Mechanical Keyboard SwitchesMK's official mechanical keyswitch guide

Switches are a mechanical keyboard's most important feature. Switch feel will always be a matter of personal preference, but we've
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Cherry MX Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.66
Typing8.92
Universal8.15
Rate It 1,387 ratings
April 7, 2020

One of the best switches for typing

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.40
Typing8.35
Universal8.46
Rate It 1,292 ratings
March 13, 2020

My first mechanical keyboard switch. I type really fast with them. And they work well for gaming. But nothing ground breaking

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.13
Universal7.72
Rate It 1,061 ratings
March 13, 2020

the switch is light and quite. its very good for gaming purpose to get much responsive on keyboard. playing rythm games on this feels light and les...

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.16
Typing6.69
Universal7.22
Rate It 655 ratings
March 28, 2020

My main keyboard switches. I have keyboards with gateron blacks, outemu blues, kaihl box whites, but still i prefer those. They keep getting better...

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.24
Typing9.15
Universal8.07
Rate It 337 ratings
March 27, 2020

The tactile and audible feedback make these a great typing experience. Not well-suited for gaming though. The switches are distracting for gaming i...

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.57
Typing7.78
Universal7.27
Rate It 297 ratings
March 6, 2020

I like the click as a reminder of classic keyboard designs, but they squeak a lot when typing-- and I didn't realize it had a slightly higher actua...

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Cherry MX Clear

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Gaming8.28
Typing8.15
Universal7.06
Rate It 283 ratings
March 25, 2020

I love my Cherry Clears especially for quiet. Heavier hands get sore when hovering over ligher switches, it's awesome to rest my fingers on the spr...

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Topre 45g

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Gaming8.23
Typing8.91
Universal8.15
Rate It 188 ratings
February 20, 2020

Will it change your life? Maybe. The key feature is comfort: the smooth bump and cushion bottom-out makes Topre the perfect all-day switch, even if...

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.31
Typing7.22
Universal8.10
Rate It 128 ratings
March 31, 2020

Love the the switches, they are are great, friends say different but i love them.

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Cherry MX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.13
Typing6.41
Universal6.49
Rate It 108 ratings
March 25, 2020

Model M lover here: Cherry Whites are fun! Heavier hands get very sore when hovering over ligher switches, it's awesome to rest my fingers on the s...

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Topre 55g

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Gaming8.19
Typing8.30
Universal7.46
Rate It 100 ratings
November 24, 2018

Marginally better than the hp keyboard that comes with a $300 Walmart build.

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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.53
Typing8.28
Universal7.74
Rate It 96 ratings
April 4, 2020

For the price they are really good. Not the best but have their moments. If you are looking for budget mech swithces these could be the ones.

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Matias Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming8.02
Typing7.16
Universal6.53
Rate It 88 ratings
January 25, 2020

These are my favorite typing switch, bar none. They're heavy, but smooth enough to still be good, just not great for gaming. They're just a great s...

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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.16
Typing7.15
Universal7.05
Rate It 87 ratings
March 29, 2020

I prefer the Cherry MX silent red for gaming, typing on the other hand is perfect with this tactile switch.

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Matias Quiet Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.64
Typing7.46
Universal6.41
Rate It 81 ratings
February 3, 2020

Best feel/sound combo for an office environment

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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.75
Typing6.44
Universal7.47
Rate It 65 ratings
March 20, 2020

Definitely recommended for gaming. Typing on them is good, but it takes some time to get used to. These switches, used regularly, will grow on you....

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.77
Typing7.19
Universal7.29
Rate It 65 ratings
September 30, 2019

Overall some of my favorite switches for gaming and seamless typing

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Gateron Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.83
Typing8.86
Universal8.18
Rate It 63 ratings
April 4, 2020

Awesome for gaming a tad loud for office use but overall a great switch.

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Topre 35g

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Gaming8.03
Typing6.41
Universal5.45
Rate It 61 ratings
November 24, 2018

Overpriced and overrated.

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Kailh Black

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Gaming6.76
Typing5.75
Universal5.33
Rate It 58 ratings
January 16, 2020

very nice for heavy typers, although sometimes fatigueing in the lower arm muscles.

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Topre 30g

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Gaming7.22
Typing5.93
Universal5.58
Rate It 58 ratings
May 31, 2019

These are perfect for serious touch typing. This is the only switch light enough for me to type on for 10 hours a day.

