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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 Black

Cherry MX Blacklinear - 60g force

624 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.166.657.21rate

9/7/8 yes

7/6/6 Quite hard to press, my fingers feel sore after a while of typing and gaming. Old switch on my 6Gv2, but still remain good.

-/10/10 So far my favorite cherry mx switch for several years and still is. blue and greens I always had issues with the release on some switches not resetting or with them locking up. Want to try browns.

8/7/8 I realize typing fatigue is a big problem for people with these keys, but as someone whos used MX Blacks for 3 years, you definitely adjust to them, and learn to appreciate the overall fidelity of the switches.

7/3/4 Heavy, mushy, scratchy

9/4/7 Great for a satisfyingly rigid response while gaming but they're just too tiring to type on after a short while. Much prefer the browns I've replaced them with but may be for you if you have more strength than you know what to do with.

7/1/5 FAR too heavy for most people for typing, decent for gaming.

9/4/6 Street fighter v gaming the best bad for typing

8/6/7 Without a tactile feel, I will constantly be depressing the CTRL key without realizing it & unintentionally changing font size in Firefox.

9/10/10 Feels smooth and consistent across the whole travel distance. The stiffer feel allows me to consistently actuate the key without botomming out.

9/6/7 i have used mx reds and i can say i would prefer blacks for the simple reason that i wont missclick them as often as i did on reds so i will give this one higher in all catagories (9/6/7)

7/4/3 Way too heavy for my tastes, requires me to aggressively type on to even get a good typing experience on.

9/7/- pretty cheap

-/7/8 GREAT FOR EXCEL

10/10/10 beautiful

9/7/7 Good for gaming, bad for typing, keys on the heavy side for typing so fatigue sets in

9/9/9 Went from Cherry Blues, to Reds and then to Browns before settling on Blacks. Silent with the nice uninterrupted feel of the Reds but without the typos caused by the extremely sensitive Reds. My go-to switch from now on!

9/6/7 A lot better to game with than reds

9/5/7 Good for gaming, bad for typing. Fingers can get sore.

8/6/6 Great switch for heavy handed fans of Reds, but somewhat pointless given that a lot of the reason people use linear switches is for more rapid/less distracting actuations. The increased actuation force directly goes against this.

9/7/8 Pretty good for gaming, but they are quite heavy. Not very satisfying to type on. Still decent for universal use.

8/5/6 For gaming it's a great switch.

10/8/9 Loud, feels super responsive, no accidental clicks.

9/6/7 dat double tap

9/9/- Fun to type with these switches

10/10/10 is the best

8/8/10 As where I may be inclined to agree the Black Cherry Switch feels tiresome at first, it really is a great combination of both worlds of users who need a high quality keyboard. Good accutation and linear movement, the switch is versatile.

-/9/- Cherry (and Cherry-type) switches actuate halfway down. So contrary to what you may have thought, a good stiff switch like the Black can actually help you type faster, because you won't waste time and effort pressing it all the way down every time.

10/10/10 MX blacks are like strong black coffee

7/4/7 I find these super mushy and feel like I miss type more often using blacks than any other switch. When I use my brother's blues I can feel when I am about to miskey but these are far to forgiving

7/7/8 Cherry MX blacks are great for being quieter than other switches, but, are hampered by their weight. While it may be fine for shorter typing/gaming sessions, it may get tiring after longer sessions. A slightly lighter spring weight is recommended.

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Cherry MX Black

Cherry MX Blacklinear - 60g force

624 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.166.657.21rate
Cherry MX Silent Black

Cherry MX Silent Blacklinear - 60g force

6.256.506.13rate
Cherry MX Brown

Cherry MX Browntactile - 45g force

1182 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.398.348.46rate
Cherry MX Blue

Cherry MX Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

1261 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.688.988.17rate
Cherry MX Red

Cherry MX Redlinear - 45g force

964 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.787.117.71rate
Cherry MX Silent Red

Cherry MX Silent Redlinear - 45g force

8.836.457.56rate
Cherry MX Green

Cherry MX Greentactile, clicky - 80g force

284 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.597.777.25rate
Cherry MX Clear

Cherry MX Cleartactile - 65g force

257 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.378.156.98rate
Cherry MX White

Cherry MX Whitetactile, clicky - 80g force

7.106.346.40rate
Cherry MX Nature White

Cherry MX Nature Whitelinear - 55g force

8.008.177.94rate
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

9.497.418.29rate
KBT Black

KBT Blacklinear - 60g force

5.865.575.43rate
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

3 ratings
3.672.673.00rate
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

7.507.167.32rate
Gateron Brown

Gateron Browntactile - 45g force

8.098.378.21rate
Gateron Blue

Gateron Bluetactile, clicky - 55g force

7.718.908.11rate
Gateron Red

Gateron Redlinear - 45g force

8.257.438.07rate
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

7.637.336.30rate
Matias Linear

Matias Linearlinear - 35g force

8.125.675.61rate
Topre 30g

Topre 30gtactile - 30g force

7.265.875.47rate
Topre 35g

Topre 35gtactile - 35g force

60 ratings
8.096.585.52rate
Topre 45g

Topre 45gtactile - 45g force

172 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.278.848.10rate
Topre 55g

Topre 55gtactile - 55g force

8.238.297.38rate
Topre Variable

Topre Variabletactile - 45g force

5 ratings
3.807.604.80rate
Kailh Black

Kailh Blacklinear - 60g force

6.555.475.06rate
Kailh Brown

Kailh Browntactile - 45g force

7.406.696.88rate
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

4.654.734.50rate
Buckling Spring

Buckling Springtactile, clicky - 65g force

313 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.309.098.07rate