Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2015 - 02:26 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, Cherry MX, alps, topre, model m, model f
Purchasing an expensive gaming peripheral is a bit daunting, especially when it (mostly) comes down to how it feels. In these cases, we cannot resort to benchmarks or any other form of objective score. Instead, we need to classify and describe the attributes of each type of keyboard, letting our readers narrow down their choices by saying, “if you like this, choose from these”.
A couple of days ago, PC Gamer published a breakdown of many types of switches, including a few different types of Alps-style brands. They have force curves for each featured switch, which is challenging to find outside of the Cherry MX brand (as few other companies publish their own that I know of). They also write a short paragraph for each switch to explain what type of use and user they are for, which (as I've said) is the metric that matters most.
For the Cherry MX switches, they have animations to show how they operate from the side, which will give you clues to how it operates. They have been floating around the internet for a while. KeyboardLover is claiming that “Lethal Squirrel” created them before 2011. These animations give a visual explanation for what linear, tactile, and clicky means, to help you imagine how these attributes feel.
Also, of course, we published our own article back in December. Our article includes our own Cherry MX switch animations. They're not quite as good quality as the other ones, but they include synchronized side-on and rear-on cycles. The animations were originally made for a Rosewill keyboard roundup back in early 2012.
Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2013 - 07:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cherry mx green, mechanical keyboard, model m, coolermaster, CM Storm Trigger
The Tech Report got their hands on a keyboard using a new type of Cherry MX switch, the CM Storm Trigger. This is a keyboard for the heavy handed, both the force required to actuate a key and the bottom out is significantly higher than any other Cherry switch as well as the venerable IBM Model M, especially the larger sized keys. That might be well received by those who find other keyboards to be spongy, or gamers who want the feel of a buckling spring on a better looking keyboard than the old IBM one. Check out the review to hear the keyboard in action.
"Cooler Master has released a keyboard based on a little-known mechanical key switch: the Cherry MX greens. We've compared this offering to an IBM Model M and another keyboard based on Cherry's more popular blue switches."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ROCCAT Kone XTD & Kone Pure Gaming Mice Review @ Neoseeker
- Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard Review: One Month with the TECK @ AnandTech
- Roccat Isku FX Gaming Keyboard @ Kitguru
- Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse @ Metku.net
- EpicGear Meduza Mouse & HybridPad Mousepad @XSReviews
- ROCCAT's Kone XTD and Kone Pure Gaming Mice @ AnandTech
- ROCCAT Kone XTD 8200DPI Wired Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
- Revisiting the CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ OCC
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2012 - 07:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: DIY, model m, input, frank zappa, blue alps sliders
Sometimes hacks and mods are done to save you time and money or possibly both but other times you find yourself stuck in the position of Frak Zappa and cannot find a giraffe filled with whipped cream and have to make it yourself. Such is the case with this completely made custom keyboard described at Hack a Day, in which every part was either custom ordered or made by the designer themselves. None of the keys seem to be in their accustomed places and your thumbs will get a workout from all of those keys mounted in the centre of the board but for a programmer this could be the perfect design. It has taken over a year to build and likely cost more than a mass produced designed keyboard but if you want something done right ...
"[dmw] posted a pseudo-build log over at the geekhack keyboard forums. Every single part of this keyboard is custom-made. The key caps were made by Signature Plastics, the case was made by Shapeways, and the custom PCB for the key switches came directly from Express PCB. The key switches are blue Alps sliders (one of the best key switches available) with a few white Alps switches taken from an old Apple keyboard."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat ISKU Gaming Keyboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair Vengeance M90 @ XSReviews
- Enermax Briskie Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Bundle @ Kitguru
- Corsair's Vengeance K60 and K90 Keyboards @ AnandTech
- Corsair vengeance K60 @ Guru3D
- Corsair Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
- SteelSeries SRW-S1 @ OC3D
- Steelseries Simraceway SRW-S1 Controller Review @ XtremeComputing
- Corsair Vengeance M90 MMO Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- ROCCAT Kone[+] Laser Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
- HP Wi-Fi Touch Mouse X7000 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Cyborg R.A.T.7 Albino Edition Gaming Mouse Review @ eTeknix
- Steelseries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition Gaming Mouse @ Funky Kit