An introduction to Cherry MX mechanical switches

Mechanical keyboards are defined by their switches. In the Filco Majestouch-2 and many others, it is Cherry MX switches that are used. In this article, we’ll look at the many different kinds of Cherry switches on the market and see how they compare to one another.

A potted history of Cherry

Cherry Corporation was founded in the United States in 1953 and started producing keyboards in 1967, making them the oldest keyboard manufacturer in the world that’s still in business. The company was moved to Germany in 1967 and bought by ZF Friedrichshafen AG in 2008, but keyboards and mechanical switches are still produced under the Cherry brand.

Their most popular line of switches, the Cherry MX series, was introduced around 1985. These switches are usually referenced by their physical colour, with each colour denoting the switch’s handling characteristics – whether it is clicky, whether it is tactile, and how much force is required to actuate the switch, in centi-Newtons (cN) or grams (g).

Now that we’ve explained a bit of the background information, we can have a look at the switches themselves – starting with the four most common varieties.

Linear switches

Linear switches have the simplest operation, moving straight up and down without any additional tactile feedback or loud clicking noise – we’ll come to these more complicated switches later on. There are two common types of linear switches – Black and Red.

Cherry MX Black switches were introduced in 1984, making them one of the older Cherry switches. They have a medium to high actuation force, at 60 cN, which means they are the stiffest of the four most common Cherry switches. These switches are used in point-of-sale stations, but typically aren’t considered ideal for typing due to their high weighting. They have found use in RTS video games, where the high weighting can prevent accidental key presses that might occur on less stiff switches. The stronger spring also means that they rebound faster, meaning they can be actuated quite quickly given enough force – although you may also find fatigue becomes more of a factor than with other switches.

See Cherry MX Black keyboards here >

Conversely, Cherry MX Red switches were only introduced in 2008 and are the most recent switch to be developed by the company. They have a low actuation force, at 45 cN – tied with Brown for the lowest of the four most common switches. Red switches have been marketed as a gaming switch, with the light weighting allowing for more rapid actuation, and have become increasingly common in gaming keyboards.

See Cherry MX Red keyboards here >

Tactile, non-clicky switches

Tactile switches provide, as the name suggests, additional tactile feedback as the key actuates. As you press the key down, there is a noticeable bump which lets you know that your key press has been registered.

The most popular type of tactile, non-clicky switch is the Cherry MX Brown. This switch was introduced in 1994 as a special ‘ergo soft’ switch, but quickly became one of the most popular switches. Today, the majority of Filco keyboards are sold with Brown switches, as the switch is a good middle-of-the-road option appropriate for both typing and gaming. They are also ideal for typing in office environments, where a clicky switch might annoy some.

See Cherry MX Brown keyboards here >

Tactile, clicky switches

Clicky switches add a deliberately louder ‘click’ sound to the existing tactile bump, allowing for greater typing feedback. This makes it easier to know that you’ve hit the activation point. This is achieved by a more complicated mechanism, with a blue plunger and a white slider. When the actuation point is reached, the slider is propelled to the bottom of the switch and the click noise is produced.

The Cherry MX Blue is the most common clicky switch, and was first made available in Filco keyboards in 2007. Blue switches are favoured by typists due to their tactile bump and audible click, but can be less suitable for gaming as the weighting is relatively high – 50 cN – and it is a bit harder to double tap, as the release point is above the actuation point. Blue switches are noticeably louder than other mechanical switches, which are already louder than rubber domes, so these switches can be a bit disruptive in close working conditions.

See Cherry MX Blue switches here >

Less common Cherry MX switches

While the four switches listed above are found on the vast majority of mechanical keyboards with Cherry switches, quite a few other variants exist as well. We’ll cover these briefly.

  • Silent Red (Pink) switches are quieter variants of the linear MX Red switch, with rubber pieces inside that dampen the sound of the switch returning to its default position. The actuation force remains 45 cN.
  • Speed Silver is a shortened version of the MX Red switch, actuating at 1.2mm instead of 2mm and with a total travel of 3.4mm compared to 4mm.
  • Clear switches are a stiffer version of Brown switches, with a tactile bump and weighting of 65 cN.
  • Grey switches are used for space bars on Clear keyboards, with a weighting of 80 cN.
  • Green switches are a stiffer version of Blue switches, with a tactile bump and audible click, weighted at 80 cN. It is primarily used for space bars.
  • White switches are very similar to green switches, with modern versions being weighted the same (80 cN) but being slightly quieter.
  • Super Black switches are extra stiff (150 cN) linear switches designed for space bars on keyboards with Black switches.
  • Dark Grey switches are moderately more stiff linear (80 cN) switches designed for use as space bars on keyboards with Cherry MX Black switches.
  • Cherry MX Lock switches are locking linear switches that stay down until pressed again, typically used for Caps Lock and TTY lock in keyboards before the 1980s.


So there we have it – information on the various MX switches produced by Cherry and now ZF Electronics. I hope this has been useful – if you have any questions, feel free to share them in the comments below! You can also ask on Twitter or Facebook. Finally, if you’d like to pick up a few switches to play around with, then you can do so on our switches page. Thanks for reading and have a good one!

