Mechanical Keyboard SwitchesMK's official mechanical keyswitch guide

Switches are a mechanical keyboard's most important feature. Switch feel will always be a matter of personal preference, but
we've organized reviews, specifications, products, images, and more to make finding your perfect switch easier than ever.
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Cherry MX Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.68
Typing8.97
Universal8.18
Rate It 1,318 ratings
January 31, 2019

I love typing with blue switches feels very responsive yeyee

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.41
Typing8.36
Universal8.48
Rate It 1,242 ratings
February 7, 2019

Personal opinion. Quiet - yes. Tactile - not enough. I barely sense the tactile feedback. I don’t know if I expect a click. If I slow down, ...

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.76
Typing7.11
Universal7.71
Rate It 1,007 ratings
February 18, 2019

I love these switches! The lack of tactility and a lot audible feedback when bottoming out makes these a great choice. As a fast typist i would rec...

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.16
Typing6.67
Universal7.20
Rate It 637 ratings
January 7, 2019

I love the way the switches feel but they can be too heavy after a while of typing or gaming.

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.29
Typing9.12
Universal8.09
Rate It 326 ratings
December 19, 2018

i'm not a typist, but i understand the fine inputs, and i agree that the typing experience is very fine, the total tactile feedback made my typing ...

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.56
Typing7.75
Universal7.25
Rate It 291 ratings
August 25, 2018

I'm typing on them. I thought they would have a more pronounced click than the blues but they are the same. Really it just feels like a blue that...

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Cherry MX Clear

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Gaming8.31
Typing8.15
Universal7.02
Rate It 270 ratings
February 12, 2019

Great tactile switch, sometimes it is a little much for light typers, but since I mostly type heavy, pretty good. Can't recommend for gaming though...

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Topre 45g

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Gaming8.26
Typing8.89
Universal8.15
Rate It 182 ratings
January 6, 2019

Cool

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Cherry MX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.13
Typing6.44
Universal6.48
Rate It 102 ratings
August 16, 2018

Flawless typing keys. Never had a more satisfying keyboard to type on. Gaming response time was a almost imperceptibly slower at first, but you acc...

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Topre 55g

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Gaming8.20
Typing8.29
Universal7.43
Rate It 99 ratings
November 24, 2018

Marginally better than the hp keyboard that comes with a $300 Walmart build.

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.33
Typing7.39
Universal8.20
Rate It 88 ratings
January 7, 2019

Super good quick response time to the key activating I find it really fun to use while gamin

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Matias Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming8.03
Typing7.13
Universal6.51
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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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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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming6.94
Typing6.86
Universal6.83
Rate It 76 ratings
June 24, 2018

pretty good switch

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Topre 35g

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Gaming8.00
Typing6.50
Universal5.46
Rate It 61 ratings
November 24, 2018

Overpriced and overrated.

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Gateron Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.74
Typing8.90
Universal8.12
Rate It 58 ratings
September 27, 2018

K10 RGB Gateron blue optical, typing is best

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Kailh Black

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Gaming6.67
Typing5.67
Universal5.23
Rate It 56 ratings
February 12, 2019

Easy for me to rank this high up in typing. Great feel with a smooth travel down and a fairly quiet actuation. However, it isn't a red, so don' exp...

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Topre 30g

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Gaming7.20
Typing5.78
Universal5.45
Rate It 56 ratings
November 24, 2018

An expensive and overrated hipsterubber dome.

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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.76
Typing6.55
Universal7.61
Rate It 53 ratings
February 8, 2019

My interest is typing only. I've been using this switch for everyday office typing for several month now. And I definitely cannot recommend it for ...

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.42
Typing6.78
Universal6.96
Rate It 52 ratings
August 19, 2018

I used these for years and didn't even know it. The Kailh is a little bit "sloppier" than the brown slightly less tactile in my opinion. Transpar...

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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.26
Typing8.56
Universal8.41
Rate It 46 ratings
February 12, 2019

Gotta admit, these feel much better to type on than Cherry MX Clears because of the less tactile feedback, making them better for gaming as well.

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.24
Typing5.44
Universal5.58
Rate It 45 ratings
February 10, 2018

I can't really compare the scratchiness to other linear switches but I prefer the higher resistance over the light feel of MX Reds.

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Gateron Black

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Gaming7.56
Typing7.21
Universal7.36
Rate It 35 ratings
May 2, 2018

No feedback, but a nice silent switch. Spacebar feels great though, or typing would be HORRIBLE. Overall, it's pretty good!

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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.47
Typing7.68
Universal8.25
Rate It 34 ratings
November 25, 2018

FAR less scratchy compared to cherry mx, and even cheaper. Though their light weight may hinder typing slightly, they outperform many switches in g...

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Matias Linear

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Gaming8.25
Typing5.91
Universal5.97
Rate It 34 ratings
August 16, 2018

These are my favorite key switches still in production. They have just the perfect feel for gaming, and they're smooth enough that typing feels lik...

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Kailh Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming4.93
Typing5.03
Universal4.66
Rate It 30 ratings
November 6, 2017

After two years of heavy typing use, several keys with double click. Simply unreliable and non-durable. Don`t waste your money.

