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Mechanical Keyboard Switches Official Mechanical Switch Rater and Guide (v2.6.0)

Our attempt to answer the ubiquitous question: "Which switch is best for me?" Switch feel will always be a matter of personal preference, but here's how thousands of other users rank switches for gaming, typing, and universal use. Be sure to contribute your rating for mechanical switches you're familiar with.

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Cherry MX Green

Cherry MX Greentactile, clicky - 80g force

287 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.607.787.27rate

-/10/- High precision typing, good resilience switch, pleasure writing.

4/10/7 Wonderful for typing, not so good for gaming when you're trying to communicate with team mates and they can't hear you.

-/6/6 One of my green switches works more like a linear switch for some reason and its very anoying. Ruins the whole typing experience for me. Same thing happens to blues I had on a Das keyboard. reliability sucks on cherry clicky switches. alps next?

9/9/10 Maybe to heavy for some. If you prefer or can handle heavy switches I recommend this 100%

8/8/8 Can be a little heavy for some but fine if you type with force

8/8/8 love mine

5/10/8 Great for typing , like the Blue MX, but heavier for those that don't want too light of a switch.

8/10/8 For a heavy handed person such as myself, MX Greens make touch-typing and not bottoming out keys much easier.

7/9/8 I love my Greens! Imagine my horror at feeling my first set of Blues and realizing they were far too light for the pounding keystrokes I inflict upon my board. My everyday uses a set of MX Greens and they're aces, especially for typing angry emails.

10/10/10 Little bit heavy but feels great.

6/10/8 so i prefer blues but if i could i would buy a mx green board as they click more but i dont think gaming would be that good for me on an 80g switch so i will give greens a (6/10/8)

10/8/9 I'm a heavy Counter-Strike player so I want the perfect switch. With the WASD Code and MX Greens, I have made the right choice for gaming no doubt. Especially in terms of typing, it will take you some time to get used to the higher actuation force.

9/10/10 If you are bottoming a green you are doing it wrong...

8/10/9 Easily my favorite key, I like them heavy and the click is so satisfying! I play a ton of CS:GO and other FPS games and don't have any issue with double tapping like some people claim with clicky keys.

7/8/8 This is my first keyboard and its a knock off so I may not be the best with this but im having a much better time typing and gaming with my green switch keyboard and its much better than half mechanical keyboards

8/7/7 Is really heavy for the mojority of people

5/9/8 not idea for gaming with the loud clicks; more suited for writers or any job requiring typing a lot. alone.

10/10/10 Used them for about 2 years now, out of all my boards (MX Browns, clears and a model M) these have been my most consistent and satisfying switches.

7/9/8 I got these keys on my very first MK. I wanted every key press to remind me of a big red," launch-a-nuclear-missile-button: 'clickCHUNK', 'clickCHUNK'. Yeah baby. Nothing like it. Wish Gateron made some 80g cli./tac.

5/8/7 Very stiff switch. Fun for days when you want to hear a lot of noise and fight with your keyboard a little bit, but I would recommend having a softer and quieter switch for other days.

8/10/7 Great for typing. Works surprisingly well for gaming but it depends on what type of game is being played. Very loud

-/9/- It's not for everyone. You should definitely try a board with Greens before you buy it. But if you like typing on IBM's legendary Model M's with their buckling springs, this stiff and super-clicky MX may be your next happy experience.

5/7/6 Many people attest to liking Cherry MX greens, but they are really much too heavy for the average user. Though blues may be a little light, an 80g actuation force is a huge overstep of what they should be. Please try these in a store before purchase.

-/1/1 Like trying to press cinderblocks into pavement to get it to actuate.

6/9/7 Really stiff switch, but also one of the sharpest Cherry switches you can buy. If you can get over the high actuation force, this is a fantastic switch.

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Cherry MX Black

Cherry MX Blacklinear - 60g force

629 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.156.637.19rate
Cherry MX Silent Black

Cherry MX Silent Blacklinear - 60g force

6.256.506.13rate
Cherry MX Brown

Cherry MX Browntactile - 45g force

1201 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.388.358.47rate
Cherry MX Blue

Cherry MX Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

1276 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.698.988.18rate
Cherry MX Red

Cherry MX Redlinear - 45g force

970 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.777.117.70rate
Cherry MX Silent Red

Cherry MX Silent Redlinear - 45g force

8.896.567.62rate
Cherry MX Green

Cherry MX Greentactile, clicky - 80g force

287 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.607.787.27rate
Cherry MX Clear

Cherry MX Cleartactile - 65g force

263 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.318.116.98rate
Cherry MX White

Cherry MX Whitetactile, clicky - 80g force

100 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.086.366.42rate
Cherry MX Nature White

Cherry MX Nature Whitelinear - 55g force

8.008.268.00rate
Cherry MX Tactile Grey

Cherry MX Tactile Greytactile - 80g force

6.306.406.20rate
Cherry MX Linear Grey

Cherry MX Linear Greylinear - 80g force

6.756.635.89rate
Cherry MX Silver

Cherry MX Silverlinear - 45g force

9.527.528.38rate
KBT Black

KBT Blacklinear - 60g force

5.786.115.78rate
KBT Brown

KBT Browntactile - 45g force

7.367.007.47rate
KBT Blue

KBT Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

7.248.007.33rate
KBT Red

KBT Redlinear - 45g force

6.335.225.44rate
Greetech Black

Greetech Blacklinear - 55g force

4 ratings
3.002.252.50rate
Greetech Brown

Greetech Browntactile - 45g force

7.806.476.24rate
Greetech Blue

Greetech Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

20 ratings
7.056.156.89rate
Greetech Red

Greetech Redlinear - 45g force

7 ratings
7.507.147.29rate
Gateron Black

Gateron Blacklinear - 50g force

7.527.167.31rate
Gateron Brown

Gateron Browntactile - 45g force

8.098.418.22rate
Gateron Blue

Gateron Bluetactile, clicky - 55g force

7.718.858.09rate
Gateron Red

Gateron Redlinear - 45g force

8.377.568.17rate
Gateron Clear

Gateron Clearlinear - 35g force

8.007.267.50rate
Gateron Green

Gateron Greentactile, clicky - 80g force

6.577.507.25rate
Matias Click

Matias Clicktactile, clicky - 55g force

8.037.076.45rate
Matias Quiet Click

Matias Quiet Clicktactile, clicky - 55g force

7.637.366.30rate
Matias Linear

Matias Linearlinear - 35g force

8.195.815.75rate
Topre 30g

Topre 30gtactile - 30g force

7.335.875.52rate
Topre 35g

Topre 35gtactile - 35g force

60 ratings
8.096.585.52rate
Topre 45g

Topre 45gtactile - 45g force

175 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.248.858.10rate
Topre 55g

Topre 55gtactile - 55g force

8.268.337.44rate
Topre Variable

Topre Variabletactile - 45g force

5 ratings
3.807.604.80rate
Kailh BOX White

Kailh BOX Whitetactile, clicky - 50g force

2 ratings
5.505.505.50rate
Kailh Black

Kailh Blacklinear - 60g force

6.565.545.10rate
Kailh Brown

Kailh Browntactile - 45g force

7.416.736.92rate
Kailh Blue

Kailh Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

6.916.766.79rate
Kailh Red

Kailh Redlinear - 50g force

6.305.465.56rate
Kailh Green

Kailh Greentactile, clicky - 60g force

4.784.934.67rate
Buckling Spring

Buckling Springtactile, clicky - 65g force

317 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.309.108.07rate