Animated Cherry MX images from Lethal Squirrel on

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117 comments on “An introduction to Cherry MX mechanical switches
  1. Dio says:

    Great. Very comprehensive and useful info. I liked the part that which switch is useful for typing. Just bought myself a mech keyboard, with brown switches. The blue maybe a little too noisy to type in office.

    • Ryan says:

      Can confirm the blues annoy everyone. Tried bringing my mx blues board into class one day and everyone wanted to kill me haha

      • Scott says:

        You can get a pack of rubber O-ring dampeners for less than $10. Search for “Cherry MX Dampeners”. Several of the guys at work have MX Blues. One dude has the O-rings and it makes a huge difference.

      • Lucas says:

        Heh, you think blues are loud? Try ALPS/Matias switches, you get typing good at 60/wpm, you begin to annoy the neighbors, they really are the loudest switch out there, but man, do they have tactility.

      • new year says:

        Cherry MX switches that are used. In this article, we’ll look at the many different kinds of Cherry switches on the market and see how they compare to one another.

      • There are two common types of linear switches – Black and Red.

    • Denker Dunsmuir says:

      Thanks for the Cherry MX mechanical switches KB explanation. I needed that.

      I have a CMStorm hand-me-down mechanical keyboard. It’s a low-end KB with a mew price point around apprx. $120 thru Amazon. I believe it is a Brown switch version because its keys have a middle of the road response which I enjoy for writing.

      It is also somewhat stiff which keeps my fingers focused upon the accurate keys. This KB makes some noise as I type very fast when I am writing, and it is a tad sluggish for simple gaming uses. However, a board that would have a stiffer touch would cause more arm-wrist fatigue for me, and a KB that would be for gaming use would also cause me fatigue because it would allow too fast movement leading to too many typos and the extra energy to correct them.

      I have used an inexpensive, regular PC KB, a Dell, with rounded keys that is one of the fastest and most accurate KBs I’ve used. However, I have no idea where in my school library it’s located or any model information to include in this post.

      All that said, I’m going to stick with keeping as much of my money in my pocket as possible despite opportunities to buy new hardware. Sometimes, new and improved is neither (“new” or “improved”).

      BTW: I really enjoy the blue backlighting on this KB.

  2. Lewis says:

    Thanks it helped me tones on the search for the best switches for my purpose now have I just have to decide between red or brown that’s going to be hard

    • MM says:

      Go with browns. Reds are ultra sensitive, very easy to hit the wrong key by accident.

      • XRI says:

        This article would have me believe that the actuation force on reds and browns is the same. Care to elaborate on what makes mis-actuations more common with reds for you?

        • Aidan says:

          Reds have more miss activations because they are a linear switch so they just go straight to the bottom but brows have a slightly higher activation force as they require a tad more force to overcome the tactile bump

          • Dave says:

            The primary difference between reds and browns is not so much the actuation force, but the tactile bump. Reds provide no tactile feedback until the key bottoms out, which is about 1.5 millimeters below the actuation point. Browns have a tactile bump at the actuation point so that with practice and some muscle memory you gain the ability to type quickly without bottoming out the keys — you can feel for the bump and constrain your keystrokes to the 2mm needed for actuation, not the 4mm of total travel. This results in less typing fatigue (less distance traveled, and reduced bottoming-out impact).

            But linear (reds) may be more desirable for gaming, as the tendency in gaming is to pound a little more, so bottoming out is not to be avoided. That being the case, the tactile bump isn’t necessary, and can even slow down the common gaming technique of key bouncing.

    • Ty says:

      I prefer red’s for typing and gaming. As a touch typist I find that the tactile bump on Brown’s just gets in the way.

    • I think you’ll like the tactical feedback of the brown switches better than the red. The brown switches make a bump that you can feel, but don’t click. If yo are a touch typist and like the feel of a typewriter, but don’t want the noice then brown is the right choice.

      I love blue because I like the tactical feedback and the clickity clack.

  3. Brooks says:

    I personally love the Blues for gaming. And I really love them for typing in the office too. The people around me don’t love it so much due to the noise, but I can type so much faster than with any other switches. It has the same feel as my very first computer keyboard in ’87. I loved that keyboard and I love my new one now.

    • Andreszx says:

      Hello Brook! thanks for your comment, could you please say me what your first computer keyboard was? I loved the 486 HP keyboards when I was in school in the 90’s!!

      • LegendaryVegeta says:

        i feel like the browns would be the est, bt ive never tried one of the red,blue or browns

    • Taurolyon says:

      The blues remind me of the old IBM PC/XT keyboards.

    • Karen says:

      Hi, just reading through this site and I saw your post. I was almost convinced to get a Blues keyboard because I type for a living and I have heard the Blues are the best for that. I type at home so I’m not worrying about the noise bothering anyone. Have you tried other colors (like the browns), and do you feel the blues are the best for typists (for speed, accuracy, etc?) You said it feels like the old keyboards from the 80’s, I remember those well. Are they also like the IBM Selectric typewriter keys? Those required a little bit of a push though as I remember. thanks so much in advance.

