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Keyboard switch

Switches or mechanical switches are important elements of your PC. These small accessories have a direct impact on the use and performance of the keyboard. The switch closes a circuit when you press it. It also allows key activation. Custom Ton Clavier helps you choose the switch that suits your needs.

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How does a keyboard switch work?

A switch is a switch attached under each key of a mechanical keyboard . It is composed of a rod, a high base, a spring and contact. For it to work, you must press a key: this triggers an electrical connection and the keystroke is recorded. The switch makes the keyboard much more responsive and offers greater precision.

Unlike the traditional membrane keyboard, the mechanical one offers a long lifespan and a special typing feeling. What marks the difference between these two types of keyboards is the presence of switches on the Keyboard PCB (material allowing the keyboard to flex and fold). You can order an RGB PCB on Custom Ton Clavier whose switches are fully hot-swappable.

The characteristics of a switch for mechanical keyboard

If you are a gamer or a simple computer user, several elements must be taken into account when choosing a switch :

  • the type of switch,
  • the activation distance,
  • the actuation force,
  • the audible click.

The switch for mechanical keyboard can be linear or tactile depending on its responsiveness. A keyboard with a tactile switch offers very flexible key feedback at the actuation point. You then feel whether the button is activated or not. A linear switch is ideal for fast typing. It is the perfect choice for gaming, as it offers unique gaming comfort.

The activation distance is the distance the key travels to be considered activated. The actuation force represents the pressure required on a key to press it to its activation distance. With light weight, activation is faster.

A high force protects the user from a missed click at the fateful moment and the feeling of stiffness of the key is important. When it comes to the audible click, all mechanical keyboards make pretty much the same noise. However, some have a more audible clicking sound upon activation .

Summary of available keyboard switches

To choose the switches for your mechanical keyboard, you must select the models adapted to your use and your preferences. The majority of mechanical keyboards are equipped with Cherry MX switches, but there are also other brands on the market such as Kailh Red and Steelseries Q1.

Switch

Switch type

Activation distance

Actuation force

Audible click

Cherry MX Red RGB

Linear

2mm

45g

No

Cherry MX Black

Linear

2mm

60g

No

Cherry MX Brown RGB

Touch

2mm

55g

No

Cherry MX Blue RGB

Touch

2.2mm

60g

Yes

Cherry MX Silent Red

Linear

1.9mm

45g

No

Cherry MX Speed ​​Silver RGB

Linear

1.2mm

45g

No

Kailh Red

Linear

2mm

50g

No

Kailh Black

Linear

2mm

60g

No

Kailh Blue

Touch

2mm

50g

Yes

Logitech Romer-G

Touch

1.5mm

45g

No

Steelseries QS1

Linear

1.5mm

45g

No

If you are a fan of gaming or if you work on a computer every day, opt for a mechanical keyboard with the right switch. This will improve your user experience considerably. Whether linear or tactile, the choice of switch for mechanical keyboard depends on your needs and preferences. Don't hesitate to visit the Custom Ton Clavier stock, your best ally for high-end accessories at competitive prices.

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