I don't really understand this. I felt that gaming was great with Cherry Blues because of the distinctive click; since there is a very defined actuation point, I could "preload" the key by pressing it until the resistance increased to the point just before the click. You always know when the keys are going to actuate. The Cherry Blacks are linear, and though they offer more resistance there is no click or bump; it's just a smooth press until the key bottoms out. It seems like that would be less desirable when playing a game since there is no tactile feedback that lets you know when the key press registers or is about to register, but I guess I just need to experience them for myself since most people do consider the Blacks very good for gaming.
Received my Filco tenkeyless w/ browns a couple of days ago, and I'm super impressed by the build quality, I just don't care for the super light actuation force of the brown switches.
Ordered the same keyboard with black switches; hopefully the linear design and higher actuation force will satisfy me. I really want to like this keyboard
Well, I've been thinking about picking up a fildo majestouch cherry blue board but it's just too much for a keyboard. Are there any other cherry blue keyboard alternatives? like a dell keyboard that uses blue switches?
Scorpius M1 is the only board using Cherry blue switches that is even somewhat cheap. It doesn't exactly have the best build quality, but it does use good switches.
Cherry G80-3000 boards can be found with blue switches as well, but they really aren't that much cheaper than Filco boards. If you decide to go this route, be careful since this board comes in practically every color of switch.
Oh boy, anything else that's recommended? Like a cheap cherry brown keyboard? ( I heard those were the BEST for gaming but not very good overall unlike the blues that are good for both gaming and typing)
edit: you meant the m10 right?
i-rocks sells a good cherry brown keyboard for cheap.
Remember to check the OP for product comparisons and prices. I listed a few but also click on the Overclock.net link for switch type.
Oops, ya I meant M10.
I think you got your switches a little mixed up though. The general opinion is blues = typing, browns = typing/gaming, black = gaming.
For boards with browns, you can sometimes find Compaq MX11800 keyboards on ebay for cheap.
I always thought blues were the perfect mix, Oh well.
The problem with using Cherry Blue switches for gaming is that the click leaf moves by design, so it doesn't work well when you try to "float" the activation point for rapid presses of a button. This is not a problem on brown and black switches.
Try this. Press the key down to the point just before the activation point, then rapidly press the button without letting the key return all the way up to the starting position. You'll notice that while the board does actually register all those presses, the switch may only click once. A very odd feeling.
I explained the reasoning on the previous page.
Be sure to post back with your impressions of the black switches vs the brown, would love to hear them!
Just got my Filco tenkeyless with black switches and its pretty much exactly what I wanted. The higher actuation force prevents accidental keystrokes and the lack of a tactile bump "forces" you to bottom out the keys for the audible feedback you're used to. It's also much quieter than the version with the brown switches, even with the keys being fully depressed every stroke. I don't find these switches "bad" for typing like many have claimed (my wpm are actually higher with this kb than with the browns), but I can easily see why some people would be turned off by them, strictly for typing.
I'm forced to agree with the overall consensus that blacks are the best switch for gaming, although I'm sure I would have adapted to the browns eventually as well.
Now I just have to find somebody to buy this tenkeyless brown
I'm tempted to get a Steelseries 7G, but I'm worried that the small backspace key will annoy me. I really hope they make a 6Gv2 with the wrist rest of the 7G. (7Gv2?)
So are Unicomps still viable or do all of these Cherry switches blow them out of the water?
I'm having a problem. Really, I guess I know more about what I want. I got an ABS M1 when they were on sale. However I don't like how they bottom out so quickly, it's hurting my fingers. Not sure about the weight of these switches either, I think they're too heavy.
Would brown or blue be a better fit for me?