      • William Judd says:

        Blue switches don’t require as much effort to push down as a typewriter key, but they’re towards the upper end of the scale when it comes to mechanical keyboards. Blues being a “typists’ switch” is largely a matter of reputation; I personally write with brown switches primarily and know people that write with every other kind of switch. It’s a matter of preference, and it’s well worth trying a few switches to see what you prefer.

      • Matt says:

        The blues are easier to push down than you may think, personally I feel that blues are as easy to push down as the browns. Cherry MX Greens are the stiffer version of the Blues, they will be a much closer feel to the typewrite feel you’re looking for.

        The browns and the reds aren’t that much different in terms of required force for actuation. The reds are very quiet and smooth, but are way too mushy for my preference. The browns are just as easy to press, but they have a slight bump when actuated.

        If you’re still having trouble deciding, get a sampler off of amazon. It’s a little pricey (20 bucks for the 8 switch sample) but totally worth it. I was convinced that I wanted the browns, but after trying all of them I actually preferred the greens (Tactile and clicky) and the clears, which are just the stiffer versions of the browns (tactile and silent, you feel a bump when actuated).

        Unfortunately those switches are hard to come by and are not included in most of the popular gaming keyboards. I was gunning for a Corsair Strafe RGB, but after trying all of the switches I was disappointed to see that they typically come in the 3 common switch types; red, blue, and the browns. I have been noticing more and more that they are offering a new “rapid switch”, but that doesn’t interest me, and assuming our tastes are similar it wouldn’t catch your eye either.

        Anyway, I hope this helps; albeit it is two months late so probably not.

    • January 2018 says:

      does anyone know what the difference with a green mx switch is?

      • William Judd says:

        The MX Green is the heaviest clicky switch you can get — you usually find them as the spacebars in keyboards that use MX Blue switches elsewhere. It has a very firm feeling, almost like using a typewriter or old IBM Model M-style buckling spring keyboard. They’re very clicky and very tactile, so an interesting switch for sure.

  4. Melissa says:

    Very informative and I love the animations! The feel and sound of the keys are really important to me considering how much time I spend on a keyboard both at work and at home.

    • Anders says:

      Here’s the original creator of those animations …

      on a youtube video with samples of the sounds of the different keys.

      dacasman3 months ago
      You’re probably not going to believe this but I am the one that created those switch animations. (lethalsquirrel from geekhack)
      the entire internet has stolen my animations that were simply avatar .gifs for my geekhack account. 

      Here’s a reddit thread about it:

      • The Raven says:

        No one stole anything, you chose to share it. The animations are very basic and a 3d version would be nice to see. Maybe it’s time to remake them and add the new switches like the Romers and others to the list. 3DS Max would be a good way to produce the animations.

        The Xerox iGen digital presses I am a Technician for use a lot of cherry switches for things like the door interlocks and I can’t believe how cheap they are and how fast they wear out and how easily they break, I’d avoid having a KB with them if possible.

        The only advantage to Cherry is the extremely low price, they are dirt cheap which is why a lot of KB makers choose them, but there are some companies that choose better alternatives to cheaper ones, but will cost the consumer a little more to buy, but will outlast the cheaper ones by far.

        • William Judd says:

          Cherry switches are actually pretty damn expensive, compared to Kailh clones, and they’re made in small numbers by a company that doesn’t have maximum production as their primary aim. Cherry switch keyboards from 20+ years ago are still working fine, so I think they’re fine in terms of reliability…

          It would be cool to see new animations, although I guess this guy LethalSquirrel probably isn’t up for it 😉

          • The Raven says:

            Nope, they are very cheap switches, sorry you didn’t know that. They are the cheapest switches we have access to at work, so we go through a lot of them as they break constantly.

      • Paul Adrian says:

        Yup, douchebaggerry confirmed.

  5. Jimbob says:

    Thank you for clarifying this so well. Bonus points for the animations 🙂

  6. Gaye Laing says:

    Has anybody tried the full hand keyboard? If so, do you prefer it to the standard one?

  7. Michael Nilsson says:

    Thanks a lot! This was helpful! GREAT!

  8. JJ says:

    Great summary! And I agree with the others, the animations are very helpful too.

  9. Weaver2 says:

    The reds are just a slight bit too easy to press down to me, to where if I rest my hand on the keys i might accidentally press one down!

  10. billy says:

    does anyone know what the difference with a green mx switch is?

    • William Judd says:

      A green switch is essentially a heavy blue switch, designed to be used for spacebars.

    • rehndum guehst says:

      “Green switches are a stiffer version of Blue switches, with a tactile bump and audible click, weighted at 80 cN. It is primarily used for space bars.”

  11. VirensPocket says:

    Really helpful article! Good job

  12. Ishter says:

    HAH! Now I can prove my friend wrong about how heavy blue switches are.

  13. issac says:

    you forgot the cherry mx RGB…

    • William Judd says:

      Haha – those were announced a fair while after this article was written! In addition, Cherry MX RGB switches are still red, blue or brown – they don’t affect the function of the switch, only its look.

  14. Michael Ruf says:

    Great article! I have always been intrigued by mechanical switches and wish there was somewhere I could go to compare all four. I’m a heavy-handed “angry” typist so the black switches appeal to me the most although as a FPS gamer that probably wouldn’t be a wise choice =).

