I know this may sound like a weird question but I recently bought a Qpad blue mechanical keyboard, my opinion of mechanical vs a decent membrane so far is 'meh' but I'm concerned over the pitch of the switches.
It's not the noise level itself which is an issue but it's pitched just high enough that I find it annoying and I'm considering returning it (which I can do).
Now I know other mechanical keyboards (e.g. red or brown) are suppose to be quieter but are they also of a similar pitch or does the different mechanism also make them sound different?
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O-rings added to the keys might tone down the sound slightly by adding bulk to the keys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFkl1Vet1eU I'm afraid the o-rings are more focused on reducing the sound from bottoming keys out while typing though.
The sound from bottoming out is already kind of loud, regardless of the switch type. Orings help quite a bit though. Another thing that helps is putting the keyboard on some sort of cloth (like an old mousepad or towel) to dampen the sound.
I like black better than anybody could possibly like brown.
I really like my browns. The blacks were too uncomfortable to use if you had to type for hours. Too much resistance for me, especially my ring finger and pinkies felt uncomfortable at the end of the day. Do not get me wrong, I thought the blacks felt good when you did not use them too much. But any switch that causes discomfort to me over time is not one I am willing to use. I would rather use rubber domes over blacks (unless, maybe, if I lube them).
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Any keyboard is going to be loud if you bottom out. If you are really good at touch-typing on Reds or Browns then that's the way but there's really no way to be good at touch typing on Red or Browns because there's no tactile feedback.
In other words, you are screwed so stop being whiny.
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This Logitech G710+ has o-rings already under the keys. It's on sale at Best Buy for ~$120 plus tax: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/logitech-g710-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/6819135.p?id=1218808243010
It uses Cherry MX brown switches, includes white LED illumination, and is often is priced at $150+. Reports of LEDs acting up have kept me away from buying it so far, but I'm tempted anyway. I'd also want to switch off the different color keys and orange strip, but that's just a cosmetic preference since I like a cleaner looking keyboard.