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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Gaming7.67
Typing8.93
Universal8.15
Rate It 1,378 ratings
February 9, 2020

The blue switches are really good with typing because you can feel when you push the switch. With gaming this is really annoying because you just ...

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.41
Typing8.35
Universal8.47
Rate It 1,289 ratings
January 21, 2020

I would rather have good rubber domes than use browns. They're very rough and hard to type on but for gaming they're decent. I sometimes hit a few ...

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.78
Typing7.14
Universal7.73
Rate It 1,057 ratings
February 16, 2020

first mechanical keyboard ive bought and its its the hyperx allot fps pro and i love it, the only issue i have which could possibly be fixed by lub...

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.15
Typing6.69
Universal7.22
Rate It 654 ratings
February 21, 2020

Having tried a lot of switches, and regretted many of them, I really think blacks are the one. The clickiness is fun, going clack clack clack and s...

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.24
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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Gaming8.28
Typing8.15
Universal7.06
Rate It 282 ratings
December 6, 2019

great switch and great sound however for gaming I would go with reds of lubed reds

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Topre 45g

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Gaming8.23
Typing8.91
Universal8.15
Rate It 188 ratings
February 20, 2020

Will it change your life? Maybe. The key feature is comfort: the smooth bump and cushion bottom-out makes Topre the perfect all-day switch, even if...

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.31
Typing7.21
Universal8.09
Rate It 127 ratings
February 8, 2020

There are the best if you want to play, and only play, because if u use it too for typing, you problably have problems. Thats all. I have the Corsa...

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Cherry MX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.13
Typing6.43
Universal6.49
Rate It 106 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
Typing7.16
Universal6.53
Rate It 88 ratings
January 25, 2020

These are my favorite typing switch, bar none. They're heavy, but smooth enough to still be good, just not great for gaming. They're just a great s...

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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.08
Typing7.04
Universal6.95
Rate It 84 ratings
January 14, 2020

Perfect for gaming, hard to get used to after using membrane for many years but still good for typing when you get used to them

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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.40
Typing8.15
Universal7.68
Rate It 85 ratings
February 19, 2020

the experience i had. The travel distance mybe 4mm but actuation point is 2mm. Also it has good clicky noise

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Matias Quiet Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.64
Typing7.46
Universal6.41
Rate It 81 ratings
February 3, 2020

Best feel/sound combo for an office environment

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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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Gaming7.79
Typing8.90
Universal8.18
Rate It 62 ratings
September 30, 2019

*Click*

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.69
Typing7.08
Universal7.20
Rate It 62 ratings
September 30, 2019

Overall some of my favorite switches for gaming and seamless typing

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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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Gaming8.33
Typing8.65
Universal8.47
Rate It 55 ratings
January 16, 2020

Pretty comfy to type on and fast too, you'll feel your fingers having a great time incase you'll try one of these. This set is on my first mech kee...

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.38
Typing5.57
Universal5.69
Rate It 51 ratings
January 24, 2020

The switches does feel good but they activate half way through the keystroke. It just feels strange. I do not recommend them.

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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.65
Universal8.40
Rate It 46 ratings
February 2, 2020

Best linears out of the box.

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Gateron Black

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Gaming7.68
Typing7.19
Universal7.38
Rate It 39 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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Gateron Clear

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Gaming8.52
Typing8.00
Universal8.17
Rate It 32 ratings
February 20, 2020

Very pleasant on a daily basis. In games they are particularly effective. The typing is very convincing and light.

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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 Brown

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Gaming7.68
Typing8.13
Universal7.61
Rate It 30 ratings
January 29, 2020

Perfect weight and feedback for typing, great for gaming however double taps occasionally don't register (could just as well be my fault or the key...

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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.56
Typing9.21
Universal9.18
Rate It 28 ratings
January 22, 2020

After years of using my Cherry MX Blues keyboard, I watched a few videos and decided to get a new keyboard. I found a good deal from someone sellin...

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Outemu Red

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Gaming7.84
Typing7.36
Universal7.92
Rate It 25 ratings
February 1, 2020

My honest feedback; they're a good budget switch found in low-end boards like Kogan's mechanical keyboards but other than that, there's plenty bett...

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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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Gaming8.94
Typing8.75
Universal9.20
Rate It 17 ratings
January 18, 2020

A better version of cherry mx red, extremely smooth switches with a decent sound.

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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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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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Cherry MX Tactile Grey

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Gaming6.64
Typing7.00
Universal6.75
Rate It 12 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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Gaming6.83
Typing7.08
Universal6.83
Rate It 12 ratings
July 10, 2018

xd

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Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming6.78
Typing8.45
Universal8.09
Rate It 11 ratings
January 7, 2020

These are the clickiest!

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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 Silver

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Gaming8.30
Typing7.20
Universal7.75
Rate It 10 ratings
February 11, 2020

They are really good for gaming because they are really fast, but when typing u might miss the button u want to press, but overall a very solid swi...

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Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.50
Typing8.89
Universal8.00
Rate It 9 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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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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Greetech Red

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

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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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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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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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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Kailh Speed Bronze

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Gaming8.25
Typing9.60
Universal9.00
Rate It 5 ratings
December 31, 2019

Great feeling switches and soo satisfying. Its light and not tiring on the fingers like normal blues would. If you are not annoyed by the sound, th...

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Tiffany Blue Tealios

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Gaming8.40
Typing8.80
Universal8.80
Rate It 5 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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Varmilo EC Ivy

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  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.60
Typing10.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 5 ratings
December 6, 2019

Great switches. Very loud, haven’t tried much for gaming but I’ve found them a tiny bit clicks for gaming, not bad though. Great typing feel.

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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 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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Flaretech Red

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Gaming9.75
Typing7.75
Universal8.75
Rate It 4 ratings
December 29, 2019

After several months of using these switches I've fallen in love. They are very sensitive but after using them for a while I have no issue typing 1...

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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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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 Heavy Pale Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming5.00
Typing9.67
Universal8.50
Rate It 3 ratings
February 20, 2020

Absolute wonder. Best clickies on the market for me, and I tried them all (almost). These bring joy to my soul when I type. They are too heavy for ...

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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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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 65g V2

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

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

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Zealios 67g V2

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Gaming7.50
Typing9.50
Universal8.50
Rate It 2 ratings
January 17, 2020

Too heavy for fast paced FPS. Very satisfying for typing.

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Blue Zilents 62g V2

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

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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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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Zealios 78g V2

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Gaming2.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings
January 18, 2020

lol

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Blue Zilents 65g V2

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Blue Zilents 67g 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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Kailh Speed Pro Burgundy

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MOD H Linear

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