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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 Brown

Cherry MX Browntactile - 45g force

1201 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.388.358.47rate

10/10/10 Fantastic. Best switch around.

-/8/9 It really is hard to recommend any other switch for general purpose typing.

10/10/10 this switch is perfect for me

8/8/7 If you like heavy switches you will not like brown switches.

7/10/10 mostly is good for me

8/7/8 Good for gaming but not the best, good for typing but not the best too. Silent travel, perfect for me that doesn't like annoying clicky sound from keyboard. It's an all-rounded switch.

5/3/4 VERY bad tactile bump, kailh makes much better tactile switches

10/10/10 Best switch ever.

8/8/9 Suffers slightly in rapid clicking games and when the exact moment of the click matters. Other than they feel perfect for all kinds of uses.

9/10/10 It's the best all around keyboard switch on the market! Typing on a Corsair K95 RGB Platinum.

8/9/8 Love the tactile bump and clickyness. a bit quieter than blues which is perfect for me!

9/9/10 Not the best for gaming or typing, but best for all-around. Brown Switch is like blue switch with much less clicky and/or red switch with actuation point (tactile).

7/7/7 typing is weird, meh

9/9/9 Less typing fatigue than blues, less noisy. Better for gaming than blues.

10/10/10 BROWN CHERRY MX, Perfect in all situations, it really is the best

-/4/- A strange feeling to type on, so I don't like it.

6/8/7 l o l

10/10/10 Soopar Goodly

9/8/9 The perfect compromise between speed and tactility.

7/5/5 Very weak tactility - almost more like a scratchy linear switch. MX Red is superior for gaming, MX Blue or MX Green far superior for typing.

9/9/10 No annoying other people sound and clicky feel of blue and the lightness of red best overall

8/10/8 The best all around switch available.

10/10/10 ya

9/8/10 All rounder

9/10/10 You feel when the switch quietly actuates, making typing faster & preventing accidentally holding a key down without realizing it.

9/8/9 This is a perfect blend between the Red and Blue MX Cherry switches. It offers the Force of a Red and the tactile bump of a Blue w/o the "click". For purely typing I would prefer a higher force like a Clear MX Cherry.

9/9/9 Best

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

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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