Mechanical Keyboard Switch Chart & Table

Assorted keyboard switches

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There are a lot of switch options out there, even for someone who’s actively writing about keyboards and switches, I find myself having to look up what some switches are and what they feel like. 

To help people find info about switches quickly, I’ve put together this living database of switches that log all information I could find on the switches.

The database includes what type of switch they are, and what their weight and actuation points are, you can use this table to approximate what a switch might feel like, a switch that has similar numbers to a red switch will give you an idea of what that switch could feel like. 

I’ve also created plot charts based on actuation travel (measured in mm) and actuation force (measured in grams). The farther up and to the right the switch is, the heavier that switch is in terms of feel.

These plots aren’t perfect, they’re likely missing a new switches, some data might be inaccurate due to available data, and some bubbles overlap heavily so it’s hard to read. You can hover over the plots to get clearer labels and some data points.

Pick the chart category of switch you’re interested in comparing. Jump to the plot charts:

If you’re looking to learn more about mechanical switches and how they work, jump to what are mechanical switches.

Combine your favourite switch with our best keyboard recommendations and you’ll be sure to have a great typing and gaming experience.

The Big List of Keyboard Switches

Here’s our big ass list of keyboard switches and their actuation weights, bottom out weights and distances, if you don’t know what these terms mean please take a look at our everything you need to look for in a gaming keyboard post. A quick refresher, actuation point is the point where the key switch sends the signal to the computer, bottom out is when the key switch is fully pressed down.

A couple of notes on this table:

