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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Gaming7.69
Typing8.95
Universal8.17
Rate It 1,350 ratings
August 6, 2019

It’s really clicky just the way I like

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.41
Typing8.37
Universal8.49
Rate It 1,266 ratings
August 15, 2019

An all around excellent Cherry switch.

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.13
Universal7.73
Rate It 1,025 ratings
August 22, 2019

I have been using it for 1 year have no complaints (Also have used other cherry switches) and love it

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.15
Typing6.67
Universal7.21
Rate It 647 ratings
August 2, 2019

surprisingly better than i thought. great for gaming. seems to give more accuracy. similar to the red switches but with slightly more resistance

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.26
Typing9.13
Universal8.08
Rate It 332 ratings
June 2, 2019

Probably the greatest switch type for pure typing. No MX-style switch, even the best, can reproduce the give-way of buckling spring and the perfec...

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.56
Typing7.76
Universal7.25
Rate It 292 ratings
August 9, 2019

With how heavy I type, these greens are absolutely perfect. They are exactly like blues which I loved in the past, but with more activation force r...

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Cherry MX Clear

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Gaming8.28
Typing8.15
Universal7.06
Rate It 280 ratings
August 21, 2019

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

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Topre 45g

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

Love'em

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.41
Typing7.42
Universal8.22
Rate It 107 ratings
August 24, 2019

Best

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Cherry MX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.17
Typing6.38
Universal6.47
Rate It 103 ratings
March 25, 2019

Yes

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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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Matias Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming8.02
Typing7.14
Universal6.53
Rate It 88 ratings
June 2, 2019

These are pretty damn good. While they're not my favorite modern switch, I think they are superior in both sound and key feel to the Cherry MX blu...

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Kailh Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.01
Typing6.96
Universal6.91
Rate It 81 ratings
June 1, 2019

A little wobbly/chattery but light and clicky is a good combination.

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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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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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Gaming7.80
Typing8.92
Universal8.17
Rate It 60 ratings
March 6, 2019

I think these may be better than Cherry MX Blues..

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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.82
Typing6.56
Universal7.56
Rate It 59 ratings
February 26, 2019

Great for gaming (likely because of the bit shorter key travel and how easy the keys go down). If you have a lot to type (hundreds of pages per day...

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Kailh Black

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Gaming6.76
Typing5.71
Universal5.28
Rate It 57 ratings
May 15, 2019

Guess Kailhua's quality really improved lately.

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Topre 30g

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Gaming7.20
Typing5.85
Universal5.54
Rate It 57 ratings
May 31, 2019

These are perfect for serious touch typing. This is the only switch light enough for me to type on for 10 hours a day.

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Kailh Brown

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Gaming7.54
Typing6.91
Universal7.02
Rate It 56 ratings
August 4, 2019

Awesome

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Gateron Brown

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Gaming8.32
Typing8.60
Universal8.48
Rate It 48 ratings
July 14, 2019

Best brown switch on the market.

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.30
Typing5.47
Universal5.64
Rate It 47 ratings
June 19, 2019

Despite middling reviews, I got a keyboard that uses these. I am extremely impressed. I've been using mechanical keyboards since way before they ca...

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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming7.82
Typing8.53
Universal7.86
Rate It 44 ratings
August 14, 2019

Scratchy and noisy, the click isn't consistent and feels cheap.

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Gateron Red

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Gaming8.62
Typing7.64
Universal8.35
Rate It 39 ratings
August 6, 2019

Amazing for gaming. Not as scratchy as Cherry reds, feels lighter than cherry reds. But the fact that it’s really light makes it hard to type wel...

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Gateron Black

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Gaming7.60
Typing7.26
Universal7.38
Rate It 36 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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Gaming8.25
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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Gaming8.39
Typing7.80
Universal8.04
Rate It 26 ratings
August 5, 2019

It has a really nice smooth feel. I expected a bit of scratch, and I do hear some but once I put it on my board, I can barely hear it. Although pro...

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Greetech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming7.19
Typing6.22
Universal6.77
Rate It 23 ratings
April 22, 2019

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

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Cherry MX Nature White

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Gaming8.05
Typing8.29
Universal8.00
Rate It 22 ratings
July 12, 2018

The Nature White switches are the perfect balance for me.The Cherry MX reds were too light, and blacks were too heavy. They provide the right amoun...

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Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.78
Typing8.22
Universal7.96
Rate It 22 ratings
June 10, 2019

These switches are not linear, they are tactile. These switches feel good to type on due to the defined bump, they're very similar to kailh box bro...