  15. Victor says:

    Best explanation ever, thanks! I guess I’ll be sticking with the MX Brown as I had originally thought.

  16. Derpopolis says:

    Just get a Model M keyboard. Cherry MX switches are a joke compared to buckling spring.

  17. Oinkers says:

    Vote on which you like the best!

  18. Dom Di Stroia says:

    I’m curious to try the Clear switches.

    I’m using the Brown ones. But, at times, they feel too light.

  19. COSH666 says:

    I have a SteelSeries 6G V2 with Cherry MX Black switches.

    The keys have no annoying click or bump but have a
    satisfyingly weighty feel without feeling too heavy.

    It doesn’t have macros of fancy lighting, just basic extremely
    sturdy construction.

    It’s really nice to game on without the distraction of the
    noise and bump but I do wonder if the blues would be better suited to typing.

    • Oscar says:

      I have that same keyboard. When playing FPSs, since you have to keep pressing W to advance for a long time, I get kinda tired… do you feel something like that?

      • Deus Dex says:

        No, but I’m pretty heavy handed and appreciate the extra resistance of the Cherry Black switches.
        SteelSeries make a Cherry Red switch version now that’s much easier on the fingers.

        • Oscar says:

          Ok, thanks for answering, I did not know about the Cherry Red version. I am overall satisfied with the 6gv2, it is just the W key that bothers me a bit because it is by far the most used key.

          It was my first mechanical keyboard. I think it feels great for typing, I get that exact “weighty feel” you talked about in your first remark.

          I am a bit limited because I don’t like lights or a iluminated keyboard at all. In fact, in the 6gv2 I have covered the Num Lock white light with a small bit of tape because that bright light bothers me, believe it or not…

  20. nop666 says:

    Thanks so much for this very informative article, William. Based on this advice, I decided on a Das Keyboard Pro with Cherry Brown switches, as a quieter replacement for my increasingly flaky IBM Model M. The new KB arrived today, & it’s pretty much exactly what I wanted. It’s worth noting that while it’s quieter than a Model M, it’s still quite loud in comparison to your typical cheap keyboard, but I’m okay with that.
    If you’re a long time Model M user, I highly recommend the Cherry Brown switches. They’re not identical to the Model M’s, but I think they’re as close as there is on the market.

  21. Geokid pro says:

    the lock switches tho

  22. Derpopolis says:

    Just get a Model M keyboard. Cherry MX switches are a joke compared to buckling spring.

  23. Ander says:

    Great piece! I must take issue with one thing, though—the widespread misunderstanding that stiffer switches are harder to use:

    > [re MX Blacks] The stronger spring also means that they rebound faster,
    >meaning they can
    be actuated quite quickly given enough force – although
    > you may also
    find fatigue becomes more of a factor than with other switches…

    The purpose of making a stiffer switch isn’t just to make it harder to press. It’s to make it easier to choose how FAR to press it.

    Like most KB switches, Cherrys actuate 50% through their travel. This means that any motion beyond that point is wasted time and energy.

    Lighter switches move so easily, it’s hard to control their travel, so you almost always bottom out. Stiffer switches like Blacks offer more resistance, making it easier not to bottom them out every time. If you use them correctly, with that in mind, they let you develop a quicker and LESS tiring typing technique by consistently pressing them only partway down.

    It’s hard for KB companies to describe all this, so they don’t try. Instead they let people think lighter = better, and sell lots of light KBs and and let people pound away on them. Only those who take a bit of time and trouble to educate themselves will benefit from stiffer switches’ superior design.

    • Vakuum says:

      > Lighter switches move so easily, it’s hard to control their travel, so you almost always bottom out.

      Hard is relative here. I have no problem typing on my MX Brown switches without bottoming out. I only accidentally bottom out every once in a while if I’m in a hurry.

      Though, I can imagine that it would be harder to develop a light and good writing technique coming from a keyboard with stiffer switches. Like going from Black or Clear to Brown switches.

    • The Raven says:

      I like a very light switch and then set the ‘bottom’ to be at the actuation point so I can use it very fast, a lot faster than a heavier switch trying to locate the AP manually. I always mod everything I buy so it makes sense to do the same to a KB. I prefer custom built to off the shelf in everything from cars to clothes to computers and perhephrials.

    • Paul Adrian says:

      Wow, you sound like a douchebag

  24. Peter Tierno says:

    Great post. Thank you. Made my search for a mechanical keyboard a lot easier.

  25. JOKERNAUTZ! says:

    will, what is your favourite cherry mx switches? you prefer me to brown or blue? i’m a lil bit confuse to choose

  26. Soft Touch says:

    Which keyboard requires the least amount of pressure? I type more than 500,000 words a year for work and desperately need a soft touch keyboard. Thank you.

    • William Judd says:

      Try a keyboard with Topre or Cherry Red switches. If you email us ( with your requirements, we’ll try to suggest the perfect keyboard for you!

      • Emma says:

        I second Topre. I find them to be a lot less vulnerable to damage from dust and other foreign objects. The only bad thing is that they’re difficult to find in physical stores. I like to touch and play with keyboards before I purchase them.

