Assorted keyboard switches

It's hard to keep up with the number of keyboard switches out there. We've tried to make it a little easier by plotting out all the keyboard switches found on the Big List of Keyboard Switches so you can easily compare a switch that you're already familiar with.

The plot is 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 particular switch  is in terms of feel.

These plots aren't perfect, they're likely missing a new fangled switch, some data might be missing or off, and some of the bubbles overlap heavily so it's hard to read. You can hover over the plots to get clearer labels and some data points, we'll work on improving these charts to make them more useful.

Pick the category of switch you're interested in comparing. Leave us a comment below if you think there's a way we can make these better for you.

 

Cherry Switch Chart

Clicky Switch Chart

Tactile Switch Chart

Linear Switch Chart

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 BlueClicky502604CherryYes
RazerGreenRazer GreenClicky502604CherryYes
RazerOrangeRazer OrangeTactile402604CherryYes
RazerYellowRazer YellowLinear451.2453.5CherryYes
RazerOpto-mechanicalRazer Opto-mechanicalClicky451.5703.5CherryOptical switch
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 InkLinear602.2704
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 Glaxed GreenKailh Box Glaxed 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
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 TealiosTactile2.4674Cherry
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 CreamTactile552704Cherry
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
VarmiloEC SakuraVarmilo EC SakuraLinear452604Cherry
VarmiloEC RoseryVarmilo EC RoseryLinear552754Cherry
KBTBlueKBT BlueClicky5024Cherry
KBTBrownKBT BrownTactile4524Cherry
KBTRedKBT RedLinear6024Cherry
KBTBlackKBT BlackLinear6024Cherry

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