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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-26-2018, 09:02 AM
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Are you a PC performance enthusiast looking for whatever device is fastest by the numbers, or do you only care about the subjective aspects of the user experience?

Are you ultra-sensitive to the feeling of being just a little bit clumsier in games from having the slightest bit of input lag, or do you tend not to notice that stuff (or just aren't much of a gamer)?

Do you drink coffee or other beverages at your PC, or even eat at your desk, and sometimes spill/drop things, or do you keep that stuff far away from your machine?

How you answer questions like these will go a long way towards telling you whether you might find optical technology worth investigating.

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Who makes optical keyboard switches and keyboards in the first place? If you can't buy it... how can you prefer one over the other.

Optical is probably from a purely technical POV faster/lower latency but it's all about implementation and in the end for user the difference is minuscule if any over USB. The major difference for user is tactile, aka spring strength, click or not, the whole up and down press profile.

If it's not low profile/low travel switch then it's gonna be meh just like most mechanical keyboards because the travel distance is so damn long and even with shortening it using dual O rings on cherry switches it's still damn long compared to membrane laptop keyboards. The profile and travel matter way more than if the switch connection is mechanical or optical.
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Wooting makes optical keyboards and adomax makes the switches. Gigabyte and Zowie also have optical keyboards with the same switches.

Only issue is the IR LED is mounted on the PCB and not inside the switch. If it goes out, you're boned.

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Holy crap, I never knew it was that hard to find Cherry speed switches and on top of that spending an extra 20 on shipping that is gonna to take 2 weeks


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would optical keyboards be inherently faster total processing than logetechs roamer g pro keyboard's total processing?

edit: optical switches have no debounce time added to latency but with the same actuation distance of 1.5mm as the romer g. the romer g pro keyboard claims to have reduced key signal processing by 10ms, is this due to a more efficient debouncing algorithm? i see that the bloody optical keyboard company has keyboards with linear switches and tactile but the tactile ones are clicky like blues, sadly. i don't like linear because the actuation is too ambiguous. imagine a gun trigger with no wall and no break, completely linear. terrible. the clicky is just annoying. i'm looking for an optical keyboard with an actuation of 1.5mm or lower while being tactile but not purposefully clicky. also want to say that i'm aware that the cherry mx speeds exist with an actuation distance of 1.2mm but they are linear which is not optimal.

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