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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.36
Typing8.66
Universal8.51
Rate It 57 ratings
March 9, 2020

definitely better than cherry mx brown

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.38
Typing5.57
Universal5.69
Rate It 51 ratings
January 24, 2020

The switches does feel good but they activate half way through the keystroke. It just feels strange. I do not recommend them.

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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.76
Typing7.63
Universal8.36
Rate It 48 ratings
March 13, 2020

activates even if you barely touch it, can get annoying at times.

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Gateron Black

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Gaming7.68
Typing7.19
Universal7.38
Rate It 39 ratings
May 2, 2018

No feedback, but a nice silent switch. Spacebar feels great though, or typing would be HORRIBLE. Overall, it's pretty good!

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Matias Linear

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Gaming8.31
Typing6.03
Universal5.97
Rate It 35 ratings
August 16, 2018

These are my favorite key switches still in production. They have just the perfect feel for gaming, and they're smooth enough that typing feels lik...

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Gateron Clear

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Gaming8.55
Typing8.00
Universal8.19
Rate It 34 ratings
April 2, 2020

they are good for gaming because they are so light. But because they are so light i sometimes dont realize i am resting on them. They are great for...

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.61
Typing9.26
Universal9.23
Rate It 31 ratings
March 23, 2020

Great for typing overall, but for gaming it's a little heavy for my taste. That being said, it's only personal preference, and they're great switch...

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Kailh Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming4.94
Typing4.97
Universal4.66
Rate It 31 ratings
November 6, 2017

After two years of heavy typing use, several keys with double click. Simply unreliable and non-durable. Don`t waste your money.

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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.55
Typing8.03
Universal7.70
Rate It 32 ratings
April 2, 2020

Do the job, have a decent tactile feel. Not too loud or clacky

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Outemu Red

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Gaming7.96
Typing7.36
Universal7.89
Rate It 28 ratings
April 4, 2020

Gaming - due to no noise and enough feedback, its adequate for me even in intense moment never failed me so far. Typing - is a bit meh, altho bet...

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Cherry MX Nature White

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Gaming8.14
Typing8.36
Universal8.09
Rate It 23 ratings
January 23, 2020

feels really clean to type on while being very good fr gaming very hard to misclick, imo

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Greetech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.19
Typing6.22
Universal6.77
Rate It 23 ratings
April 22, 2019

not very tactile but they are very clicky and very satisfying to type on

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Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.56
Typing8.89
Universal9.00
Rate It 19 ratings
March 14, 2020

Too heavy for gaming but fine for typing

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Greetech Brown

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Gaming7.80
Typing6.47
Universal6.24
Rate It 17 ratings
November 27, 2015

Amazingly better than Cherry browns, though still not quite in the league of crisp, clean Gateron brown tactility.

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KBT Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.24
Typing8.00
Universal7.33
Rate It 17 ratings
December 28, 2017

coming from a mx red board, good at gaming and awesome at typing.

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KBT Brown

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Gaming7.36
Typing7.00
Universal7.47
Rate It 15 ratings
January 12, 2018

I can type on these faster than on my Cherry or Gateron blue keyboards. These browns also feel better overall.

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Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming7.33
Typing8.79
Universal8.43
Rate It 14 ratings
March 10, 2020

Most tactile switch ever, the clicking is just a byproduct of that. Truly the best switches i have ever tried

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Cherry MX Tactile Grey

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Gaming6.67
Typing7.23
Universal6.85
Rate It 13 ratings
January 30, 2017

well this is a clear with a mx green switch and it has a bigger bump again good cherry now you have made something we needed unlike natural whites!

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Cherry MX Linear Grey

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Gaming6.80
Typing7.27
Universal6.33
Rate It 12 ratings
December 5, 2019

wanted to workout my finger this is good for me heavy switch are for real gamers

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Cherry MX Silent Black

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Gaming6.00
Typing6.58
Universal6.25
Rate It 12 ratings
April 11, 2019

very good switch with a nice and heavy actuation. It is linear however, so as a novice typist i often find myself hitting other keys on accident.

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Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.75
Typing9.15
Universal8.50
Rate It 13 ratings
April 4, 2020

My classmate loaned me a Box Jade keyboard for a month and I have to say, Kaihua definitely struck gold with this switch. Satisfying loud click and...

