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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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Blue Cherry MX

Blue Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 50g force

1128 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.678.968.14rate

8/10/9 about the best switch money can buy imo as it is durable and feels good and the click is perfect (if you like it to begin with) but for some people in some games browns/clears or reds/blacks would be better for speed

6/10/7 fantastic keys for satisfying typing, but as a gamer i think it's a bit of a hassle. also be sure to buy this only if you live alone and work at home because it's FLIPPIN LOUD.

9/8/10 Great all round, nice clicky sound and tactile feedback. It's beautiful

10/10/8 super satisfing switches for everything but they are loud.

8/10/9 I like the clickiness and also the feeling that comes with typing on them. That little click is not just helpful for knowing where your keystroke is, but is actually really fun to type on. Gaming with them is excellent and very fluid.

8/9/8 Great tactile feedback. You when the key is pressed.

7/8/7 Not so good for gaming, good for typing, loud for everything else

8/9/8 used blues for 3 of 4 previous keyboards, loud, but satisfying.

10/7/8 ez to push but too noisy

7/9/8 Blue switches are my favorite to use at home. I'm not much of a gamer, but I am a software coder, and the responsiveness of touch typing on these switches is fantastic. They are, however, too loud for an office.

10/10/10 Love the clicky and tactile feedback! I use it for gaming and typing every day and i love it, it suits me the best of all the other cherry mx switches. I have tried red switches, blue and brown but i prefer blue.

7/9/8 It is an absolute pleasure to type with these key switches, but linear switches are optimal for games.

7/9/8 It is an absolute pleasure to type with these key switches, but linear switches are optimal for games.

10/10/10 I love the cherry mx blue switches they might be loud but they feel awsome to game on and to write on. People say that they are bad for gaming, there so wrong the blues are the best switch ever. (AWSOME SWITCH)

5/7/5 Tactility is weak and the click is very shrill, but they are quite light and smooth.

1/7/5 the loud clicking makes gaming not ideal and the low force makes it mediocre for typists

9/10/10 Good thing.

10/8/8 It's a bit noisy when a button is hit; I feel a bit worry when my wife is reading a book in the same room. By the way, I love its sound; it does enjoyed me a lot when no one in my room.

7/8/7 Great switch, sadly not linear, and is ridiculously loud. You may think it won't bother you, but after a while I promise you that you will return it and get a quieter one.

8/9/9 Only dragging down in games where you use movement(not much), in games where you need to fast press a button its as good for as for writing.

4/8/6 Clicky switches are difficult to employ in office environments, making a lot of the benefits garnered from using them null. For Gaming they are more distracting than helpful.

10/10/10 it really express what mechanical keyboard is all about

10/10/10 Blue is love

8/10/7 nice switch,excellent tactical feel

7/8/8 personally I don't get used to Blue switches at all. the typing feel just doesn't suit me well. I feel more comfortable typing with brown switches, and blue switches are definitely not suitable for gaming...every single key press is much slower...

8/10/9 so f***ing loud but best for osu

7/9/8 Overall? great switches. not totally great for gaming as the actuation point can interfere with strafing, but for typing these are the best you can get. solid, and loud, a good plus.

9/9/9 if you can get used to the hysteresis 'tis a good switch for everything. plus clicky, yay!

10/10/10 I prefer blues for everything

8/6/7 Great auditory feedback, but tactile feedback is a little wimpy. Very light switch--not ideal for heavy-handed typists. Good for gaming if you don't mind the noise.

5/10/7 makes double tapping or feathering keys for gaming almost impossible. typing is glorious. nothing beats that pleasing click and light actuation force.

9/8/9 Favorite switch. Great for just getting into mech's, but there's a major lack of RGB blue's.

7/9/8 Decent keyboard for gaming; a bit too hard for actuation force, but for typing, this switch is immaculate, except for the sound that it makes. If you want a true typing experience with some minor gaming on the side, these switches are king.

8/8/8 I like blue switches for both gaming and typing, even compared to a membrane keyboard blue switches are significantly better for gaming. Typing on blue switches is easier because of the clicking feedback, as well as the tactile bump.

8/10/10 Best to type on

9/7/8 This switch is good for typing and gaming, but key pressure is quite heavy.

10/10/10 Blue Cherry is like the click-clack you have to have experienced once in a life time.

-/9/- If you like clickiness you can hear and feel, this is probably the switch for you. It's not the equal of the venerated buckling spring (nothing is), but you'll still have fun driving your coworkers crazy.

5/7/7 While typing on these feels much better than many rubberdomes, it's simply nothing to write home about. Unfortunately, Cherry MX switches like cheap, plasticky firecrackers in comparison to Matias Click switches.

5/8/7 Cherry MX blues are a good starting point for typists, but it doesn't go much beyond that; they feel like toys compared to other clickers. The loudness can be annoying and ruins game immersion and should be used mostly for typing.

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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

1050 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.398.338.44rate
Blue Cherry MX

Blue Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 50g force

1128 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.678.968.14rate
Red Cherry MX

Red Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

875 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

8.189.488.70rate
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

4.864.774.73rate
Buckling Spring

Buckling Springtactile, clicky - 65g force

278 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.339.138.02rate