Purchasing an expensive gaming peripheral is a bit daunting, especially when it (mostly) comes down to how it feels. In these cases, we cannot resort to benchmarks or any other form of objective score. Instead, we need to classify and describe the attributes of each type of keyboard, letting our readers narrow down their choices by saying, “if you like this, choose from these”.
A couple of days ago, PC Gamer published a breakdown of many types of switches, including a few different types of Alps-style brands. They have force curves for each featured switch, which is challenging to find outside of the Cherry MX brand (as few other companies publish their own that I know of). They also write a short paragraph for each switch to explain what type of use and user they are for, which (as I've said) is the metric that matters most.
For the Cherry MX switches, they have animations to show how they operate from the side, which will give you clues to how it operates. They have been floating around the internet for a while. KeyboardLover is claiming that “Lethal Squirrel” created them before 2011. These animations give a visual explanation for what linear, tactile, and clicky means, to help you imagine how these attributes feel.
Also, of course, we published our own article back in December. Our article includes our own Cherry MX switch animations. They're not quite as good quality as the other ones, but they include synchronized side-on and rear-on cycles. The animations were originally made for a Rosewill keyboard roundup back in early 2012.
toms hw did a good one a
toms hw did a good one a while back also. someplace in their forums is an even better one with topre and some others. anyway the below has some nice gifs
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When it comes down to cherry
When it comes down to cherry switches – either black or clear cherries for me. I don’t like how blue ones feel, and I outright HATE red and brown ones. I’ve also tried green ones, but didn’t like them either. As for Topre swutches – I like them (though not as much as black cherries), but, unfortunately, they’re quite rare, keyboards with them are heavily overpriced (usually), and Topre-based keyboards which I’ve had a chance to try so far weren’t all that good as keyboards themselves (crappy design and lackluster functionality). The most GODLIKE keyboard with black cherries I’ve ever had the utmost PLEASURE playing with so far, is Roccat’s Ryos. It’s simply THE most best black cherry-based keyboard out there right now, PERIOD. Yes, it’s pricey (some even might say it’s way too expensive), but it’s just THAT GOOD. Absolute top of the tops, tip of the mount Olympus, GOD TIER.
Thanks for your take!
Thanks for your take!