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 organized reviews, specifications, products, images, and more to make finding your perfect switch easier than ever.
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Cherry MX Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.69
Typing8.97
Universal8.18
Rate It 1,332 ratings
April 11, 2019

Best keyboard site and keyboard ever

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.41
Typing8.36
Universal8.48
Rate It 1,252 ratings
April 19, 2019

These switches are good in all, but I don’t think typing with these are pleasant. I like tactility than clicks, but I barely feel a tactile bump.

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.11
Universal7.71
Rate It 1,010 ratings
April 17, 2019

I love reds. Personal preference. Nothing wrong with them. Smooth as hell and I crush ppl in fort with it.

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.16
Typing6.67
Universal7.20
Rate It 637 ratings
January 7, 2019

I love the way the switches feel but they can be too heavy after a while of typing or gaming.

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.27
Typing9.12
Universal8.08
Rate It 328 ratings
April 4, 2019

I've never actually tried gaming with a buckling spring keyboard - but in my opinion there is no better typing experience than a buckling spring sy...

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.56
Typing7.75
Universal7.25
Rate It 291 ratings
August 25, 2018

I'm typing on them. I thought they would have a more pronounced click than the blues but they are the same. Really it just feels like a blue that...

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Cherry MX Clear

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Gaming8.29
Typing8.13
Universal7.03
Rate It 275 ratings
April 7, 2019

As someone who uses 55G Topres, I did not like any Cherry switch I have tried before (Blues, Browns, Reds, Blacks). I heard the Clears described as...

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Topre 45g

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Gaming8.24
Typing8.89
Universal8.14
Rate It 185 ratings
March 13, 2019

Love'em

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Cherry MX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.17
Typing6.38
Universal6.47
Rate It 103 ratings
March 25, 2019

Yes

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Topre 55g

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Gaming8.20
Typing8.29
Universal7.43
Rate It 99 ratings
November 24, 2018

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

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.37
Typing7.36
Universal8.18
Rate It 97 ratings
April 17, 2019

Super fast switch, ideal for gaming but you have to be accurate af while fast typing!

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Matias Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming8.03
Typing7.13
Universal6.51
Rate It 87 ratings
December 31, 2018

Excellent switch, apart from the limited availability I'd say they're better than an MX blue switch in every way except for their rather lackluster...

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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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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming6.96
Typing6.90
Universal6.86
Rate It 78 ratings
March 21, 2019

Great switch for typing, though a bit on the loud side and a with very pronounced tactile bump. Actuation point seems to be just bellow the click....

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Topre 35g

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Gaming8.00
Typing6.50
Universal5.46
Rate It 61 ratings
November 24, 2018

Overpriced and overrated.

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Gateron Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.76
Typing8.90
Universal8.13
Rate It 59 ratings
March 6, 2019

I think these may be better than Cherry MX Blues..

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Kailh Black

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Gaming6.67
Typing5.67
Universal5.23
Rate It 56 ratings
February 12, 2019

Easy for me to rank this high up in typing. Great feel with a smooth travel down and a fairly quiet actuation. However, it isn't a red, so don' exp...

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Topre 30g

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Gaming7.20
Typing5.78
Universal5.45
Rate It 56 ratings
November 24, 2018

An expensive and overrated hipsterubber dome.

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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.75
Typing6.53
Universal7.61
Rate It 54 ratings
February 26, 2019

Great for gaming (likely because of the bit shorter key travel and how easy the keys go down). If you have a lot to type (hundreds of pages per day...

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.42
Typing6.83
Universal6.96
Rate It 53 ratings
March 15, 2019

Excellent for typing not requiring the same amount of pressure as the Cherry MX. Not a gamer so cannot comment about that area. I purchased the K...

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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.26
Typing8.56
Universal8.41
Rate It 46 ratings
February 12, 2019

Gotta admit, these feel much better to type on than Cherry MX Clears because of the less tactile feedback, making them better for gaming as well.

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.24
Typing5.39
Universal5.57
Rate It 46 ratings
February 10, 2018

I can't really compare the scratchiness to other linear switches but I prefer the higher resistance over the light feel of MX Reds.

