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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 1,416 ratings
September 27, 2020

VERY LOUD switches, pretty scratchy too. Can be tiring after use for a while when gaming because presses have to be deliberate with these. When you...

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.37
Typing8.31
Universal8.44
Rate It 1,315 ratings
September 14, 2020

the best switch

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.13
Universal7.73
Rate It 1,081 ratings
September 13, 2020

In my opinion they're a great choice for one's first switches (specially considering availability and stuff like that)

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.16
Typing6.71
Universal7.24
Rate It 661 ratings
September 10, 2020

Slightly noisier than MX Browns, but just as satisfying. The switches you to be very intentional with each keystroke which I love. Although I play ...

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.22
Typing9.16
Universal8.08
Rate It 341 ratings
July 30, 2020

the force required to actuate the keys is a bit much for gaming and can be fatiguing for gaming, especially anything competitive, they take a long ...

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.57
Typing7.80
Universal7.29
Rate It 300 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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Gaming8.26
Typing8.16
Universal7.08
Rate It 288 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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Gaming8.24
Typing8.92
Universal8.17
Rate It 192 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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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.61
Typing8.31
Universal7.83
Rate It 148 ratings
September 26, 2020

Loved it you feel the response very well idk what else to say

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.34
Typing7.24
Universal8.15
Rate It 145 ratings
August 29, 2020

It took a while to get used to these, but I really enjoy them. They're in my Anne Pro 2, which I use a lot on the go and pretty frequently in my la...

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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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Gaming7.20
Typing7.25
Universal7.16
Rate It 93 ratings
September 10, 2020

Nice

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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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Gaming7.60
Typing7.51
Universal6.46
Rate It 83 ratings
September 21, 2020

Very quiet, and more tactile than MX Browns. Hands-down best Alps switch currently being produced.

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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.64
Typing6.57
Universal7.52
Rate It 77 ratings
September 12, 2020

It's a great switch if you're a light and accurate typist. I recently started transitioning to touch typing after using only 4/10 fingers for 15 ye...

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.82
Typing7.36
Universal7.36
Rate It 70 ratings
August 7, 2020

love these switches. I use them on a logitech g512. (They are called GX Brown Switches, but actually they are rebranded Kalih switches.

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Gateron Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.90
Typing8.86
Universal8.20
Rate It 69 ratings
September 22, 2020

Great gaming expirience , good activation time . Good sound (Clicky) , great feedback.

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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.29
Typing8.55
Universal8.41
Rate It 66 ratings
August 21, 2020

For typing its really enjoyably and for gaming is nice

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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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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.82
Typing7.60
Universal8.38
Rate It 59 ratings
September 15, 2020

honestly its a really good switch, but one down side is that the red switches are really loud. but they are super responsive and great for gaming :)

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Kailh Black

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Gaming6.85
Typing5.82
Universal5.41
Rate It 59 ratings
August 14, 2020

besy switches they are smother + sound less

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.50
Typing5.79
Universal5.89
Rate It 58 ratings
July 26, 2020

pretty decent all around cheap switch

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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.75
Typing8.22
Universal7.90
Rate It 58 ratings
September 15, 2020

It's good especially if you have a mic that usually picks up the slightest sound

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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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Outemu Red

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Gaming8.05
Typing7.04
Universal7.56
Rate It 55 ratings
September 26, 2020

Still noisey for my ears, some metallic aftertouch noise is present

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.76
Typing9.31
Universal9.12
Rate It 42 ratings
August 23, 2020

Smooth and I like the clunk. Only one or two errors every day or so in typing.

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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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Gaming8.68
Typing8.06
Universal8.23
Rate It 37 ratings
July 12, 2020

One of the best switches I've ever had! Lighter to press than mx browns, however I had to buy a hotswap keyboard to switch out the ctrl key because...

