Mechanical Keyboard SwitchesMK's official mechanical keyswitch guide

Switches are a mechanical keyboard's most important feature. Switch feel will always be a matter of personal preference, but we've
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Cherry MX Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.68
Typing8.93
Universal8.15
Rate It 1,376 ratings
January 18, 2020

A switch that was decent for its time, but with new switches such as the recently new box navy, its click now feels weak with a sound that is abysmal

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.41
Typing8.36
Universal8.48
Rate It 1,286 ratings
January 21, 2020

I would rather have good rubber domes than use browns. They're very rough and hard to type on but for gaming they're decent. I sometimes hit a few ...

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.13
Universal7.72
Rate It 1,054 ratings
January 18, 2020

A classic universal switch, useful for gaming and can be used for typing once you get used to it. the only complaint i have is that its scratchy, a...

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.15
Typing6.68
Universal7.21
Rate It 652 ratings
December 17, 2019

The linear key-press feels terrible if you've ever used a real keyboard.

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.24
Typing9.14
Universal8.08
Rate It 335 ratings
November 25, 2019

The buckling spring keyboards have an amazing feel and sound, especially for typing. The metallic click sounds just as the keystroke is registered,...

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.57
Typing7.78
Universal7.27
Rate It 296 ratings
September 23, 2019

I love MX Green switches. As a classical pianist, the blue, red and brown switches feel mushy. Piano keys are typcially weighted 50 grams down forc...

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Cherry MX Clear

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Gaming8.28
Typing8.15
Universal7.06
Rate It 282 ratings
December 6, 2019

great switch and great sound however for gaming I would go with reds of lubed reds

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Topre 45g

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Gaming8.23
Typing8.90
Universal8.14
Rate It 187 ratings
January 18, 2020

Expensive, but id say is very much worth it, its sound and feel is borderline perfect. If you can silence it aswell do it.

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.30
Typing7.21
Universal8.10
Rate It 125 ratings
January 23, 2020

osu! players rise up

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Cherry MX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.13
Typing6.43
Universal6.49
Rate It 106 ratings
November 23, 2019

LOVE the weight on these, sound awesome but arent too loud, i have pretty big hands and the wieght of these switches make it easier for me not to f...

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Topre 55g

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Gaming8.19
Typing8.30
Universal7.46
Rate It 100 ratings
November 24, 2018

Marginally better than the hp keyboard that comes with a $300 Walmart build.

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Matias Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming8.02
Typing7.16
Universal6.53
Rate It 88 ratings
January 25, 2020

These are my favorite typing switch, bar none. They're heavy, but smooth enough to still be good, just not great for gaming. They're just a great s...

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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.08
Typing7.04
Universal6.95
Rate It 84 ratings
January 14, 2020

Perfect for gaming, hard to get used to after using membrane for many years but still good for typing when you get used to them

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Matias Quiet Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.65
Typing7.43
Universal6.38
Rate It 80 ratings
December 31, 2018

Simply the best tactile switch that I have ever used. I like it even better than my topre keyboards. They're also truly quiet, being more quiet tha...

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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.42
Typing8.06
Universal7.57
Rate It 78 ratings
January 14, 2020

When it comes to typing it feels really consistent, but in games i think a membrane could be even better at times, since it requires a lot of force...

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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.74
Typing6.48
Universal7.47
Rate It 62 ratings
October 18, 2019

These have been some of my favorite switches normally i really dont like linear switches but the weight of these make them so nice to use.

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.69
Typing7.08
Universal7.20
Rate It 62 ratings
September 30, 2019

Overall some of my favorite switches for gaming and seamless typing

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Gateron Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.79
Typing8.90
Universal8.18
Rate It 62 ratings
September 30, 2019

*Click*

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Topre 35g

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Gaming8.03
Typing6.41
Universal5.45
Rate It 61 ratings
November 24, 2018

Overpriced and overrated.