  • Data was pulled from an array of sources including Input Club, PCGamer, Deskthority, /r/mechanicalkeyboards, Geekhack, NovelKeys, Mechanicalkeyboards.com, KBDFans, Massdrop and Originative. Consequently, a lot of these sites are the best places for you to get a lot of these switches on the table.
  • Data is incomplete, some switches didn’t have definitive spec data on actuation or bottom out force, if more definitive information comes out I will update
  • Key switch data testing is consistent, some of these force ratings are spec, some of them are from tests, they vary based on methodology and QA variances on the switch
  • There are switches I didn’t cover due to them not really being used or being available, if there are new switches or switches you feel I should add, please comment below!
  • Numbers do not replace the need to try out switches to see what you like, this giant switch tester from KBDFans has 63 switches if you’re really interested in trying a wide array, or if you know you’re sticking more mainstream here’s a 6 switch Cherry tester from WASD.
  • Take a look at our gaming mouse size chart if you like data like this!
BrandSwitch NameSwitch Name completeTypeActuation forceActuation pointBottom outBottom out travelStem CompatibilityAvailable on brand names?Notes
CherryMX BlueCherry MX BlueClicky502604CherryYes
CherryMX BlackCherry MX BlackLinear602804CherryYes
CherryMX BrownCherry MX BrownTactile452604CherryYes
CherryMX RedCherry MX RedLinear452604CherryYes
CherryMX ClearCherry MX ClearTactile652954Cherry
CherryMX GreenCherry MX GreenClicky702904Cherry
CherryMX WhiteCherry MX WhiteClicky802.2804Cherry
CherryMX Tactile GreyCherry MX Tactile GreyTactile8021104Cherry
CherryMX Linear GreyCherry MX Linear GreyLinear8021154Cherry
CherryMX Silent BlackCherry MX Silent BlackLinear601.9803.7Cherry
CherryMX SilverCherry MX SilverLinear451.2603.4CherryYes
CherryMX Speed SilverCherry MX Speed SilverLinear451.2653.4CherryYes
CherryMX Silent RedCherry MX Silent RedLinear451.9603.7Cherry
CherryMX Nature WhiteCherry MX Nature WhiteLinear552654Cherry
CherryMX Low Profile RedCherry MX Low Profile RedLinear451.2803.2Cherry
CherryMX Low Profile SpeedCherry MX Low Profile SpeedLinear451803.2
LogitechRomer-G TactileLogitech Romer-G TactileTactile451.5553Romer-GYes
LogitechRomer-G LinearLogitech Romer-G LinearLinear451.5553.2Romer-GYes
LogitechGX BlueLogitech GX BlueClicky502603.7CherryYes
LogitechGX BrownLogitech GX BrownTactile5024CherryYes
LogitechGX RedLogitech GX RedLinear501.94CheryYes
RazerGreenRazer GreenClicky502604CherryYes
RazerOrangeRazer OrangeTactile402604CherryYes
RazerYellowRazer YellowLinear451.2453.5CherryYes
RazerClicky Optical SwitchRazer Clicky Optical SwitchClicky451.5703.5CherryOptical switch
RazerLinear Optical SwitchRazer Linear Optical SwitchLinear401603.5CherryYes
SteelseriesQS1Steelseries QS1Linear451.5453.5QS1Yes
CoolermasterHybrid capacitiveCoolermaster Hybrid capacitiveTactile4514CherryYesTopre switches
RoccatTitanRoccat TitanTactile1.83.6CherryYesOnly on Roccat boards, force curves to come!
IBMBuckling SpringIBM Buckling SpringClicky702904Buckling Spring
Topre30Topre 30Tactile302704Topre
Topre35Topre 35Tactile252504Topre
Topre45Topre 45Tactile452804Topre
Topre55Topre 55Tactile6521104Topre
MatiasQuiet ClickMatias Quiet ClickTactile502.2353.5ALPSSKCM/ALPS clones
MatiasClickMatias ClickClicky502.2353.5ALPSSKCM/ALPS clones
MatiasQuiet LinearMatias Quiet LinearLinear352.2353.5ALPSSKCM/ALPS clones
GateronClearGateron ClearLinear352.2354CherryNot similar to Cherry Clears at all
GateronRedGateron RedLinear452.2554Cherry
GateronYellowGateron YellowLinear502604Cherry
GateronBlackGateron BlackLinear602754Cherry