    • The Raven says:

      I’d go with Romer G switches. Light and the fastest switch.

  27. James Cohen says:

    So left out of this discussion is the “buckling spring” keyboard switch from the old IBM style keyboards. This type of keyboard is still made IN THE USA and is considered to be the best tactile feedback style. It’s available for Mac and Win. And it’s actually cheaper than all these newer types:

    • William Judd says:

      Hey JSC! It’s true, but the article is only about Cherry MX switches, not all mechanical switches. I agree that buckling springs are a lot of fun. We even sell Unicomp / buckling spring keyboards ourself!

    • The Raven says:

      Greens are the closest to a buckling spring I’ve found. Coolermaster made a Trigger KB that used greens, I am not sure what models they currently feature that have them though.

    • dwasifar says:

      +1 for buckling spring, either the Unicomp or an original IBM Model M if you can find one in good condition (or are willing to do the work to restore it). I’m typing right now on a 25-year-old Model M, meticulously restored for me by Maxx at I have two of his, and one Unicomp space saver, and they’re all really good (though the IBMs are higher quality). Hard to beat this design for professional typing, though your co-workers will hate you for the noise. 🙂

  28. Rick Reid says:

    this was great, I had no idea what all the Cherry MX hopla was about until doing a search and running across this story, thanks 🙂

  29. Mads Thomsen says:

    Where can I get these?

  30. The Raven says:

    Razer has recently released a line of gamer switches that are improved clones of the cherry mx switches but activate and reset faster, so that might be the choice if you are interested in better gear for gaming and e-sports.

    • William Judd says:

      I don’t think the changes that Razer have made are substantial enough to make any difference in their suitability for eSports; most pro players just use what their sponsors provide and do fine.

      • The Raven says:

        Nice thought, but it’s wrong. 🙂 What testing have you done? Just an off the cuff knee jerk reaction? Thought so.

  31. envy sucks says:

    i think this is shitty ghame 0&//10

  32. Steve Ocasio says:

    I have the Compaq PS/2 Slim Keyboard Model 5137, does anyone know what type of switch this keyboard uses?

  33. Alex Povolotski says:

    Wow! What a comprehensive review. It should be on Wikipedia!!!

  34. Elzworth says:

    This is great, really helped my decision. I decided to go with a Corsair K70 with brown switches. I think the balance will be nice for someone who is in IT along with both gaming and typing for papers, documents, etc.

  35. Curious Noob says:

    Heck yeah. This article is easily the best source of Cherry switch info I’ve found.

  36. Matej Hrabal says:

    I would like anything from filco

  37. and now there is the Cherry MX Silver. (1.2mm actuation point)

  38. Westwoodo says:

    A very good read but it needs updating with such switches as the mx speed available.

  39. docdj says:

    I recently started looking at some high end keyboards and noticed something strange, specifically referencing Corsair K70RGB and Razer Chroma V2: All the keys with 2 symbols, such as numbers and the “<" etc. have the lowercase symbol etched at the TOP of the key-face, while the uppercase symbol is etched at the bottom of the key-face. This is just the reverse of all standard keyboards. I know that makes it possible for the lowercase to be lit up, but why do the key makers (Cherry, Razer) not insert the LEDs in the keys such that these keys have standard layouts? Touch typists will be OK, but I think those of us who are not well trained in keyboarding would have trouble pressing the shift key when we shouldn't. Any enlightenment on this design would be welcome. I'm holding off my purchase until I get some understanding.

  40. docdj says:

    I recently started looking at some high end keyboards and noticed something strange, specifically referencing Corsair K70RGB and Razer Chroma V2: All the keys with 2 symbols, such as numbers and the “<" etc. have the lowercase symbol etched at the TOP of the key-face, while the uppercase symbol is etched at the bottom of the key-face. This is just the reverse of all standard keyboards. I know that makes it possible for the lowercase to be lit up, but why do the key makers (Cherry, Razer) not insert the LEDs in the keys such that these keys have standard layouts? Touch typists will be OK, but I think those of us who are not well trained in keyboarding would have trouble pressing the shift key when we shouldn't. Any enlightenment on this design would be welcome. I'm holding off my purchase until I get some understanding.

    • William Judd says:

      It’s to correspond to where the LED is on the switch, that’s all. You can always buy a keyboard and replace the keycaps later if you want.

      • docdj says:

        But then why do manufacturers not MOVE the LED and put the “proper” keycaps on in the 1st place. Or offer a keyboard with the “proper” keycaps. Seems a shame to spend all that money on a great keyboard then have to spend a few hours swapping keycaps you have to go buy separately. Or do most users not really care?

        • William Judd says:

          Moving the LED requires significant engineering; only recently have we seen multiple options for its placement. In addition, most users don’t really care. Once you learn the position of the keys, it’s a non-issue; people can happily use keyboards without any printed legends at all. But if you don’t like this style of keycaps, simply choose a different keyboard or swap the caps.

          • docdj says:

            It seems CoolerMaster has solved this for their MasterKeys Pro series keyboards using standard Cherry MX switches. Maybe the symbols are not as bright, but at least they are in the visually “proper”places.

