Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
Emanbaird

Favorite Mechanical Keyboard/Switch

Recommended Posts

Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm coming up on about 5 keyboards and I'm getting addicted, and going as far as soldering my own keyboards at this point.


I've tried every MX switch, and the majority of cherry clones, I even have some linear modded alps switches on an old dell at101w which are pretty great for linear.

But I'd have to say my favorite switches are actually Kailh Navy Blue Thick Clicks, saying I love tactile switches is an understatement.

I figured i'd ask the community what their favorites are while I'm at it.

 

+1 for obscure non cherry switches.


Current Build

Spoiler
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • GPU
  • Case
  • Storage
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Sound
  • Operating System

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I've only had experience with Cherries. Blues feel the best, but sound awful. Browns are nice, and all linear Cherries are worse than membranes.

 

I really want to try Kalih BOX switches. When I get enough money to build a keyboard, it will absolutely have BOX switches (probably Jades or Navies, not quite sure yet).


Quote me to see my reply!

SPECS:

CPU: Xeon X5650 OC'd to 4.4GHz @ 1.36V (courtesy of @XR6) Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 RAM: 4x4GB G.Skill DDR3 1866MHz GPU: XFX R7 370 4GB with an Arctic Twin Turbo II Storage: WD Blue 1tb and a 128GB Kingston UV400 PSU: EVGA 600B Case: Fractal Design Define C Monitor: Dell G2410T and Dell P2210 Mouse: Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Keyboard: Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro S (MX Browns) with Varmillo black and grey PBT dye-sub caps Mousepad: Steelseries QcK Headset:  Sennheiser HD 4.40

 

I like Team Fortress 2 and Minecraft. Volvo makes the best cars.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, Emanbaird said:

what their favorites are

The kind that works 🤪

 

I'm not picky, TBH, so long as it's functioning, I can type on any real keyboard (those stupid Apple chiclet keyboards suck and don't count)


So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, kelvinhall05 said:

I've only had experience with Cherries. Blues feel the best, but sound awful. Browns are nice, and all linear Cherries are worse than membranes.

 

I really want to try Kalih BOX switches. When I get enough money to build a keyboard, it will absolutely have BOX switches (probably Jades or Navies, not quite sure yet).

I'm tempted to buy the Jade's right now, they are constantly out of stock and you I got the massdrop alt last night for $120 (W/o caps or switches tho)


Current Build

Spoiler
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • GPU
  • Case
  • Storage
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Sound
  • Operating System

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
38 minutes ago, Emanbaird said:

I've tried every MX switch

Every MX switch?

https://deskthority.net/wiki/Cherry_MX#Observed_variants

 

 

 

Edit: Box Jades. MX Blues sound and feel terrible in comparison :3

Edited by seon123
Something something

 

Quote

Women. They are a complete mystery.

-Stephen Hawking

 

I think the hoomans put their builds here?

Why do you hoomans give your builds a name? Here's my build, which I shall call "Do as I Say, Not As I Do" (seriously, don't get this build)

Spoiler

Ryzen 1500X @3,925 GHz

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo + 2x ML120

MSI B350 Tomahawk Arctic

2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 MHz CL15 (Micron B-die) @2933 MHz

Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X @1120 MHz / 1450 MHz

120GB 850 Evo

120GB Kingston SSD

500GB WD Blue

Cooler Master Elite 430

Seasonic Prime Titanium 650W

Logitech G710 with Kailh Box Jade

Logitech G502

HyperX Cloud

And my laptop, which I shall call "If It's Stupid But It Works" (It can actually play CS:GO at 50 FPS, and Civ V at 25 FPS)

Spoiler

Lenovo Thinkpad L460

Intel Core i3 6100U

4GB (probably) DDR4 2133 MHz

Intel HD Graphics 520 0.3-1.0 GHz

128GB Samsung MZ7LF128HCHP

Corsair M65 Pro RGB (worst mouse I've ever had)

Sennheiser CX 5.00G

And here would be where I would put a picture of my cat. But apparently, images are not allowed here. So take this instead (*ΦωΦ*)

Hello fellow night theme users

Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, seon123 said:

You are right maybe not E V E R Y, but i've tried the majority of the modern and even some of the retro/ML variants


Current Build

Spoiler
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • GPU
  • Case
  • Storage
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Sound
  • Operating System

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

0G1A5364.jpg.46ce0c8b8b2ed516965c139f361744b0.jpg0G1A5370-Edit.jpg.121fa8ed9c398a30fd0bcdce7e4c81d0.jpg

I like clicky switches. My favorite being BOX Jades and Navies.