GateronBrownGateron BrownTactile452.65504Cherry
GateronBlueGateron BlueClicky552.2604Cherry
GateronGreenGateron GreenClicky802.2804Cherry
GateronInkGateron InkLinear602.2704Cherry
GateronRobin 62GGateron Robin 62GLinear402624Cherry
KailhRedKailh RedLinear502654CherryYes
KailhBrownKailh BrownTactile502604CherryYes
KailhBlackKailh BlackLinear6024CherryYes
KailhBlueKailh BlueClicky502604CherryYes
KailhSpeed SilverKailh Speed SilverLinear501.1703.5Cherry
KailhSpeed CopperKailh Speed CopperTactile501.1603.5Cherry
KailhSpeed BronzeKailh Speed BronzeClicky501.1653.5Cherry
KailhSpeed PinkKailh Speed PinkTactile501.13.5Cherry
KailhSpeed GoldKailh Speed GoldClicky501.4603.5Cherry
KailhBox RedKailh Box RedLinear451.8603.6Cherry
KailhBox BlackKailh Box BlackLinear601.8753.6Cherry
KailhBox NavyKailh Box NavyClicky601.8903.6Cherry
KailhBox JadeKailh Box JadeClicky501.8603.6Cherry
KailhBox BrownKailh Box BrownTactile451.8603.6Cherry
KailhBox WhiteKailh Box WhiteClicky451.8553.6Cherry
KailhBox Dark YellowKailh Box Dark YellowLinear701.8803.6Cherry
KailhBox PinkKailh Box PinkClicky651.8553.6Cherry
KailhBox Chinese RedKailh Box Chinese RedLinear451.8553.6Cherry
KailhBox Noble YellowKailh Box Noble YellowClicky651.8503.6Cherry
KailhBox Glazed GreenKailh Box Glazed GreenClicky501.8503.6Cherry
KailhAncient GreyKailh Ancient GreyLinear951.81003.6Cherry
KailhHeavy Burnt OrangeKailh Heavy Burnt OrangeTactile601.8803.6Cherry
KailhBox RoyalKailh Box RoyalTactile401.8703.6Cherry
KailhBox Pale BlueKailh Box Pale BlueClicky601.8803.6Cherry
KailhPro BurgundyKailh Pro BurgundyLinear501.7703.6Cherry
KailhPro PurpleKailh Pro PurpleTactile501.7703.6Cherry
KailhPro Light GreenKailh Pro Light GreenClicky501.7603.6Cherry
KailhLow Profile Choc Dark YellowKailh Low Profile Choc Dark YellowLinear701.5853Kailh Low Profile
KailhLow Profile Choc Burnt OrangeKailh Low Profile Choc Burnt OrangeTactile701.5853Kailh Low Profile
KailhLow Profile Choc Pale BlueKailh Low Profile Choc Pale BlueClciky701.5853Kailh Low Profile
KailhLow Profile Choc RedKailh Low Profile Choc RedLinear501.5653Kailh Low Profile
KailhLow Profile Choc BrownKailh Low Profile Choc BrownTactile501.5653Kailh Low Profile
KailhLow Profile Choc WhiteKailh Low Profile Choc WhiteClicky501.5653Kailh Low Profile
KailhLow Profile Choc NavyKailh Low Profile Choc NavyClicky601.5853Kailh Low Profile
KailhLow Profile Choc JadeKailh Low Profile Choc JadeClicky601.5753Kailh Low Profile
KailhBox Red ProKailh Box Red ProLinear351.8453.6Cherry
KailhSpeed NavyKailh Speed NavyTactile651.43.5Cherry
ZealPCZealios 62 gZealPC Zealios 62 gTactile202.4624Cherry
ZealPCZealios 65 gZealPC Zealios 65 gTactile252.4654Cherry
ZealPCZealios 67 gZealPC Zealios 67 gTactile302.4674Cherry
ZealPCZealios 78 gZealPC Zealios 78 gTactile402.4784CherryLighter Cherry MX Clear, Smoother
ZealPCTiffany Blue TealiosZealPC Tiffany Blue TealiosLinear2.4674Cherry
ZealPCOrange HealiosZealPC Orange HealiosLinear4674Cherry
ZealPCZilents 62 gZealPC Zilents 62 gTactile202.4624CherrySilent Zealios
ZealPCZilents 65 gZealPC Zilents 65 gTactile252.4654CherrySilent Zealios
ZealPCZilents 67 gZealPC Zilents 67 gTactile302.4674CherrySilent Zealios
ZealPCZilents 78 gZealPC Zilents 78 gTactile402.4784CherrySilent Zealios
Input ClubHako TrueInput Club Hako TrueTactile602953.6Cherry
Input ClubHako ClearInput Club Hako ClearTactile552753.6Cherry
Input ClubHako VioletInput Club Hako VioletTactile402503.6Cherry
Input ClubHako Royal TrueInput Club Hako Royal TrueTactile602853.6Cherry
Input ClubHako Royal ClearInput Club Hako Royal ClearTactile502853.6Cherry
Input ClubHalo ClearInput Club Halo ClearTactile502804Cherry
Input ClubHalo TrueInput Club Halo TrueTactile5521004Cherry
