I have Cherry browns, and they’re OK. I had blues in my last keyboard, and I liked them a little bit better, but the silence of the browns was a reasonable trade-off. Personally, I would kill for some greens, but that gets right back into the spongy vs clacky debate which led me to browns last time around, so…
Could it be that they are allready fitted inside some of the Keycaps?
The O-Rings do add some sound dampening and a slightly softer bottom out. It isn’t much though and paying like 25$ extra for that, like I did, is questionably worth it. If you want the maximum experience though …
I have the Aorus Thunder K7 which uses Cherry Red keys. This is my first mechanical keyboard so it’s the only type I’ve tried so far but I’m enjoying them.
They have very little resistance so you have to treat them like a touch interface so even resting your hands on the keys will trigger the key press. I like that but some people may prefer a heavier feel.
I mean, the membrane keyboard is still a keyboard, and works fine. I type faster on my mechanical keyboard than I do on my membrane keyboard, though, and I type more accurately on my mechanical keyboard (now – this was definitely not true at first). I can type longer on my mechanical keyboard without my hands getting tired (a function I never imagined would be important to me even 10 years ago, but has become a pretty big deal since actually using mechanical keys). Also, I’m surprised to say this, but I notice the build quality even just in casual, daily use. I can brain someone with my mechanical keyboard, while the membrane one, while weighty in its own right, feels… kinda chintzy in comparison.
I like Cherry MX: Brown. It’s a good cross between tactile feedback and noice.
A mechanical keyboard takes some getting used to, but once you have it’s superior in almost every way.
The only thing I miss from membrane keyboards are the slim design.
Its not really an advantage of all membranes in general, but my old membrane had very unusual flat narrow keys which let you press more than one with the same finger quite easily(this is very useful for 6dof space games, incidentally), doing the same requires a little more dexterity with my k70. On the other hand, you get all the advantages @kichae mentioned which i think way outweigh that small feature.