The most important part of having a pleasant dorm experience at Binghamton is finding the community that best suits you. Having one or more roommates you do not get along with will only aggravate you and make your life in college more difficult. Student descriptions of the different communities may indeed be stereotypes, but they have been established for many years now and are probably the best guide for picking the community that matches your personality.
It is true that the newer dorms like Mohawk and Mountainview are nicer, but they are also much more popular. Overcrowding is a major problem at Binghamton, and the more popular dorms tend to fill up very quickly. If you choose a place to live based on what you believe is the best community, rather than trying to get into the most modern dorm, you are much more likely to be happy with your arrangement.