MODMOD-LMOD MOD-LLinear4524Cherry
MODMOD-LMOD MOD-LTactile452624Cherry
MODMOD-MMOD MOD-MLinear5524Cherry
MODMOD-MMOD MOD-MTactile552664Cherry
MODMOD-HMOD MOD-HLinear622804Cherry
MODMOD-HMOD MOD-HTactile622784Cherry
MODMOD-SHMOD MOD-SHTactile7024Cherry
Aliaz60gAliaz 60gTactile2604CherryKind of similar to Zealio
Aliaz70gAliaz 70gTactile2704CherryKind of similar to Zealio
Aliaz80gAliaz 80gTactile2804CherryKind of similar to Zealio
Aliaz100gAliaz 100gTactile21004CherryKind of similar to Zealio
OutemuBrownOutemu BrownTactile402554Cherry
OutemuBlueOutemu BlueClicky402604Cherry
OutemuRedOutemu RedLinear402504Cherry
OutemuBlackOutemu BlackLinear302654Cherry
OutemuIce SilverOutemu Ice SilverLinear2684Cherry
OutemuICE Light PurpleOutemu ICE Light PurpleTactile2624Cherry
OutemuICE Dustproof BrownOutemu ICE Dustproof BrownTactile2624Cherry
OutemuICE Dark PurpleOutemu ICE Dark PurpleTactile2684Cherry
OutemuICE GreyOutemu ICE GreyTactile2754Cherry
OutemuICE BlueOutemu ICE BlueClicky2624Cherry
OutemuICE TealOutemu ICE TealClicky2684Cherry
OutemuICE ClickOutemu ICE ClickClicky2754Cherry
GreetechBrownGreetech BrownTactile402604CherryYes
GreetechBlueGreetech BlueClicky502604CherryYes
GreetechRedGreetech RedLinear452554CherryYes
GreetechBlackGreetech BlackLinear602804CherryYes
TesoroAgile RedTesoro Agile RedLinear451.53.5Cherry
TesoroAgile BlueTesoro Agile BlueClicky451.53.5Cherry
TesoroSlim BlueTesoro Slim BlueClicky5013Tesoro
TesoroSlim BlueTesoro Slim Blue4513Tesoro
NovelKeysCreamNovelKeys CreamLinear552704Cherry
GeekmakerCreamy YellowGeekmaker Creamy YellowLinear55Cherry
GeekmakerCreamy PinkGeekmaker Creamy PinkLinear62Cherry
GeekmakerCreamy PurpleGeekmaker Creamy PurpleLinear67Cherry
GeekmakerCreamy GreenGeekmaker Creamy GreenLinear78Cherry
TTCOrange BlackTTC Orange BlackLinear6024Cherry
TTCOrange RedTTC Orange RedLinear4524Cherry
TTCOrange BlueTTC Orange BlueClicky602.24Cherry
TTCOrange BrownTTC Orange BrownTactile4524Cherry
YOKRed PandasYOK Red PandasLinear5060Cherry
TTCSilent RedTTC Silent RedLinear452553.8Cherry
TTCSilent BrownTTC Silent BrownTactile452603.8Cherry
TTCGold BrownTTC Gold BrownTactile452604Cherry
TTCGold PinkTTC Gold Pink372454Cherry
VarmiloEC SakuraVarmilo EC SakuraLinear452604Cherry
VarmiloEC RoseryVarmilo EC RoseryLinear552754Cherry
VarmiloEC IvyVarmilo EC IvyLinear502.34Cherry
KBTBlueKBT BlueClicky5024Cherry
KBTBrownKBT BrownTactile4524Cherry
KBTRedKBT RedLinear6024Cherry
KBTBlackKBT BlackLinear6024Cherry
Hall EffectLinearHall Effect LinearLinear600.1-3.8654Cherry
Hall EffectClickyHall Effect ClickyClicky600.1-3.8654Cherry
Hall EffectTactileHall Effect TactileTactile600.1-3.8654Cherry
FlaretechRedFlaretech RedLinear551.5-3.6554Cherry
FlaretechBlackFlaretech BlackLinear551.5-3.6554Cherry
FlaretechBlueFlaretech BlueClicky801.5-3.6804Cherry
HyperXRedHyperX RedLinear453.8Cherry
HyperXAquaHyperX AquaTactile453.8Cherry
c3Tangerinec3 TangerineLinear624Cherry
AlpacasAlpacasLinear624Cherry
H1sH1sLinear784Cherry
TTCGold PinkTTC Gold PinkLinear372454Cherry
NovelKeys x KailhBlueberryNovelKeys x Kailh BlueberryTactile553804Cherry
DropHoly PandaDrop Holy PandaTactile442.4623.8Cherry
EverglideCrystal VioletEverglide Crystal VioletTactile55263.54Cherry
EverglideSakura PinkEverglide Sakura PinkLinear4524Cherry
EverglideJade GreenEverglide Jade GreenTactile5824Cherry
EverglideCoral RedEverglide Coral RedLinear6724Cherry
EverglideAmber OrangeEverglide Amber OrangeLinear5824Cherry
EverglideOreoEverglide OreoTactile552624Cherry
EverglideTourmaline Blue CyanEverglide Tourmaline Blue CyanLinear502554Cherry
EverglideDark JadeEverglide Dark JadeTactile672674Cherry
T1 67GT1 67GTactile67
T1 65GT1 65GTactile65
T1 62GT1 62GTactile62

