List of keyboard switches

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Commonly used mechanical switches on pre-built keyboards[edit]

Manufacturers frequently build computer keyboards using switches from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The switches used determine the feel of the keyboard.

Brand OEM Switch name Cherry MX equivalent Clicky Tactile Linear Actuation force Tactile force Actuation point Total travel Product code Durability (actuations)
Cherry Cherry Black[1] Cherry MX Black No No Yes 0.60 N N/A 2.0 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-11xx >100 million
Cherry Cherry Red[2] Cherry MX Red No No Yes 0.45 N N/A 2.0 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-L1xx >100 million
Cherry Cherry Brown[3] Cherry MX Brown No Yes No 0.45 N 0.55 N 2.0 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-G1xx >100 million
Cherry Cherry Blue[4] Cherry MX Blue Yes Yes No 0.50 N 0.60 N 2.2 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-E1xx >50 million
Cherry Cherry Green[5] Cherry MX Green Yes Yes No 0.70 N 0.80 N 2.2 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-F1xx >50 million
Cherry Cherry Clear[6] Cherry MX Clear No Yes No 0.55 N 0.65 N 2.0 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-C1xx
Cherry Cherry Grey (Tactile)[7] Cherry MX Tactile Grey No Yes No 0.80 N 0.80 N 2.0 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-D1xx >50 million
Cherry Cherry Grey (Linear) (formerly Dark grey) Cherry MX Linear Grey No No Yes 0.80 N N/A 2.0 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-21xx
Cherry Cherry Nature White Cherry MX Nature White No No Yes 0.55 N N/A 2.0 mm 4.0 mm MX1A-41NA
Cherry Cherry Speed Silver[8] Cherry MX Speed Silver No No Yes 0.45 N N/A 1.2 mm 3.4 mm MX1A-51xx
Cherry Cherry Low Profile Red[9] Cherry MX Low Profile Red No No Yes 0.45 ± 0.15 N N/A 1.2 ± 0.3 mm 3.2 ± 0.25 mm MX1B-L2NA >50 million
Cherry Cherry Low Profile Speed[10] Cherry MX Low Profile Speed No No Yes 0.45 ± 0.15 N N/A 1.0 ± 0.3 mm 3.2 ± 0.25 mm MX1B-52NA >50 million
Cherry Cherry Silent Black[11] Cherry MX Silent Black No No Yes 0.60 N N/A 1.9 mm 3.7 mm MX3A-11xx
Cherry Cherry Silent Red[12] Cherry MX Silent Red No No Yes 0.45 N N/A 1.9 mm 3.7 mm MX3A-L1xx
Kailh Kailh Black[13] Cherry MX Black No No Yes 0.60 N N/A 1.9 mm
Kailh Kailh Red[13] Cherry MX Red No No Yes 0.50 N N/A 1.9 mm
Kailh Kailh Blue[13] Cherry MX Blue Yes Yes No 0.50 N 0.60 N 1.9 mm
Kailh Kailh Brown[13] Cherry MX Brown No Yes No 0.50 N N/A 1.9 mm
Kailh Kailh Speed Silver[13] Cherry MX Speed Silver No No Yes 0.50 N N/A 1.3 mm
Kailh Kailh Speed Bronze[13] N/A Yes Yes No 0.50 N N/A 1.3 mm
Kailh Kailh Speed Copper[13] N/A No Yes No 0.50 N N/A 1.3 mm
Razer Kailh Green[14] Cherry MX Blue Yes Yes No 0.50 N 1.9 ± 0.4 mm 80 million
Razer Greetech Green Cherry MX Blue Yes Yes No
Razer Kailh Orange[14] Cherry MX Brown No Yes No 0.45 cN 1.9 ± 0.4 mm 80 million
Razer Greetech Orange Cherry MX Brown No Yes No
Razer Kailh Yellow[14] Cherry MX Speed Silver No No Yes 0.45 N N/A 1.2 ± 0.3 mm 3.5 mm
Razer Greetech Yellow Cherry MX Speed Silver No No Yes N/A
Razer DMET[15] Red (Optical Switch)[16] Cherry MX Red No No Yes 0.40 N N/A 1.0 mm 100 million
Razer DMET[15] Purple (Optical Switch)[16] Cherry MX Blue Yes Yes No 0.45 N N/A 1.5 mm 100 million
Logitech Omron GL Linear[17] Cherry MX Low Profile Red No No Yes 0.50 N N/A 1.5 mm 2.7 mm 80 million
Logitech Omron GL Tactile[17] N/A No Yes No 0.50 N 0.60 N 1.5 mm 2.7 mm 80 million
Logitech Omron GL Clicky[17] N/A Yes Yes No 0.50 N 0.60 N 1.5 mm 2.7 mm 80 million
Logitech Omron Romer-G Linear[17] N/A No No Yes 0.45 N N/A 1.5 mm 3.2 mm 70 million[18]
Logitech Omron Romer-G Tactile[17] N/A No Yes No 0.45 N 0.50 N 1.5 mm 3.2 mm 70 million[18]
Logitech Omron GX Red[17] Cherry MX Red No No Yes 0.50 N N/A 1.9 mm 4.0 mm
Logitech Omron GX Blue[17] Cherry MX Blue Yes Yes No 0.50 N 0.60 N 2.0 mm 4.0 mm 70 million
Logitech Omron GX Brown[17] Cherry MX Brown No Yes No 0.50 N 0.60 N 1.9 mm 4.0 mm 70 million
Roccat Roccat Roccat Titan Linear[19] Cherry MX Red No No Yes N/A 1.4 mm 3.6 mm
Roccat Roccat Roccat Titan Tactile[19] Cherry MX Brown No Yes No 1.8 mm 3.6 mm
Outemu Gaote/Outemu Reds[20] Cherry MX Reds No No Yes 0.50 N N/A 1.5 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Outemu Gaote/Outemu Browns[20] Cherry MX Browns No Yes No 0.50 N 0.55 N 2.0 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Outemu Gaote/Outemu Blues[20] Cherry MX Blues Yes Yes No 0.60 N 0.65 N 2.0 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Outemu Gaote/Outemu Black [20] Cherry MX Blacks No No Yes 0.70 N N/A 2.4 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Gateron Gateron Reds [21] Cherry MX Reds No No Yes 0.45 N N/A 2.0 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Gateron Gateron Browns[21] Cherry MX Browns No Yes No 0.55 N 0.60 N 2.0 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Gateron Gateron Blacks[21] Cherry MX Blacks No No Yes 0.65 N N/A 2.0 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Gateron Gateron White [21] - No No Yes 0.35 N N/A 2.0 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Gateron Gateron Green [21] - Yes Yes No 0.80 N 0.80 N 2.3 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Gateron Gateron Blues[21] Cherry MX Blues Yes Yes No 0.60 N 0.65 N 2.3 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
Gateron Gateron Yellows[21] - No No Yes 0.50 N N/A 2.0 mm 4.0 mm 50 million
I.B.M./Unicomp I.B.M./Unicomp Buckling Spring N/A Yes Yes No >25 million (Model M)