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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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Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.88
Typing9.17
Universal9.22
Rate It 25 ratings
September 19, 2020

very good

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Cherry MX Nature White

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Gaming8.13
Typing8.43
Universal8.13
Rate It 24 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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Gaming6.91
Typing6.00
Universal6.52
Rate It 24 ratings
April 22, 2019

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

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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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Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming7.60
Typing9.00
Universal8.72
Rate It 18 ratings
June 18, 2020

Awesome

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Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.93
Typing9.29
Universal8.60
Rate It 17 ratings
April 23, 2020

These make a REALLY satisfying click.

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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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Cherry MX Tactile Grey

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Gaming7.33
Typing7.50
Universal7.31
Rate It 16 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 Speed Silver

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Gaming8.73
Typing7.20
Universal8.00
Rate It 15 ratings
September 5, 2020

theys are amazing for gaming, but it takes a little bit to get use to the sensitvity

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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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Gaming7.09
Typing7.33
Universal6.54
Rate It 13 ratings
July 27, 2020

Me personally being a heavy handed person these switches are a perfect medium for me. I’m a osu!mania player so it comes down to 4 - 7 different ...

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Cherry MX Silent Black

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Gaming6.33
Typing6.58
Universal6.54
Rate It 13 ratings
August 18, 2020

best gaming switch on the market.

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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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Outemu Black

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Gaming7.58
Typing7.83
Universal7.73
Rate It 12 ratings
September 8, 2020

Great feel better sounds if u spry lube it

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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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Topre Silent 45g

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Gaming7.50
Typing8.82
Universal7.89
Rate It 11 ratings
September 17, 2020

I’m not a gamer, I just type a lot for work (I’m an analyst not a programmer or anything) but wow these are amazing and so addicting type on an...

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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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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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Greetech Red

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

Tiffany Blue Tealios

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Gaming8.86
Typing8.86
Universal9.00
Rate It 7 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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Gaming3.43
Typing6.86
Universal4.71
Rate It 7 ratings
November 24, 2018

Pretty expensive for rubber domes.

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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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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 Black

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Gaming8.50
Typing8.75
Universal8.75
Rate It 4 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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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 Silent Pink

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Gaming7.75
Typing6.00
Universal6.50
Rate It 4 ratings
August 28, 2020

my favorite linear switches, by far. I really love the feel, of course it's very soft and light, and really silent. I recommend for gaming and stre...

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Zealios 78g V2

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Gaming7.50
Typing7.75
Universal8.00
Rate It 4 ratings
July 12, 2020

this is just to try to balance out the idiot that voted Jan 18th.

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Blue Zilents 62g V2

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Gaming7.67
Typing9.33
Universal8.33
Rate It 3 ratings
September 16, 2020

Great tactility; perfect for typing. A bit too light for gaming, though I'm getting used to it.

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Fukka (Fuhua) White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming8.00
Typing9.33
Universal9.00
Rate It 3 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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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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Varmilo EC Rosery V2

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Gaming10.00
Typing8.67
Universal9.67
Rate It 3 ratings
September 21, 2020

Perfectly smooth linear switches. The spring is a great balance between blacks and reds.

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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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Flaretech Black

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

Bad

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Hall Effect Linear

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

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

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Kailh BOX Noble Yellow

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming10.00
Typing9.50
Universal9.50
Rate It 2 ratings
July 28, 2020

This is so good switch

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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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MOD SH Tactile

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Gaming4.50
Typing5.00
Universal4.50
Rate It 2 ratings
July 25, 2019

i hate then

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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 67g V2

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Gaming8.00
Typing10.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
August 13, 2020

Very nice switch

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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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Hall Effect Tactile

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

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 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 Choc 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 H Linear

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

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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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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Gaming-
Typing-
Universal-
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Blue Zilents 78g V2

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Typing-
Universal-
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Fukka (Fuhua) Black

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Gaming5.00
Typing-
Universal-
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Kailh BOX Chinese Red

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Gaming-
Typing-
Universal-
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Kailh Choc Round Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming-
Typing-
Universal-
Rate It 0 ratings

Kailh Choc Round Brown

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Gaming-
Typing-
Universal-
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Kailh Choc Round Red

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Gaming2.00
Typing2.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 0 ratings
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