spring, there is no bump until you hit the bottom and can't press any further.

I would suggest that you go on YouTube and look up videos of MX Blue, Brown and Black switches at least. Look for videos with people pressing on the keys (some videos don't have that, probably made by people who don't get it ). The sound of the videos won't necessarily be a good representation of how it will sound to you, but you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. With Brown switches you can't hear the bump, but with Blues, there's that click at the same time as the tactile bump.
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Check out this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYK03ltDcqM
1. Filco "Cherry MX Brown*
2. Ducky 9008 "Cherry MX Blue*
3. Steelseries 6Gv2 "Cherry MX Black*
4. Cherry G80-3494 "Cherry MX Red*
I think the brown would suit me well, and that blue does indeed have a slightly higher pitch. Would there be any reason not to go with the brown for gaming? I feel like a balance between general use & gaming should be the brown, no?
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Found this:

I think the brown would suit me well, and that blue does indeed have a slightly higher pitch. Would there be any reason not to go with the brown for gaming? I feel like a balance between general use & gaming should be the brown, no?
I hear that a lot and I'm inclined to agree, but ultimately, all switches are OK for gaming, it's just personal preference. I often read that the fingers of people on a Black keyboard start hurting while gaming, but it can't be that much of a widespread issue with several gaming keyboards using Blacks, and you probably get used to it anyway
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Found this:




I think the brown would suit me well, and that blue does indeed have a slightly higher pitch. Would there be any reason not to go with the brown for gaming? I feel like a balance between general use & gaming should be the brown, no?
Buy one and find out. Personally I like the blues better. It comes down to preference...there is no statistical data (afiak) out there that shows <x> board performs better in <x> game for <y>% performance.
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