Wow! It’s here! My latest keyboard: A CM Storm QuickFire Stealth. It’s not an ordinary keyboard. It’s also not an ordinary mechanical keyboard. Why? Because it’s a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Green keys! YAY!

Here come the details.

Mechanical keyboard

That’s a keyboard with mechanical keys, as opposed to having rubber domes underneath the keys. If you have an ordinary keyboard and you take off a key cap, there’s a little rubber thingie underneath. With a mechanical keyboard, there is no rubber, but something mechanical instead, making typing much more pleasant.

Mechanical keyboards are often used by gamers, but also by, well, me.

This one is a bit special. It’s built by Coolermaster and like I said, it has Cherry MX Green keys.

Cherry MX

Cherry MX are a certain type of mechanical keys. Cherry MX keys come in various variants and colours are used to describe their unique feats. There is Cherry MX Red, Black, Brown and Blue for instance – recently Green joined the list. But for now I’ll keep my focus on the Cherry MX Blue and Green variants.

The specific thing about Cherry MX Blue keys are as follows.

First, the keys are tactile. That means that you feel a certain ‘plop’ after a certain amount of pressure. This is different from linear keys where you don’t really feel anything when increasing pressure, apart from the maximum travel distance after a certain point.

Secondly, the keys are fairly light to press, it’s actuation is at 50 grams to be exact.

Thirdly,  each key press has an audible feedback. It’s called a “clicky key” and you can more or less compare the sound you hear with mouse clicks.

Cherry MX Green

The Cherry MX Blue is today’s default, most common type of clicky key. But recently word got out that Coolermaster was producing a type of keyboard with a variant called the Cherry MX Green: it’s almost like the Cherry MX blue, but requires more pressure: 80 grams. So the keys are much more stiff than the MX Blue.

As I love to hammer those keys, I couldn’t help myself – I had to order one. Today it arrived and I’ve been typing on it for a few hours. It takes some getting used to because I can actually feel that the muscles in my hand are being put to the test a bit more than normal, but I’m already loving it.

Funny detail – about the Cherry MX Green, Deskthority tells us:

The Cherry MX Green is a stiffer version of the Cherry MX Blue, meant for space bar usage.

I guess that CoolerMaster disagreed. They decided to make a keyboard where all keys are Cherry MX Greens.

Thanks, Amazon!

For sending it ahead of schedule. The estimated shipping date, originally, was set to somewhere in October 2013. But three days ago they sent me an email saying “We have good news!  We’re able to get this part of your order to you faster than we originally promised.” In it, they named the arrival date as the 21st or 22nd of August. But nope. Got it today.

There are still a few in stock so if my story got you curious, head over to Amazon!

Clicky keys? Is that a new thing?

No. If you have been around computers for long enough, the clicky keys can remind you of the old IBM Model M keyboard – according to many it was the Best Keyboard Ever Made™. And while I won’t argue with that, the keys were no CherryMX mechanical keys. IBM’s mechanical keys were of a different type, a patented method called “Buckling Spring.” Therein, a spring buckles literally when a key is pressed hard enough and that also produces a clicky sound.

Luckily thanks to  Unicomp, Inc. the buckling spring keyboards are also still being produced and for sale. I might get me one of them soon too. These are exactly like the IBM Model M keys!

Props, tips and thanks

About these mechanical keyboards – there are a lot of Mechanical Keyboard enthousiasts. Most of my knowledge comes straight from The Mechanical Keyboard Guide. Then there’s a page on Deskthority‘s Wiki titled Cherry MX where a lot of specific information is shared. And if you’d like to see the CherryMX’s physical differences, Geekhack has posted pictures of Cherry MX’s keys and springs.