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
Typing8.92
Universal8.15
Rate It 1,392 ratings
May 30, 2020

good 4 typing not so good 4 gaming good overall

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.40
Typing8.34
Universal8.46
Rate It 1,296 ratings
May 23, 2020

Bump is barely noticeable. Gateron Browns are much better.

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.78
Typing7.14
Universal7.73
Rate It 1,068 ratings
May 23, 2020

Overrated

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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 339 ratings
April 14, 2020

Feels wrong when gaming, but is pretty great for universal use and has basically perfect typing feel. Only beaten by beamsprings.

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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
Typing8.91
Universal8.16
Rate It 189 ratings
May 4, 2020

The best feeling switch out there, a soft bubbly feeling that you don't get with cherry switches, which in comparison feel very sharp.

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.31
Typing7.24
Universal8.10
Rate It 136 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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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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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.57
Typing8.35
Universal7.83
Rate It 112 ratings
May 21, 2020

LOUD. Super satisfying to type on though, just make sure you are lonely or have very tolerant friends. They are a little heavy though, took a lot o...

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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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Gaming8.03
Typing7.20
Universal6.58
Rate It 89 ratings
April 28, 2020

Really nice tactility, great sound, really smooth

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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.18
Typing7.17
Universal7.06
Rate It 88 ratings
May 3, 2020

very decent switches , but i prefer lighter switches and quieter ones for games with lower travel distance and less force for typing but overall ve...

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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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Gaming8.76
Typing6.54
Universal7.52
Rate It 70 ratings
May 24, 2020

Silence is golden. Especially while gaming. Keys are smooth and no ghosting or miss clicks and theyre pretty quiet. I love these switches, orings m...

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.81
Typing7.23
Universal7.29
Rate It 66 ratings
April 29, 2020

they feel heavier then mx brown and atleast to me have a more pronounced tactility

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Gateron Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.85
Typing8.84
Universal8.19
Rate It 64 ratings
April 4, 2020

Awesome for gaming a tad loud for office use but overall a great switch.

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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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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.31
Typing8.64
Universal8.46
Rate It 62 ratings
May 16, 2020

Definitely good for gamers and typists. Tactile bump is barely felt but it is noticeable in certain situations. The best thing with this switch is ...

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.44
Typing5.60
Universal5.74
Rate It 52 ratings
May 18, 2020

Great for both gaming and typing. Clear, light activation grants fast typing. It is, though, very prone to misclicks.

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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.78
Typing7.67
Universal8.39
Rate It 49 ratings
March 13, 2020

activates even if you barely touch it, can get annoying at times.

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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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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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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.79
Typing8.19
Universal7.90
Rate It 42 ratings
May 28, 2020

there is no problem when I play games with this switch but when it gets to typing, the twang noise from the spring really annoys me, and when I typ...

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Gateron Clear

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Gaming8.59
Typing8.06
Universal8.18
Rate It 35 ratings
May 10, 2020

This keyboard might not be perfect for everyone, but for me at least I don't find myself having any issues with how little force is required..

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.75
Typing9.34
Universal9.29
Rate It 35 ratings
May 30, 2020

Best switches i've tried to date!!!

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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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Outemu Red

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Gaming8.16
Typing7.24
Universal7.89
Rate It 37 ratings
May 30, 2020

Hard to typing

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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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Gaming8.56
Typing8.89
Universal9.00
Rate It 19 ratings
March 14, 2020

Too heavy for gaming but fine for typing

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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 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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Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming7.33
Typing8.79
Universal8.43
Rate It 14 ratings
March 10, 2020

Most tactile switch ever, the clicking is just a byproduct of that. Truly the best switches i have ever tried

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Cherry MX Tactile Grey

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Gaming6.67
Typing7.23
Universal6.85
Rate It 13 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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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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KBT Black

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Gaming6.83
Typing7.08
Universal6.83
Rate It 12 ratings
July 10, 2018

xd

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Kailh Speed Silver

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Gaming8.45
Typing7.18
Universal7.78
Rate It 11 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 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 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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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 Ivy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.50
Typing9.57
Universal9.00
Rate It 8 ratings
May 8, 2020

I love sound

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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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Flaretech Red

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Gaming9.86
Typing8.14
Universal8.67
Rate It 7 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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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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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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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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  • 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 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 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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Gaming5.00
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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Gaming8.00
Typing8.33
Universal8.00
Rate It 3 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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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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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 Speed Gold

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

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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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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Blue Zilents 62g V2

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

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 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 Black

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 2 ratings
May 27, 2020

10/10

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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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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 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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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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Fukka (Fuhua) Black

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Hall Effect Tactile

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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 Chinese Red

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Kailh BOX Glazed Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
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Kailh BOX Noble Yellow

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Kailh BOX Silent Brown

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Kailh BOX Silent Pink

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Kailh Choc Round Blue

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  • 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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