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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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Red Cherry MX

Red Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

956 ratings [ User Comments ]

10/8/9 Best gaming switch. Especially for any kind of FPS gaming. Typing can be somewhat of a challenge at first, but once you get used to it, it is awesome and not noisy like the clicky blues and greens.

7/7/7 i think gateron red and kailh red better than this.

10/10/10 Red master race cause i have one with limit money. T T

8/6/7 meh, nothing special, good at gaming but easy to missclick/misstype

9/3/4 even rubber domes are better for typing

8/6/7 They feel alright for a while, but after a while, they begin to feel stiff and hard to use.

10/9/10 It is really good and really fast for typing and great for gaming I am using one as i type this. Universaly great for everryone this is good in both ANSI and ISO.

9/5/6 A poor choice for typing, like most linear switches, but quite workable for gaming. Much better feeling than MX Black.

3/3/3 Way too light to actually feel anything causing unintentional keypresses all over the place

6/5/7 por muy cómodo que sea el cherry red llevo anos usándolo y a mi gusto para el gaming es muy sensible y puedes pasar a presionar la tecla equivocada, y te puede costar mucho, para el typing se puede ser algo cómodo no es pesado pero te equivocas.

7/6/5 Personally I'm not a fan. I tend to type unwanted character when used MX Reds.

9/5/7 Not recommended for typing. Good for gaming if you want a light switch.

9/7/8 Good for gaming, doesnt give you cramps on a long gaming session, easy to press, specially for spamming on RTS and MOBA game. Not quite good on typing because you cant feel the actuation if it is press down already.

10/9/9 best switches previously had cherry mx blues got the corsiar STRAFE and i love it!!! would deffinatly recomend this switch type

10/8/9 For gaming, it is great, not the best for typing, but it isn't too bad to get used to, you can misclick, but rarely.. Would recommend!

10/9/9 For advanced typists who don't make constant errors the lighter actuation allows one to type faster, for gaming it's ideal.

7/2/2 Red switch are so bad. I recommend to do not buy keyboard with red switch because they are so bad to typing and not awsome for gaming

8/5/5 Great switch, but too light for my banana hands.

8/7/7 Red switch is too sensitive compared to brown and blue. So I don't think it is good for typing, especially coding because you will easily make typos with it. But very good for gaming.

10/9/9 Really good for gaming. Fast for typing (Corsair strafe RED), really enjoyable.

10/6/8 a little to light for me. I hit random keys when trying to type but it is great for gaming

7/5/7 Good for gaming but not for typing. And sometimes you pres buttons when you rest your fingers on them

9/6/7 Very sloppy keystrokes where typing is concerned. Best for gaming, and a decent all-rounder, but not a fantastic feel for every-day use.

8/5/6 myself i prefer to have feedback and that is why i use blues but i can say when i used reds they were really good for gaming but to light to type on making me make to many typos to gain any speed.

10/7/8 Excellent for gaming due to linear nature. Double taps are so easy to execute and these switches do not cause finger fatigue. Reds are also good for typing, but I find that I make many more mistakes due to it not having any tactile feedback.

8/8/8 Sometimes you get 2 clicks because they're so light and don't know when they actuate (for me)

9/4/7 My impressions could be biased coming from MX Browns, but the loss of the tactile bump really affects typing, especially when I'm still trying not to bottom out on the MX Reds

9/7/7 Great for quick actions in games, but easy to actuate on accident if you are a heavy typist.

9/7/8 Good for gaming, ok for typing, decent for everything else

9/7/8 A great switch, is pretty good for typing despite what others may say, and it works beautifully for gaming.

9/7/8 Great Key Switch....

9/6/5 Keys are amazingly fast but they can sometimes be hard to hear especially when wearing headphones which makes typing a little harder.

8/7/9 I like the linear feel.

8/8/8 Really nice for longs hours of typing

8/4/5 Feels a bit... mushy.

9/5/7 pretty good, but too light for my hands.

1/1/1 the worst cherry keys imo; low force + linear = many gaming mishaps and typos

6/5/6 Its okay, easy to push a wrong button since its light and linear.

10/6/9 Steep typing learning curve, lack of actuation makes it difficult to avoid typos when first using the switch.

5/5/5 there is nothing speccial in this switch.

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Black Cherry MX

Black Cherry MXlinear - 60g force

616 ratings [ User Comments ]
Silent Black Cherry MX

Silent Black Cherry MXlinear - 60g force

5 ratings
Brown Cherry MX

Brown Cherry MXtactile - 45g force

1165 ratings [ User Comments ]
Blue Cherry MX

Blue Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 50g force

1245 ratings [ User Comments ]
Red Cherry MX

Red Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

956 ratings [ User Comments ]
Silent Red Cherry MX

Silent Red Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

Green Cherry MX

Green Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 80g force

281 ratings [ User Comments ]
Clear Cherry MX

Clear Cherry MXtactile - 65g force

255 ratings [ User Comments ]
White Cherry MX

White Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 80g force

Nature White Cherry MX

Nature White Cherry MXlinear - 55g force

Tactile Grey Cherry MX

Tactile Grey Cherry MXtactile - 80g force

Linear Grey Cherry MX

Linear Grey Cherry MXlinear - 80g force

Silver Cherry MX

Silver Cherry MXlinear - 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

2 ratings
Greetech Brown

Greetech Browntactile - 45g force

Greetech Blue

Greetech Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

20 ratings
Greetech Red

Greetech Redlinear - 45g force

6 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

170 ratings [ User Comments ]
Topre 55g

Topre 55gtactile - 55g force
Topre Variable

Topre Variabletactile - 45g force

5 ratings
Black Kailh

Black Kailhlinear - 60g force

Brown Kailh

Brown Kailhtactile - 45g force

Blue Kailh

Blue Kailhtactile, clicky - 50g force

Red Kailh

Red Kailhlinear - 50g force

Green Kailh

Green Kailhtactile, clicky - 60g force

Buckling Spring

Buckling Springtactile, clicky - 65g force

309 ratings [ User Comments ]