The Best Mechanical Keyboard Switches for Gaming, Typing, and Both

Rank and see how others rank Cherry, ALPS, Topre, and other keyboard switches for Gaming and Typing.
A collective effort to decide - once and for all - which mechanical switches are most popular for gaming, typing, and universal use (balance).

While switch feel is a matter of personal preference, our Mechanical Keyboard Switch Ranker provides you with a large sample of gamer, typist, and universal user opinions so you can see what others have to say about each mechanical switch. Be sure to share your input once you're confident in your switch evaluation!
 
Gaming IconGaming
Typing IconTyping
Universal IconBalance
Black Cherry MX Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconLinear Icon
8.24
6.44
7.03
Total Ratings
321
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Brown Cherry MX Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconTactile Icon
8.42
8.37
8.40
Total Ratings
499
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Blue Cherry MX Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
7.70
8.95
8.09
Total Ratings
618
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Red Cherry MX Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconLinear Icon
8.74
7.20
7.73
Total Ratings
484
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Green Cherry MX Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
7.70
7.29
6.92
Total Ratings
110
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White Cherry MX Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
7.77
5.61
6.48
Total Ratings
54
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Clear Cherry MX Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconTactile Icon
8.82
7.47
5.55
Total Ratings
120
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Matias Click Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
8.75
6.43
5.79
Total Ratings
43
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Matias Quiet Click Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
8.76
6.92
5.88
Total Ratings
39
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Black ALPS (Ducky XM) Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconLinear Icon
8.70
6.24
6.45
Total Ratings
46
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Green ALPS (Ducky XM) Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
8.50
7.64
6.19
Total Ratings
39
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White ALPS Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
8.25
6.74
6.78
Total Ratings
42
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Topre 30 Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconTactile Icon
6.96
5.70
5.26
Total Ratings
28
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Topre 35 Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconTactile Icon
7.23
6.44
5.55
Total Ratings
32
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Topre 45 Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconTactile Icon
7.97
8.36
7.31
Total Ratings
66
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Topre 55 Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconTactile Icon
8.79
7.47
6.64
Total Ratings
50
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Buckling Spring Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
7.67
9.06
8.03
Total Ratings
175
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Brown Kaihua Kailh Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconTactile Icon
2.67
4.33
1.50
Total Ratings
3
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Blue Kaihua Kailh Keyboard SwitchClicky IconTactile Icon
4.00
4.60
3.80
Total Ratings
5
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Red Kaihua Kailh Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconLinear Icon
4.20
4.00
4.20
Total Ratings
5
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Black Kaihua Kailh Keyboard SwitchNot Clicky IconLinear Icon
5.00
5.50
4.75
Total Ratings
4
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