  41. Bhagyashri says:

    If anyone is looking for info on switches not covered in this guide, deskthority is a much better resource. The less common switches are often some of the most-loved, but they might just not come in many pre-made keyboards. Cooler Master helped to increase the production and availability of Greens, luckily, but they’re still not in many boards from other popular brands, the ones marketed at ‘gamers’ especially.

  42. Ryan says:

    This helped me to pick which kind of switch I want, and the difference between them.

  43. Ryan Parhizi says:

    Great article, and this helped me pick the switch I want and how they work.

  44. nnnn says:

    what is TTY

  45. Dying_in_this_Crap_World says:

    forces are different too.

  46. TaraXaverie says:

    if I understand the way these switches work correctly, they’re rated for so many grams of force to activate? So if I wanted to so a metal and glass typewriter style keycap I would need to figure out how much each keycap would weigh to choose a good switch to use with it so the weight of the keycap doesn’t activate the switch on its own?

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  8. […] the GT80 Titan will feature Cherry’s MX Red keys, which are actually well-suited for gaming thanks to the way they’re built (light with quick actuation). They keyboard will still add weight, but for mechanical keyboard […]

  9. […] would be easier to work with and would provide better tactile feedback for users. After doing a significant amount of research on mechanical keyboard components, I settled on Cherry MX Blue switches, due to their tactile feel and clicky […]

  10. […] exemplaren die we hadden uitgerust met de MX Black switches, de wat stuggere variant van de bekende Cherry MX switches. Echter, het toetsenbord is verkrijgbaar met alle doorgaans gebruikelijke […]

  11. […] “standard” green switch, as the Cherry Reds and Blacks are simpler in construction and typically more suited to gaming. But if it sells, it […]

  12. […] switches in cheaper ones), that’s been done to death elsewhere. Das has a good guide, and The Keyboard Company has good details about Cherry MX switches in specific (Cherry MX switch types vary and are differentiated by color as to the feel and […]

  13. […] looking at different types of keyboard switches, there are many different types of switches, but the main four are Cherry MX Blues, Cherry MX […]

  14. […] those interested in extra information, a good run-down and comparison of switches can be found here and anyone considering a mechanical keyboard should check it […]

  15. […] one so different. However, I’m not nearly knowledgeable enough so I’d suggest going here for a breakdown. The essential difference is how heavily weighted each key is, and how much noise […]

  16. […] ות מקלדת עם מקשים ורודים וציורים של גולגלות, והלכתי על Cherry MX Brown סולידית […]

  17. […] The distinction that a mechanical switch brings to your typing isn’t readily visible from the outside. When you start typing with them however, you’ll ask yourself how you’ve gone so long without one. Similar to when you got your first smartphone and realized you could never live without one, the jump is really that large. The tactile feel of the switches can’t truly be put into words, it’s something you need to experience to understand. The keys give pleasant feedback to your touch and snap back to the “ready” position quickly after being released and feel much more lively than a conventional keyboard. For a more technical and detailed approach, read this guide. […]

  18. […] Cherry MX Red), each of which has a unique combination of weighting and feedback. For more, see our Intro to Cherry MX mechanical switches. Adapted by Kaihua into Kailh and Razer switches, among others. Cherry MX are the most popular […]

  19. […] purpose. If you are interested to find out more info about mechanical switches, check out this link, it'll probably give you some idea on what direction to take. Reply With […]

  20. […] terms of keyboards, I personally like the look of mechanical cherry-mx keyboards. Here is an article discussing the various types. In essence if you are a hardcore gamer then red is the way to go, but […]

  21. […] More info on Cherry MX Switches: […]

  22. […] technical details of each switch, but if you’re curious, more information can be found here: Overview of Cherry MX Switches. If you’re curious about how the keys actually feel when pressed, visit a computer supply […]

  23. […] This particular board features Cherry MX Red mechanical linear (no bump) light-weight switches – if you need to know what the Cherry colour coding means, head over here for an introduction. […]

  24. […] a good description of the different Cherry switches here:…ical-switches/ The blues are described as 'tactile clicky' switches, which need more pressure to actuate that the […]

  25. […] mai folosite contacte mecanice sunt cele de tip Cherry MX. Acestea sunt livrate intr-o varietate de culori, fiecare culoare reprezentand un set de […]

  26. […] finally picked one. A mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches. You’d think it would be easy given my last post, where I said I wanted the Filco Convertible […]

  27. […] faster, even though I don’t gain much because I only use my two index fingers to type. Compared to the other types of Cherry MX switches, the brown switches occupy the middle ground and are […]

  28. […] a Dios casi totalmente estandarizados en unos pocos, los Cherry MX, bastante bien explicados aquí y en este vídeo demo y en este otro. Así que después de tragarme reviews y opiniones […]

  29. […] Photo credit: […]

  30. […] qué tacto o experiencia de teclado nos gusta más. Extrayendo la información y las imágenes de la página de The Keyboard Company, podemos mostrar las diversas […]

  31. […] modelo de teclado se vende en dos versiones, una con los mecanismos azules de Cherry y otro con los marrones. Después de mucho leer sobre las diferencias entre ambos, para teclear todo el mundo recomendaba […]

