What's your preferred switch?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by PIxelade, May 2, 2016.

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  1. Pixelad

    Pixelad Member

    Ever since my conversion to the PC Master Race, I've loved mechanical keys.
    Feeling an MX red for the first time was pretty crazy, finally opening my eyes to the difference between rubber domes and mechanicals.
    So what feel gets you right into typer's heaven?
  2. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Hi PIxelade. I definitely prefer Razer oranges/MX brown. Since I do type racing from time to time, the mechanical switch type really matters to me. For reds, I can't tell whether I've successfully actuated the key or not because there's no tactile bump. I find blues/greens to be unnecessarily heavy and loud. I also really don't like the reset distance, it's way too noticeable.

    So I take it your favorites are reds? I really want to try out some customized gaming-dedicated keyboard switches someday, such as those found on the SteelSeries Apex M800 keyboard.

    Check out my old thread here to see what swithces people like the most:
    POLL: Which mechanical switch type(s) do you prefer?
  3. Pixelad

    Pixelad Member

    Oh cool, thanks for linking your thread! I'll be sure to check it out.
    Yeah my favorite are reds, but I would like to try specialized ones like Romer-G
    I've never actually used other switches, but I think I'd like browns, at least for typing. And I agree, tactile is definitely the way to go for racing.
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  4. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Exactly! I haven't tried the Romer-Gs either. Gaming is becoming so big that it has provoked industry to create new mechanical switches designed specifically for gaming. Pretty sure that's never been done before in the past. It's exciting...

    You might want to try MX Blue/Razer Green someday. They are the mainstream popular ones so you might find that you like them. Or better yet, get a switch tester!
  5. MX Blue for typing and gaming. Wanna try Browns or Razer Orange someday.
  6. mnrtjedennis

    mnrtjedennis Active Member

    I totally agree with you there!
  7. clipk0

    clipk0 Member

    The light switch.
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  8. Pixelad

    Pixelad Member

    You know that's actually a pretty good idea. I should get one of those.
    As for the clicky switches, the only reason I'm reserved towards getting them is that they're very loud, at least that's what I've heard. (And I mean that both literally and figuratively)
    I have other people at home who probably wouldn't appreciate the noise pollution.
  9. My only experience is a buckling spring keyboard I had around the late 90s and just now I've recovered from the partial hearing loss from that thing rupturing ear drums and causing avalanches. I've only had membranes since, that board left a bad taste regarding mechanicals. Now I'm ready to try a more standard type, razer orange will be my first, once it's a option that is.
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  10. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Yeah definitely - I have this one:

    It helped me decide I like browns (or their Razer equivalent, oranges). It's interesting because people are split on blues and browns. I think the former are more popular and definitely receive more of Razer's marketing support, which is why I started out on clickys as well. The sound can be 'therapeutic' and I guess it's satisfying to type on for a while, but I eventually evolved to oranges equipped with o-rings.

    I enlightened myself by doing the research and weighing the personal pros and cons of each switch type. I wanted the lowest activation force (to decrease effort & fatigue while increasing speed) with tactile feeling in a quiet switch. I figured the sound from blues/greens doesn't add any tactical advantage and browns/oranges already have tactile feedback anyway.
  11. Pixelad

    Pixelad Member

    That couldn't have been fun. Thankfully in the 21st century keyboards can be silenced and still feel amazing. I'm sure the Razer orange will surely be a huge step up from anything else. By the way, MX Browns go for less if you're willing. They're similar to Razer orange.
  12. Pixelad

    Pixelad Member

    I think I'd prefer the smooth feel of the reds anyway, since there isn't any feedback that stops the keystroke at all. I understand that I can't exactly say anything since I haven't used browns yet, so I guess I'll have to see.
  13. Ha! No it wasn't fun, I swapped that thing out as fast as possible. We took it outside and bashed it to pieces Office Space style to put it out of it's misery. The thing had reverb when it buckled! I've looked into other brand with Cherrys as I wait for a X Chroma TE Stealth to get released but seeing as I currently already have a Deathstalker and Deathadder I'm already committed to the Razer ecosystem and don't want to have 2 programs running all the time, and I'm used to Razers ease of use.
  14. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    What ever switch my Blackwidow has in it. Need to find out the name of the switches...
  15. Pixelad

    Pixelad Member

    You can probably just take off the keycap and check. If it's loud, it's green. If it's quiet, it's orange.
  16. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    Green then :D
  17. Sorgair

    Sorgair Member

    people say that the Romer-G are need more than a reasonable amount a force to consistently press them
    so yeh
  18. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    I'm enjoying the ones on BlackWidow's 2013 version. I wanted the silent ones, but it was out of stock and my friend mentioned his still "clacked" even if not as loud or "clicky" as the non-stealthy version.

    I did install O-Ring dampeners on my keyboard. It's reduced actuation distance/force, changed the timbre, and made it every so slightly less loud. Occasionally, I get a "stuck" key that doesn't pop-up as well, but hey, what can you do. I just jiggle/reseat the key and then, it's good to go.
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  19. bubblecookie

    bubblecookie Member

    I love Razer's Green switches, sure they can be loud buy god is it satisfying to type/game on.
    That's what I felt as well, the "silent" switches are just non-clicky but I still think they are loud, and they do not feel as satisfying. For me the clicking isn't really that bothering, I have my Kraken's on pretty much all the time when I use my keyboard so I don't really hear that much, and I just reduce the mic sensitivity when I talk to my friends so it doesn't pick up every single keystroke.
  20. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    I've used a couple different switches on Razer's keyboards, but all of them were of the Stealth variety. I couldn't really tell much of a difference between them, so I'll just say "the stealth switches" -- regardless of which ones they were. lol :)
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