 

Cherry Switch Chart

Clicky Switch Chart

Tactile Switch Chart

Linear Switch Chart

What’s a mechanical switch?

If you’re still wondering what all these numbers and plot points mean then this section will give you an overview of what all the above data means. 

The mechanical switch is the reason why they’re called mechanical keyboards, under each keycap there is a switch with mechanical parts responsible for registering your keystrokes, these mechanisms are built up in different ways to give a variety of typing and gaming experiences.

switch types
How a Cherry linear, tactile and clicky switch look on the inside.

Each switch is generally composed of these parts from top to bottom:

  1. Stem: The part where the keycap is mounted on, most switches use a standard + pattern cherry mx stem so that aftermarket keycaps work with them.
  2. Switch housing: a mini-case for all the parts of the switch.
  3. Slider: The slider is the main piece that sits out the spring, when the slider drops due to pressure it interrupts the contact leaves causing a registered keystroke.
  4. Metal contact leaves: When the leaves touch each other after separation they register the keystroke.
  5. Spring: Switches are responsible for the force required to press down on the switch to actuate, it’s also responsible for resetting the switch to neutral position.

Switch Types: Clicky, Tactile or Linear

Each switch type falls into 3 major categories, each has its distinct features and they’re not inherently better than the other, it’s personal preference which switch type you like.

Clicky switches make an audible clicky noise when pressed, accompanying that is usually a very distinct bump that gives you physical feedback that the key has been pressed. Clicky switches make a lot of noise, so if you game at night or you just don’t want to annoy anyone with your AD or APM spamming then you might want to skip clicky switches.

Tactile switches are like clicky switches, they have a physical bump in the middle of the key press travel, but they don’t make a distinct click noise when pressed.

Linear switches don’t provide and audible click or bump near the actuation point.

Actuation point, bottom out and travel

The actuation point refers to the specific point when the key switch registers the key press, switches can have a variety of actuation points, measured by force in grams. A keyboard with a really light actuation <30 grams requires very little force to register a keystroke when compared to a switch that has a  50 gram actuation. The lower weight means you have a faster, more reactive keyboard, but you might be more prone to grazing a key register.

You bottom out a key when you press hard enough that you fully press down the switch, this is also measured in force, a higher bottom out weight means that it’ll be much harder for you to press all the way down on each individual key. A heaver key switch allows for heavier fingered gamers and typists to have a more tactile experience, while also removing chances of accidental key presses.

Key travel, how far the switch goes from fully depressed to bottoming out. You’ll likely be experienced with lower travel keyboards in laptops like the new Macbook (yuck). The standard travel distance is 4 mm but there have been a few low travel mechanical switches released in the past few years. Unless you know you prefer a shallow travel, I’d stick with a standard travel key switch.

Switch brands

There are several large manufacturers of switches including some major brand proprietary switches on this list, I want to point to some of the bigger switch brands, for a full comprehensive list of what’s out there, check out our big list of keyboard switches post.

