Cherry Updates MX Switch Lifetime, Introduces New VIOLA Mechanical Switch

erek

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I still prefer the tactile feel of a cheap membrane keyboard (not even joking - Logitech K120 wal-mart special) so i don't know a thing about a good membrane keyboard yet alone a good mechanical switch:

"The switch stem retains the MX-stem compatibility when it comes to keycaps, so enthusiasts will no doubt be glad to know they will still be able to use their replacement MX-style keycaps with these switches. The housing is also transparent to allow for increased compatibility with RGB backlighting, and Cherry had a prototype keyboard using these switches to demonstrate the feature set. For once, Cherry is actually contemplating seriously about bring this keyboard prototype to market as a retail solution, so do let them know if you want one and also share your thoughts on the new VIOLA switch. Personally, I am excited to see more competition in the $40-75 keyboard market, with not only fully mechanical switches coming out but also those under the established Cherry brand name."

https://www.techpowerup.com/262809/cherry-updates-mx-switch-lifetime-introduces-new-viola-mechanical-switch
 

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Neat, this should help reduce keycap wobble and stem snapping. I am interested to see how it feels.
 

Zarathustra[H]

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Neat, this should help reduce keycap wobble and stem snapping. I am interested to see how it feels.
It's marketed as a low cost implementation below existing Cherry MX switches, so my guess is probably worse.
 

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Neat, this should help reduce keycap wobble and stem snapping. I am interested to see how it feels.
Stem snapping on an authentic Cherry MX switch? Only cases I've heard of this happening are when a keycap refuses to come off, it's more common the whole stem comes out with a stuck cap.
 

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I still prefer the tactile feel of a cheap membrane keyboard (not even joking - Logitech K120 wal-mart special)
The K120 is a good work keyboard. Good keys and quiet. I've been using it for years.
 
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Zarathustra[H]

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Good keys and quite what?

Seriously though, I don't care anymore if I "clack clack clack" at work. I type much better on mechanical switches.
Back when I had my own office, I used to use a Model M at work, and I loved it.

Now that I am back in cubicle land, I didn't want to be an asshole who annoyed my neighbors, but I still wanted the mechanical experience.

I like heavy keys, so I ordered the tactile bump (no click) Cherry MX Clears, and then to quiet down the bottom out sound (because I bottom out HARD when I type) I got a box of O-Rings and installed them

Not a bad setup.
 

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Mechnical keyboards are a bit over rated imo.

Don't get me wrong I have owned more then a few... and I do type a lot, and I'm pretty quick.

But in general ime mechanical doesn't make you faster or more accurate or anything else. They tend to be overloud and many require more force then really is needed.

I am glad they are innovating a bit on build matierals and trying to bring the experience to a lower price point. However I think most people are likely better off with a good membrane board. I think its a bit unfair when people compare their $300 mechanical keybaords to ten dollar membrane options. In general membraines with good build quality imo are some of the best keyboards going. My only reservation about cheap cherry mechanical keys is that most of the mid range keyboards will end up using them or cheaper variations... meaning the non mechancial keyboards sku crappier. Give me a nice quite low pressure membrane anyday... all the mechanical keyboards do is give me flash backs to my high school typing teacher yelling and screaming. lol
 
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