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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 Blue

Cherry MX Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

1276 ratings [ User Comments ]

9/8/7 Best one for me. I really like the sound and the feel.

5/5/5 Regular Switch

8/8/8 clicky, loud, very noisy hahaha

9/10/10 This is the purpose of mechanical keyboard IMO. The sound is good the the feeling is really mechanical. The noise, to some people, may be a nuisance but not for ones who use it.

10/10/10 FAN of blue switches Dunno. I do really want the tactile feel before and after typing

8/10/10 Blue Switch Masterrace

8/10/8 Good for MOBA games and Typing (Very good typing sensations), a bit loud but it have a charm, they are not very good for long hours games like MMO or all WASD games, thats a switch of preference

8/10/9 good if you are alone and you can be as loud as you want bad if someone often sleeps beside you overall its very good

8/10/9 The greatest switch I've ever used! WARNING: Very clicky and loud. Think more times before buying!

3/7/5 Browns and Reds are much better in my opinion

7/10/8 One of the best for typing and nothing special for gaming

10/10/10 es una mejor tictile clicky es el mejor

8/9/9 Fits my typing-first priorities. Seems to deter the number of typographical errors due to increased feedback. Less detrimental in games than I was expecting, especially coming from MX Reds.

6/9/8 Awesome switch for typing, but the click can sometimes get in the way.

6/10/8 Great switch for typing. Doable for gaming, but I wouldn't really recommend it.

8/10/9 Very satisfying to type on

8/10/8 Decent in gaming, tried playing Blues with WoW and D3 and i feel some fatigue on long gaming session compared to Red. Very good in Typing hands down.

10/10/10 best switch!

7/9/8 For first time mechanical keyboard owners: if you want the quintessential switch which is balanced in every aspect of typing & gaming then buy these. These are the perfect switches to find out what you like and don't like in switches.

7/9/8 These switches are definitely loud, but if noise isn't an issue they are fun to type on.

7/9/8 These switches have ok tactility that loses it's punch over time. A switch that uses a metal tactility leaf like the Matias Click switch and the older white and blue alps provide stronger tactility, which the marketing value of these switches.

7/9/8 It is too slow for gaming but perfect for typing.

8/9/8 will annoy others

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.

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Cherry MX Black

Cherry MX Blacklinear - 60g force

629 ratings [ User Comments ]
Cherry MX Silent Black

Cherry MX Silent Blacklinear - 60g force

Cherry MX Brown

Cherry MX Browntactile - 45g force

1201 ratings [ User Comments ]
Cherry MX Blue

Cherry MX Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

1276 ratings [ User Comments ]
Cherry MX Red

Cherry MX Redlinear - 45g force

970 ratings [ User Comments ]
Cherry MX Silent Red

Cherry MX Silent Redlinear - 45g force

Cherry MX Green

Cherry MX Greentactile, clicky - 80g force

287 ratings [ User Comments ]
Cherry MX Clear

Cherry MX Cleartactile - 65g force

263 ratings [ User Comments ]
Cherry MX White

Cherry MX Whitetactile, clicky - 80g force

100 ratings [ User Comments ]
Cherry MX Nature White

Cherry MX Nature Whitelinear - 55g force
Cherry MX Tactile Grey

Cherry MX Tactile Greytactile - 80g force

Cherry MX Linear Grey

Cherry MX Linear Greylinear - 80g force

Cherry MX Silver

Cherry MX Silverlinear - 45g force

KBT Black

KBT Blacklinear - 60g force

KBT Brown

KBT Browntactile - 45g force

KBT Blue

KBT Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

KBT Redlinear - 45g force

Greetech Black

Greetech Blacklinear - 55g force

4 ratings
Greetech Brown

Greetech Browntactile - 45g force

Greetech Blue

Greetech Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

20 ratings
Greetech Red

Greetech Redlinear - 45g force

7 ratings
Gateron Black

Gateron Blacklinear - 50g force

Gateron Brown

Gateron Browntactile - 45g force

Gateron Blue

Gateron Bluetactile, clicky - 55g force

Gateron Red

Gateron Redlinear - 45g force

Gateron Clear

Gateron Clearlinear - 35g force
Gateron Green

Gateron Greentactile, clicky - 80g force

Matias Click

Matias Clicktactile, clicky - 55g force
Matias Quiet Click

Matias Quiet Clicktactile, clicky - 55g force

Matias Linear

Matias Linearlinear - 35g force

Topre 30g

Topre 30gtactile - 30g force

Topre 35g

Topre 35gtactile - 35g force

60 ratings
Topre 45g

Topre 45gtactile - 45g force

175 ratings [ User Comments ]
Topre 55g

Topre 55gtactile - 55g force

Topre Variable

Topre Variabletactile - 45g force

5 ratings
Kailh BOX White

Kailh BOX Whitetactile, clicky - 50g force

2 ratings
Kailh Black

Kailh Blacklinear - 60g force

Kailh Brown

Kailh Browntactile - 45g force

Kailh Blue

Kailh Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

Kailh Red

Kailh Redlinear - 50g force

Kailh Green

Kailh Greentactile, clicky - 60g force

Buckling Spring

Buckling Springtactile, clicky - 65g force

317 ratings [ User Comments ]