yo i am going to rant about mechanical keyboards and what u should get and what you should reconsider
WARNING: EVERY SWITCH, BOARD, MATERIAL, AND SOUND IS PREFERENCE! JUST BECAUSE I SAY IT, DOESN'T MEAN YOU'LL LIKE IT!
alright to begin, there are 3 main types of switches.
clicky (produces a click sound when activated)
linear (zero feedback, key goes straight down)
tactile (small bump is felt when activated)
A lot of people are already familiar with click switches. They're the most marketed switch type there could possibly be. Loud, satisfying, and they don't differ much from any other clicky switch.
So, should I get clicky switches? Not necessarily. If you're a person that likes playing TF2 comp, chances are this might not be the choice for you. Loud, springy switches may annoy your teammates to death, even if you have push-to-talk enabled on whatever VoIP client you use. However, if you don't mind this or your mic is good, then here's some notable clicky switches you should consider and ones you should probably reconsider:
Cherry MX Blues
Kalih Box Jades
Kalih Box Navies
Kalih Box Pinks
Kalih Speed Bronze
Kalih Speed Pink
Gateron MX Blues
The reason Outemu and Gateron are not as quality as Cherry, is because Cherry was the original producer of the blues. Gateron and Outemu made their own versions after that.
Linear switches are likely the most common switch when dealing with mech enthusiasts. They aren't great for gaming, but they are wonderful for typing. I personally use lubed Gateron Milk Yellows (generic ik) as they're very smooth and don't give me a lot of ping or scratch. So, that being said, what are some good linear switches? Keep in mind, most linears do not sound or feel great if you do not lube them.
Gateron Milk Yellows (cheapest)
Gateron Ink Red/Black/Blue V2s
Silent Linear/Linear Alpacas
Cherry MX Reds
Cherry MX Blacks
any optical gateron linears
Now for the last category. Tactile switches produce a small feedback when activated. Feedback varies on switch. That being said, here's some considerables.
Cherry MX Brown
Kalih BOX Brown
this is basically my thoughts on some popular or unpopular switches, some will disagree and agree as that's just common when getting into mech boards
if u have a question you can ask me or ask r/mechanicalkeyboards or join a mech board discord as theres hundreds of those
or if you want to do your own research here's a switch data chart for tons of switches