create a portable gaming/typing hybrid board on a budget.
I have set out to to achieve this by using various cherry mx switches on one board in order to try and take the best of both worlds, all the cherry switches will have matching mx coloured coloured rit dye PBT keycaps
MX Red - Red keycap
Mx Blue - Blue keycap
The Doner/original board: Noppoo Choc Mini MX Blue
here is the layout
and the reasoning
Cherry Mx blue: most of the board will consist of these tactile and clicky switches, they are my favourite cherry switch and are widely considered optimal for typing with. These will make up most of the alphabetical keys
Cherry Mx black: I love gaming on these switches and find them very nice to use (especially for spamming keys), although im not as big a fan of typing on them, as they have no tactile feed back and are quite heavy.
These will be used for WASD UP,DOWN,LEFT,RIGHT and the number keys
Cherry Mx Brown: a light tacticle switch which closely resembles blues except lightly and with no click, these are a good hybrid switch, therefore i have decided to place them around the WASD cluster and also use them for backspace, tab etc.
Cherry Mx red: similar to black but lighter, i have decided to place them on all the main modifier keys, partly for a bit of change and partly because these keys tend to be spammed alot whilst gaming so i thought it best if they were lighter for sprinting and crouching etc.
Cherry MX ergo clears: like browns but with a bigger tactile bump and a little heavier actuation; these will be used for the function keys top right so as to confirm pressing (and so as the keycaps work with the LEDs) and they will also be used for enter and caps lock so as toprovide confirmation of activating the switch and again because of LEDs
Cherry MX greys: Very stiff switch with a high activation force, i have placed these on Windows, Fn and Esc to avoid accidental presses and well cause i can haha.
Board before any mods:
after all switches being desoldered and
Mx ergo clears
and MX greys being soldered on
Picture of PCB
My soldering (I know its not great, its been a while)
more to come when MX blacks arrive.
ALSO I AM STILL LOOKING FOR MX REDS x 6 would rather not order off an official site.
what you reckon thus far?