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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Gaming7.66
Typing8.91
Universal8.14
Rate It 1,403 ratings
June 30, 2020

Beautiful

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.38
Typing8.33
Universal8.45
Rate It 1,303 ratings
June 27, 2020

Been using in a keyboard for over a year, very scratchy, not pleasant to type on.

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.14
Universal7.73
Rate It 1,071 ratings
June 30, 2020

Make me feel sick

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.16
Typing6.70
Universal7.23
Rate It 656 ratings
May 9, 2020

Cherry MX Black is the BEST mechanical switches i have ever used.

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.22
Typing9.15
Universal8.07
Rate It 340 ratings
June 4, 2020

I can't use anything else after being spoiled by the Model M

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.57
Typing7.79
Universal7.28
Rate It 298 ratings
March 6, 2020

I like the click as a reminder of classic keyboard designs, but they squeak a lot when typing-- and I didn't realize it had a slightly higher actua...

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Cherry MX Clear

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Gaming8.27
Typing8.14
Universal7.06
Rate It 284 ratings
March 25, 2020

I love my Cherry Clears especially for quiet. Heavier hands get sore when hovering over ligher switches, it's awesome to rest my fingers on the spr...

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Topre 45g

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Gaming8.25
Typing8.92
Universal8.18
Rate It 191 ratings
June 8, 2020

I have these in a HHKB Pro Classic and love them. I also own a Realforce R2 with 55g Topre and while the keyboard is great I find them a little heavy.

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.32
Typing7.24
Universal8.12
Rate It 138 ratings
May 21, 2020

Kinda light, the actuation point is a little too quick for me but I'll get used to it. Also, the sound is GREAT.

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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.60
Typing8.33
Universal7.85
Rate It 127 ratings
June 20, 2020

amazing switches overall been using them for a couple of months now and i love them. they're great when lubed too

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Cherry MX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.13
Typing6.41
Universal6.49
Rate It 108 ratings
March 25, 2020

Model M lover here: Cherry Whites are fun! Heavier hands get very sore when hovering over ligher switches, it's awesome to rest my fingers on the s...

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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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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.18
Typing7.20
Universal7.12
Rate It 90 ratings
June 15, 2020

they are good buttons but one to 2 of my switches are failing within month of gaming use

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Matias Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming8.03
Typing7.20
Universal6.58
Rate It 89 ratings
April 28, 2020

Really nice tactility, great sound, really smooth

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Matias Quiet Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.65
Typing7.48
Universal6.44
Rate It 82 ratings
May 8, 2020

Very satisfying actuation on these switches, some of the favorites i've used. Stable and relatively quiet.

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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.75
Typing6.54
Universal7.55
Rate It 72 ratings
June 30, 2020

Great to use for gaming - Personally prefer Blue/Clicky tactile switches for typing. Universally is great! Super silent and good to use anywher...

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.82
Typing7.32
Universal7.34
Rate It 69 ratings
July 1, 2020

Heavier then mx browns, and great tactility, almost immediate. Amazing for typing

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Gateron Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.89
Typing8.88
Universal8.20
Rate It 66 ratings
June 30, 2020

Great for typing - Clicky and good. Responsive and good feel to it. However may be too loud after awhile for universal use in office!

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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.30
Typing8.54
Universal8.41
Rate It 64 ratings
July 1, 2020

Great all around switches, the experience is obviously dependent on the keyboard you're using

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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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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.47
Typing5.59
Universal5.75
Rate It 53 ratings
June 25, 2020

linear switches are good for gaming but I think that for a multi-purpose keyboard tactile switches will be superior.

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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.81
Typing7.68
Universal8.40
Rate It 50 ratings
June 12, 2020

Very good linear gaming switch, a bit too sensitive, but muscle memory will get used to it in a week or two. Wobbles a bit but it really isn't noti...

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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.65
Typing8.17
Universal7.79
Rate It 48 ratings
July 2, 2020

Be mindful of the 55 cN force required. It really screws over the gaming experience because they're so heavy to press that during winters, when you...

