That sounds about right. You can avoid bottoming out or at least land softly if you're used to it, but it does take some adjusting.filimonovici wrote:I' almost proud to say that I got my first mechanical keyboard a week ago, and after using it for a while, I thought I should present it to you. Why ALMOST?
Because without the possibility of trying out some mechanical switches, and only by reading some threads, I went and bought this keyboard - the Cherry G80-3000LQCEU-0.
The Cherry corporation states that this model has a soft tactile feel, and I went for it, but I'm a little bit disappointed because the keys are not so soft, and honestly, it feels close to a rubber dome keyboard. Don't get me wrong, you still have that pleasant sensation that you get from a mechanical keyboard when typing, but the force required to depress the keys, cumulated with the force required to "beat" the bump that gives you that tactile feedback, makes you bottom out eight times out of ten. Your fingers won't get to hoover over the keyboard, or dance like many like to say. You almost always will end up bottoming out.
Sadly, the way the Cherry switch works is that the slider rubs against the switch contacts, so it can't be avoided. Even linear Cherry switches will have it, but the volume of the sound depends on type of swich, the amout of grease in the switch and how much the switch has been worn smooth. Older switches might have less of this sound, given they still contain some grease.filimonovici wrote:There is also a frictiony sound that drives me crazy. Someone on the Geekhack forum says that this sound should dissapear in 3 or 4 weeks, so let's hope so.
Maybe you want vintage blacks (that is, MX black switches from before 1997 or so, ask Sixty). These were produced using a slightly lighter spring than modern MX blacks, which are already lighter than MX clears.filimonovici wrote:I have also fooled myself because I was looking for something more linear, but I was afraid of buying the black switches because everybody says that the black ones are too stiff. Reds, don't do for me because I like a switch that don't bottoms out easily, blues either because they are really too loud and I really want a mechanical keyboard that is as quiet as possible.
I own 2 G80-3000LQCDE keyboards and I'm not afraid to call them cheap mechanicals. But you get exactly what you pay for, and the mechanical switches do make it a long-lasting no-nonsense keyboard.filimonovici wrote:Anyway, this is it, the Cherry G80-3000LQCEU.
But before inserting the photos, let me tell you something about this board.It has a standard (I think it's called ANSI) layout, with the € sign.The design of the case is classic, yet sexy and appealing. It's just a basic keyboard, with no USB hubs, lights, macro keys ... etc. Well, to be honest I have to say there aren't any DEDICATED macro keys, because by using the Cherry software, you can assign macros to the F row.
The keyboard uses PBT keycaps and PCB mounted Cherry MX Clear switches, which are tactile NON clicky switches. Seems that the clear switches are an enhanced version of the browns, and require more force to be depressed. Browns need 45g and clears need 55g. Actually someone says that the clear switches feel like the blacks but with a bump (the tactile feedback that tells you the switch has actuated).
The keyboard comes in a simple cardboard box, it has a USB connection but they provide a USB to PS2 adapter, for those who want to use a PS2 connection, and there is also a manual with some technical details and how to connect a USB and PS2 keyboard to a PC.
And this is something that I don't understand. I don't know what those colors and and letters mean. Someone can explain it to me?
Mind you, it's not a lot but there is a difference alright.filimonovici wrote:@JBert
So, you say that the Cherry MX Blacks are lighter then the clears? You just made me want to buy another keyboard.
Daniel Beardsmore wrote:I would still be willing to consider one with browns (clears are usable, but weird), except that Cherry won't make one.
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