Best Mechanical Switches for Gaming. Where can i buy mechanical switches

It may take a while to get used to, as the sensation isn’t as smooth when it’s brand new. As it has a self-lubricating design, the sensation becomes smoother like butter over time.

Switch Types

After deciding to choose a mechanical keyboard, the next question very quickly arises: what type of switch do you want to use? Switches are perhaps one of the most important parts of a keyboard. Two keyboards from the same model, but with different types of switches, can be completely different.

So which switches are the best?
Unfortunately, overall there is no easy answer, it really depends on your preferences. But don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it. This article will tell you everything you need to know and help you make the right decision.

Mechanical Keyboard Switch Types

Based on their characteristics, there are basically three types of switches: line switches, tactile switches, and clickable switches.

Linear switches are the simplest. They feel the same from the moment you start hitting a key until you hit the bottom. There is no haptic feedback or noise when hitting the activation point (the point where a keystroke is registered – usually somewhere in the middle). So most of the time you will probably hit the lowest level with every key press.

Tactile switches provide tactile feedback upon hitting an activation point. As you press a key, you will notice a small lump that tells you that your keystroke has been successfully registered.

Clicky switches provide an additional click sound when hitting an actuation point. The main advantage of tactile and clickable switches is that you don’t have to press the key all the way. You can release the key immediately after receiving feedback.

The most popular manufacturer of mechanical keyboard switches is the German company Cherry. Cherry created the famous Cherry MX switch in the 1980s and patented it. The switch has basically become the standard for mechanical keyboards. Almost every mechanical keyboard has used Cherry MX switches. Today the patent has already expired and anyone can benefit from the Cherry MX switch concept. As mechanical keyboards have grown in popularity over the past few years, several manufacturers have introduced their own types of switches. Cherry MX switches are still very popular though.

The Razer Linear Optical Switches only have a very short actuation distance and require slightly less keystroke force than the Cherry MX Red. Due to the inherent characteristics of these switches, it is worth taking some time to get used to them.

Our Top Picks

Cherry MX key switch for mechanical gaming keyboard

Cherry MX Key Switch for Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Razer Linear Optical Switch

Mechanical key switch Gateron KS 9 RGB Type MX Clear Top

Gateron KS-9 RGB Mechanical MX Type Clear |Top Key Switch

Best Mechanical Switches for Gaming: First Look

Cherry MX key switch for mechanical gaming keyboard

Cherry MX Key Switch for Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Cherry is one of the most popular brand choices when it comes to mechanical keyboard switches, so don’t be surprised if you spot a few further down this list! Our top pick is the best of the group but has plenty of choice for players of all stages of the game.

Razer Linear Optical Switch

They may only be sold as part of some Razer keyboards, but these Razer Linear Optical Switches are too good not to mention the mechanical switches. They react stably, smoothly and super fast thanks to the light signals they use.

Mechanical key switch Gateron KS 9 RGB Type MX Clear Top

Gateron KS-9 RGB Mechanical MX Type Clear |Top Key Switch

The RGB compliant MX Gateron KS-9 mechanical switch is ideal for storing a few spare keys as it comes bundled with 65 items to hold. The quiet brown key switches are quiet to use and respond fairly well, which is great for gaming.

Cherry MX key switch red MX1AL1NN

Cherry MX Red Key Switch MX1AL1NN

As with Cherry MX black, the Cherry MX Red key switches differ in the level of force required for activation, which is 45 cN. They can meet a wide range of needs as they are the perfect choice for replacing keys or even for a custom keyboard build.

Cherry MX key switch Black MX1AG1NN

Cherry MX Black Key Switch MX1AG1NN

Finally, we looked at the Cherry MX Black key switches, which require more 60 g of force to actuate and are therefore more resistant to pressing than the Cherry Red key switches. If you like a tactile keyboard, this is definitely worth considering.

As you’d expect from a bronze toggle switch, the relief to the touch is smooth. They feel solid, between a loud clicking switch and a smooth linear. If activated slowly, you will feel almost buckling as the switch reaches its touch point.

Our keyswitches

These are the switches we currently offer.

Cherry MX Brown

Cherry-brown key switches

Our most popular switch. Cherry MX Brown switches are tactile and quiet. Perfect for office use. They are the preferred choice for programmers, writers, and anyone who spends many hours in front of the computer.

Actuating force 45 ± 20 gf Initial travel 2.0 ± 0.6 mm

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