Build Logs: Cotton Candy Threads | ZEN CLARITY + | Just NCASE mITX | Noc Noc | NUC | Storage Log

 

Cotton Candy Threads - CPU AMD Threadripper 2950X | GPU EVGA FTW3 RTX 2080 Ti | MOBO Asus ROG Zenith Extreme | MEMORY 128GB (8x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance RGB 3200 | STORAGE 3x Samsung 960 Evo SSD + 4x Crucial P1 1TB + 2x Seagate Ironwolf 8TB 7.2k HDDs | PSU Corsair HX1200i w/ Cablemod Pro Extensions | COOLING Cooler Master TR4 ML360 | CASE Lian Li O11 Dynamic Black | LIGHTING 2x Corsair HD120 Fans, 4x Corsair Addressable RGB Strips, 2x Corsair Commander Pro | PCPP
 
ZEN CLARITY + - CPU AMD Ryzen 2700X | GPU Radeon VII | MOBO Crosshair VII Hero | MEMORY 32GB (4x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro @ 3200 | STORAGE Samsung 960 Pro SSD + 2x SanDisk Ultra II SSDs | PSU Corsair RM1000i | COOLING Corsair H150i Pro | CASE Crystal 570X | LIGHTING 6x Corsair SP120 Fans, Cablemod Addressable RGB Strip, Corsair Commander Pro | PCPP
 
Just NCASE mITX - CPU Intel Core i7 8700K @ 5.2GHz | GPU EVGA RTX 2080 Ti XC | MOBO Asus Z370-I Gaming | MEMORY 16GB (2x 8GB) G.Skill Triden-Z RGB 3000 | STORAGE Samsung 960 Evo 500GB SSD + Corsair MX500 1TB M.2 SSD | PSU Corsair SF600 | COOLING Noctua NH-U9S w/ Redux Push/Pull Fans | CASE NCase M1v5 | LIGHTING 2x Cablemod Addressable RGB Strips | PCPP
 
Noc Noc, Who's There? - CPU AMD Threadripper 1950X | GPU ASUS RTX 2080 Ti OC | MOBO ASRock X399M Taichi | MEMORY 32GB (4x 8GB) GSkill Trident-Z 3200 | STORAGE Samsung 970 Evo SSD | PSU Corsair HX1000i w/ Cablemod Pro B&W Kit | COOLING Noctua U9 TR4 w/ 2x Redux 92mm | CASE Corsair 280X White | FANS 6x Noctua 140mm Redux | PCPP
Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted · Original PosterOP
29 minutes ago, Ethan_ said:

Almost anything clicky because I like to assert my dominance on voice chat.  Gateron blues are my favourite

Absolute mad-lad, where are my hollow amplifying keycaps?


Current Build

Spoiler
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • GPU
  • Case
  • Storage
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Sound
  • Operating System

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Super happy with my MX browns equipped Corsair STRAFE. The only good thing about my thesis is that I will be writing it with that keyboard.


Quote and/or tag people using @ otherwise they don't get notified of your response!

 

The HUMBLE Computer:

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X • Noctua NH-U12A • ASUS STRIX X570-F • Kingston HyperX 16GB (2*8GB) DDR4 3333MHz • GIGABYTE Nvidia GTX1080 G1 • FRACTAL DESIGN Define C w/ blue Meshify C front • Corsair RM750x (2018) • OS: Kingston KC2000 1TB DATA: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, Seagate Desktop 2TB • Acer Predator X34P 34" 3440x1440p 120 Hz IPS curved Ultrawide • Corsair STRAFE RGB Cherry MX Brown • Logitech G502 Proteus Core / Logitech MX Anywhere 2

 

Notebook:  HP Spectre x360 13" late 2018

Core i7 8550U • 16GB DDR3 RAM • 512GB NVMe SSD • 13" 1920x1080p 120 Hz IPS touchscreen • dual Thunderbolt 3

Link to post
Share on other sites

Linear Switches: Currently a tie between Novelkeys x Kailh Creams and Zeal Roselios. I have a set of Gateron Linjar and Zeal PC Sakurios that I still need to try in a board.