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Kailh Black

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Gaming6.76
Typing5.75
Universal5.33
Rate It 58 ratings
January 16, 2020

very nice for heavy typers, although sometimes fatigueing in the lower arm muscles.

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Topre 30g

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Gaming7.22
Typing5.93
Universal5.58
Rate It 58 ratings
May 31, 2019

These are perfect for serious touch typing. This is the only switch light enough for me to type on for 10 hours a day.

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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.36
Typing8.66
Universal8.50
Rate It 54 ratings
January 16, 2020

Pretty comfy to type on and fast too, you'll feel your fingers having a great time incase you'll try one of these. This set is on my first mech kee...

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.38
Typing5.57
Universal5.69
Rate It 51 ratings
January 24, 2020

The switches does feel good but they activate half way through the keystroke. It just feels strange. I do not recommend them.

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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.74
Typing7.64
Universal8.37
Rate It 44 ratings
January 5, 2020

excellent

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Gateron Black

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Gaming7.68
Typing7.31
Universal7.44
Rate It 38 ratings
May 2, 2018

No feedback, but a nice silent switch. Spacebar feels great though, or typing would be HORRIBLE. Overall, it's pretty good!

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Matias Linear

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Gaming8.31
Typing6.03
Universal5.97
Rate It 35 ratings
August 16, 2018

These are my favorite key switches still in production. They have just the perfect feel for gaming, and they're smooth enough that typing feels lik...

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Gateron Clear

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Gaming8.50
Typing8.00
Universal8.17
Rate It 31 ratings
December 18, 2019

Amazing, once you get used to it. It feels really fast with feedback.

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Kailh Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming4.94
Typing4.97
Universal4.66
Rate It 31 ratings
November 6, 2017

After two years of heavy typing use, several keys with double click. Simply unreliable and non-durable. Don`t waste your money.

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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.62
Typing8.07
Universal7.76
Rate It 29 ratings
January 14, 2020

Heavy switches, and make me want to push them hard due to the bump.

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.56
Typing9.21
Universal9.18
Rate It 28 ratings
January 22, 2020

After years of using my Cherry MX Blues keyboard, I watched a few videos and decided to get a new keyboard. I found a good deal from someone sellin...

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Cherry MX Nature White

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Gaming8.14
Typing8.36
Universal8.09
Rate It 23 ratings
January 23, 2020

feels really clean to type on while being very good fr gaming very hard to misclick, imo

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Greetech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.19
Typing6.22
Universal6.77
Rate It 23 ratings
April 22, 2019

not very tactile but they are very clicky and very satisfying to type on

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Outemu Red

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Gaming8.04
Typing7.43
Universal8.05
Rate It 23 ratings
December 30, 2019

outemu red suck, they return so slowly

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Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.94
Typing8.75
Universal9.20
Rate It 17 ratings
January 18, 2020

A better version of cherry mx red, extremely smooth switches with a decent sound.

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Greetech Brown

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Gaming7.80
Typing6.47
Universal6.24
Rate It 17 ratings
November 27, 2015

Amazingly better than Cherry browns, though still not quite in the league of crisp, clean Gateron brown tactility.

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KBT Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.24
Typing8.00
Universal7.33
Rate It 17 ratings
December 28, 2017

coming from a mx red board, good at gaming and awesome at typing.

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KBT Brown

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Gaming7.36
Typing7.00
Universal7.47
Rate It 15 ratings
January 12, 2018

I can type on these faster than on my Cherry or Gateron blue keyboards. These browns also feel better overall.

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Cherry MX Linear Grey

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Gaming6.80
Typing7.27
Universal6.33
Rate It 12 ratings
December 5, 2019

wanted to workout my finger this is good for me heavy switch are for real gamers

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Cherry MX Silent Black

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Gaming6.00
Typing6.58
Universal6.25
Rate It 12 ratings
April 11, 2019

very good switch with a nice and heavy actuation. It is linear however, so as a novice typist i often find myself hitting other keys on accident.