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KBT Black

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Gaming6.83
Typing7.08
Universal6.83
Rate It 12 ratings
July 10, 2018

xd

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Kailh Speed Silver

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Gaming8.45
Typing7.18
Universal7.78
Rate It 11 ratings
April 1, 2020

Absolutely love these for FPS style games, as well as some MMOs. However I wouldn't recommend if you type documents, can tire fingers fast.

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KBT Red

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Gaming6.73
Typing4.91
Universal5.64
Rate It 11 ratings
December 21, 2015

Not a great typing switch. But, it's insanely smooth. Much, much smoother than the Cherry equivalent.

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Gateron Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming6.89
Typing7.70
Universal7.50
Rate It 10 ratings
November 24, 2019

Not too light or heavy Nice tactile bump and really crispy click.

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Kailh Speed Copper

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Gaming8.44
Typing8.75
Universal8.63
Rate It 9 ratings
February 16, 2020

The copper switch is a unique tactile switch itself and no other switch that I have used compares to it. The tactile bump is solely pronounced with...

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Outemu Black

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Gaming7.67
Typing8.00
Universal7.75
Rate It 9 ratings
October 8, 2019

Heavy, deliberate keystrokes. Great for gaming if you have problems with fat-fingering keys on light switches, but definitely takes some getting us...

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Greetech Red

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Gaming7.50
Typing7.14
Universal7.29
Rate It 7 ratings

Topre Silent 45g

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Gaming7.33
Typing8.57
Universal7.50
Rate It 7 ratings
September 1, 2019

These switches are absolutely orgasmic to type on. I catch myself typing out things I could auto-complete, just because every keystroke feels so d...

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Varmilo EC Sakura

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Gaming8.86
Typing9.00
Universal7.29
Rate It 7 ratings
February 9, 2020

The better version of Cherry MX speed with a much more satisfy typing experience.

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Cherry ML

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Gaming7.60
Typing8.00
Universal8.17
Rate It 6 ratings
January 31, 2020

Used on smaller micro keyboards, keyboards can be quite cheap and are a good compromise.

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Flaretech Red

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Gaming9.83
Typing7.83
Universal8.67
Rate It 6 ratings
February 26, 2020

These are optical switches, so they work contactless. You can feel that by the smooth, buttery travel of the keycap. Apart from the obvious (everyb...

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Kailh BOX Red

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Gaming9.00
Typing7.83
Universal8.00
Rate It 6 ratings
February 24, 2020

Very solid switch. Feels higher quality than any cherry red I've tried. They definitely feel like they have a smoother travel and very satisfying b...

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Kailh Speed Bronze

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Gaming8.60
Typing9.50
Universal8.83
Rate It 6 ratings
December 31, 2019

Great feeling switches and soo satisfying. Its light and not tiring on the fingers like normal blues would. If you are not annoyed by the sound, th...

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Tiffany Blue Tealios

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Gaming8.67
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 6 ratings
February 1, 2020

Overpriced for what they are. There are alternatives out there that are as good if not better for those willing to lube said alternatives.

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Topre Variable

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Gaming3.67
Typing6.67
Universal4.33
Rate It 6 ratings
November 24, 2018

Pretty expensive for rubber domes.

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Gaming8.40
Typing9.00
Universal8.40
Rate It 5 ratings
February 13, 2020

Love the vortex pok3r v2 keyboard. This is the best low profile keyboard I have used so far and the cherry low profile switches feel solid. I no lo...

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Flaretech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming5.60
Typing7.00
Universal6.00
Rate It 5 ratings
September 13, 2019

muy sulunsluque

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Greetech Black

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Gaming4.40
Typing2.25
Universal2.50
Rate It 5 ratings

Varmilo EC Ivy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.50
Typing10.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 6 ratings
December 6, 2019

Great switches. Very loud, haven’t tried much for gaming but I’ve found them a tiny bit clicks for gaming, not bad though. Great typing feel.

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Kailh BOX Brown

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Gaming8.25
Typing8.75
Universal9.00
Rate It 4 ratings
January 17, 2020

Very nice compromise between gaming and typing. The light tactile bump right at the top helpd to prevent typos and gives a nice feedback. But it is...

