cherry mx blue
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Keyboards are a very essential part of our digital life, whether you are using your PC for gaming or normal typing. But, do you know that all the mechanical keyboards are not the same, the switches used in the mechanical keyboard are the major performance decider.

The best mechanical keyboard switches are what makes the keyboard your trusty aide while grilling your opponents in an adrenaline pumped game. Basically, there are two types of switch:

  • Mechanical switches that last longer and are more consistent in feel and responsiveness than rubber dome keyboards.
  • Rubber dome keyboard which is modern, cheap and has a sheet of rubber to provide the tactile feedback while typing.

Mechanical key switches give unmissed, strong feedback and superb tactile feedback as you type. Cherry mechanical switches are great for gaming and cover a major market share of the mechanical keyboards. Cherry has designed different switches for different feedback and form factor. Some of them are Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Black, Cherry MX Brown, etc.

Cherry MX Blue

 

cherry mx blue
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These switches are the click-style switches which provide a much more distinct “click” sound when pressed beyond the tactile point. It is ideal for people who like to hear and feel a click every time they press a key. These tactile key switches help to ensure accurate data entry during typing any document.

This switch is primarily targeted for typing as it can register each keypress with accuracy. But not to mention, it also works great for gaming. This switch has a higher reset position and requires a greater actuation force, so it may be a bit slow in case of a rapid tap situation. Gamers can trade off a bit of speed for a definite tactile keypress confirmation.

Components

cherry mx blue
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Upper Housing

The upper housing is a CAD high precision component made of plastic polymer. The component guides the switching slide precisely, forming the Cherry MX key switches switching mechanism housing.

Switching slide

This is a CAD high-precision component made of plastic polymer specifically for the Cherry MX creates the pre-travel and the keystroke feel between the upper housing and coil spring.

cherry mx blue
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Gold crosspoint contact

Gold based, the crosspoint contact is the heart of every Cherry MX key switch and the basis of its incredible reliability and durability. With absolute precision, these triangular cross-contacts meet each other at precise right angles. This unique CHERRY innovation and ornate gold-plating make the electrical contact enclosure self-cleaning and give the key switch permanent protection against corrosion, guaranteeing the key switch for more than 50 million operations.

Precision coil spring

The key switches coil spring pressure resistance is the CHERRY MX’s sparring partner for your fingers. The high-density molecular structure of the spring’s metal alloy is calculated individually on the key switch and consistently optimized for the key switches specific pressure force.

Housing base

The inner part forms the mounting for the CHERRY MX key switches switching mechanism. The outer part is both the base and mounting surface for CHERRY’s mechanical keyboards.

Technical stuff

  • Operating force: 60cN
  • Pre-travel: 2.2 mm
  • Total travel: 4.0 mm

Keyboards with Cherry MX blue switches

 

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