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Old 11-26-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever use a mechanical keyboard for SM?

I really want a mech keyboard, but the different switches being good and bad for different things make it hard without trying them all out

How well has each switch worked out for you?
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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Mechanical keyboards gave me an accuracy boost probably due to louder keytaps. Once you get used to how they feel speed is no problem.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:07 PM   #3
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Mechanical keyboards gave me an accuracy boost probably due to louder keytaps. Once you get used to how they feel speed is no problem.
Which switch are you using?
Like Cherry MX black/red/brown/blue
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:09 PM   #4
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Default Re: Anyone ever use a mechanical keyboard for SM?

My experience is blue switches is good for singlenote streams and MA and brown is a bit harder to get good accuarcy but it's a bit better for hitting aids patterns that require twitch/doubetapping
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My experience is blue switches is good for singlenote streams and MA and brown is a bit harder to get good accuarcy but it's a bit better for hitting aids patterns that require twitch/doubetapping
this is pretty much what i've heard from everywhere i looked: blue better for ma, but brown better for speed

i'm going to spend ~$100 on a brown switch mech kb soon and am still wondering which to buy
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:34 PM   #6
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I've skillboosted a lot when I got my mx blue kb. Also, they aren't really as bulky as they seem
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I just bought a brown switch keyboard and got it in the mail today

haven't quite played SM with it for a session yet but from the testing rounds I've played MA isn't too bad compared to my normal skill
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:44 PM   #8
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Blue seems bad for jacks

Curious if anyone has input on reds/blacks
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:05 PM   #9
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I just bought a razer blackwidow and it owns. Still getting used to it for stepmania, but I love it for every game I've played so far.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #10
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I've never used a mechanical keyboard (buying one soon too) but I'd imagine reds would be pretty good for speed since they're so light.
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I just bought a razer blackwidow and it owns. Still getting used to it for stepmania, but I love it for every game I've played so far.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:43 PM   #12
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Blue seems bad for jacks
Jacking is pretty easy for me on blue switches
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using a blue switch kb for jacks/speed is like using rubber cement to jack off
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:11 PM   #15
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I was told red switches fuck your MA up since they don't have any feeling of actuation until you bottom them out but my MA is pretty well the same with my new keyboard. Reds are NOT good for vibrating, I've still yet to find a good bulky keyboard that can do this reliably.
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I was told red switches fuck your MA up since they don't have any feeling of actuation until you bottom them out but my MA is pretty well the same with my new keyboard. Reds are NOT good for vibrating, I've still yet to find a good bulky keyboard that can do this reliably.
There's no tactile feedback on membrane keyboards before bottoming out anyways (as far as the ones I've ever used), so people who have good MA on a membrane keyboard should do just fine with reds.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:28 PM   #17
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There's no tactile feedback on membrane keyboards before bottoming out anyways (as far as the ones I've ever used), so people who have good MA on a membrane keyboard should do just fine with reds.
Doesn't membrane have the 'click' after enough force is put onto them and then they bottom out, while reds just go down without that force-bump?

like if you put 30 grams of weight on a membrane key, the key won't do anything, but if you put 30grams of weight on a red key, it will go down a bit but not enough to actuate?

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using a blue switch kb for jacks/speed is like using rubber cement to jack off
at first it's restrictive

but after a while, it becomes a part of you!
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:49 PM   #19
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Yeah I have the non 2013 BlackWidow ultimate which uses Cherry Blue MX switches. MA is good enough to quad stuff. Jacks I have no problem with since I can feel when I actually miss jacks as opposed to hoping I hit them with my old keyboards (not sure if anyone gets me lol).
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:02 PM   #20
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Like all Cherry MX keyboards, you don't have to bottom out before the keyboard registers the keytap. It's weird at first, but you adapt to it quickly.

Blues have the loudest click when they are pressed down of all switch types. Amazing for MA and also great for speed. Personal favorite.
Browns are not as loud and don't have a click as audible. This is the middle ground, great speed/accuracy and it doesn't drive your neighbors insane with the keytaps.
Reds feel like you are typing on air. I couldn't get used to this keyboard, but for others is apparently godlike for speed.
Blacks have similar traits and characteristics to hitler. Don't touch this abomination of a keyboard. Linear key presses *cringe*

Buckling Spring Keyboard HUEHUEHUE so loud this keyboard will rupture your ear drums. But so satisfying~ 8)

I would love a keyboard with 4 keys of each switch type, but I haven't found anywhere that makes custom keyboards to this extent.


But what do I know? I love my scissor switch kensington <3

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