[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Modern keyboard question

Mark Whittington markwhi at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 01:08:11 EST 2018

Generally a decent quality mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches will
cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100.  You can go a lot higher, and
occasionally you'll find something a bit lower.  There are a number of
variants of the Cherry MX switches with different characteristics (tactile
response, audible click, etc).  Here's a primer on the various types:

Since you're looking at silicone keycaps, you probably want a non-click
switch like the Cherry MX Brown.  Something like this perhaps:

You're not likely to find a keyboard with those keycaps preinstalled, so
figure out what type of key switch you'd like and then find a keyboard with
those keys.  Any of the Cherry MX "colors" should work with those keycaps.

Massdrop doesn't seem to be running that drop right now, but as usual
there's a seller on aliexpress that can sell you some.

Let me know if you have other questions.

On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 11:50 PM Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> >> I'm thinking about getting a new keyboard for my modern PC.
> >>
> >> I want to use squishy keycaps such as these:
> >>
> >> https://www.massdrop.com/buy/silica-gel-keycap-set
> >>
> >> It says they're Cherry MX compatible.
> >>
> >> Does that mean they only work with official Cherry-branded keyboards? Or
> >> is there some other search term to use (etc.) for keyboards that are
> >> Cherry-compatible?
> > It suggests that those keycaps will fit on Cherry MX key switches.
> But how do I know what keyboards have such switches?

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