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Gateron Black

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Gaming7.56
Typing7.21
Universal7.36
Rate It 35 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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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.52
Typing7.74
Universal8.30
Rate It 35 ratings
March 8, 2019

NICE

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Matias Linear

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Gaming8.25
Typing5.91
Universal5.97
Rate It 34 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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Kailh Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming4.93
Typing5.03
Universal4.66
Rate It 30 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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Gateron Clear

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Gaming8.32
Typing7.75
Universal7.96
Rate It 25 ratings
January 27, 2019

hands-down perfect switch

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Cherry MX Nature White

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Gaming8.05
Typing8.29
Universal8.00
Rate It 22 ratings
July 12, 2018

The Nature White switches are the perfect balance for me.The Cherry MX reds were too light, and blacks were too heavy. They provide the right amoun...

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Greetech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.05
Typing6.05
Universal6.62
Rate It 22 ratings
December 12, 2018

I bought a Das Keyboard 4C that had these switches after I fell in love with my 4 Ultimate that had Cherry MX Blue switches. I absolutely hated the...

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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.64
Typing8.73
Universal7.91
Rate It 22 ratings
April 7, 2019

Not a thicc click, but still a thick click. Love it, but it is not for gaming

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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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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.64
Typing8.14
Universal7.86
Rate It 14 ratings
April 17, 2019

Love them, they are also quite affordable.

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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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KBT Black

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Gaming6.55
Typing6.82
Universal6.55
Rate It 11 ratings
July 10, 2018

xd

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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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Cherry MX Tactile Grey

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Gaming6.30
Typing6.40
Universal6.20
Rate It 10 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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Outemu Red

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Gaming8.30
Typing7.50
Universal8.00
Rate It 10 ratings
April 17, 2019

I Have Trust GXT 890 Cada Keyboard, it's have Outemu red linear switches, and I think they are perfect. I missing some hits when writing sometimes...

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Cherry MX Linear Grey

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Gaming6.75
Typing6.63
Universal5.89
Rate It 9 ratings
January 30, 2017

ye lets make another switch with a heavy as fuck spring and make it linear. that defeats the purpouse dont you think as linears are only good for g...

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Gateron Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming6.57
Typing7.50
Universal7.25
Rate It 8 ratings
November 14, 2017

I used Gateron Greens for my numpad. This switch has a loud click and heavy feel that I like.

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Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.71
Typing8.86
Universal9.57
Rate It 8 ratings
January 27, 2019

2nd best switch next to gateron clear

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming6.88
Typing7.75
Universal7.50
Rate It 8 ratings
February 11, 2019

These are my favorite switches right now. The actuation happens right at the click, which isn't too high or too short. I used to type on MX reds at...

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Greetech Red

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

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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Greetech Black

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

Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming6.75
Typing7.80
Universal7.20
Rate It 5 ratings
January 24, 2019

If you love clicky switches, these are for you. These switches blow blues out of the water. My only complaint about box navies are that they can ta...

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Outemu Black

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Gaming9.20
Typing9.80
Universal9.75
Rate It 5 ratings

Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.25
Typing8.25
Universal7.50
Rate It 4 ratings
November 24, 2018

A hair less satisfying than BOX Navies, but if you have weak fingers, you might have to settle for this one instead.

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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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Kailh BOX Red

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Gaming8.33
Typing6.67
Universal7.00
Rate It 3 ratings
March 5, 2019

overall a very nice switch for gaming, super smooth and no scratchiness whatsoever. I also have a keyboard with kailh box whites in them and i used...

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Cherry ML

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Gaming10.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.50
Rate It 2 ratings
Gaming9.50
Typing9.50
Universal9.50
Rate It 2 ratings

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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Kailh Speed Bronze

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Gaming8.50
Typing9.00
Universal8.50
Rate It 2 ratings
March 28, 2019

The sound is perfect when you type on it

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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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Hall Effect Linear

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Gaming6.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 6, 2019

Very smooth switch. Highly recommend

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MOD H Tactile

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Gaming5.00
Typing6.00
Universal6.00
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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Varmilo EC Rosery

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

Varmilo EC Sakura

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings

Flaretech Black

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Flaretech Blue

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  • 55cN force
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Flaretech Red

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Fukka (Fuhua) Black

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Fukka (Fuhua) White

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  • 65cN force
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Hall Effect Tactile

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Kailh BOX Black

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Kailh BOX Brown

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Kailh ML Chocolate White

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Kailh Speed Copper

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Kailh Speed Gold

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Kailh Speed Silver

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MOD H Linear

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MOD L Linear

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MOD M Linear

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MOD SH Tactile

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Topre Silent 45g

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Varmilo EC Ivy

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