Hi all, I’m wondering if anyone can give any recommendations/thoughts for a tactile switch? Especially if you happen to prefer them.
My main board is a Realforce R1, variable weight (i.e. Topre), and I love it. But recently I pulled out my old Cherry MX Blue board (one of my firsts) and I actually found that I really missed that feeling of a distinctly ‘sharper’ tactile typing feeling (rather than the Realforce’s more ‘rounded’ feeling of tactility). The only thing was that I didn’t really want to use it after a bit because I found the click rather annoying.
So it led me to thinking it may be time to go find myself a tactile board. I was wondering if anyone can give me any recommendations? For me, I’m looking for:
- Tactility that’s ‘sharper’ feeling (although I think most mechanical switches will beat out Topre in that because it’s plastic vs rubber).
- Sounding thocky is a great plus. I do have some thicker lube, so that can be factored in. No clicky suggestions please.
From my very basic research I’m thinking of a few switches and I’d like to get people’s opinions on (or if you have any alternative recommendations, please feel free to let me know):
Any thoughts on…
- Cherry MX Clears
- Halo Clears
- Holy Pandas (or at the time I’m writing this, Glorious Pandas seem more readily available) – Fwiw, where I’m based the Glorious Pandas will still cost around $1.20USD per switch here, so the price isn’t really that much of a steal.
Zealios V2-- I’m actually not sure about this because I think part of the charm of the MX Blues this time was that there was a bit of pre-travel, and although I do bottom out at least half the time, it wasn’t always necessary. But from the Glarses review on them, it seems like they’re more like a switch where you will bottom out because the actuation force from the top will just pull you through the rest of the way (not unlike a Topre? Although I am guessing with Topre because there’s rubber, the bottom out is ‘softer’ compared to the usual mechanical keyboard bottom out).
Maybe just a heavier uniform Topre board? (iirc, HHKB had a very ‘sharp’ feeling of tactility compared to my R1, and I actually sold it because I didn’t think it felt as good. But considering what I’m going for right now…)
- I’ve ruled out Cherry MX Browns because I’ve tried them before and alt I don’t think I really ‘felt’ the tactility when I was really typing, which makes me think that the weight of the actuation may simply be too light.