I was wondering how many of my community members use Mechanical Keyboards, and have they been trouble free. I brought a Logitech G512 and it is getting worse over time. It has Logitech’s own proprietary blue switches.
I would like to know how many mechanical keyboard users have to deal with double click problems, keys not registering, and generally being very hard on the fingers.
Well—I also have a G512…but with the Kailh GX switches & it has not missed a beat in several years…I swear by Cherry(and Cherry Clone) Switches—they are the best. I custom-modded a Pudding keycap set (changing the caps cap & buying a different first row set…the only one I couldn’t change is the space bar)…Long story short…only buy Kailh GX or Cherry MX switches…they work.
I see. So you customized the keyboard and replaced the switches? How did it keep its RGB after that? Please note, I do not know much about keyboard. I know about the Cherry MX switches, thanks to YouTube videos, but I am not super into keyboards as much as some people that I know are.
Not exactly…I bought the keyboard with the Kailh GX switches…when you buy that keyboard, you are offered the choice of Logitech-made switches or the GX switches. I had heard bad things about the Logitech-made switches, so I ordered the keyboard with GX switches which are a Cherry copy. Also, when you buy a keyboard with Cherry or Cherry copy switches, you have choices for the keycaps you can use.
When you buy Mechanical Keyboards…you really need to buy ones with Cherry or Cherry-like switches…they are the ones that work.
More info: I went to Logitech website & I see that they no longer offer the keyboard with their switches…only the Kailth switches…guess that they learned a lesson. I use the Blue switches…I like the tactile “click” from the keys.
Most keyboards have RGB led soldered on the PCB. Then the switch has a transparent body so that the light can be seen.
If you want to change the switches there are probably 2 versions - hot-swap and soldered to the PCB. If you are not handy with the soldering iron then I would recommend to look for hot-swap version.
I have a Ducky Shine 7 keyboard with Cherry Red and I must say so far so good. I just had to replace a spring at the spacebar for something a little stronger one (from Cherry Black). I sometimes rest my thumb on the spacebar and that pressed it too easily.
If you look at the Cherry MX switches you will see a lot of options (pressing force, tactile response, pressing stroke). It can be difficult to choose.
The red switches are really easy to press (probably easier than the keys on my HP laptop). On the other hand they do not give a feedback when they are pressed so for someone that can lead to the double-press problem you mentioned if you press them only half-way. I do not mind since I press them all the way to the bottom. With blue switches I do not expect you will see that problem at all.
Use blue switches in an office with a lot of people and you will see some angry mob.
I really like the build quality of mine keyboard. It has a professional feel and not that “gamer-all-rgb-master-race”. It even has a metal plate as a top cover so it is quite heavy, does not flex and does not slide on the table. And also if you like to change the keycaps Ducky mostly uses standard size Ctrl,Alt keys.
A shame they do not have an ortholinear keyboard. That is something I wanted to try (but on the other hand I am too old to learn a new keyboard layout anyway ).
@ExDebianuser The blue switches make sure that the click was registered and I guess the click is a confirmation that the button was actually pressed or something? They are loud and I do not think that co-workers like the sound that my keyboard makes though. I still do not know whether I am using the GX Blue or the Rohmer G.
@vlkon I have never used a blue switched keyboard in an office space so I wouldn’t know much about the reaction of people.
I guess that the “click” is really up to the user…I really like the feel of Blue switches…some people really hate that…so if it were me, I’d go to a big box store with lots of keyboard choices & try them…as with anything…you are the final deciding factor.
I fixed my problems by putting alcohol into the switches. My m key works fine. But now for some reason, the n key is acting strange. I guess I will have to tolerate this as long as I own this keyboard.
Another thing that I might end up doing is, I will cover my keyboard when I leave the desk at night. Probably overnight, some dust gets into the switches or keycaps, and that is the reason why all of this is happening.