Fatal Error: Purchasing The Wrong Mechanical Keyboard

The last couple months I was very hesitant about purchasing a new keyboard since I am putting aside money to build my next SR20DET. I have always wanted to purchase a mechanical keyboard, but my Logitech G510 has always kept me happy.

Recently, my buddy Jordan Baker purchased the Razer Blackwidow Standard. He has always talked about it in high regards. I was always hesitant to purchase it since: a.) It does not have an LCD screen b.) No volume drum roll c.) not as many macro keys. I soon came to realization that I never use the Logitech G510 LCD screen and I don’t use all the G macro keys to their fullest potential.

When I saw the Corsair Vengeance K90 MMO Mechanical Keyboard release back in February, I instantly fell in love. After reading reviews briefly about the Corsair Vengeance K90 on Newegg and Amazon I decided to purchase the keyboard on impulse. What I failed to do was read up about the differences between Cherry switches. If you are wanting to purchase a mechanical keyboard, I highly recommend that you read up about the differences between Cherry Black, Brown, Blue and Red.

Shame on me for not doing my research. The K90 Mechanical Keyboard has Cherry MX Red switches, and does not have tactile or clicky feedback. These switches are meant for response; the keys themselves are the lightest and easiest to press. This makes the keyboard very responsive to touch and ideal for gaming. After reading more about the Cherry MX Reds, most individuals that wanted a mechanical keyboard for the tactile and clicky response ended up returning their keyboard and purchasing one that had Cherry Blues.

Now here’s my dilemma, I wanted to invest into a new mechanical keyboard strictly because I wanted the tactile and clicky feedback; since that I a.) I code, b.) bit of a typist and c.) I am an avid gamer. Below I found a video from Custom PC Review that discusses the difference between Cherry switches and even demonstrates the sound.

If you are also looking into more technical details about the differences between Cherry switches, I highly recommend heading over to Overclock.net and reading this guide: http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide

And last but not least, I’d like to thank SUPERfreckleland on Youtube for that defining moment where I panicked, ran down to Best Buy and purchased the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate! If you’d like an explanation why Cherry Blues switches are better, skip to 2:30 on her video below. 🙂

Update: 7/30/2012 Erica posted a 1 year follow up of her Blackwidow! See the video below!

Thanks SUPERfreckleland! See you at PAX Prime this year!

One thought on “Fatal Error: Purchasing The Wrong Mechanical Keyboard

  1. You notice how how the spacebar makes a “knock” sound instead of a “click”?

    It makes typing into a song “click click click KNOCK click KNOCK KNOCK click click click KNOCK.”

    Once you hear it you cannot unhear.

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