Tactile: Outemu Skies for now. I have Halo Trues and YOK Red Pandas to make Holy Pandas but I'm too lazy to lube and put them together.

Clicky: I've only had Kailh BOX Navies.

 

Novelkeys x Kailh Novelias have a special place in my heart since they are my first non-Cherry switch, and they are rose-gold!

Link to post
Share on other sites

For me, I like the Blue OutEmu switches. It's a clone of Blue switches, but somehow it appeals me more. I'm using Armaggeddon MK11R. Although it's noisy, but the clicky sounds gives a good feedback whether the key has been registered to the system or not. It helps my typing.

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Chiyawa said:

For me, I like the Blue OutEmu switches. It's a clone of Blue switches, but somehow it appeals me more. I'm using Armaggeddon MK11R. Although it's noisy, but the clicky sounds gives a good feedback whether the key has been registered to the system or not. It helps my typing.

used to rock autemu blu they were realy decent for budget switches but I found cherry or gateron blues just had a nicer tactile feedback I found, 


Desktop audio gear: topping d10 ---> monoprice monolith Alex Cavelli Liquid Spark---> Beyerdynamic dt 990 , Sennheiser Hd 58x, AKG k240, AKG k52

My portable setup: fiioe10k, fiio ubtr---> Tin hifi T3, Koss ksc 75,

Bluetooth headphones I use: AKG y50bt,Sennheiser HD 4.40

CPU : ryzen 1300x  Motherboard: b350 PC mate RAM:16 GB ddr4 corsair lpx GPU: gtx 1060 6gb Case:phanteks p400 

Storage:x1 280 gb kingston ssd x1 1tb WD blue hdd x1 2tb seagate barraccuda 

 PSU:650 GQ Cooling:be quite! BK009 Keyboard:ducky one 2 rgb full sized Mouse:G502, Model o Operating System:win 10

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm currently using and old 1993 IBM model M with buckling spring switches, and I love it, but it started to die so now I'm about to buy a keyboard with cheryy blue switches.


system out println("Please don't drop it Linus!");

Setup:

 

CPU: AMD FX-8350, ( overclocked it to 4,8Ghz) 

CPU Cooler: Enermax Lepa aquachanger 240M 

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990XA UD-3 Rev 3.0 

RAM: Samsung 1600Mhz 8Gb kit 

GPU: Gigabyte RX470 G1 gaming ( overclocked to 1275Mhz + 1800Mhz memory ) 

PSU: EVGA 80+ 600w 

Case: Cooler Master Masterbox MB520 RGB 

Monitors: Samsung Curved 2560x1440, 1ms, Full HD Orion TV 

Keyborad and mouse: Generic IBM keyboard, Asus ROG Strix Impact mouse

 

Some comic sans because why not 🤷‍♂️

Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted · Original PosterOP
11 minutes ago, Megumin4317 said:

I'm currently using and old 1993 IBM model M with buckling spring switches, and I love it, but it started to die so now I'm about to buy a keyboard with cheryy blue switches.

I loved the model M I was using, but I can't use it for games like Warframe where I have to press ctrl+shift+W+A/D+SPACE at the same time, I think it's still in my closet though, I would actually not go for Cherry blues, I would actually recomend the Kailh box jades right now, I got to try them out last night


Current Build

Spoiler
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • GPU
  • Case
  • Storage
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Sound
  • Operating System

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Emanbaird said:

I loved the model M I was using, but I can't use it for games like Warframe where I have to press ctrl+shift+W+A/D+SPACE at the same time

Sadly PS2 can't handle a lot of inputs, but my games only reguire a mouse / max 2 buttons ( mostly MMO RPGs ) so I don't mind it :D 


system out println("Please don't drop it Linus!");

Setup:

 

CPU: AMD FX-8350, ( overclocked it to 4,8Ghz) 

CPU Cooler: Enermax Lepa aquachanger 240M 

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990XA UD-3 Rev 3.0 

RAM: Samsung 1600Mhz 8Gb kit 

GPU: Gigabyte RX470 G1 gaming ( overclocked to 1275Mhz + 1800Mhz memory ) 

