From looking at the graphs and the animations you do get a sense for the action, but I guess the only way to know is to try them. Unfortunately I have nowhere local to try them, and so need to go with recommendations and reading.|
It does appear that the blue and brown are very similar, but that the blues make more noise, giving more feedback, allowing you to slow down earlier. So with the blues it's easier to know when to decelerate/release, and hence easier (in theory) not to bottom out, or at least bottom out with less force. I assume with time though, you can get the same level of competence with the browns (being that they have the tactile feedback), and so it mainly comes down to preference over the sound.
Everyone seems to say blues are the best for typing, but that browns are second best, and better for gaming. I do find it odd to think of them as vastly different though (typing and gaming that is) as surely the aim in both is to trigger the key quickly and accurately.
People talk about the blacks and reds being best, as you get the feedback from bottoming out, but only need to travel a very short distance back up from the actuation point to reset. I can see how in practice this may seem best, but then I am used to fully releasing before re-triggering.
I suppose in a lot of gaming you are only using a few keys, which does make a difference.
@mal, do you think from looking at the animations you would still switch and go blue if buying again? Now you can see what is happening in the brown swithces would you say what you would expect them to feel like (from viewing the action) matches the real experience?
Have to say if I was going blue I would greatly consider the Cherry G80 as you can get it off Amazon for £60. For the browns it would be the Falco from The Keyboard Company. They do the Unicorp Model M as well as a load of other nice looking boards, and have most Cherry boards in a range of keys. They definitely look like the best UK supplier.
Edited by gamingdave at 12:23:28 10-03-2012