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Just going to jump in and say I don't really think it matters whether they feel "cheap" or not, it's about the typing experience. I've tried blues, browns, clears, and of course cheap keyboards (they make me want to lug my keyboard around with me ;;), and I'd say that I prefer browns the most in terms of typing experience. I don't think they're comparable to a cheaper switch, if simply because of actuation pressure and distance, which *does* make quite a large difference when typing.
Problem is that theres a worldwide shortage of mx browns. so, thats one of the reasons ergo dox isnt shipping with browns. As a owner of a keyboard with browns, i would also reccomend against buying them, they almost feel like a slightly posh rubber dome.
TheHolyDuck
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I have a keyboard with Browns, the Truly Ergonomic. I always liked the Browns, light to press and with a tactile feedback.<br />Until recently, I tried the DasKeyboard with Blues for a short time. Since then the Browns feel cheap. But I do not think it's because of the use of Blues, but it just feels the Browns have past some kind of break-in and now they are worn out.
I did gain some advice: http://deskthority.net/marketplace-f11/cherry-mx-taking-pre-orders-t2760-1860.html#p124082<br />I think NW's would be better.<br />But anyhow, I am not waiting for this. If I really want Browns, I'll order them from 7bit (see the link).
to1ne
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No need to kill the thread.<br /><br />If we get enough people for a GB then it will be easier to set another one up in the future.
I am still not sure:
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<br /><br />As far as I understand the ErgoDox is compatible with PCB-mount switches, while they are actually plate-mount installed.<br />You can see how they are mounted:
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<br />And the holes per switch:
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Ok, in that case I'll switch everything back. I'm just trying to make sure we all get the proper parts ;-)
Also, here's a photo of the MX1A-G1NN for comparrison.
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<br /><br />Both the MX1A-G1NN and MX1A-G1NW have a lip around the edges to offload weight to a mounting plate.
Deleted... misinformation. :P
pocketdrummer
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Nope. Look at the photos of the pcb: There are two holes for the PCB mount pins. Most plate mounted keyboards use a metal plate, but the ergodox on massdrop uses an acrylic plate, which has more flex, so although MX1A-G1NN is also compatible, the MX1A-G1NW is the better option.
pocketdrummer
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@pocketdrummer Look at this image:
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<br />now look at this image of MX1A-G1NW:
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Can someone confirm whether the ErgoDox uses PCB-Mounted switches or Plate-Mounted switches? If it's plate-mounted then I need to change the model number or we'll receive the wrong part.
7-bit's group buy seems to be taking orders still:<br /><br />http://deskthority.net/marketplace-f11/cherry-mx-taking-pre-orders-t2760.html