If the keyboards could talk, they will probably classify us humans into two different categories on the basis of the treatment they receive from our fingers. Game addicts will probably make up the first category (distinguishable characteristic include "they hammer the keys excitedly"... no wonder, keyboards in this niche tend to have a short life expectancy) whereas the second category will constitute prolific writers (distinguishable characteristic include "they tap the keys gently but are prone to get irritated when keystrokes do not register or when typos happen").
Well, there is also a third category, reserved for people who can be both harsh and gentle with their keyboard depending upon, mm, the condition of their mental state (if you're angry, you are bound to shed your fury upon the keyboard... likewise, a happy mood would ensure a gentle treatment) as well as by the programs they use. Now, the question is what category defines you. Are you a game addict or a writer, or perhaps an average PC user? Think how you use your computer for, and you can then easily decide which one of the following Cherry MX mechanical switches will heighten your keyboard experience.
1. Cherry MX Black Switch
A loud keyboard may not give you a headache (since you yourself are making the noise by hammering the keys) but it might earn you a few cold stares and clenched jaws from your peace-loving colleagues. So, what should you do... type slowly? No! Your days of cautious typing have come to an end. Meet the Cherry MX Black switch! It is a silent switch which, when pressed, neither gives back a tactile bump nor makes any audible sound. The only remorse is that you will have no idea whether the key actuated or not, since there will be no significant tactile feedback. You have to press the key all the way down to make it register (this makes double tapping a key quite easier). The verdict is that it may be a little improper for typing purpose, but this is the ideal mechanical switch for the gaming community... you can furiously press the keys in excitement while playing an action game without any fear of disturbing your colleagues in the neighboring desks.
2. Cherry MX Blue Switch
Bring back the joy of working on a typewriter. The Cherry MX Blue switch lets you feel the tactile bump when you press the key and emits a satisfying "click" as the key is actuated. This baby here will give you the best typing experience you will ever have. While the Black switch stands for peace and the gaming community, the Blue switch are regarded as the typists dream. So, get yourself a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switch, and live your dream.
3. Cherry MX Brown Switch
You can call the Brown switch a hybrid of the Black and Blue Cherry switches. It has a soft tactile bump, which activates right in the middle of the key (you don't have to press the key all the way down), making twitch typing possible. Now, if you fancy this Brown switch (which, incidentally, is OK for both typing and gaming purpose), then you better order the popular Razer BlackWidow keyboard (Stealth Edition) or you might like to play with the Das Model S "Ultimate", a blank keyboard having unlabeled keys (if you're not good in touch-typing, then just use the standard "Professional" version which thankfully has labeled keys).
4. Cherry MX Red Switch
Hitting the Black switch was tiring for our fingers, and so the Cherry created a new linear switch, sharing the traits of the Black (no tactile bump, no sound), but this time they made the Red switch easier to press with less finger pressure. Both the Corsair Vengeance K60 keyboard and the Professional version of Das Keyboard Mode S have incorporated this fabulous Cherry MX Red switch.
5. Cherry MX Clear Switch
The Clear switch made its appearance in the 1989, but owing to its stiffness, it has been subjected to various modifications (the slider is the same but the spring has been replaced with lighter ones of its siblings). You might have heard about the Panda Clears (uses the spring of Cherry Black) or perhaps the Ergo Clears (uses the spring of either the Blue, Black or Brown Cherry MX switches). Leopold keyboards and Ducky Shine are known to have used the Clear switch.
6. Cherry MX Green Switch
Let us give a warm welcome to the new member of the Cherry MX family... meet the Green switch! New to the family, the green switch shares all the traits of its tactile siblings but is much stiffer than the blues. Yes, it does retain the tactile bump and the satisfying "click" sound that has made the mechanical keyboard, especially the Blue switch, a sensation among prolific writers. However, you will find the keys much tougher than its other siblings (you'd better ready an insurance for your fingers). As of now, the CM Storm Trigger is the only keyboard in our knowledge that makes use of this Cherry MX Green switch.
Remember, each of these Cherry MX switches offer varied level of tactile response, and choosing the right mechanical switch will make you love your keyboard more than ever.