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
Typing8.96
Universal8.17
Rate It 1,340 ratings
June 14, 2019

Not too shabby for gaming, and in my experience they are a terrible switch for typing! I get a lot of typos on this switch!

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.41
Typing8.37
Universal8.49
Rate It 1,259 ratings
May 31, 2019

Great for typing, the tactile bump makes it clear when you have activated a key.

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.13
Universal7.72
Rate It 1,019 ratings
June 11, 2019

Perfect for gaming, especially movement with WASD, typing wise, it takes getting use to but in my opinion they feel great. Have no bump while typin...

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.16
Typing6.68
Universal7.22
Rate It 643 ratings
June 14, 2019

Great all-rounder in my experience. Sadly, I still find the 60cN force to be light for my fingers since I have heavy fingers.

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.29
Typing9.13
Universal8.09
Rate It 331 ratings
June 2, 2019

Probably the greatest switch type for pure typing. No MX-style switch, even the best, can reproduce the give-way of buckling spring and the perfec...

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.54
Typing7.73
Universal7.23
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
Typing8.14
Universal7.05
Rate It 277 ratings
May 28, 2019

switching back and forth from brown -> black -> clear -> black -> clear and i feel ClearSwitch is the best i'm using Leopold fc980m pd :)

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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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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.38
Typing7.34
Universal8.17
Rate It 102 ratings
June 5, 2019

Great switch for gaming. Not so much if you're into typing, as others have mentioned, it's very easy to mistype an input. I would recommend if you ...

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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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Matias Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming8.02
Typing7.14
Universal6.53
Rate It 88 ratings
June 2, 2019

These are pretty damn good. While they're not my favorite modern switch, I think they are superior in both sound and key feel to the Cherry MX blu...

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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.01
Typing6.96
Universal6.91
Rate It 81 ratings
June 1, 2019

A little wobbly/chattery but light and clicky is a good combination.

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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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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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Gaming6.76
Typing5.71
Universal5.28
Rate It 57 ratings
May 15, 2019

Guess Kailhua's quality really improved lately.

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Topre 30g

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Gaming7.20
Typing5.85
Universal5.54
Rate It 57 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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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing6.57
Universal7.63
Rate It 56 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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Gaming7.48
Typing6.85
Universal6.96
Rate It 54 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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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.30
Typing5.47
Universal5.64
Rate It 47 ratings
June 19, 2019

Despite middling reviews, I got a keyboard that uses these. I am extremely impressed. I've been using mechanical keyboards since way before they ca...

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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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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.54
Typing7.76
Universal8.31
Rate It 37 ratings
May 17, 2019

Very nice feel to it

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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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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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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.74
Typing8.67
Universal7.91
Rate It 33 ratings
June 4, 2019

This is a very good mechanical key switch, its very loud and tactile. the switches that i bought sometimes doesnt work when i press on it. I tried ...

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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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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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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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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.61
Typing7.94
Universal7.72
Rate It 18 ratings
June 10, 2019

These switches are not linear, they are tactile. These switches feel good to type on due to the defined bump, they're very similar to kailh box bro...

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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 Red

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Gaming8.69
Typing7.77
Universal8.23
Rate It 13 ratings
May 2, 2019

Excellent

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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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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.92
Typing8.50
Universal8.33
Rate It 12 ratings
June 9, 2019

so good lol

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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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Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.44
Typing8.56
Universal9.00
Rate It 10 ratings
May 15, 2019

meh

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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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Greetech Red

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

Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming6.80
Typing8.00
Universal7.50
Rate It 6 ratings
June 2, 2019

Just swapped out all of my switches on my Massdrop CTRL from Box Whites to Heavy Click Box Navies. These aren't quite the feel of a buckling sprin...

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Outemu Black

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Gaming7.83
Typing8.33
Universal8.00
Rate It 6 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 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 BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.80
Typing8.60
Universal8.00
Rate It 5 ratings
May 22, 2019

amazing over all very clicky sound

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Cherry ML

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Gaming10.00
Typing9.50
Universal9.75
Rate It 4 ratings
June 13, 2019

With proper keyboard design palm rest is not required!

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Varmilo EC Sakura

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Gaming10.00
Typing8.50
Universal7.75
Rate It 4 ratings
Gaming8.33
Typing9.67
Universal8.33
Rate It 3 ratings

Flaretech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.33
Typing8.67
Universal7.00
Rate It 3 ratings
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 Speed Bronze

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Gaming8.50
Typing9.33
Universal9.00
Rate It 3 ratings
April 25, 2019

Awesome went from blue to these love it! A bit more spring feeling than a cherry blue

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Topre Silent 45g

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Gaming9.00
Typing9.67
Universal9.00
Rate It 3 ratings
May 21, 2019

From a typist's standpoint, hands down the best stock switch I have ever used.

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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 H Tactile

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Gaming3.00
Typing4.00
Universal3.50
Rate It 2 ratings
May 18, 2019

Bad for all bad sound bad feel

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Flaretech Black

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Gaming1.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings
June 15, 2019

Bad

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Flaretech Red

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Gaming9.00
Typing7.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 1 ratings
June 1, 2019

I like my these very much most of my board is blue switches but I have red on my wasd and arrow keys, They work very well and the feel is great.

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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 BOX Brown

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Gaming8.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
April 22, 2019

This is a good switch. With the box design there is little chatter and a small bump for tactile feedback. Fairly smooth. Enough resistance to reduc...

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Kailh Speed Copper

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

Kailh Speed Silver

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Gaming1.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings
May 18, 2019

Only fail this switches, only fail!

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MOD L Tactile

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

MOD M Linear

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
May 4, 2019

This is a perfectly balanced, incredibly smooth switch. I have used Hako Clear, T1, Romer-G tactile, Razer orange, MX Red, MX Speed, Kailh Box Heav...

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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 Ivy

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Gaming9.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
June 14, 2019

Absolutely the best switch in my opinion.

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Varmilo EC Rosery

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

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 ML Chocolate White

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  • 50cN force
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Kailh Speed Gold

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  • 50cN force
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MOD H Linear

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MOD L Linear

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MOD SH Tactile

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