Key Switch Activation Force

By Xah Lee. Date: .

Here's a ranking of key switch activation forces, based on my personal experience.

In particular, various Red switches by different makers all have spec of 45g, but typing on them actually have different feel of heaviness, very noticeable.

  1. Cherry MX Red. → 45g. lightest
  2. Gateron Red. → 45g. (lighter than Cherry MX Silent Red)
  3. Cherry MX Silent Red → 45g.
  4. Kailh Red → 50g
  5. Cherry MX Blue → 60g
  6. Cherry MX Brown → 55g
  7. Kailh Choc Switch clicky, lowest is 50g.

see also Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

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