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Do Cherry MX Brown switches feel the same as Reds apart from the 'bump'?

Discussion in 'Gaming Peripherals' started by Space Monkey, 2 Oct 2018.

  1. Space Monkey

    Don

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    Hi guys,

    I'm trying to find a decent mechanical keyboard and I'm partially to Blues & Blacks but I've seen a couple of good deals with MX Browns, my main concern is that Browns are listed as being the same actuation as Reds and I hate Reds! far too light for me, does anyone have any experience with the above switches?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. billysielu

    Capodecina

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    if reds are too light get blacks
    /thread
     
  3. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

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    Depends a bit on keyboard to keyboard really on the feel but as above if reds are too light then that probably won't change with browns.
     
  4. Space Monkey

    Don

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    Thanks guys, just as I thought, think I'll stick to Blacks or Blues :)
     
  5. UberGinge

    Wise Guy

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    For what it's worth, my first mechanical board was MX Red and I hated it. I would rest on WASD in game and start causing movement. I switched over to MX Browns and that problem went away. Whilst it has the same force to accuate, the accuation point is much lower on Browns I think.
     
  6. NikTheSHNIK

    OcUK Staff

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    I had reds, I now have browns. Now when my fingers caress red switches they recoil in disgust...

    But it really is personal preference.
     
  7. EsaT

    Sgarrista

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    MX Brown actually has quite similar early travel force to MX black.
    That gives some feel/resistance making it lot easier to avoid accidental presses from resting fingers on keys.
    Blue actually has lower initial travel force:
    https://i.imgur.com/i9U0BKJ.png
    http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/mechanical-keyboard-guide#best

    Non-linear switches can basically combine features of different linear switches to one:
    Some feel/resistance before actuation/operating point and light comfortable keeping key pressed down.
    (Romer-G again has bumb starting instantly in initial travel before actuation point at 1,5mm)


    You should try MX "Speed"...
    Same very light linear force curve of MX red, but very short 1,2mm travel to actuation point.
    No doubt speedy way for accidental key presses to anyone wanting some feel from pressing keys!
     
  8. NikTheSHNIK

    OcUK Staff

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    I do like MX speeds. Also like the QS1 and QS2 switches by Steelseries.