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
Typing8.94
Universal8.15
Rate It 1,370 ratings
November 25, 2019

Good

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.41
Typing8.36
Universal8.48
Rate It 1,276 ratings
November 20, 2019

it is just great, and it feels really good when you actually press multiple keys.

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.13
Universal7.72
Rate It 1,045 ratings
November 30, 2019

Ideal for fast paced games like shooters. Otherwise, this switches are not good for typing, I commit many mistakes with them.

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.16
Typing6.69
Universal7.22
Rate It 651 ratings
December 2, 2019

gives me hacks

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.25
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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Gaming8.27
Typing8.16
Universal7.06
Rate It 281 ratings
August 21, 2019

Clears are great switches overall with a strong tactile feel, and great thoccy bottom out noise. Only problem is that the bottom out force is aroun...

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Topre 45g

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Gaming8.24
Typing8.89
Universal8.14
Rate It 186 ratings
March 13, 2019

Love'em

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.39
Typing7.31
Universal8.21
Rate It 115 ratings
October 17, 2019

Very smooth and light so it's great for gaming, but for typing it's too easy to misclick so I wouldn't recommend it in that case.

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Cherry MX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.09
Typing6.39
Universal6.46
Rate It 105 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
Typing7.14
Universal6.53
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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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.04
Typing7.03
Universal6.92
Rate It 83 ratings
October 3, 2019

feels a little rough and not smooth compared to other switches but a bit of lube should fix. it's not very noticeable though, and works better than...

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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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Gaming7.51
Typing8.16
Universal7.63
Rate It 70 ratings
November 27, 2019

The key travel is a little much for gaming, but I feel like it is perfect for typing. The sound and feel when you click each key is also very satis...

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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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Gateron Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.82
Typing8.90
Universal8.19
Rate It 61 ratings
September 30, 2019

*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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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.62
Typing6.98
Universal7.10
Rate It 60 ratings
September 30, 2019

Overall some of my favorite switches for gaming and seamless typing

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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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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.35
Typing8.63
Universal8.50
Rate It 52 ratings
October 22, 2019

I have these on my Anne pro 2 they are very good and satisfying to press, loud enough to hear but not enough to be annoyed

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.42
Typing5.66
Universal5.74
Rate It 49 ratings
September 30, 2019

These switches are very good, I got the RK61 60% keyboard using these and they are amazing. The sound of them when typing and just typing with them...

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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.71
Typing7.58
Universal8.33
Rate It 43 ratings
October 26, 2019

Very nice and light. Very good for gaming but a bit hard to use for typing as it has a light actuation force and gives almost no tactile feedback. ...

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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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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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Gateron Clear

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Gaming8.48
Typing8.00
Universal8.14
Rate It 30 ratings
November 14, 2019

love this switch for its lightness and buttery feel. i wanted to find the lightest switch i could find for fast typing and this was it. i can't s...

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.50
Typing9.19
Universal9.15
Rate It 27 ratings
November 18, 2019

next level of clicky switch

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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.71
Typing8.13
Universal7.88
Rate It 24 ratings
November 5, 2019

chep

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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 Red

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Gaming8.95
Typing7.85
Universal8.47
Rate It 20 ratings
November 16, 2019

i like this switches

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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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Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.93
Typing8.79
Universal9.23
Rate It 15 ratings
November 24, 2019

Smooth, no sound, really smooth.

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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 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
Typing6.73
Universal6.55
Rate It 11 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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Gaming6.55
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 Linear Grey

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Gaming6.67
Typing6.89
Universal6.00
Rate It 10 ratings
July 10, 2019

Linear switches aren't only good for gaming as it seems some others may think... These are good heavy switches and emit a thocky sound which I like...

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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 Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming6.50
Typing8.30
Universal7.90
Rate It 10 ratings
July 8, 2019

As a typist and programmer, I wanted a combination between my Cherry MX Blue and my Cherry MX Clear (I love both for different reasons). This swit...

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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 BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.71
Typing8.75
Universal8.00
Rate It 8 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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Greetech Red

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

Kailh Speed Copper

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Gaming8.57
Typing8.57
Universal8.57
Rate It 7 ratings
November 17, 2019

If not for two things this could be the perfect switch. I can’t type faster on these switches than most other switches and don’t accidentally t...

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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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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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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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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 Speed Bronze

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Gaming8.00
Typing9.50
Universal9.00
Rate It 4 ratings
August 15, 2019

One of the best switches out there. They are not linear, there is a small tactile bump, which together with the click provides very good feedback. ...

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Varmilo EC Ivy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.75
Typing10.00
Universal9.33
Rate It 4 ratings
November 3, 2019

These click like the caps are giving the board a kiss. It is a very satisfying sound and feel for typing, but maybe a bit stiff and a bit loud for ...

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Kailh BOX Brown

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Gaming8.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 3 ratings
September 6, 2019

This switch's tactile >> Cherry MX Brown and Gateron. It's super smooth, especially in typing. The box helps it not wobbly at all.

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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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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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Flaretech Red

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Gaming9.50
Typing6.50
Universal8.00
Rate It 2 ratings
July 2, 2019

smoother than butter easy to mistype

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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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Gaming9.00
Typing8.50
Universal8.50
Rate It 2 ratings
August 24, 2019

I love the feel of this keycaps, with its unique touch

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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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Tiffany Blue Tealios

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Gaming9.50
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 2 ratings
November 6, 2019

These are the smoothest stock switches maybe ever, lube with 205g0 for an amazing experience

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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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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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Zealios 65g V2

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
November 21, 2019

I have tried almost every keyboard switch out there and I can say with absolute confidence that these are the perfect mechanical keyboard switch. T...

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Blue Zilents 62g V2

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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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  • 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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MOD H Linear

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MOD L Linear

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Orange Healio

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Zealios 62g V2

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Zealios 67g V2

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