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Offline owlietenil2

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First mechanical keyboard questions
« on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 11:16:04 »
Hi! I'm receiving my new Redragon K556-RK Devarajas this Friday and the only point I'm not sure about is the switches: this would be my first mech keyboard and I really wanted the blue clicky ones from what I've read but this one comes with brown switches. Am I going to miss out on a huge difference between brown and blue? Is the difference just about the noise?

This keyboard supposedly has replaceable switches, which you can just pull out and switch with different ones. Would I be forced to buy Outemu switches as replacement, or would it be possible to use cherry switches or something else? I'm a newbie about mech keyboards so I've no clue. Also where should I buy switches? I'm in Europe.

Lastly has anyone had issues with this keyboard in the long term? Some of the reviews pointed out hiccups after a few months of usage on other, lower end keyboards by Redragon, which is also why I wanted replaceable switches just in case I'd have to replace a faulty key or two in the future.

Offline jamster

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Re: First mechanical keyboard questions
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 00:51:20 »
You should be fine with most MX-style switches, just avoid the low profile ones (which seem to be uncommon anyway)

> Am I going to miss out on a huge difference between brown and blue? Is the difference just about the noise?

The Blues will have a slightly sharper feel to them, which is mentally amplified by the actual click noise.

You've already bought the board, it's not even arrived yet. Just use it for a while and decide what you think of it, there's no point looking for replacement switches and second guessing yourself before it's even delivered ;)

Just enjoy the purchase.

Offline Maledicted

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Re: First mechanical keyboard questions
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 07 July 2020, 18:36:23 »
I don't think Outemu browns are particularly smooth vs alternatives, like from Gateron. Outemu's blues are actually pretty nice though if you ask me, nicer than MX blues. I also have a bias towards clickies in general though.

I'm pretty sure that Outemu switches are about all that fit in Outemu hot swap sockets, not that I know from experience. I may have a board with the sockets to play with. I'm not even sure.

Offline JCraftCables

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Re: First mechanical keyboard questions
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 08 July 2020, 06:37:13 »
Gaterons are the better option. But I would suggest not to spend too much. Just use the keeb for what it is first until you have decided to go down the DIY custom route.