Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cherry Blacks vs Blues

One good thing about PC, and I am sure it is the same as Mac, is that you can plug in two keyboards and type them. Makes it easy to switch from the Razer to the Choc Mini for type testing.

A photo of the setup is required.

Just by looking at the photo, one can tell that the Choc Mini looked solidly built than the Razer, isn't it? Maybe it is because of the key caps. The Choc Mini is made of POM - I don't know if it is better than what Razer has but it has those textured feel and gives out a pretty serious vibe. This is no keyboard to fool with.

So, Cherry MX Black. How was it? I could really tell the difference between a tactile switch and a linear switch. A tactile switch would provide you the slightest bounce and feedback. It feels extremely good. As of this moment, I didn't really like the Black linear switch. I have a feeling I need to bottom out when using the Black. I am not a touch typist and I typically punched keys with my index fingers and thumb but I still find I need to punch harder.

On the other hand, Cherry MX Blue feel so good and the fact that it produced a clicky noisy further strengthened the tactility of the keys. Perhaps it is psychological. I wonder how a tactile but quiet Clear or Brown would feel. Perhaps they will be like the Black, but I doubt it. Even if it is quiet, the unspoken bounced from each key press would have given me the unspoken feedback my fingers needed. Hmm, this sound kinda ghey - for a keyboard. LOL.

As outlined in my earlier post, gamers liked the linear keys better. I tried to play Tomb Raider in it and yes, as you use WASD to guide Lara around, it is better to have a quiet switch. Using the Blue, it sounded strange to hear each key press. And in games, I bottomed out anyway because when you pressed a key to walk a character, you tend to press and hold it for a while. I didn't need to tap on it continuously, perhaps the Black would serve well in gaming. Fortunately, the Black is on the Mini, which means it is highly portable. Perhaps I can take it out for LAN parties, if that ever happens.

Oh well!

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