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Posted · Original PosterOP

I got a Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent keyboard, but it won't work for me.  It was quiet enough (the main thing that's turned me away from mechanical keyboards is the noise), but the keys required too much pressure. I know 45g of force seems like nothing to most of you.  It would have been the same way for me a year ago.  Unfortunately, I'm developing joint pain as a side effect of one of my medications (before you suggest it, I'm not stopping/changing medicine).

 

If there is a quiet mechanical keyboard out that requires less than 45g of force (as little as possible), I'd love to know about it.  RGB would be kickass, but it's definitely not necessary.


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What is the actuation force of Topre switches?

 

You could also try replacing the springs in your Strafe if you can find lighter springs.


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3 minutes ago, djdwosk97 said:

What is the actuation force of Topre switches?

30,35,45,55 grams depends on the model

 

11 minutes ago, JoostinOnline said:

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U might want a topre switches or gateron clear (35grams) but its linear.

Gateron clear

https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&c=248

 

Unfortunately topre with 30-35g keyboard is hard to find


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16 minutes ago, djdwosk97 said:

You could also try replacing the springs in your Strafe if you can find lighter springs.

Would I use these then? https://kbdfans.myshopify.com/products/cherry-mx-springs-100pcs


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1 minute ago, JoostinOnline said:

I guess? I've never changed the springs in a Cherry switch before, so I don't know if there are any other limiting factors that you would need to look out for, how easy it is to do, or if those are good. I just know it's an option. 


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12 hours ago, djdwosk97 said:

I guess? I've never changed the springs in a Cherry switch before, so I don't know if there are any other limiting factors that you would need to look out for, how easy it is to do, or if those are good. I just know it's an option. 

It's hard, tedious at best. At worst, impossible without disassembling the entire keyboard, including desoldering all the switches.

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You could get this modular keyboard with Gateron clears in it.  Even if gat clears are too heavy since it's modular your can just easily pull the switches out and do a spring swap. Once out they're fairly easy to open once you get the hang of it. Though I think the lightest spring you can get is 30g and gat clears are already only 35g.

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2 hours ago, Howitz said:

o-rings?

How would o-rings lighten the spring?


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5 hours ago, djdwosk97 said:

How would o-rings lighten the spring?

well i guess i missed some part, i was thinking about silence there haha, he mentionned he wanted the keyboard to be quiet.

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3 hours ago, Howitz said:

well i guess i missed some part, i was thinking about silence there haha, he mentionned he wanted the keyboard to be quiet.

I can deal with noise, as long as it isn't like the ones that are intentionally loud with the "feedback".


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22 minutes ago, JoostinOnline said:

Has anyone tried a Razer Ornata Chroma?

The actuation force is supposedly 60g: http://tomshardware.com/news/razer-mecha-membrane-switch-ornata-chroma,32637.html


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