Cherry MX, the original mechanical switch producer and still the most common switches, they’re in every large retail keyboard:

  • Cherry MX Blue: Clicky, 50 gram actuation
  • Cherry MX Brown: Tactile, 45 gram actuation
  • Cherry MX Red: Linear, 45 gram actuation
  • Cherry MX Black: Linear, 60 gram actuation

Gateron, started out as a pure Cherry MX clone, producing the same colours as Cherry at a lower cost and lower quality, they have since grown up to produce their own switch types and have even improved on the original Cherry MX, with much smoother switches compared to the originals.

  • Gateron Blue: Clicky, 55 gram actuation
  • Gateron Brown: Tactile, 45 gram actuation
  • Gateron Red: Linear, 45 gram actuation
  • Gateron Black: Linear, 50 gram actuation

Romer-G, Logitech’s keyboard switch produced by mouse switch manufacturer Omron, they emphasize on pure gaming switches with great LED stems, these stems however are not compatible with aftermarket keycaps.

  • Romer-G Tactile, 45 gram actuation
  • Romer-G Linear, 45 gram actuation
  • GX Blue; Clicky, 50 gram actuation

Razer Switches Razers propietary switch used in their keyboards, these switches have a stem that is compatible with aftermarket keycaps.

  • Razer Green: Clicky, 50 gram actuation
  • Razer Orange: Tactile, 45 gram actuation
  • Razer Yellow: Linear, 45 gram actuation
  • Razer Opto-Mechanical: Clicky, 45 gram actuation

Steelseries QS1 switches are propietary switches found in Steelseries keyboards, these are made by Kaihua and resemble the Logtech Romer-G with the empty stemp in the middle for RGB lighting.

  • QS1: Linear, 45 gram actuation

This is just a quick rundown of the switches that major brands might use, there’s a huge universe of more niche switches out there. We’re not covering other major switches like Topre, ALPS/Matias or buckling spring since they’re not really suited for gaming given how heavy and niche they are.

I’d recommend getting a keycap tester to figure out which keycaps you prefer. This WASD Cherry MX Switch Tester is a good place to start.

O-Rings

O-rings are little rubber circles that can be installed on the keycap to reduce the clickety clackity noise of mechanical keyboards when you bottom out on the key, most brands don’t include these, but if you’re in an environment where people are sleeping or just annoyed at the noise O-rings can be acquired cheaply on Amazon and are very easy to install, these ThreeBulls ones do the trick.

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14 Responses

  1. Sorry for what my be a stupid question…
    As of writing this question, this page only mentions “optical” once (in the chart).

    Is this because it does not matter if the switch is optical – e.g. an Outemu brown mechanical switch will have the same actuation distance whether it is optical or not?

  2. Hey Fred!

    Not a silly question at all! I haven’t had a chance to update this switch table for a bit so there are a few more optical switches out now that I need to add.

    But yes you’re right, regardless if they are optical or not they all have a point in distance at which they actuate. The Apex Pro keyboard (https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/steelseries-apex-pro) has hall effect switches which use a magnetic actuation, you can actually set the actuation distance on that keyboard.

  3. You have Tealios incorrectly labeled as tactile. They are linear switches. I think that some switches could be added as well. I was also thinking maybe Alpacas would be a good addition along with Sakurios/Roselios. At least for linear switches. There are a lot of new switches that can go up here. Also, the chart has so many overlaid switches that it is hard to read. And a column stating if a switch is available as an aftermarket switch or if it only comes mounted to the specific board by the company would help sort through switches when looking to upgrade/update.

    1. Thanks for the tips Chris! They definitely are linear switches will make that change soon.

      I haven’t updated the chart in a while. I’ll definitely add the most popular new switches, seems like they come out so frequently now.

  4. Hello and thank you so much for putting this together! Been looking everywhere for a comprehensive chart like this. I think the NovelKeys Creams are Linear instead of Tactile as stated in the chart. Can you check me on this? Thanks again Raymond!

  5. I think the most important is force displacement graph. To see where does tactile switch has its bump and how big it is. I’m looking for switch that doesn’t move at first and then bottoms out. No pre travel and big bump. Unfortunately there’s no way to see it from current charts.

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