Keyboard Recommendations?

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  1. Kyle

    Kyle JVC SZ2000 Dual-Driver Headphones

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    I like somewhat soft keyboards with a decent amount of travel. Not a fan of compact keyboards.
    Also, prefer wired USB.

    EDIT: Purpose only for typing (no gaming)
     
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  2. kylera

    kylera Notebook Consultant

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    By soft, are you saying you want something on the quiet side, or something that doesn’t involve a lot of force when typing, or both?
     
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    etern4l Notebook Virtuoso

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    Pick something with cherry switches, reds are nice and soft.
     
  4. Kyle

    Kyle JVC SZ2000 Dual-Driver Headphones

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    Something that does not require too much force.
    Noise does not bother me, but less noise is welcome!
     
  5. kylera

    kylera Notebook Consultant

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    Mechanical keyboards are the way to go. I have one with Cherry MX silent red switches and those are really office friendly and gentle on the fingers.
     
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    I'm reading up on mechanical keyboards, I gather the Cherry MX red ones do not have a tactile feedback. How is that for typing?

    I thinking either Cherry MX red or brown.
     
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    etern4l Notebook Virtuoso

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    I have both a red and brown keyboard. Red provides linear but fair resistance, the result is a pleasantly soft and fast keyboard, that's ideal for FPS, and great for typing. The brown provides noticeably less resistance, with the result being that you end up hitting the end of travel hard, although this effect disappears after a while once you learn to type more gently. I would think brown would only be preferable for people with substantial health concerns, although I happily use both interchangeably.
     
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    kylera Notebook Consultant

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    I have zero experience with brown so I can’t comment.

    With red, it feels really smooth going down. The keyboard almost makes you want to type softly.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    What's your budget?
     
  10. TriBeard

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    Brown switches are like blue switches, just without the loud "click". You still get the "bump" or "snap" in the switch that you can feel when you hit the switches actuation point. Blues and Browns are my choice of switch for any KB, and I find reds to be hard to type on comfortably and I'd almost rather have a membrane KB (I know that's a hot take, but that's my preference). You can get a little key sampler on amazon that has one of every kind of cherry key switch on it and test out which one you like best.

    I have an IKBC keyboard and while it doesn't have fancy software to control the RGB and whatnot, you can still customize it pretty extensively using the kb shortcuts and whatnot that are built in and it's built like a tank. Easily the best KB I've ever used and comes in pretty much any kind of switch you could want. It's out of stock currently, but I have V1 of this https://www.amazon.com/MF108-Mechan...btag=a827427474d79f8e9ddf12b6a992fc4f7c8827a2
     
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