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Outemu Red

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Gaming8.05
Typing6.98
Universal7.69
Rate It 43 ratings
June 21, 2020

Very good for osu!

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Gateron Black

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Gaming7.72
Typing7.21
Universal7.39
Rate It 40 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 Clear

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Gaming8.64
Typing8.06
Universal8.21
Rate It 36 ratings
June 18, 2020

The lightness makes gaming a lot easier but, when typing it takes practice, not to misclick or make errors

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.76
Typing9.28
Universal9.28
Rate It 36 ratings
June 19, 2020

Very light and smooth with a satisfying click.

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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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Kailh Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming4.81
Typing4.84
Universal4.53
Rate It 32 ratings
July 1, 2020

bad

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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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Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.71
Typing9.05
Universal9.10
Rate It 22 ratings
June 11, 2020

I just love this switch. Lubed it's like a dream. Just the perfect spring weight , feels much better than cherry.

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Greetech Brown

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Gaming7.63
Typing6.56
Universal6.28
Rate It 18 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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Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming7.54
Typing8.94
Universal8.63
Rate It 16 ratings
June 18, 2020

Awesome

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Cherry MX Tactile Grey

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Gaming7.14
Typing7.60
Universal7.27
Rate It 15 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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Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.69
Typing9.27
Universal8.46
Rate It 15 ratings
April 23, 2020

These make a REALLY satisfying click.

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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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Kailh Speed Silver

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Gaming8.50
Typing7.17
Universal7.80
Rate It 12 ratings
April 1, 2020

Absolutely love these for FPS style games, as well as some MMOs. However I wouldn't recommend if you type documents, can tire fingers fast.

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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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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 Speed Bronze

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Gaming9.00
Typing9.44
Universal9.11
Rate It 9 ratings
May 13, 2020

Fans of switches with clicky tactile feel will love this. Weight is in-between -- not too heavy, not too light when pressing.

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Kailh Speed Copper

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Gaming8.44
Typing8.75
Universal8.63
Rate It 9 ratings
February 16, 2020

The copper switch is a unique tactile switch itself and no other switch that I have used compares to it. The tactile bump is solely pronounced with...

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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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Varmilo EC Ivy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.67
Typing9.63
Universal9.13
Rate It 9 ratings
June 21, 2020

Been using these switches for about a week now. Ever wondered what the perfect switch is? Well this is it. Loud, satisfying, clicky, tactile. Th...

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Flaretech Red

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Gaming9.88
Typing8.38
Universal8.86
Rate It 8 ratings
February 26, 2020

These are optical switches, so they work contactless. You can feel that by the smooth, buttery travel of the keycap. Apart from the obvious (everyb...

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Topre Silent 45g

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Gaming7.57
Typing8.63
Universal7.71
Rate It 8 ratings
April 25, 2020

I love these switches. I was skeptical when purchasing as I never used a topre switch before; made my decision based on youtube videos. I love this...

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Greetech Red

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

Varmilo EC Sakura

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Gaming8.86
Typing9.00
Universal7.29
Rate It 7 ratings
February 9, 2020

The better version of Cherry MX speed with a much more satisfy typing experience.

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Cherry ML

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Gaming7.60
Typing8.00
Universal8.17
Rate It 6 ratings
January 31, 2020

Used on smaller micro keyboards, keyboards can be quite cheap and are a good compromise.

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Kailh BOX Heavy Pale Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.00
Typing9.83
Universal9.20
Rate It 6 ratings
May 25, 2020

Use them daily at work. No complaints from co workers about the clickyness. A joy to type on. Probably would look for a lighter switch, like a spee...

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Kailh BOX Red

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Gaming9.00
Typing7.83
Universal8.00
Rate It 6 ratings
February 24, 2020

Very solid switch. Feels higher quality than any cherry red I've tried. They definitely feel like they have a smoother travel and very satisfying b...