  32. […] Cherry MX Blue was first made in 2007 and has become the most popular model for people who, like myself, have to […]

  33. […] The MX Red switches (which I received) were designed for gaming and have a low actuation force, allowing for rapid actuation. The Cherry MX Brown switches provide tactile feedback upon actuation. They’re well suited for gaming and typing. To learn more about the differences between Cherry MX switches, visit The Keyboard Company. […]

  34. […] There are a lot of different types of Cherry MX switches, there are Blue, Brown, White, Red, just to name a few and they all have slightly different characteristics. You can find a really good reference to Cherry MX switches here, […]

  35. […] reakcji, z kliknięciem bądź bez itp. – więcej o wariantach można przeczytać np. w tym artykule). Niestety, klawiatury takie są bardzo drogie (co w przypadku konieczności zakupu identycznej […]

  36. […] comes with an 18” screen, GTX 980M graphics card and a minimum 16GB of ram—all packaged with aCherry MX Brown […]

  37. […] of mechs today use Cherry MX switches, I’ll only discuss the main Cherry MX switches here. This article already sums up the info quite nicely, but I’ll place a few key details here concerning the […]

  38. […] with 3 switchable profiles gives me 18 keys per game, which is plenty for me. I discovered that there’s a whole slew of different kinds of key switches, but I chose the MX Brown out of them all because I liked that I could feel the little […]

  39. […] feel there’s only one viable option for your activity of choice! Read more about different Cherry MX switches here; we’ll have a guide to different Matias switches up […]

  40. […] the force you need to put to push the key down. I think that it's best if you give a read to this: An introduction to Cherry MX mechanical switches | The Keyboard Company It explains how the switches work. Is the investment worth it? It depends on your finances I […]

  41. […] Cherry MX is a company that until recently had a patent on certain kinds of keyboard switches. The switches control the way the key clicks, sounds, and responds to pressure. The switches come in blue, brown, red, and black, and maybe green? Go here to figure them out. […]

  42. […] they are categorized by colour. You can read more about each switch and the colour they are given here, which even features nice animations to explain how each switch works. It should help you decide […]

  43. […] Each keys are made of mechanical switches and there are several types of them, see exhaustive list there. I first used brown switches and then upgraded for red ones (linear), I find them more relaxing. It […]

  44. […] just feel so much better to type on. If you are not up to speed on mechanical keyboards, they use spring-loaded switches for their keys instead of a rubber dome sandwich to achieve better springiness and auditory […]

  45. […] The main mechanical blue/brown change actuates a bit after the tactile suggestions of the important thing, however the Tt eSPORTS Licensed Mechanical switches actuates earlier and nearer to the tactile suggestions. Providing a extra correct really feel and quicker response time than the opposite extra generally discovered mechanical switches. […]

  46. […] ve directamente reflejada en su precio, pero si éste no va a ser un problema, no dudes en entrar a éste enlace para ver en formato gif cómo funcionan cada una de las distintas variantes -representadas en […]

  47. […] for its punchy response and audible clicks, though there are definitely quieter options available (see here for a basic primer on the different Cherry MX key […]

  48. […] the popular Cherry MX Brown switches for a “great tactile feel when […]

  49. […] really spend any time talking about them (I don’t wanna spread false information). Many websites discuss in great detail Cherry switches and the differences between them, so I won’t try to […]

  50. […] or maybe one of the other variant, for some detail about the available switches have a look here. Each and every switch offers a different tactile experience and is designed to fit a certain kind […]

  51. […] razliku od većine proizvođača koji koriste Cherry MX mehaničke prekidače u tipkovnici, Logitech je među rijetkima koji koristi svoje, a za ovu […]

  52. […] Przełączniki mechaniczne są bardzo precyzyjne i zależnie od rodzaju różnie się zachowują. Obrazek po prawej przedstawia działanie najpopularniejszego rodzaju przełączników mechanicznych – Cherry MX Blue. Po wciśnięciu na 2mm klawisz jest aktywowany, natomiast maksymalna głębokość na jaką możemy klawisz wcisnąć to 4mm. Aby aktywować klawisz musimy przyłożyć siłę 50g. Aktywacja takiego przełącznika wydaje charakterystyczny dla klawiatur mechanicznych klik. Ten dźwięk jest dla niektórych jednym z ważniejszych czynników podczas wybierania rodzaju przełączników. Jeżeli chcesz poczytać o innych rodzajach przełączników, kliknij tutaj. […]

  53. […] look at the various Cherry Switches, used in many many keyboards on the market today, see An introduction to Cherry MX mechanical switches from the Keyboard […]

  54. […] links: • Standard keyboard sizes • Keycap families/profiles • Cherry MX switches • Alps switches • Gateron KS-3 switches • USB NeXT Keyboard with an Arduino Micro […]

  55. […] meat to the key switch pressure, which results in a pleasant tactile experience without making any clicky key noises that I find […]

  56. […] Cherry MX Brown switches are a joy to type on. They have a bright, crisp feeling, with a slight bump (tactile feedback) to […]

  57. […] Mechanical keyboards […]

