Sold the Fuhlen Keyboard...

A few weeks ago I sold the Fuhlen Kailh Blue switch keyboard that I bought recently. It’s not because I didn’t like it but because I want to try something else.

As my previous posts, I do own a first generation CM Storm Quickfire Rapid with Cherry MX black switches and overtime the switches get stiff. I am not sure if that is a characteristic of the cherry mx blacks but I am sure it was not this stiff when I first bought it 3-4 years ago.

I got so used to it that the blues really felt so soft for my fingers. Do take note that I use my mx blacks on a daily basis at work that means 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

So I was at the mall last weekend and got the chance to test the following: cherry brown, green, black, red, and blue… and I am pretty sure when I tested the mx blacks they were not as hard as my current blacks.

I tried out the browns which I initially planned to get to replace the fuhlen (either cherry mx brown or gateron browns) but they again felt so soft for me and I did not feel the bump I am looking for when I press the keys.

The reds? Forget about it, I didn’t really like it in the first place.

Then I tested the cherry mx greens.. not only are clicks/bump/actuation more pronounced compared to the blues, they are louder as well but the most important thing I liked about is the BUMP… yes I can feel the bump and the resistance was not as soft as the blues and browns and a tad bit lower than my current blacks. I fell in love.

What I notice is that I like keyboards where the bump/actuation are pronounced. I have used membrane keyboards and most of them have this certain bump feeling when using. I do own a Rapoo membrane keyboard that feels like a laptop keyboard and I use it every once in a while (actually using it now typing this post since I have my QFR in the office) and I like typing in this keyboard I can really feel the bump/actuation.

I did find a good deal for a used but not abused CM Storm QFR Stealth with cherry mx greens and I settled on getting it… I did find that I don’t really pay too much attention with the RGB/Backlit feature of my Fuhlen. I only notice it when I am not really using the keyboard to type anything. It does feel like I am missing something when I use my QFR non backlit but then again I don’t really have enough dough to cash out for something that is RGB at the moment. There will always be another time for it.

If you have comments with cherry mx greens or any mx compatible greens leave a comment.

Fuhlen Mechanical Keyboard...RGB + Cheap = Win

At the beginning of this month I was shopping around for replacement keycaps for my CM Store Quickfire Rapid . I really wanted to try a different kind of mechanical keyboard switch and at the same time have some RGB colors on it. With the lack of funds at the moment I opted for a cheap Chinese brand keyboard.

There are a lot of mechanical keyboards on sale in TaoBao. You can even see the brands being sold from Massdrop. I normally use TKL keyboards and there not much to choose from in this category atleast during the time when I was buying mine. What I did was get the brand and tried to find a review of some sort on youtube You will be surprised how many people use cheap mechanical keyboards nowadays. Probably one of the reason is because Cherry lost their patent on their mechanical switches and that means party time for Chinese copycats. As of this writing I believe there are a few mechanical switches available from China: Kailh, Gateron, Otemu are among the famous one’s.

I did find a lot and at the end I settled for this Fühlen SM680R TKL Full RGB keyboard. It comes with Kailh Blue switches which from what I gather are copies of Cherry MX blues. It is full RGB with 9 RGB modes (oh yes). The package is shown below when opened. It only comes with a red keycap remover and a manual which is in Chinese so I have no use for it.

It’s almost as heavy as my non rgb CM storm. The button feels good and are very clicky clacky clack clack. The keycaps as expected is no up to par with most of the known brands but for the price I cannot really complain. I just feel that it is somewhat soft when pressed, maybe because I got used to my Cherry MX black switches. Typing on this keyboard is really a nice experience the clicks are pronounced. It is a whole new experience for me coming from black cherry mx switches. I now understand why people like blue switches.

The usb cable is not detachable which is ok but it is braded with one end of the velco cable unremovable. Which is nice if you like to keep your cables organized and you don’t have to worry about losing it

The only gripe I have with this keyboard is legends not sure what they wanted to achieve from it but it does not look like its more for gaming but then again like I said previously I can’t really complain because of the price.

The mode I use the most is the mode where you set the specific color you want to use for each key. It is quick nice if you play in the dark. I do not really use the moving lights modes as I am afraid it might cause the LED’s life to deteriorate.

All in all I am happy with the purchase. I was supposed to use my CM Storm Quickfire for office and keep the Fuhlen keyboard for home use. I ended up doing it the other way around since it was much more nicer to type on blue switches plus I can show off at the office and annoy people with the clicky clack clack clack click sound.

I do not know how long the keyboard will last before something breaks but definitely I will have it posted here when it breaks down. The local seller did give me lifetime warranty on the switches so that is all good.

Album with all the keyboard photos below

Fuhlen SM680R RGB Mechanical Keyboard