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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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Buckling Spring

Buckling Springtactile, clicky - 65g force

313 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.309.098.07rate

-/10/10 I don't game, but for everything else, they're perfect. Nothing else even comes close.

10/10/10 I will forever be a fan of buckling springs. Assuming you don't live in a place that requires you to be quiet, buckling springs will make you feel like a god at every single keypress.

5/10/10 Amazing for work and regular usage (web browsing, chatting, etc... ) For gaming not my favorite just average

10/10/10 It can take up to 2 weeks to get used to Typing and Gaming on Buckling Springs. But once you do your typing speed shall increase as long as you aren't bottoming out. In addition, your movements and key presses in games will be insanely fast. BS FTW

8/10/9 best switch ive ever typed on, but due to the fact that most buckling spring keyboards are only 2kro, it isnt as good in some games, although most are fine still

6/10/8 Extremely tactile and crunchy, loud click. Lots of hysteresis and long travel makes it suboptimal for gaming, but it's arguably the best switch on the market for typing. Matias Click is stiff competition, but not much else is.

10/10/10 been using one since the early 90s still have same keyboard.

10/10/10 IBM Model M FTW!!!

10/10/10 IBM MODEL F

5/9/7 Not that bad to game on, would prefer reds. Typing is a great experience but has a more heavy feel than I thought

7/10/7 One of the best typing experiences PERIOD The lack of modern features commonly found in keyboards today might be off putting to some, but if you are typist then consider using a model M instead.

-/10/8 As a long time user of the IBM (& Unicomp) keyboards, these have been by far my favourite option for touch typing. I am currently using a Blue Cherry MX, but the force and feedback is not enough. Green MX next perhaps.

8/10/10 It's better for gaming than most give it credit for, but too noisy for online games if you use a microphone.

9/10/10 Unicomp makes new buckling spring keyboards

7/10/8 My Model M is with me since I was a kid. Now I work with it in my Job. The best keyboard ever made :)

7/10/8 Super satisfying to type on. Buckling spring KBs usually only have 2KRO, so not the best for gaming.

7/9/8 This is a glorious typing switch. It provides great feedback and really feels like you are getting work done. When gaming, you like the switch or you don't. Overall, I highly recommend if you can find one.

8/10/9 Satisfying clicky sounds. Like a typewriter.

5/10/7 A pleasure to type on. Cherry MX Blues feel super cheap and light while buckling springs are heavier but they feel like high quality switches.

3/10/9 What can I say? This is my favorite switch for typing, hands down. It has everything going for it--tactility, force curve, and auditory feedback.. Far from ideal for gaming--but that's not the point of this switch.

-/10/10 Model F better than Model M

-/10/- There's no substitute. IBM's wacky idea is still the most solid, pleasing typing experience, IMHO. They're as noisy as hell, of course—but if you're going to type, TYPE, y'know? And if you ever manage to wear one out, you're stronger than I am.

3/8/7 loud, but relieves carpal tunnel syndrome

Mario Gaming Typewriter Typing YinYang Universal
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