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Mechanical Keyboard Switches Official Mechanical Switch Rater and Guide (v2.5.1)

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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Brown Cherry MX

Brown Cherry MXtactile - 45g force

1051 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.398.328.44rate

8/10/9 Just love the tactile feel that these provide while being quieter than MX Blues

9/9/9 Basic switch that everyone would love for gaming and also typing. Buts sometimes it's hard to find this type of switch because most of mechanical keybioards seller in Indonesia sell blue or red switches

10/10/10 its the best among all

10/7/9 as i myself feel that reds and browns are to light it is not my first pick even after blues as that would be a tie between greens and clears for the simple reason that i like the click and that the clears have a bigger bump

10/10/10 great!

8/10/10 Best switch

9/9/9 the best all around switch

9/6/7 I'm really meh because I like using them for gaming due to the nearly instantaneous response time, but to type on it I am not that big a fan. They feel very squishy.

10/10/5 it is simpely the best for everything

6/9/8 I miss my MX Brown KB.. but it's a bit too noisy for work and even for home when there's other people hanging out in the same room.

8/8/8 Overall the best choice for everything from typing to gaming to everything else, very well rounded keys

8/9/8 The Best

10/10/10 effortless gaming and typing

10/10/10 Great for everything, great tactile bump makes for satisfying typing experience. Excellent for prolonged gaming sessions.

10/10/10 Thought they would be terrible but after learning to touch type I have completely abandoned MX Clears. They are way too tactile for touch typing, so these are perfect, not as scratchy as some people say they are either.

10/10/9 Very Noice

10/10/10 Great at gaming, great at typing. Great overall. if you use the computer for gaming and general inet usage, this is the switch to get. Even if you are 100% typist, if dont buy that "statisfactory clicky" bs, these are the switches you need

-/10/- I don't do any gaming, but for typing, I love the feel and sound of the browns.

10/6/7 Unsatisfying tactile feel. Tactile feedback is almost non-existent unless extremely lightly pressing on the switch.

9/9/10 Best allrounder with no 'click' but with feedback.

9/9/8 Amazing feel on my strafe! I used it for countless several page essays with no problem, as well as logged over 500 hours of gaming on it. very pleased.

8/7/8 I tried out several types of switches before I settled on the Cherry MX Brown switch. I found the Red too mushy for me and the Blues were too clicky for my taste. For gaming 8 and for typing 7 overall an eight

9/9/10 Second best for gaming and second for typing in my opinion. Best overall but this is obviously what the user prefers

5/7/8 the low force makes it not ideal for heavy fingers

9/6/7 I have the Corsair K70 RGB, I usually play dota2, it's perfectly for combo, ez shift. Infact, in writting it's really not better than red sw, i compare with my the previous keyboard coolermaster quickfire TKL

7/7/7 The bump is to subtle, and its to light(thats me).

7/8/9 my brown for DOTA 2 and Adobe Photoshop

8/9/10 The best overall switch for anyone looking to introduce themselves to the mechanical lifestyle and seasoned veterans.

9/8/9 Best swith for moba gaming, better typing experience than red swith, quieter than blue switch. perfect switch while you're in doubt selecting switch daily use.

8/9/9 for gaming, i would prefer cherry mx red switches since the response of pressing a key would be slightly faster compared to brown switches. anyway, red switches bring troubles to me when it comes to typing. for me, brown is the "best" perhaps?

9/9/9 I really like the switch, but i think he could be a little bit more tactile.

8/8/8 best all rounder. if you're in doubt get this.

5/5/5 often recommended as a great all purpose switch. i found comparing it to the others it was mushy and lacked any meaningful feedback. my first keyboard was browns but i found i like most other switches better.

8/8/8 Brown switches feel like linear switches, but for some reason they're slightly easier to type on than reds. It's odd since I cannot tell the difference between reds and browns when bottoming them out. Nonetheless, browns feel good for typing.

8/9/9 Ducky Legend brown switch

10/9/9 Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate

8/7/8 pretty good

8/9/10 Great feel, fingers fall instead of press on the keys.

4/4/4 Feels too much like a membrane board.

9/8/10 i like the feel of the brown cherry mx switch.i switched from blue the these..the clickyness of the blue switch over time was getting very annoying..but it is all opinion and what feels best to the gamer or typist..

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Black Cherry MX

Black Cherry MXlinear - 60g force

573 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.166.627.18rate
Brown Cherry MX

Brown Cherry MXtactile - 45g force

1051 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.398.328.44rate
Blue Cherry MX

Blue Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 50g force

1129 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.678.968.14rate
Red Cherry MX

Red Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

876 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.767.127.69rate
Silent Red Cherry MX

Silent Red Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

9.276.217.50rate
Green Cherry MX

Green Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 80g force

259 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.607.677.17rate
Clear Cherry MX

Clear Cherry MXtactile - 65g force

230 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.388.056.79rate
White Cherry MX

White Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 80g force

7.216.326.45rate
Nature White Cherry MX

Nature White Cherry MXlinear - 55g force

8.508.708.40rate
Grey Cherry MX

Grey Cherry MXtactile - 80g force

5.295.435.29rate
Dark Grey Cherry MX

Dark Grey Cherry MXlinear - 80g force

6.296.145.86rate
Silver Cherry MX

Silver Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

9.676.797.93rate
KBT Black

KBT Blacklinear - 60g force

5.335.004.83rate
KBT Brown

KBT Browntactile - 45g force

7.707.007.73rate
KBT Blue

KBT Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

7.367.937.31rate
KBT Red

KBT Redlinear - 45g force

6.505.505.75rate
Greetech Black

Greetech Blacklinear - 55g force

1 ratings
9.006.007.00rate
Greetech Brown

Greetech Browntactile - 45g force

7.806.476.24rate
Greetech Blue

Greetech Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

19 ratings
6.895.956.72rate
Greetech Red

Greetech Redlinear - 45g force

3 ratings
8.508.008.00rate
Gateron Black

Gateron Blacklinear - 50g force

7.156.686.79rate
Gateron Brown

Gateron Browntactile - 45g force

8.098.468.21rate
Gateron Blue

Gateron Bluetactile, clicky - 55g force

8.149.478.70rate
Gateron Red

Gateron Redlinear - 45g force

15 ratings
8.437.938.13rate
Gateron Clear

Gateron Clearlinear - 35g force

8.207.537.69rate
Gateron Green

Gateron Greentactile, clicky - 80g force

4 ratings
7.008.007.50rate
Matias Click

Matias Clicktactile, clicky - 55g force

8.096.906.33rate
Matias Quiet Click

Matias Quiet Clicktactile, clicky - 55g force

7.717.246.27rate
Matias Linear

Matias Linearlinear - 35g force

8.005.335.29rate
Topre 30g

Topre 30gtactile - 30g force

7.305.885.48rate
Topre 35g

Topre 35gtactile - 35g force

56 ratings
8.046.435.30rate
Topre 45g

Topre 45gtactile - 45g force

149 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.258.828.00rate
Topre 55g

Topre 55gtactile - 55g force

8.408.257.35rate
Black Kailh

Black Kailhlinear - 60g force

6.535.485.06rate
Brown Kailh

Brown Kailhtactile - 45g force

7.376.536.75rate
Blue Kailh

Blue Kailhtactile, clicky - 50g force

6.576.266.37rate
Red Kailh

Red Kailhlinear - 50g force

6.195.395.52rate
Green Kailh

Green Kailhtactile, clicky - 60g force

5.004.914.87rate
Buckling Spring

Buckling Springtactile, clicky - 65g force

278 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.339.138.02rate