Cherry MX Red. People say they're for gaming only because they don't have a clicky feeling, but I enjoy typing on them at around 80 wpm and when I'm on anything else, I feel sad I'm away from my desktop keyboard. After some practice it feels like you just get to know exactly where the actuation point is, and the fact that they don't click allows me to type as a continuous flow and to let my fingers fly back up from the key on to the next. But that's maybe only because of the Dvorak layout allowing me to be switching hands and to alternate fingers a lot in usual words.
THIS! I haven't tried linears but I'm guessing I would be just as comfortable typing on them as I would with tactile switches. "I feel sad I'm away from my desktop keyboard" I totally get that, man. I get a mixture of anxiety and sadness when I'm away from my keyboard. The layout you mentioned, Dvorak, is interesting. I am not familiar with other layouts besides standard.
I have both MX Blue and Razer Green equipped keyboards on my desk. The MX Blues have a shorter actuation distance and a lighter actuation force. I much prefer the MX Blues for typing quickly; I'm about 10 to 20 WPM faster on the MX Blues at peak speeds.
For general purpose, I don't think I've ever gone wrong with MX Reds. Helps me type light and fast. Variants like the speed silver are just fine too. If you find them to scratchy or use them on shallow keycaps, lube with Tribosis 3203/v0. Unlubed MX silents are pretty bad though. Too spongy... Gateron Yellow is a fine option if you want a tiny bit smoother and a more progressive weight. Tealios and their silent versions are the nicest one around if you'd ask me.
Kailh Box Pale Blue is choice in clicky switches. Nice and straight action, a weights that makes them feel more consistent and ever so slightly tactile.
Zealios V2 are the only switches with more tactility I really prefer. I hate tactility with a serious bump in the middle. Start all the way at the top like with these or just give me lineair. Best used with higher keycap profiles like OEM or SA, especially on the heavier spring versions.
I have only tried the Corsair Gaming K66 Red Switch Mechanical Keyboard, you can check my profile for my speed, and links to my courses. I am also fast with the standard membrane keyboards, I find that the mechanical keyboards only boost my wpm by around 10 wpm.
I'm sorry if I'm being stupid right now, but I don't think I know what "mechanical keyboard switches" are...can someone tell me what they are? It sounds like a modification to a keyboard, but I'm still unsure what it is...
Browns, but I would choose any keyboard that you are more comfortable with as generally that keyboard will make you type the fastest. Once you buy a new keyboard you have to waste a few months adjusting to a new keyboard when you could have spent that time getting faster on your old keyboard.
If you're not into getting faster, then just stick with browns :)
Mechanical switches are just that; actual switches that push metal together to bridge contacts, which lets the keyboard send a keypress.
As opposed to Rubber domes and other quasi mechanical switches that have a in rubber suspended contact pad. "Normal" cheap keyboards just have rubber domes that pop down if you apply enough force, which works just fine, but wears down a lot faster and feels far less consistent. Mechanical switches are usually plastic stems that move in a housing, which can have various spring weights and "profiles" to them, allowing for various typing experiences and weights. They are technically older than rubber domes, and much more expensive to manufacture.