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Cherry MX Tactile Grey

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Gaming6.64
Typing7.00
Universal6.75
Rate It 12 ratings
January 30, 2017

well this is a clear with a mx green switch and it has a bigger bump again good cherry now you have made something we needed unlike natural whites!

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KBT Black

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Gaming6.83
Typing7.08
Universal6.83
Rate It 12 ratings
July 10, 2018

xd

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Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming6.78
Typing8.45
Universal8.09
Rate It 11 ratings
January 7, 2020

These are the clickiest!

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KBT Red

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Gaming6.73
Typing4.91
Universal5.64
Rate It 11 ratings
December 21, 2015

Not a great typing switch. But, it's insanely smooth. Much, much smoother than the Cherry equivalent.

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Gateron Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming6.89
Typing7.70
Universal7.50
Rate It 10 ratings
November 24, 2019

Not too light or heavy Nice tactile bump and really crispy click.

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Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.50
Typing8.89
Universal8.00
Rate It 9 ratings
November 6, 2019

I absolutely adore the click on these, but the actuation force feels absurdly high. I really love the sound of them, but I feel like I have to push...

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Kailh Speed Silver

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Gaming8.33
Typing7.33
Universal7.75
Rate It 9 ratings
November 29, 2019

Pretty fast

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Outemu Black

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Gaming7.67
Typing8.00
Universal7.75
Rate It 9 ratings
October 8, 2019

Heavy, deliberate keystrokes. Great for gaming if you have problems with fat-fingering keys on light switches, but definitely takes some getting us...

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Kailh Speed Copper

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Gaming8.38
Typing8.57
Universal8.57
Rate It 8 ratings
January 21, 2020

Definitely my favorite Speed Switch ! I'm not a fact of the very short speed switches course, i think it is badly exploited, but the tactile bump o...

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Greetech Red

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Gaming7.50
Typing7.14
Universal7.29
Rate It 7 ratings

Topre Silent 45g

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Gaming7.33
Typing8.57
Universal7.50
Rate It 7 ratings
September 1, 2019

These switches are absolutely orgasmic to type on. I catch myself typing out things I could auto-complete, just because every keystroke feels so d...

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Topre Variable

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Gaming3.67
Typing6.67
Universal4.33
Rate It 6 ratings
November 24, 2018

Pretty expensive for rubber domes.

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Varmilo EC Sakura

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Gaming9.00
Typing8.83
Universal7.00
Rate It 6 ratings
August 14, 2019

Quick and smooth actuation - good for both gaming and typing

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Cherry ML

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Gaming7.75
Typing7.80
Universal8.00
Rate It 5 ratings
June 13, 2019

With proper keyboard design palm rest is not required!

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Greetech Black

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Gaming4.40
Typing2.25
Universal2.50
Rate It 5 ratings

Kailh BOX Red

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Gaming8.80
Typing7.40
Universal7.60
Rate It 5 ratings
June 14, 2019

this is a great switch

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Kailh Speed Bronze

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Gaming8.25
Typing9.60
Universal9.00
Rate It 5 ratings
December 31, 2019

Great feeling switches and soo satisfying. Its light and not tiring on the fingers like normal blues would. If you are not annoyed by the sound, th...

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Varmilo EC Ivy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.60
Typing10.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 5 ratings
December 6, 2019

Great switches. Very loud, haven’t tried much for gaming but I’ve found them a tiny bit clicks for gaming, not bad though. Great typing feel.

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Gaming8.25
Typing9.00
Universal8.25
Rate It 4 ratings
December 3, 2019

The switch overall feels almost exactly like a normal MX Red, however it feels like the actuation point is so small, that sometimes I just lay my f...

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Flaretech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming5.75
Typing6.75
Universal5.75
Rate It 4 ratings
September 13, 2019

muy sulunsluque

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Kailh BOX Brown

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Gaming8.25
Typing8.75
Universal9.00
Rate It 4 ratings
January 17, 2020

Very nice compromise between gaming and typing. The light tactile bump right at the top helpd to prevent typos and gives a nice feedback. But it is...

