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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 06:49 PM - Thread Starter
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...it occurs to me that the primary point of concern for potential first-time mechanical keyboard owners is how each of the switch type would work for them in the long run. Will they find the soothing clicking of the blues more annoying than they thought? Will they later decide they should have gone with the lighter action reds instead of the blacks for their gaming? As a prospective first-time buyer, myself, I think there is one question, the answer to which could go a long way toward making me confident I'm making the right choice where my own needs are concerned (well, *more* confident, anyway - I realize it's still ultimately a matter of personal preference).

Ignoring for the moment what you know now, back when you were considering the purchase of your first Cherry MX-based board, on what did you base your ultimate decision as to which color switch to buy? Did it satisfy your needs and personal preferences as you expected, and, if not, what did you end up with?

Ok, technically two or three questions. tongue.gif

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The gaming/typing ratio.

Blues feel better for typing while blacks/reds feel better for gaming. Browns are a middle ground from what I've read.

Blues do half the work for my fingers, I feel. The sound is pleasant for me, I enjoy the tactile sound/bump, but the wife shuts my door in frustration when I go on a typing frenzy.

If I could go back and buy again, I would get blues to start.

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before I got my Ducky Shine II I had not used any mechanical keyboard yet but based off the data from the mechanical keyboard guide listed here in the stickies I was leaning towards blues or browns. I liked the idea of the tactile response from those two switches. I bounced back and forth in my head wondering which I might like better. I finally bit the bullet and went with the MX Blues. Since I've had my ducky for several weeks now I've had the chance to try MX reds and found the feel is very different. At this point I'm glad I didn't go with a linear switched keyboard like the blacks or the reds. A couple of the keyboard makers like wasd and some other what they call sample packs which is the 4 more common colors for Cherry MX Switches eg. blue, brown, black, and red and some key caps so you can get a feel for what the switches are like first hand without a significant investment of buying an actual keyboard. Other ideas is check various places in your area and see if there are any out for demo or check with friends. Also look at your keyboarding habits. Do you primarily game, type, or somewhere in between. The guide here has a lot of good information. After that it's reviews and sorting out what you do most and what you think would work best for you. Other than that it's try to get a chance to test the different switch types hands on. Personally I'm really loving the blues. I'm not so fond of linear switches at this point and I might see if I can find a chance to try a brown switch keyboard and see if I like it as much as the blues. I might try a green (like blues but a tad stiffer) if I can find one though I might still prefer the blues. just my 2cents.gif I hope it helps.
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I went with blues, but wish that I would have at least tried browns in comparison first. But the keyboard I ended up getting was the last one available from the vendor before they ran out of stock, and they were discontinued, so I took my chances. Still really happy with it, though. It has a matte rubberized finish, which I really like, and I did the O-ring mod to tone down the clicking a little, just the bottoming out of the keys.
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I went to frys and tried as many demo board as I could. I settled on browns w/dampers I have been quite pleased with this choice

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I just bought a CM storm quickfire Tk with Blue switches. Never used a mech keyboard before but new i wanted either brown or blue from reading up on all the types. I also bought a set of o-rings in case i need to tone down the noise a bit. No matter what you decide to go with, its going to be different from what you're used to but you'll end up getting used to the way it types and feels in no time.
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before I got my Ducky Shine II I had not used any mechanical keyboard yet but based off the data from the mechanical keyboard guide listed here in the stickies I was leaning towards blues or browns. I liked the idea of the tactile response from those two switches. I bounced back and forth in my head wondering which I might like better. I finally bit the bullet and went with the MX Blues. Since I've had my ducky for several weeks now I've had the chance to try MX reds and found the feel is very different. At this point I'm glad I didn't go with a linear switched keyboard like the blacks or the reds.

Thank you. You're one of the few to actually understand what I was asking for. Probably my own fault for not articulating it sufficiently. Basically I'd like to know what people expected from their chosen switch type going into purchasing their first mechanical keyboard, and if it met their expectations or left them considering something else.

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I had a total of three to choose from when I got mine since it wasn't as expansive as now (unless you went out of your way to hunt down different kb's).

Ruled out blacks right away since I needed the keyboard to be good for all around use. Was stuck on Blue and Browns but ended up going with blues after seeing some vids. Good choice but doesn't matter now since I switched to Topre. Had the HHKB for over 2 years now, no regrets.

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My reds are staying on this desk. Where I do my gaming.

After feeling them I am very eager to try my hands at blues for text.

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