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Gateron Clear

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Gaming8.24
Typing7.74
Universal7.91
Rate It 24 ratings
January 27, 2019

hands-down perfect switch

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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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Greetech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.05
Typing6.05
Universal6.62
Rate It 22 ratings
December 12, 2018

I bought a Das Keyboard 4C that had these switches after I fell in love with my 4 Ultimate that had Cherry MX Blue switches. I absolutely hated the...

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Greetech Brown

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Gaming7.80
Typing6.47
Universal6.24
Rate It 17 ratings
November 27, 2015

Amazingly better than Cherry browns, though still not quite in the league of crisp, clean Gateron brown tactility.

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KBT Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.24
Typing8.00
Universal7.33
Rate It 17 ratings
December 28, 2017

coming from a mx red board, good at gaming and awesome at typing.

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KBT Brown

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Gaming7.36
Typing7.00
Universal7.47
Rate It 15 ratings
January 12, 2018

I can type on these faster than on my Cherry or Gateron blue keyboards. These browns also feel better overall.

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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.80
Typing8.53
Universal7.80
Rate It 15 ratings
January 27, 2019

Very low actuation point makes it feel slow compared to other clicky switches, this matters quite a bit for games, but not much for typing. It's a ...

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KBT Black

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Gaming6.55
Typing6.82
Universal6.55
Rate It 11 ratings
July 10, 2018

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KBT Red

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Gaming6.50
Typing5.30
Universal5.60
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 Silent Black

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Gaming5.67
Typing6.20
Universal5.90
Rate It 10 ratings
September 27, 2018

Best I've yet tried. They felt much too stiff for the first week, but my hands quickly adjusted. I only use these for typing, but I've come to love...

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Cherry MX Tactile Grey

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Gaming6.30
Typing6.40
Universal6.20
Rate It 10 ratings
January 30, 2017

well this is a clear with a mx green switch and it has a bigger bump again good cherry now you have made something we needed unlike natural whites!

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Cherry MX Linear Grey

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Gaming6.75
Typing6.63
Universal5.89
Rate It 9 ratings
January 30, 2017

ye lets make another switch with a heavy as fuck spring and make it linear. that defeats the purpouse dont you think as linears are only good for g...

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Gateron Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming6.57
Typing7.50
Universal7.25
Rate It 8 ratings
November 14, 2017

I used Gateron Greens for my numpad. This switch has a loud click and heavy feel that I like.

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming6.88
Typing7.75
Universal7.50
Rate It 8 ratings
February 11, 2019

These are my favorite switches right now. The actuation happens right at the click, which isn't too high or too short. I used to type on MX reds at...

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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.38
Typing7.75
Universal7.63
Rate It 8 ratings
February 12, 2019

They feel great but sometimes I feel the tactile bump but it doesn't activate until I touch the metal backplate of the board.

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Outemu Red

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Gaming7.88
Typing7.13
Universal7.63
Rate It 8 ratings
January 14, 2019

Nice switches!

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Greetech Red

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

Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.20
Typing8.40
Universal9.40
Rate It 6 ratings
January 27, 2019

2nd best switch next to gateron clear

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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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Greetech Black

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

Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming6.75
Typing7.80
Universal7.20
Rate It 5 ratings
January 24, 2019

If you love clicky switches, these are for you. These switches blow blues out of the water. My only complaint about box navies are that they can ta...

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Outemu Black

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Gaming9.20
Typing9.80
Universal9.75
Rate It 5 ratings

Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.25
Typing8.25
Universal7.50
Rate It 4 ratings
November 24, 2018

A hair less satisfying than BOX Navies, but if you have weak fingers, you might have to settle for this one instead.

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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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Cherry ML

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Gaming10.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings

Hall Effect Linear

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Gaming6.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 6, 2019

Very smooth switch. Highly recommend

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Kailh BOX Heavy Pale Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming-
Typing10.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 2, 2019

I put together a numpad with 4 types of Kailh box switches: heavy pale blue, white, navy and jade. The tactile bump is pronounced, and the click i...

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Kailh BOX Red

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Gaming7.00
Typing7.00
Universal6.00
Rate It 1 ratings

Kailh Speed Bronze

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Gaming8.00
Typing8.00
Universal8.00
Rate It 1 ratings
February 11, 2019

Its a good switch, and feel nice and satisfying. The only issue is they register a key press before the click/actuation.

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MOD M Tactile

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 2, 2019

God-M as they say

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Varmilo EC Rosery

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Gaming5.00
Typing8.00
Universal6.00
Rate It 1 ratings
Gaming9.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 1 ratings

Flaretech Black

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Flaretech Blue

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  • 55cN force
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Flaretech Red

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Fukka (Fuhua) Black

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Fukka (Fuhua) White

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  • 65cN force
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Hall Effect Clicky

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Hall Effect Tactile

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Kailh BOX Black

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Kailh BOX Brown

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Kailh ML Chocolate White

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  • 50cN force
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Kailh Speed Copper

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Kailh Speed Gold

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  • 50cN force
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Kailh Speed Silver

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MOD H Linear

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MOD H Tactile

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Gaming7.00
Typing8.00
Universal9.00
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MOD L Linear

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MOD L Tactile

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MOD M Linear

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MOD SH Tactile

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Varmilo EC Sakura

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