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    Help me decide! Red or Brown switches

    So I'm looking to buy a mechanical keyboard for my soon-to-be-built new system. After much thinking back and forth between a Ducky Shine and a Filco, I *think* I'm pretty much decided on a Ducky.
    Aaaand they're usually pretty hard to find, and a large stock just came in like yesterday. So I'm pretty anxious to pull the trigger on one, but I still haven't decided 100% on which switch to go with.

    I've never used a mechanical keyboard before. I know I like keys with a soft actuation point (I've been using a laptop keyboard with fairly soft keys for the past 4 years). I'm a bit concerned about the noise of the keyboard, but I'm not really sure if there's a difference in noise between the reds and the browns. I'm going to primarily use the keyboard for gaming, something like 75% gaming 25% typing. Mostly RPG/MMORPG games, maybe a few FPS and random things thrown in. No idea if it's worth going for the browns for the tactile feel, as I don't really know what that feels like.

    Opinions, please!

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    All mechanical keyboards are loud. Between Brown/Red/Black there is no real difference in noise, the Blue ones are a little bit "clickier".
    I personally would go for Brown over Red. But that is a really personal taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biernot View Post
    All mechanical keyboards are loud. Between Brown/Red/Black there is no real difference in noise, the Blue ones are a little bit "clickier".
    I personally would go for Brown over Red. But that is a really personal taste.
    All mechanical keyboards are loud? Come onnnnn. Fast forward to about 5:10



    That's pretty quiet imo.
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    http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/me...keyboard-guide

    Read a bit there and decide yourself, I recommend looking at a few youtube reviews to get an idea of how the keyboard sounds when you type on it.
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    I should add though, I personally love my Corsair Vengeance K90. Both how it sounds, feels, everything. The keys feel like air, they are so light.

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    Good guide on switches and what makes them differ more then how loud they are
    http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/me...e#post_6009482

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    I had a K90. Liked it a lot but its a shame its not full mechanical. I now have a QPad MK-85 and it's awesome. Both are red switches so I'd go for those. I used a Das Keyboard and didn't really enjoy using it compared to the previous two I mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zigeuner View Post
    I had a K90. Liked it a lot but its a shame its not full mechanical. I now have a QPad MK-85 and it's awesome. Both are red switches so I'd go for those. I used a Das Keyboard and didn't really enjoy using it compared to the previous two I mentioned.
    I don't like the plastic they use on the QPad, it feels weird. It's like the plastic parts on the Bitfenix Shinobi case, it's like a cross between normal, hard plastic and rubber. Also, if you turn off the backlight, you can hardly see the letters anymore.

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    Just an update. Tried out several switches (Brown, Red, Blue) at Microcenter and browns and reds both felt very similar. Ended up going with reds based on friends & random people's suggestions.

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