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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 Red

Cherry MX Redlinear - 45g force

970 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.777.117.70rate

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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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

1198 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.388.348.47rate
Cherry MX Blue

Cherry MX Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

1274 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.688.988.18rate
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

262 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.318.116.97rate
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

174 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

316 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.309.108.07rate