  58. […] Browns sind irgendwie etwas weicher und einfach der beste All-Round Switch. More Info: An introduction to Cherry MX mechanical switches | The Keyboard Company […]

  59. […] 0’s. In modern mechanical keyboards, each key has a dedicated switch typically made by the Cherry Corporation that converts the mechanical key press into the electrical impulses required by the CPU to be able […]

  60. […] clicky, physically responsive and tactile keys instead of the smooth linear ones. You just need to read on them and try them out, there’s no way getting around of it. Despite some saying one type […]

  61. […] switch. At right is the action of the Cherry MX Brown (the Keyboard Company has a page with all the Cherry MX switches). You get a tactile bump when the switch actuates. The rest of the key travel just gives your […]

  62. […] All of these switches have different characteristics (it’s worth checking out this guide by The Keyboard Company for a detailed […]

  63. […] brown. All switches have different characteristics and it’s worth checking out this guide by The Keyboard Company for a detailed […]

  64. […] list of bare essentials. Top billing goes to the wonderfully clacky mechanical keyboard. Built atop Cherry MX brown switches, it sounds as great as it feels. The ten-line E-Ink screen is front-lit, and it pulls triple […]

  65. […] list of bare essentials. Top billing goes to the wonderfully clacky mechanical keyboard. Built atop Cherry MX brown switches, it sounds as great as it feels. The ten-line E-Ink screen is front-lit, and it pulls triple […]

  66. […] About Cherry Keyswitches […]

  67. […] brown. All switches have different characteristics and it’s worth checking out this guide by The Keyboard Company for a detailed […]

  68. […] cm (LxAxP), seu gabinete é feito de alumínio e o seu teclado é do tipo mecânico (tecnologia Cherry MX Brown) o que deve explicar em parte o seu peso de 1,8 kg, o que inclui uma bateria interna de Li-Po com […]

  69. […] Razer’s equivalent to Cherry MX Blues (if you are not too familiar with mechanical switches, I’d give this a read). Due to the lack of availability at BestBuy and my incessant need to have cool tech in hand as […]

  70. […] 1If you want a good explanation of how these switches work click here. You will notice that these switches use springs. So, what is so special about the IBM Model […]

  71. […] of the above with diagrams and the more obscure types of switch is in the very detailed guide from The Keyboard Company […]

  72. […] Coolermaster Quick Fire Pro mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches. Appropriately […]

  73. […] paths and roads in a game. The Predator 21 X has a full-sized mechanical keyboard featuring Cherry MX switches, with customizable RGB backlight settings for each individual key. Aside from its unique curved […]

  74. […] just use the included Corsair software to do all the programming that way. His last point is on the Cherry MX Red switches, which Corsair believes are the most optimal due to their “extremely light tactile […]

  75. […] Keyboard Company have a fun blog, An introduction to Cherry MX mechanical switches, accompanied by these great animated GIFs that visually explain the differences in the colors of […]

  76. […] resources: Guide to Switches | Intro Mechanical Switches | Keyboard […]

  77. […] (If you’re a nerd like me and are interested in this sort of mechanical feedback, you can check out this lovely article that gives a general introduction to Cherry MX mechanical switches: The Keyboard Company) […]

  78. […] MX Red per chi volesse approfondire la tematica di funzionamento di suddetti switches consigliamo: Per una panoramica dettagliata e una visione preliminare è assolutamente consigliabile dare una […]

  79. […] to go on and on (and on) about why mechanical keyswitches are best, and which “color” Cherry switches they prefer, etc. […]

  80. […] The switches of mechanical keyboards are the most obvious reason as to why they’re awesome. First of all, these switches are what make the typing experience on the keyboard so satisfying. You probably know about those mushy plastic keyboards you see in offices and computer shops. You’re probably fine with typing on them since you’ve grown accustomed to the feeling but once you try out a mechanical keyboard’s switches, your typing experience will change forever. I’ll leave a link here to explain all the different types of switches, how much force they need to actuate, how “clacky” they are, and why they just feel great to type on in general. […]

  81. […] for the compact model and $59.95 for the full size, they offer an impressive array of features: Cherry MX style Outemu Blue “clicky” feel switches, sturdy steel switch mounting plate to reduce […]

  82. […] blue switches without the clicking noise. For more info on the differences between MX switches see here. The short answer is if you aren’t a hardcore gamer and would like to have a …read […]

  83. […] 60% the size of a full width keyboard, has a metal casing and PBT keycaps sitting on your choice of Cherry MX switches, giving you control over key pressure and click loudness. The keycaps are easily interchangeable if […]

  84. […] design is tough enough that you won’t be paying it much – if any – mind. The Cherry MX Red switches make for a comfortable and satisfying typing experience, but we’ll cover that […]

  85. […] with every peripherals manufacturer offering a variety of models featuring a range of different key switches. But another regular feature of gaming gear is the encumbrance of superfluous […]

  86. […] dalších variant, které zde nemá smysl rozepisovat. Kompletní souhrn snímačů MX najdete zde. Tyto čtyři druhy se dělí na dvě skupiny a to na snímače lineární […]

  87. […] You will find a very precise explanation of “what are switches and why keyboards with mechanical switches are better on all points”. […]