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Keyboard that doesn't sound like an AK47

Discussion in 'Gaming Peripherals' started by Relentless81, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Relentless81


    Joined: May 18, 2010

    Posts: 9,190


    I have a Corsair K70 and I'm unable to type on it when my son is in bed in the next room because its so loud.

    I'm looking to change it, would prefer to stay mechanical but no where near as loud as this, not bothered if it has RGB or not and definitely not installing any additional software drivers or need any additional features other than back lit keys.

    I would like something small but with a number pad, reliable, none gamer style and not ludicrously expensive although that limits my options I think.

    Any recommendations please?

  2. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 3,973

    Location: Finland

    Not much of choises when most mechanical switches fail to give damn about noise...
    And some even have additional sound effects.

    Topres have always had smooth quieter sound profile because of design actually being part rubber dome...
    But availability isn't good and pricing is high. (and not even basic lightning)

    Omron made Romer-G switch of Logitech was designed also for lower sound with damping for sound of both bottoming and key/switch rising back to top position.
    And G810 avoids that gaming garbage outlook.
    Also key cap illumination is very discreet without any of that bright light leak from between keys like in Cherry MX RGB:
    (pressing 0-key with light on/off button pressed simultaneously cycles through static single colour lightning)

    It of course isn't silent and bigger keys have clearer noises from stabilizers when "hitting" them harder, but it's heck lot better than sharp higher frequency noise of Cherry MX even with o-rings.
    (which don't do anything to noise of key/switch rising top position)
    Used nearly five years Cherry MX Brown Logitech G710+ with o-rings factory installed and there's no going back to those noise makers.

    Though with little shorter travel and higher resistance from pretty much start of press before force lowers feel is definitely different even though overall it's quite similar non-linear switch.
    Got over that weird feel in about week.

    But if you're using very light linear MX Red difference is sure to be bigger.
    Cherry has damped MX Silent version with Red like force curve, but that's used only in couple Corsairs... with that bling bling gaming trinket level light leak of Cherry MX RGBs:

    Btw, if anything NATO 5,56x45mm would make sharper noise than punchier 7,62x39mm.
    Most Finnish men have some experience with that. ;)
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018
  3. olivier renault


    Joined: Apr 1, 2009

    Posts: 9,831

    A cheap and quiet membrane keyboard, as a backup, should do the trick. Or, Steelseries Apex 150, something a little bit more serious.

    There isn't really a quiet mechanical gaming keyboard.
  4. Bugbait


    Joined: Jan 13, 2018

    Posts: 209

    Location: London

    You can try installing O-rings on your current keyboard. Not sure it will make it notably quieter but for a few quid it may be worth testing it?
  5. ttaskmaster


    Joined: Sep 11, 2013

    Posts: 6,722

    Location: Reading, UK

    Mechanical keyboards sound nothing like the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of the enemy, which makes a very distinctive sound when fired at you....

    Can you mod your existing keyboard with different O-rings, perhaps, to better cushion the keys?

    And just because:

  6. Glanza


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 8,433

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Either get hold of a damper kit for your current KB or look at getting something by Steelseries, they don't use Cherry switches but they aren't none mech either, was the quietest kb I've ever typed on and CS was good with sending replacement keys out when I damaged some of mine.
  7. willhub


    Joined: Jan 3, 2006

    Posts: 19,571

    Location: Selby/Manchester

    I used to have a K70 RGB, was very loud, really annoyed the GF! Got rid in the end, wish I didn't though I love all things ambiance and RGB! I want RGB in my case too but no RGB on my MOBO :(
  8. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 3,973

    Location: Finland

    Won't help that much unless writing carefully and using finger to soften rise of key/switch.
    Switch stem hitting "roof" of switch housing with key cap rattling along makes at least half the noise of mechanical switches.

    Like I said I used nearly five years MX Brown keyboard with factory installed o-rings.
  9. NirK


    Joined: Jun 22, 2012

    Posts: 3,474

    Location: UK

    I have cherry reds here and they can either sound like an AK47 or not very loud depending how hard I press the keys.
  10. Meddling-Monk


    Joined: Sep 2, 2013

    Posts: 312

    You could try the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard, unsure if updated, as expensive (as a few years ago), still available or whether there's even better. But it might fit the criteria you put out in OP.
  11. JoeF1


    Joined: Jun 12, 2012

    Posts: 3,894

    Location: West Yorkshire

    If you want to stick with a mech, it might be worth looking at the silent keys versions?
  12. HazardO


    Joined: Jun 16, 2009

    Posts: 6,984

    Location: Cambridge

    As others have suggested, try fitting some o rings before junking an otherwise good keyboard. The keycaps will come off very easily with the right tool (which should have come with the keyboard), and you just slip a rubber ring on each key post.
  13. stephenmarr


    Joined: Nov 25, 2009

    Posts: 145

    Try the
    Corsair strafe cherry mx silent .
    I've got one great keyboard.
    Also pretty darn quiet
  14. DomBruv


    Joined: Jul 29, 2013

    Posts: 840

    Location: EngLANd

    I have the same keyboard with the same isssue... can you link me to these O-Rings you speak of?
  15. Bugbait


    Joined: Jan 13, 2018

    Posts: 209

    Location: London

  16. David Flett


    Joined: Dec 14, 2017

    Posts: 568

    Location: Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

    I have an steel series apex 150 and don’t think it’s that loud, and is blue backlit.

    Picked it up for £30 online
  17. lawrence281

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 30, 2014

    Posts: 1,624

    Location: Shirley

    I recently bought a a steel series red switch mechanical keyboard and to be fair it’s 5x louder than my razor death stalker of 4 years.
    Kinda looking for another keyboard just because I want a fresh one, but something flat as I’m used to it. I don’t generally get why you’d use mechanical as for csgo/overmatch and RuneScape pking I play really well
  18. Bugbait


    Joined: Jan 13, 2018

    Posts: 209

    Location: London

    The Apex 150 is a membrane keyboard with some tweaks to make it feel a bit more like a mechanical which is why it's still a lot quieter. Something like the Cherry KC 1000 is flat and almost laptop like in its look and feel. Quiet silent but also very spongy feedback. At the end of the day, unless you're smashing so many keys so fast that ghosting really matters then it's down to personal preference.
  19. foster grant


    Joined: May 10, 2012

    Posts: 5,192

    Location: North London

    Those rubber rings just make a KB feel like something is trapped under the keys, if you want quiet keys get blacks ?
  20. Bugbait


    Joined: Jan 13, 2018

    Posts: 209

    Location: London

    Cherry Blacks? If so, why would these be quieter? They're a Cherry Red with slightly more (+10g I think?) actuation force. Still very likely to bottom out the keys and that's where the noise kicks in.