>100 million (Model F)

Mechanical keyboard switches for custom keyboards[edit]

On the custom mechanical keyboard space there are far greater quantity of keyboard switches. It is important to note that these do not portray the diversity and number of switches currently on the market.

Brand OEM Switch name Stem design Switch type Click type Initial force Actuation force Spring force Actuation point Total travel Mounting type Factory lube SMD LED compatibility Key stroke lifespan
Drop x Invyr Kailh Holy Panda[22] MX Type stem Tactile N/A 67 g 67 g 67 g 1.2 mm 4.0 mm Plate mounting No Yes 80 million
Drop Kailh Halo True[23] MX Type stem Tactile N/A 60 g 54 g 100 g 1.9 mm 4.0 mm Plate mounting Yes Yes 80 million
Drop Kailh Halo Clear[23] MX Type stem Tactile N/A 65 g 52 g 78 g 1.9 mm 4.0 mm Plate mounting Yes Yes 80 million
Kailh Kailh Box White MX Type stem Clicky Click Bar 50 g 50 g 60 g 1.8 mm 4.0 mm Plate mounting No Yes 80 million
Kailh Kailh BOX Glazed Green MX Type stem Clicky Click Bar 50 g 50 g 50 g 1.8 mm 3.6 mm Plate Mounting No Yes 80 million
Kailh Kailh BOX Jade MX Type stem Clicky Click Bar 50 g 50 g 60 g 1.8 mm 3.6 mm Plate Mounting No Yes 80 million
Kailh Kailh BOX Pale Blue MX Type stem Clicky Click Bar 60 g 60 g 80 g 1.8 mm 3.6 mm Plate Mounting No Yes 80 million
Kailh Kailh BOX Navy MX Type stem Clicky Click Bar 60 g 60 g 90 g 1.8 mm 3.6 mm Plate Mounting No Yes 80 million
Kailh Kailh BOX Noble Yellow MX Type stem Clicky Click Bar 65 g 65 g 65 g 1.8 mm 3.6 mm Plate Mounting No Yes 80 million
Kailh Kailh BOX Pinks MX Type stem Clicky Click Bar 65 g 65 g 65 g 1.8 mm 3.6 mm Plate Mounting No Yes 80 million
Gateron Gateron Aliaz Silent MX Type Stem Silent Tactile N/A N/A N/A 60/70/