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Tiffany Blue Tealios

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Gaming9.75
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 4 ratings
January 26, 2020

Trash

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Flaretech Red

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Gaming9.67
Typing7.00
Universal8.33
Rate It 3 ratings
December 29, 2019

After several months of using these switches I've fallen in love. They are very sensitive but after using them for a while I have no issue typing 1...

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Gaming5.00
Typing6.33
Universal5.00
Rate It 3 ratings
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November 24, 2018

A pleasantly tactile experience. Not in the same league as its thicc clicc cousins like the BOX navies or jades, or even the royals, but I can see ...

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Gaming8.00
Typing8.33
Universal8.00
Rate It 3 ratings
December 20, 2019

It’s not a great switch for gaming due to its heaviness. If you’re a typist who likes to bottom out his keys a lot than this switch is a must-t...

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MOD H Tactile

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Gaming5.33
Typing6.00
Universal5.67
Rate It 3 ratings
July 15, 2019

One of the nicest switches I've ever used, arguably perfect once you get your own weighting and a bit of lube on them.

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Flaretech Black

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Gaming5.50
Typing5.00
Universal5.50
Rate It 2 ratings
June 15, 2019

Bad

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Hall Effect Linear

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Gaming6.50
Typing9.00
Universal9.50
Rate It 2 ratings
April 22, 2019

Really heavy for gaming by my prescriptive, but mostly fits heavy hand typists.

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Kailh BOX Heavy Pale Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming6.00
Typing9.50
Universal8.50
Rate It 2 ratings
March 16, 2019

These feel like toys. They are candy for my fingertips. They are a delight to type on, and very satisfying. I've been using these for 3 months, ...

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MOD L Tactile

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 2 ratings
October 1, 2019

PERFECT!!

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MOD M Linear

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Gaming5.50
Typing5.50
Universal5.50
Rate It 2 ratings
November 6, 2019

trash

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Varmilo EC Rosery

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Gaming7.50
Typing9.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 2 ratings
July 12, 2019

favorite switch to date. Cherry reds used to be my go to but not anymore. These switches are extremely smooth and light. They also actuate quicker ...

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Zealios 65g V2

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Gaming8.50
Typing9.50
Universal9.00
Rate It 2 ratings
January 17, 2020

Too heavy for fast paced FPS. Typing is very satisfying.

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Zealios 67g V2

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Gaming7.50
Typing9.50
Universal8.50
Rate It 2 ratings
January 17, 2020

Too heavy for fast paced FPS. Very satisfying for typing.

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Blue Zilents 62g V2

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Gaming5.00
Typing8.00
Universal6.00
Rate It 1 ratings

Fukka (Fuhua) White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
October 17, 2019

cheese

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Hall Effect Clicky

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming4.00
Typing9.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 1 ratings
March 12, 2019

Click may not occur at the actuation point, which is a con, but the switches feel both smooth yet light and crisp. The clicking sounds a bit rattly...

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Kailh Speed Gold

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming1.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings

MOD M Tactile

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 2, 2019

God-M as they say

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MOD SH Tactile

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Gaming1.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings
July 25, 2019

i hate then

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Orange Healio

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Gaming9.00
Typing5.00
Universal7.00
Rate It 1 ratings
December 22, 2019

super smooth for gaming, but for typing it gives my fingers fatigue

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Zealios 62g V2

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Gaming8.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 17, 2020

The tactile bump is a little bit to heavy for fast paced FPS (fast key press repetition). Typing is very satisfying. Pair this with a heavy aluminu...

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Zealios 78g V2

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Gaming2.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 18, 2020

lol

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Blue Zilents 65g V2

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Blue Zilents 67g V2

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Blue Zilents 78g V2

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Fraly Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Fukka (Fuhua) Black

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Hall Effect Tactile

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Kailh BOX Black

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Kailh ML Chocolate White

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  • 50cN force
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MOD H Linear

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MOD L Linear

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