Mechanical Keyboard Basics
To fully understand what makes this keyboard exceptional, one has to understand the basics of mechanical keyboard switches.
A short summary of how the four switches mentioned earlier function is below. For further reading and information about mechanical keyboard switches, click here
Cherry MX Black Switches - Actuation Force: 60g. They are linear switches without a tactile feel or audible click. This makes them desirable for many gamers due to their ability to rapidly press keys without having to overcome a tactile bump as well as their quick reset. However, this also makes them more prone to accidental key presses, and some typists may find this to be a hinderance.
Cherry MX Red Switches - Actuation Force: 45g. They are linear switches without a tactile feel or audible click. They are identical to the Cherry MX Black switches but require significantly less force to press. This allows for even faster key presses which can be very beneficial to a gamer. However, this also makes them even more prone to accidental key presses than the MX Black switches, and some typists may find this to be a hinderance.
Cherry MX Blue Switches - Actuation Force: 50g. They are tactile switches with both a tactile bump and an audible click. They are very popular with typists as they allow for extreme precision when typing due to their tactile feel, audible confirmation of a keypress, as well as the fact that reset point being well above their actuation point which requires a key to almost fully release before being able to register a second keypress. However, this makes them unpopular with many gamers, as it makes double keypresses slower and more difficult to accomplish.
Cherry MX Brown Switches - Actuation Force: 45g. They are tactile switches with a tactile bump but without an audible click. The MX Brown switches are often referred to as the ‘in-between’ switches. This is because they provide the tactile feel of the MX Blue switches without their loud clicking noise, as well as the more linear feel of the MX Black/Red switches. Looking at their force diagram
we see that it has a tactile bump about halfway down the keypress, and a tactile reset at the same point on the key release. This provides a unique and consistent typing experience, and makes them attractive to both gamers and typists. However, many typists prefer the more specialized MX Blue switches, and many gamers prefer the more specialized MX Black/Red switches, contending that the MX Browns are too much of a compromise.Typing Experience
We were eager to try out a keyboard that used MX Brown switches, as we had only had experience with MX Black, Red, and Blue switches until that point.
We were not disappointed, the MX Brown switches provide an excellent experience. They allow for quick gaming response, and the tactile bump does not hinder gameplay in the slightest. We had no issues with double keypresses, as the actuation and reset points are at the same place, we were able to rapidly tap away at the same key. The MX Brown switches also provide an exceptional typing experience. Because of the tactile bump, accidental keypresses are almost entirely eliminated. The tactile feedback gives the user precision and absolute certainty over whether a key has been pressed or not.
Logitech touts the keyboard as being “whisper-quiet”, due to the ‘non-clicky’ nature of the MX Brown switches. While this is certainly true when compared to MX Blue switches that have a distinct and audible click, it does not mean that the keyboard is silent. Fast typists will definitely hear the clacking of keys as they type away. However, for most people, this should not be a turnoff, as the noise generated from typing is no louder than that of a standard rubber dome (read: non-mechanical) or MX Black/Red switch mechanical keyboard.
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