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Blue is great for typing just recently tried browns and they were pretty damn awesome. I myself use Reds they are very light weight and take getting use to do but with dampeners under the keys they feel good are easy to push and nearly silent which was what i was looking for. Its really more personal taste but i would take Browns or Reds.
 

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ya i was leaning on brown or red after googling the differences between the 3 also after using this Levetron clicker, im more used to a minimalist style keyboard as coming from a g510 to a levetron was a huge change for me. The keyboard in question is a CM Storm Quickfire Rapid
 
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reds are really light weight think rubber dome but no squishy mushiness its a good combination of light weight easy to press mixed with quick response. It takes time getting use to them due to this but once you are they become great all around keys i can type faster on reds than I can blue or brown. The linear nature also makes them good for twitch gaming. But I suggest trying them out physically if you can.
 
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I have browns (Qpad MK-50) and I like their versatility. Blues are in the same boat but make a clicky noise as feedback and are a little stiffer.
Red is not equally good for all games are not as good to type on AFAIK. They are very light but do not come with tactile feedback so with reds you might be bottoming constantly because you sink beyound the actuation point so easily (this is based on "hearsay", BTW). And they are getting quite rare too.
Blacks are quite stiff and do also miss tactile feedback, so they are less relaxed to type on and only really good for FPS games.
Clear switches are as stiff as blues, but like the browns they are not clicky. They usually are only used in Point-Of-Sale KBs though.

I do not know about Cooler Master KBs, but odds are high they come with over the top "gaming" feats like backlighting while lacking must haves like a wrist rest. Check before you buy.
 
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I have browns (Qpad MK-50) and I like their versatility. Blues are in the same boat but make a clicky noise as feedback and are a little stiffer.
Red is not equally good for all games are not as good to type on AFAIK. They are very light but do not come with tactile feedback so with reds you might be bottoming constantly because you sink beyound the actuation point so easily (this is based on "hearsay", BTW). And they are getting quite rare too.
Blacks are quite stiff and do also miss tactile feedback, so they are less relaxed to type on and only really good for FPS games.
Clear switches are as stiff as blues, but like the browns they are not clicky. They usually are only used in Point-Of-Sale KBs though.

I do not know about Cooler Master KBs, but odds are high they come with over the top "gaming" feats like backlighting while lacking must haves like a wrist rest. Check before you buy.
The keyboard I'm using currently is a POS keyboard which I salvaged. Cherry Blacks, works like a charm.
 
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I have browns (Qpad MK-50) and I like their versatility. Blues are in the same boat but make a clicky noise as feedback and are a little stiffer.
Red is not equally good for all games are not as good to type on AFAIK. They are very light but do not come with tactile feedback so with reds you might be bottoming constantly because you sink beyound the actuation point so easily (this is based on "hearsay", BTW). And they are getting quite rare too.
Blacks are quite stiff and do also miss tactile feedback, so they are less relaxed to type on and only really good for FPS games.
Clear switches are as stiff as blues, but like the browns they are not clicky. They usually are only used in Point-Of-Sale KBs though.

I do not know about Cooler Master KBs, but odds are high they come with over the top "gaming" feats like backlighting while lacking must haves like a wrist rest. Check before you buy.

Yes its easy to bottom out on reds but there is a very very easy work around. http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/cherry-mx-rubber-switch-dampeners.html

Also for those that dont know what they want heres a perfect way to spend $12 and find out.

http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/sampler-kit-1.html
 

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Yes its easy to bottom out on reds but there is a very very easy work around. http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/cherry-mx-rubber-switch-dampeners.html

Also for those that dont know what they want heres a perfect way to spend $12 and find out.

http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/sampler-kit-1.html

I have the black rings on a K70. I like the feel of the MX Reds, they have the minimal press effort of rubber umbrellas, but the perfectly linear and sturdy feel of the classic "clicky" mechanical switches minus the actuation feedback(which I miss, but the keyboard is my dad's anyway and he loves it). Other than bottoming out, the keys are almost completely silent. Great for typing, which he does a ton of, and pretty good for gaming once you get used to the actuation point.
I wouldn't mind trying some MX Blues, Browns, and Clears. I really loved my old school mechanical keyboards that had tactile and auditory feedback.
Going to have to dig out some of my old school mechanical keyboards and see what type of switches they have, but judging by age, probably ALPS switches.
 
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Yes its easy to bottom out on reds but there is a very very easy work around. http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/cherry-mx-rubber-switch-dampeners.html

Also for those that dont know what they want heres a perfect way to spend $12 and find out.

http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/sampler-kit-1.html

That's a great way to feel your way around all the mx switches.