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Kailh BOX Heavy Pale Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming6.33
Typing9.75
Universal9.00
Rate It 4 ratings
March 30, 2020

Favorite switch of all time. Some people say that it’s too heavy for gaming, but I don’t think that’s a problem.

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Gaming5.00
Typing6.33
Universal5.00
Rate It 3 ratings
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November 24, 2018

A pleasantly tactile experience. Not in the same league as its thicc clicc cousins like the BOX navies or jades, or even the royals, but I can see ...

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Gaming8.00
Typing8.33
Universal8.00
Rate It 3 ratings
December 20, 2019

It’s not a great switch for gaming due to its heaviness. If you’re a typist who likes to bottom out his keys a lot than this switch is a must-t...

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MOD H Tactile

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Gaming5.33
Typing6.00
Universal5.67
Rate It 3 ratings
July 15, 2019

One of the nicest switches I've ever used, arguably perfect once you get your own weighting and a bit of lube on them.

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MOD L Tactile

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Gaming7.00
Typing7.00
Universal7.00
Rate It 3 ratings
February 24, 2020

bad

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Zealios 65g V2

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Gaming8.67
Typing9.33
Universal9.00
Rate It 3 ratings
February 20, 2020

very tactile, smooth and has no pre-trevel before tactile event. In games give an exceptional understanding of the moment the button is triggered. ...

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Flaretech Black

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Gaming5.50
Typing5.00
Universal5.50
Rate It 2 ratings
June 15, 2019

Bad

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Hall Effect Linear

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Gaming6.50
Typing9.00
Universal9.50
Rate It 2 ratings
April 22, 2019

Really heavy for gaming by my prescriptive, but mostly fits heavy hand typists.

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MOD M Linear

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Gaming5.50
Typing5.50
Universal5.50
Rate It 2 ratings
November 6, 2019

trash

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Varmilo EC Rosery

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Gaming7.50
Typing9.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 2 ratings
July 12, 2019

favorite switch to date. Cherry reds used to be my go to but not anymore. These switches are extremely smooth and light. They also actuate quicker ...

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Zealios 67g V2

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Gaming7.50
Typing9.50
Universal8.50
Rate It 2 ratings
January 17, 2020

Too heavy for fast paced FPS. Very satisfying for typing.

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Zealios 78g V2

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Gaming5.00
Typing5.50
Universal5.00
Rate It 2 ratings
March 21, 2020

Best tactile switches for the office. No wobble, thick and low volume sound. Tactile event is right at the top and it is long but little sharp.

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Blue Zilents 62g V2

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Gaming5.00
Typing8.00
Universal6.00
Rate It 1 ratings

Fukka (Fuhua) White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
October 17, 2019

cheese

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Hall Effect Clicky

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming4.00
Typing9.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 1 ratings
March 12, 2019

Click may not occur at the actuation point, which is a con, but the switches feel both smooth yet light and crisp. The clicking sounds a bit rattly...

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Kailh ML Chocolate White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming9.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
March 10, 2020

Great switch for typing and gaming. The sound of clicks is very satisfying as like as your activation force. I love this Switch.

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Kailh Speed Gold

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming1.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings

Kailh Speed Pro Burgundy

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Gaming9.00
Typing8.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 1 ratings
February 26, 2020

A little scratchy but good for anyone who doesn't bottom all the time when typing.

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MOD M Tactile

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 2, 2019

God-M as they say

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MOD SH Tactile

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Gaming1.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings
July 25, 2019

i hate then

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Orange Healio

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Gaming9.00
Typing5.00
Universal7.00
Rate It 1 ratings
December 22, 2019

super smooth for gaming, but for typing it gives my fingers fatigue

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Zealios 62g V2

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Gaming8.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 17, 2020

The tactile bump is a little bit to heavy for fast paced FPS (fast key press repetition). Typing is very satisfying. Pair this with a heavy aluminu...

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Blue Zilents 65g V2

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Universal-
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Blue Zilents 67g V2

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Blue Zilents 78g V2

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Fraly Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Universal-
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Fukka (Fuhua) Black

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Hall Effect Tactile

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Kailh BOX Black

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Gaming6.00
Typing9.00
Universal3.00
Rate It 0 ratings

MOD H Linear

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Gaming-
Typing-
Universal-
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MOD L Linear

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 0 ratings
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