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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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Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming8.29
Typing8.88
Universal8.76
Rate It 17 ratings
August 13, 2019

It's such a balanced clicky switch! I love it, it's my favorite switch so far!

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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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Outemu Red

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Gaming8.88
Typing7.94
Universal8.44
Rate It 17 ratings
July 7, 2019

I have been using a keyboard which includes these switches. I have used them around 2 years and they are nearly perfect. The reason why I didn't gi...

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KBT Brown

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

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

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Cherry MX Silent Black

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Gaming6.00
Typing6.58
Universal6.25
Rate It 12 ratings
April 11, 2019

very good switch with a nice and heavy actuation. It is linear however, so as a novice typist i often find myself hitting other keys on accident.

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Gateron Yellow

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Gaming8.60
Typing8.70
Universal9.11
Rate It 11 ratings
May 15, 2019

meh

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KBT Black

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

xd

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KBT Red

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Gaming6.73
Typing4.91
Universal5.64
Rate It 11 ratings
December 21, 2015

Not a great typing switch. But, it's insanely smooth. Much, much smoother than the Cherry equivalent.

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Cherry MX Linear Grey

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

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

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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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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 Thick Navy

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 77cN force
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Gaming5.83
Typing7.88
Universal7.38
Rate It 8 ratings
July 8, 2019

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

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Greetech Red

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

Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 66cN force
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Gaming7.83
Typing9.00
Universal8.17
Rate It 7 ratings
August 14, 2019

Satisfying tactility with a pleasant-sounding click.

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Outemu Black

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Gaming7.71
Typing8.43
Universal7.83
Rate It 7 ratings
August 10, 2019

Heavy

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Topre Variable

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Gaming3.67
Typing6.67
Universal4.33
Rate It 6 ratings
November 24, 2018

Pretty expensive for rubber domes.

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Varmilo EC Sakura

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Gaming9.00
Typing8.83
Universal7.00
Rate It 6 ratings
August 14, 2019

Quick and smooth actuation - good for both gaming and typing

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Greetech Black

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

Kailh BOX Red

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Gaming8.80
Typing7.40
Universal7.60
Rate It 5 ratings
June 14, 2019

this is a great switch

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Cherry ML

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Gaming10.00
Typing9.50
Universal9.75
Rate It 4 ratings
June 13, 2019

With proper keyboard design palm rest is not required!

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Kailh Speed Bronze

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

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

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Kailh Speed Silver

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Gaming6.75
Typing7.00
Universal6.75
Rate It 4 ratings
August 6, 2019

Frickin' love these things. Use them at home and in the office. Less tiring than cherry reds.

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Topre Silent 45g

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Gaming8.67
Typing9.75
Universal9.00
Rate It 4 ratings
July 1, 2019

god these are bliss.

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Gaming8.33
Typing9.67
Universal8.33
Rate It 3 ratings

Flaretech Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.33
Typing8.67
Universal7.00
Rate It 3 ratings
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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Kailh Speed Copper

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Gaming7.00
Typing7.00
Universal7.00
Rate It 3 ratings
July 13, 2019

Honestly terrible! Don’t waste your money

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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 Red

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

smoother than butter easy to mistype

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Hall Effect Linear

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

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

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Kailh BOX Brown

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Gaming8.00
Typing9.00
Universal9.00
Rate It 2 ratings
July 15, 2019

The tactility is much more noticeable than on the cherry mx browns, and it's smoother as well. Think of it as basically an improved cherry brown sw...

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Kailh BOX Heavy Pale Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming6.00
Typing9.50
Universal8.50
Rate It 2 ratings
March 16, 2019

These feel like toys. They are candy for my fingertips. They are a delight to type on, and very satisfying. I've been using these for 3 months, ...

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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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Flaretech Black

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Gaming1.00
Typing1.00
Universal1.00
Rate It 1 ratings
June 15, 2019

Bad

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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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Gaming8.00
Typing7.00
Universal7.00
Rate It 1 ratings
August 24, 2019

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

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MOD L Tactile

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

MOD M Linear

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Gaming10.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
May 4, 2019

This is a perfectly balanced, incredibly smooth switch. I have used Hako Clear, T1, Romer-G tactile, Razer orange, MX Red, MX Speed, Kailh Box Heav...

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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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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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Varmilo EC Ivy

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Gaming9.00
Typing10.00
Universal10.00
Rate It 1 ratings
June 14, 2019

Absolutely the best switch in my opinion.

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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 Tactile

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Kailh BOX Black

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Kailh ML Chocolate White

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  • 50cN force
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Kailh Speed Gold

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  • 50cN force
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MOD H Linear

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MOD L Linear

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Tiffany Blue Tealios

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