Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard?
As for which switches to use. If you're mostly writing then I would go with MX blues because they're very satisfying to type on. On the other hand, if you're mostly gaming then I would go with MX reds since they require less force to activate so people tend to prefer them for games. If you want a mix of both then the MX browns are for you. In the end, it's all preference and there could be a switch you like for everything. I would recommend getting a switch tester. If you decide to get the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid, CM Storm has a switch tester with six switches with keycaps for 15 dollars. The sampler comes with blue, brown, red, green,clear, and black switches. The reason I suggest the CM Storm tester over other ones is because it comes with 15 dollar off coupon on CM Storm keyboards. However, if you're not getting a CM Storm keyboard then it doesn't really matter where you get the tester one. I know WASD keyboard has one and I think MAX keyboard has one as well.
I bought a Logitech G710+ for the Financial Director here at work and it is NICE. I would choose that over the Razer if you can afford the difference.
The CODE keyboard is also intriguing to me as it uses clear switches www.engadget.com/2013/08/30/code-keyboard/
Edit: Hopefully I get this in before you see it but I would also take into consideration what you will be doing with the keyboard. I noticed during research that different key types are better suited for different activities. Blue and Clear tend to be typist favorites whereas gamers gravitate towards brown or red.
I also find that you don't have to exert as much force when keypressing on Cherry Browns
In terms of switches, people generally prefer reds for gaming, blues for typing, and browns as a middle ground. Personally, I love my blue switches for gaming though.
I would absolutely recommend against getting a Razer product. Almost all of my friends who bought Razer keyboards regretted it within a year.
I hope I've helped. Check this out for more information: http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/wiki/b...
Model M requires the most actuation pressure, but also has that amazing click. The MX Greens are the heaviest clickiest MX switches you can find, and they are getting pretty close to the Model M. The browns are really nice switches, the "tactile" bump is rather subtle, but its nice and quiet as well. The Reds on the Corsair are quick and snappy. I feel like if I sneezed too hard they'd register some characters.
I think for middle of the road, balance between heavy and light actuation pressures, and noise, I would recommend the Blues for typing. I do get a *bit* of finger fatigue on the greens. The Blues are simply wonderful. The Browns are also a delight, and I dont fudge as many keys as I do on my reds, but I am a sloppy typist.
Solid sweet feel on every key.
Save your pennies for a few months and buy this bad boy:
If you are interested I have a corsair k70 MX cherry red keyboard for sale its only 2 weeks old got it but I prefer blue switches so I'm selling it. 100 shipped.
We have a few mechanical keyboards in the price range your looking for, most popularly our Quickfire Rapid tenkleyless keyboard. Here's a quick rundown of our mechanical keyboard offerings. Also note that all of our keyboards have additional special Function combinations for things like volume and media control, key rollover and polling rate changeover, and LED control where relevant. Full specs for everything available at www.cmstorm.com/ :
- Quickfire Rapid - Small form factor, no numpad, no LEDs
- Quickfire Stealth - Like the Rapid above, but with side-printed keycaps instead of the letters on the top of the keys
- Quickfire TK - Small form factor, combines the numpad with the "editing" keys (page up, del, arrow keys, etc), has LEDs based on switch type (Blue switch = Blue LED, Brown = White LED, Red = Red), Functional media controls
- Quickfire XT - A full size, non-LED mechanical keyboard. All the standard full-size keys
- Quickfire Ultimate - Full size LED mechanical keyboard, uses the same lighting scheme outlined with the TK
- Trigger Z - Featured full size LED mechanical keyboard similar to the Ultimate, but also has Macro buttons that can be programmed with special functions and macros. It also has the ability to store and switch between profiles, very useful for gaming purposes without having to remap keys on the fly
- Mech - Part of our Aluminum product series, it's very similar to the Trigger Z, but with even more power, a slick aluminum shell that can be removed and painted, carrying handle, USB and audio inputs, and all of the macro functions outlined in the Trigger Z
We also have this awesome mechanical switch tester board on our CM Store at www.cmstore-usa.com/mechanical-key-switch-demo-boa... that lets you feel the various switch types and you get a credit for the cost of the switch board towards a mechanical keyboard bought from our CM Store :)
If you need any help on anything, hit me up via Twitter @Norumu or talk to one of our lovely support folks at www.coolermaster-usa.com/contact.php