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Mechanical Keyboard Switches Official Mechanical Switch Rater and Guide (v2.5.1)

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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Clear Cherry MX

Clear Cherry MXtactile - 65g force

235 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.408.086.85rate

8/9/8 Best for both,and pretty good for universal

10/7/8 so i missclick browns to much so this is gods gift to me if i need a work keyboard and cant use blues as they are "to loud" imo be glad i dont use ibm beam switches.

9/10/9 Heavy, but if you get used to it, it's a great switch!

8/10/7 Gaming is not too bad, takes some getting used to for game/typing, but typing is on another level after getting used to it,WASD CODE got it right

7/10/9 Best switches out there, might be a tad hard but that's all

9/9/10 great all around keys with the tactile feedback ideal for typing and not get annoying while gaming

8/9/9 CLEAR SWITCHES ARE THE BEST

10/10/10 If you bottom out on red/brown/blues, then clears will work for you. really liking it so far. Typing is so much better than reds.

7/9/9 Excellent tactile feedback and just the right amount of resistance for a heavy-handed typist like myself.

10/9/9 my favorite switch. this to me is what browns are actually described as. great tactility that gives you the actuation feedback that is perfect for gaming. Typing is glorious, second only to blues as it is missing the click. the ideal switch IMO.

10/10/10 I have tried most of the Cherry switches, and Clears are by far my favorite. Love the heavier, tactile action.

6/3/5 These should not be considered "tactile". Activation is not near resistive bump - the "feedback" is meaningless. It is like typing through molasses. Very fatiguing.

7/9/8 Clears are what browns should be. They are much more tactile and heavier to offer a satisfying typing experience. For gaming, the tactile bump makes key hovering much easier. Though it may be too tactile for some, at least without lubricant.

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Black Cherry MX

Black Cherry MXlinear - 60g force

581 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.156.627.18rate
Brown Cherry MX

Brown Cherry MXtactile - 45g force

1064 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.408.338.45rate
Blue Cherry MX

Blue Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 50g force

1149 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.688.968.15rate
Red Cherry MX

Red Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

887 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.767.127.70rate
Silent Red Cherry MX

Silent Red Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

9.226.247.47rate
Green Cherry MX

Green Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 80g force

261 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.607.687.18rate
Clear Cherry MX

Clear Cherry MXtactile - 65g force

235 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.408.086.85rate
White Cherry MX

White Cherry MXtactile, clicky - 80g force

7.186.356.46rate
Nature White Cherry MX

Nature White Cherry MXlinear - 55g force

8.508.708.40rate
Grey Cherry MX

Grey Cherry MXtactile - 80g force

5.505.505.38rate
Dark Grey Cherry MX

Dark Grey Cherry MXlinear - 80g force

6.296.145.86rate
Silver Cherry MX

Silver Cherry MXlinear - 45g force

9.727.398.28rate
KBT Black

KBT Blacklinear - 60g force

5.865.575.43rate
KBT Brown

KBT Browntactile - 45g force

7.707.007.73rate
KBT Blue

KBT Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

7.338.007.31rate
KBT Red

KBT Redlinear - 45g force

6.505.505.75rate
Greetech Black

Greetech Blacklinear - 55g force

2 ratings
5.003.504.00rate
Greetech Brown

Greetech Browntactile - 45g force

7.806.476.24rate
Greetech Blue

Greetech Bluetactile, clicky - 50g force

19 ratings
6.895.956.72rate
Greetech Red

Greetech Redlinear - 45g force

3 ratings
8.508.008.00rate
Gateron Black

Gateron Blacklinear - 50g force

7.416.766.95rate
Gateron Brown

Gateron Browntactile - 45g force

8.178.488.28rate
Gateron Blue

Gateron Bluetactile, clicky - 55g force

7.949.208.47rate
Gateron Red

Gateron Redlinear - 45g force

15 ratings
8.437.938.13rate
Gateron Clear

Gateron Clearlinear - 35g force

8.207.537.69rate
Gateron Green

Gateron Greentactile, clicky - 80g force

5 ratings
5.806.606.20rate
Matias Click

Matias Clicktactile, clicky - 55g force

8.096.906.33rate
Matias Quiet Click

Matias Quiet Clicktactile, clicky - 55g force

7.697.286.32rate
Matias Linear

Matias Linearlinear - 35g force

8.005.335.29rate
Topre 30g

Topre 30gtactile - 30g force

7.305.885.48rate
Topre 35g

Topre 35gtactile - 35g force

57 ratings
8.086.505.38rate
Topre 45g

Topre 45gtactile - 45g force

152 ratings [ User Comments ]
8.288.848.04rate
Topre 55g

Topre 55gtactile - 55g force

8.418.267.37rate
Black Kailh

Black Kailhlinear - 60g force

6.535.485.06rate
Brown Kailh

Brown Kailhtactile - 45g force

7.376.536.75rate
Blue Kailh

Blue Kailhtactile, clicky - 50g force

6.576.266.37rate
Red Kailh

Red Kailhlinear - 50g force

6.065.345.40rate
Green Kailh

Green Kailhtactile, clicky - 60g force

4.834.754.71rate
Buckling Spring

Buckling Springtactile, clicky - 65g force

283 ratings [ User Comments ]
7.369.148.04rate