80/100g

2.0 mm 4.0 mm Plate Mounting No Yes N/A
Zeal PC Gateron Clickiez MX Type Stem Clicky/Tactile/Linear Click Leaf 40/75 g 32/58 g 73/95 g 2.0 mm (unchecked) 4.0 mm Plate Mounting No Yes N/A
Zeal PC Gateron Crystal MX Type Stem Tactile N/A ~50g ~70g 60 g 2.0 mm 4.0 mm Plate Mounting No Yes N/A
Zeal PC Gateron Zealio V1 Redux MX Type Stem Tactile N/A ? ? 62g/67g 2.0 mm 4.0 mm Plate Mounting No Yes N/A

Future[edit]

As time goes on, there are more and more switches being developed and manufactured across the world. Some are by new manufacturers, some are collaborations between companies and manufacturers, and some are consumer made. It is hard to really keep up with the amount of switches, but there are some [1] bigger databases that involve more than just our main manufacturers listed here.

On top of a variety of new switches being made, consumers are taking parts of different switches and than going on to make their own switches, called “Franken-switches”[2] These switch ‘ideas’ are starting to take over the community, as consumers love to mix different materials with others to really get a sound and feel that they feel is just ‘right.’

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cherry MX black",https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-original/mx-black.html
  2. ^ "Cherry MX red",https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-original/mx-red.html
  3. ^ "Cherry MX brown",https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-original/mx-brown.html
  4. ^ "Cherry MX blue",https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-original/mx-blue.html
  5. ^ "Cherry MX green",https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-special/mx-green.html
  6. ^ "Cherry MX clear",https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-special/mx-clear.html
  7. ^ "Cherry MX grey",https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-special/mx-grey.html
  8. ^ "Cherry MX speed silver", https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-original/mx-speed-silver.html
  9. ^ "Cherry MX Low Profile Speed", https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-low-profile/mx-low-profile-red.html
  10. ^ "Cherry MX Low Profile Speed", https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-low-profile/mx-low-profile-speed.html
  11. ^ "Cherry MX silent black", https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-original/mx-silent-black.html
  12. ^ "Cherry MX silent red", https://www.cherrymx.de/en/mx-original/mx-silent-red.html
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Kitguru Guide to Mechanical Keyboard Switches", https://www.kitguru.net/peripherals/keyboards/matthew-wilson/the-kitguru-guide-to-mechanical-keyboard-switches/
  14. ^ a b c "Tom's Hardware Review", https://www.tomshardware.com/news/razer-yellow-mechanical-keyboard-switch,33476.html
  15. ^ a b "Dongguan Mingjian Electronic Technology products page". dgmjdz (in Chinese). Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  16. ^ a b Razor, https://www.razer.com/razer-optical-switch
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h Logitech, https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/innovation/mechanical-switches.html
  18. ^ a b "Tom's Hardware Orion Review", https://www.tomshardware.com/news/logitech-g910-orion-spark-romer-g,28101.html
  19. ^ a b "Roccat's Titan Switch", https://en.roccat.org/Labs/Titan-Switchl
  20. ^ a b c d "information regarding the mechanical switches from a reseller". Mechanicalkeyboards. Retrieved 22 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ a b c d e f g "For Gateron". keychronkeyboards. Retrieved 22 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "Drop: Passions lead here". Drop. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  23. ^ a b "Drop: Passions lead here". Drop. Retrieved 2021-03-19.