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Cherry MX what? Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Advice.
07-21-2012, 04:31 PM,
#1
Cherry MX what? Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Advice.
HR,

I've been researching mechanical gaming keyboards. A lot of them seem too big and too flashy for my liking (Razer, Logitech, Corsair, etc). I think I've narrowed my search down to the:
1. CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid - http://www.cmstorm.com/en/products/keybo...firerapid/ . I think I'd like the tenkey numpad-less boards.
2. Rosewill RK-9000 series - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6823201042

But I'm really struggling with what type of switch to go with: Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Clear? What do you guys like?

What I've read:
Blue - click and have a resistive bump, good for typists
Red - light with no click or bump. A "gaming" switch though some dislike them due to how very light they are
Brown - in between Blue and Red

I'm leaning towards Brown. I "think" I'd like some resistance but not too much.

I'll be playing mostly WoW but might pick up Diablo III and Guild Wars 2. I don't type a lot; some e-mail, etc. I'm currently using the Razer Nostromo which definitely helped me get away from keyboard turning but I'm finding the keys on that to be big and clunky.

I understand this is very subjective but I'd still be interested to hear what you guys like. Thanks for any feedback!
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07-21-2012, 09:12 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-21-2012, 09:13 PM by ichigeki.)
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RE: Cherry MX what? Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Advice.
I own 2 mechanical keyboards. The Das Keyboard Silent (not really silent Tongue) with black keys and the Filco Majestouch 2 with blue keys.

Of the 2, I prefer the Das Keyboard for both gaming and typing (even though I'm using my Filco to type this!) It has a more smooth overall experience. However, I can type about 20 WPM faster with the Filco. WPM to me doesn't really matter.

Something about the Filco (blue switch) that I can see being a con for gaming is that it is slower to double tap a single key on blue switches than it is on a black switch key.

My Filco (blue switch) actually click twice before pressing a button, that can be annoying to some.

Overall in my uses I find the black switch slightly more comfortable to use whether its gaming or typing.
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07-23-2012, 08:16 AM,
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RE: Cherry MX what? Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Advice.
Thanks ichigeki,

Interesting that you prefer to type on the black keys even though you type faster on the blue. I guess it just solidifies how subjective this topic is. I've heard good things about Das and Filco.

Thanks again for the info.
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07-23-2012, 12:40 PM,
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RE: Cherry MX what? Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Advice.
It really depends on your usage of it. For Gaming, I agree that black or brown switches are probably preferable to blue.

I personally use a Filco Majestouch with Cherry MX Blue switches, but then again, working on this website means that I'm more of a typist than a gamer Tongue
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07-24-2012, 09:10 AM,
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RE: Cherry MX what? Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Advice.
It was interesting to read that blue is for typists but "gaming" keyboards have blue switch models. Some gamers like blue I guess. I bet blues feel great to type on.

That being said, I went with the CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid with brown switches! I'm excited.

Will now need to drop the Nostromo, set up keybinds on the CM Storm and "learn it".

Thanks for the replies guys!
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07-24-2012, 10:58 AM,
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RE: Cherry MX what? Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Advice.
(07-24-2012, 09:10 AM)Andrebone Wrote: I bet blues feel great to type on.

Sure does. Now if only they'd make a laptop keyboard with MX Cherry Blue switches Rolleyes
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