Intro to Mechanical Keyboards

SWITCHES

Linear switches:

Cherry Black
Cherry Reds

Tactile, non-clicky switches:

Tactile, clicky switches:

Others:

  • Silent Red (Pink) switches are quieter variants of the linear MX Red switch, with rubber pieces inside that dampen the sound of the switch returning to its default position. The actuation force remains 45 cN.
  • Speed Silver is a shortened version of the MX Red switch, actuating at 1.2mm instead of 2mm and with a total travel of 3.4mm compared to 4mm.
  • Clear switches are a stiffer version of Brown switches, with a tactile bump and weighting of 65 cN.
  • Grey switches are used for space bars on Clear keyboards, with a weighting of 80 cN.
  • Green switches are a stiffer version of Blue switches, with a tactile bump and audible click, weighted at 80 cN. It is primarily used for space bars.
  • White switches are very similar to green switches, with modern versions being weighted the same (80 cN) but being slightly quieter.
  • Super Black switches are extra stiff (150 cN) linear switches designed for space bars on keyboards with Black switches.
  • Dark Grey switches are moderately more stiff linear (80 cN) switches designed for use as space bars on keyboards with Cherry MX Black switches.
  • Cherry MX Lock switches are locking linear switches that stay down until pressed again, typically used for Caps Lock and TTY lock in keyboards before the 1980s.

Form Factors

Full size

Full size

Tenkeyless (80%)

80%

75%

75%

60%

60%

Gaming

Corsair K70 Platinum

Layouts

ANSI, ISO and JIS

ANSI
ISO
JIS

Keycaps

Standard size
None standard size

Gallery

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Full-stack developer with a background in computer repairs, looking for my first break in software engineering. https://linkedin.com/in/gabriel-batista-dev/

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