I hope Cooler Master comes out with this switch sampler kit, cause I would buy it in a heartbeat! Those greens!!

http://lanoc.org/review/input-devices/6663-picking-your-keyboard-key-switch?showall=1&limitstart=

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I have never had a mechanical keyboard any suggestions on what type to get?(Key color)
I currently have a Saitek Eclipse II, and I like the sounds and feel.

I really want to get the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro.
 
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Greens may be very good for space bars because many people tend to hit those relatively hard.

I want to try them out, as I've read they are a much stiffer brown. Wonder if they would be good for regular wasd use in fps games.

Once I got a mech keyboard, I tended to hit the keys harder but now with regular use I ease up once I hit the actuation point.
 
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I think they are a bit stiff for WASD if you still want to type a little on the KB (inconsistency in "toughness") and assuming finger fatigue when playing e.g. FPS games alot.
 
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I do gaming, mostly stratagy . and just surfing the web/email.
When I game I use keyboard more for hot keys. Most my games use some sort of gampad/stick.
 

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I think they are a bit stiff for WASD if you still want to type a little on the KB (inconsistency in "toughness") and assuming finger fatigue when playing e.g. FPS games alot.

What are your thoughts regarding "clears" as a step up from browns, rather than greens. I really need to get a sampler to try the varieties out.
 
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I do gaming, mostly stratagy . and just surfing the web/email.
When I game I use keyboard more for hot keys. Most my games use some sort of gampad/stick.

I think something with MX Brown switches might be the way to go. Qpad MK-50 or a Ducky Zero might be nice choices, unless you want backlighting. I got firstmentioned and it is great so far.

I never tried nor used Clears (only MX Browns and bucking springs in my teens), but based on the wiki at deskthority.net it might be worthwile for WASD use. You need to get a few to try it though, so I guess you could get these? --> http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/cherry-mx-clear-keyswitch-mx1a-c1nn.html I do not know how to attach those to a KB properly though.
 
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I do gaming, mostly stratagy . and just surfing the web/email.
When I game I use keyboard more for hot keys. Most my games use some sort of gampad/stick.

I would recommend the browns as a nice all-around choice, unless sound is an issue.


I never tried nor used Clears (only MX Browns and bucking springs in my teens), but based on the wiki at deskthority.net it might be worthwile for WASD use. You need to get a few to try it though, so I guess you could get these? --> http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/cherry-mx-clear-keyswitch-mx1a-c1nn.html I do not know how to attach those to a KB properly though.

Thanks for the advice, I love using my ducky w/ browns [esp. for BF3 and soon BF4] but
I'm getting the itch for another keyboard that's smaller, possibly without the number pad,
but definitely with a stiffer resistance.
 
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I'm on a Tesoro G1N.

Apparently it is MaxKeyboards budget company although I have only seen a couple of reviews that state that.

MX browns, And nothing fancy.

 
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I would recommend the browns as a nice all-around choice, unless sound is an issue.




Thanks for the advice, I love using my ducky w/ browns [esp. for BF3 and soon BF4] but
I'm getting the itch for another keyboard that's smaller, possibly without the number pad,
but definitely with a stiffer resistance.

If sound is an issue, I cannot see why browns are a bad choice (unless the user tends to bottom out a lot). More silent mech switches probably do no exist.

I believe the CM Storm series has some tenkeyless boards, but I doubt you can get them with "clear" switches. Maybe a POS keyboard by Cherry comes with them on Amazon or Ebay.

That Tesoro board looks nice enough to me, BTW.
 
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Ok, I will probably get the browns thats what I was thinking would be best in my researching.

Edit:
Wow I was just looking at Ducky DK9008 Shine 3 and that thing looks awesome, I like the LED colors can change, unlike the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro.

DanishDevil where did you buy yours from?
 
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Here's mine, a Dell AT102W that I got NOS on eBay two years ago for a tenner.



Uses complicated black Alps CM switches and is REALLY loud. I got complains from my mother about it in the past.
 
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Year of the Snake model?

Yes, sir.

DanishDevil where did you buy yours from?

Mechanicalkeyboards.com. BTW, only the spacebar's LED color can change on the Shine 3's or the YotS. You've got to order the LED color you want on the Shine 3 and live with it (YotS is always white LED).



I am honestly having mixed feelings about this keyboard right now. I've been on a Year of the Dragon for a couple of years, and its USB Mini B connection failed, so it had to be replaced.

The Year of the Snake feels mushy, and sometimes I will get a key to snag on the way up or down if I don't hit it square on. I'm trying to figure out if this is due to the keycaps being ABS instead of PBT (like on my YotD), or if it needs to be broken in.

I love the aluminum top plate, but if I don't end up liking it quite as much as my YotD, it's going to be up for sale very soon.
 
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Benchmark Scores The second best!
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