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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Gaming7.67
Typing8.97
Universal8.17
Rate It 1,308 ratings
October 4, 2018

Really good mix of weight, sound, and click.

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Cherry MX Brown

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Gaming8.40
Typing8.35
Universal8.48
Rate It 1,230 ratings
October 8, 2018

Subtle tactile bump, decent for typing.

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Cherry MX Red

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Gaming8.77
Typing7.10
Universal7.70
Rate It 990 ratings
August 16, 2018

it can take a little while to get used to, but once i did I loved them

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Cherry MX Black

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Gaming8.15
Typing6.65
Universal7.20
Rate It 634 ratings
July 15, 2018

Not preferred for all day typing. Above average for gaming, but not the best.

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Buckling Spring

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 65cN force
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Gaming7.31
Typing9.12
Universal8.10
Rate It 323 ratings
September 4, 2018

Far and away the best experience

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Cherry MX Green

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 80cN force
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Gaming7.56
Typing7.75
Universal7.24
Rate It 290 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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Gaming8.30
Typing8.12
Universal6.99
Rate It 265 ratings
June 11, 2018

it's really stiff and you get tired after long time of typing

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Topre 45g

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Gaming8.28
Typing8.87
Universal8.14
Rate It 179 ratings
June 2, 2018

Good Switch but not very customisable

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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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Gaming8.25
Typing8.35
Universal7.49
Rate It 98 ratings
February 1, 2017

It truly gives you a good feeling of oneness with cup rubber.

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Matias Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming8.05
Typing7.10
Universal6.48
Rate It 86 ratings
March 19, 2018

The real tactile din bump, a recoil under the fingers, great satisfaction !!!

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Cherry MX Silver

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Gaming9.42
Typing7.49
Universal8.26
Rate It 78 ratings
August 9, 2018

Its a great keyboard for gaming as the fast response really helps it out but for typing it's very easy to mistype. Especially since the keys are de...

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Matias Quiet Click

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 55cN force
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Gaming7.63
Typing7.36
Universal6.30
Rate It 78 ratings
April 27, 2018

Wonderfully tactile while still being quiet. Prefer it over cherry MX clear for quiet typing as it's more tactile. In fact, I even prefer it over c...

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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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Gaming8.09
Typing6.58
Universal5.52
Rate It 60 ratings

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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Gaming6.66
Typing5.60
Universal5.17
Rate It 55 ratings
May 3, 2016

Its simply amazing to use.

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Topre 30g

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Gaming7.33
Typing5.87
Universal5.52
Rate It 55 ratings
November 17, 2015

30g topre is way too light and defeats the purpose of a rubber dome switch. The bump is just there enough that it is not linear, but barely noticea...

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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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Cherry MX Silent Red

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Gaming8.73
Typing6.48
Universal7.57
Rate It 50 ratings
June 28, 2018

They really are silent, sound when typing resembles Cherry MX Red with O-rings. Easy to press, low travel, Cherry quality.

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Kailh Red

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Gaming6.20
Typing5.38
Universal5.48
Rate It 44 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 Brown

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Gaming8.18
Typing8.48
Universal8.34
Rate It 43 ratings
October 8, 2018

orgasmic

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Gateron Black

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Gaming7.52
Typing7.16
Universal7.31
Rate It 34 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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Gaming8.42
Typing7.64
Universal8.23
Rate It 33 ratings
February 17, 2018

Best for FPS gaming but if you play lol or dota dont buy red switches

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Matias Linear

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Gaming8.26
Typing5.88
Universal5.88
Rate It 33 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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  • 60cN force
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Gaming4.64
Typing4.79
Universal4.54
Rate It 28 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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Gaming8.11
Typing7.52
Universal7.75
Rate It 22 ratings
September 27, 2018

These are terrific for Plover steno, since they have a super-light touch. For regular (e.g. Qwerty) typing, I did hit some keys that I didn't mean ...

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Cherry MX Nature White

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Gaming8.00
Typing8.30
Universal8.00
Rate It 21 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
Typing6.29
Universal6.90
Rate It 21 ratings
July 10, 2018

really cheap and sort of mushy compared to other switches but they arent horrible.

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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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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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KBT Black

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Gaming6.20
Typing6.50
Universal6.20
Rate It 10 ratings
July 10, 2018

xd

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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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Outemu Blue

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 60cN force
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Gaming8.00
Typing8.38
Universal7.88
Rate It 8 ratings
August 16, 2018

Depends on sound taste. I prefer louder and more tactile switches so these fit my needs well

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Greetech Red

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

Greetech Black

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

Kailh BOX White

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  • Clicky + Tactile
  • 50cN force
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Gaming6.00
Typing7.40
Universal6.80
Rate It 5 ratings
August 26, 2018

Much smoother and have a more satisfying click than cherry mx blues

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Outemu Red

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Gaming8.67
Typing8.33
Universal8.44
Rate It 5 ratings
September 30, 2018

The Switch feels amazing and light to use. I am using these for a year already!

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Topre Variable

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Gaming3.80
Typing7.60
Universal4.80
Rate It 5 ratings

Outemu Black

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Gaming7.40
Typing8.00
Universal7.50
Rate It 4 ratings

Outemu Brown

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Gaming7.00
Typing7.67
Universal7.33
Rate It 3 ratings

Cherry ML

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Flaretech Blue

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Flaretech Red

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Fukka (Fuhua) Black

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Fukka (Fuhua) White

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Gateron Yellow

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Hall Effect Clicky

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Hall Effect Linear

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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 BOX Heavy Pale Blue

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Kailh BOX Red

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Kailh BOX Thick Jade

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  • 66cN force
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Kailh BOX Thick Navy

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  • 77cN force
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Kailh ML Chocolate White

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Kailh Speed Bronze

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Kailh Speed Copper

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Kailh Speed Gold

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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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MOD L Linear

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MOD L Tactile

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MOD M Linear

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MOD M Tactile

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