PSU: EVGA 80+ 600w 

Case: Cooler Master Masterbox MB520 RGB 

Monitors: Samsung Curved 2560x1440, 1ms, Full HD Orion TV 

Keyborad and mouse: Generic IBM keyboard, Asus ROG Strix Impact mouse

 

Some comic sans because why not 🤷‍♂️

Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, Megumin4317 said:

Sadly PS2 can't handle a lot of inputs, but my games only reguire a mouse / max 2 buttons ( mostly MMO RPGs ) so I don't mind it :D 

PS/2 Can do N-KEY rollover so that's pretty lit, CPU interrupts are also lit too. 

The M just can't do more than 2* inputs because of it's membrane design, it uses buckling springs over a membrane pad, so it can't do too many inputs at once sadly


Current Build

Spoiler
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • GPU
  • Case
  • Storage
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Sound
  • Operating System

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Megumin4317 said:

I'm currently using and old 1993 IBM model M with buckling spring switches, and I love it, but it started to die so now I'm about to buy a keyboard with cheryy blue switches.

consider kailh box switches or topre i own blues and have ried the model m blues sound nice depending on the case but kinda suck if you want tactility. 


Desktop audio gear: topping d10 ---> monoprice monolith Alex Cavelli Liquid Spark---> Beyerdynamic dt 990 , Sennheiser Hd 58x, AKG k240, AKG k52

My portable setup: fiioe10k, fiio ubtr---> Tin hifi T3, Koss ksc 75,

Bluetooth headphones I use: AKG y50bt,Sennheiser HD 4.40

CPU : ryzen 1300x  Motherboard: b350 PC mate RAM:16 GB ddr4 corsair lpx GPU: gtx 1060 6gb Case:phanteks p400 

Storage:x1 280 gb kingston ssd x1 1tb WD blue hdd x1 2tb seagate barraccuda 

 PSU:650 GQ Cooling:be quite! BK009 Keyboard:ducky one 2 rgb full sized Mouse:G502, Model o Operating System:win 10

Link to post
Share on other sites

Tried a fair few mechanical swtiches in shops but only owned one type for an extended period and thats the Cherry MX Browns. Of all the ones I tried in shops they are by far the ones I like the most. I find them the quietest of the 3 main Cherry switches because they don't bottom out as hard as reds and don't click like blues. I also like the fact they take a little more pressure to push down. They don't make a really irritaiting click (looking at you Razer) and they feel crisper than logitech's Romer-G switches.

 

The Cooler Master Masterkeys MK750 I have them in is a great keyboard and I don't see myself swtiching anytime soon


|| CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (@3.9GHz) || Motherboard: ASUS Prime B350 Plus || Cooler: Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition || GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 SC || Memory: 16GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB C16 (@2933MHz) || SSD: SanDisk 128GB || HDD: WD Blue 2TB, Toshiba 2TB, Transcend 1TB || PSU: Corsair RM550x || Case: Fractal Design Focus G || Monitor: 2x AOC 23” I2369VM IPS Full HD || Mouse: SteelSeries Rival 100 || Keyboard: Cooler Master MK750 RGB (Cherry MX Brown) || Speakers: Dell Stereo Speakers || Headphones: Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT || Headset: SteelSeries Siberia 200 ||

Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Emanbaird said:

I loved the model M I was using, but I can't use it for games like Warframe where I have to press ctrl+shift+W+A/D+SPACE at the same time, I think it's still in my closet though, I would actually not go for Cherry blues, I would actually recomend the Kailh box jades right now, I got to try them out last night

You can get a Model F (also a buckling spring) which does support N-key rollover. Therey make a modern variant of it, but they are a bit pricey . https://www.modelfkeyboards.com/

Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted · Original PosterOP
17 hours ago, geo3 said:

You can get a Model F (also a buckling spring) which does support N-key rollover. Therey make a modern variant of it, but they are a bit pricey . https://www.modelfkeyboards.com/

That's super neat! I'm glad someones doing it, I may make the plunge in the future. Is this similar to the unicomp situation, where they bought out all the stuff and are basically making it from the same factory?


Current Build

Spoiler
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • GPU
  • Case
  • Storage
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Sound
  • Operating System

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


×