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Tiffany Blue Tealios

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Gaming8.67
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 6 ratings
February 1, 2020

Overpriced for what they are. There are alternatives out there that are as good if not better for those willing to lube said alternatives.

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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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Gaming8.40
Typing9.00
Universal8.40
Rate It 5 ratings
February 13, 2020

Love the vortex pok3r v2 keyboard. This is the best low profile keyboard I have used so far and the cherry low profile switches feel solid. I no lo...

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Flaretech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming5.60
Typing7.00
Universal6.00
Rate It 5 ratings
September 13, 2019

muy sulunsluque

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Greetech Black

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

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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Gaming5.50
Typing7.00
Universal5.75
Rate It 4 ratings
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June 21, 2020

Good tactile feel, The force required is enough to not misclick.

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Gaming7.75
Typing8.50
Universal8.00
Rate It 4 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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Kailh BOX Black

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Gaming9.67
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 3 ratings
June 12, 2020

I got a KBparadist v80 keyboard with box blacks. One of the best linear switches. Smooth and no wobble. Perfect for long typing sessions. But this ...

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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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MOD L Tactile

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Gaming7.00
Typing7.00
Universal7.00
Rate It 3 ratings
February 24, 2020

bad

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Zealios 65g V2

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Gaming8.67
Typing9.33
Universal9.00
Rate It 3 ratings
February 20, 2020

very tactile, smooth and has no pre-trevel before tactile event. In games give an exceptional understanding of the moment the button is triggered. ...

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Zealios 78g V2

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Gaming5.00
Typing5.50
Universal6.67
Rate It 3 ratings
May 28, 2020

These switches are awesome! They have a low, deep sound and a sharp tactile bump. I also type very heavily, so these switches were a must have, esp...

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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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Fukka (Fuhua) White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.00
Typing9.00
Universal8.50
Rate It 2 ratings
May 19, 2020

the last torchbearer of real (although simplified) alps - comes without the key chatter, fail rate, double bump and high-pitched sound of matias sw...

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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 Silent Pink

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Gaming5.50
Typing5.50
Universal5.50
Rate It 2 ratings
June 3, 2020

bad!

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Kailh Speed Gold

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming5.50
Typing5.50
Universal5.50
Rate It 2 ratings

Kailh Speed Pro Burgundy

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Gaming9.50
Typing7.50
Universal8.00
Rate It 2 ratings
February 26, 2020

A little scratchy but good for anyone who doesn't bottom all the time when typing.

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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 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

Fraly Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming-
Typing-
Universal5.00
Rate It 1 ratings
May 28, 2020

They're basically average with a couple of issues. The switches actuate before the click happens, and they tend to chatter. Though, that chatter is...

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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 Ancient Gray

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Gaming4.00
Typing10.00
Universal7.00
Rate It 1 ratings
May 28, 2020

I use these switches in my travel keyboard. Sounds stupid, I know. I like these because they are relatively quiet, and I like HEAVY switches, and t...

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Kailh BOX Glazed Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming10.00
Typing8.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
June 9, 2020

Feels great typing was a little worse.

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Kailh BOX Noble Yellow

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings

Kailh BOX Silent Brown

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Gaming8.00
Typing8.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 1 ratings
June 28, 2020

The dampeners at the bottom makes the switch feel very soft - softer even than Topre. Some might be put off by this, but I think the added softness...

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Kailh ML Chocolate White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming9.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
March 10, 2020

Great switch for typing and gaming. The sound of clicks is very satisfying as like as your activation force. I love this Switch.

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MOD L Linear

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Gaming1.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings

MOD M Tactile

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Gaming5.50
Typing5.50
Universal5.50
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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Blue Zilents 65g V2

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Blue Zilents 67g V2

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Blue Zilents 78g V2

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Fukka (Fuhua) Black

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Gaming5.00
Typing-
Universal-
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Hall Effect Tactile

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Kailh BOX Chinese Red

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Kailh Choc Round Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Kailh Choc Round Brown

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Kailh Choc Round Red

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MOD H Linear

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