Mechanical Keyboard: Kailh Switch

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Kailh switch is a Cherry MX compatible switch, made by Chinese company “Kaihua Electronics Co., Ltd.”. (凯华).

keyboard kailh switch chart
kailh switch, comes in several models, with the same color code and characteristics as Cherry MX switches.

[see Guide to Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms]

many big-brand keyboards are starting to use kailh switch, or using a switch custom made by the company, including:

Truly Ergonomic Keyboard, Steelseries, Mad Catz, and others.

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Noppoo Lolita Spyder keyboard. Kailh switch. 1632×1224 Noppoo Lolita keyboard [image source reddit ]

Kailh Red vs Cherry MX Red

Note, Kailh Red has 50g force, while Cherry MX Red is 45g.

Kailh vs Cherry MX, is Kailh good quality?

Some say it's made in China, a clone, thus bad. Others points out the company makes lots of industrial switches used everywhere, and Cherry MX's quality control has been going downhill.

as of 2018-04-19, apparently, many keyboard experts consider kailh switch very good.

for more details of the Kailh switch, see:

Kailh Switch Keyboards

redragon k552 keyboard 18034 s
Redragon keyboard Redragon K552 KUMARA LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Black) 1378×468
Nixeus MODA v2 keyboard 80606 s
Nixeus MODA v2 keyboard, Kailh blue switch. 1500×633 Buy at amazon
Azio MGK1 keyboard 01306
Azio MGK1 Keyboard, with Kailh Blue switch. Azio Mechanical Keyboard
Mad Catz STRIKE TE Keyboard 36147 s
Mad Catz STRIKE TE Tournament Mechanical keyboard. Kailh brown switch. 1346×934 Buy at amazon

Key Switch Topic

  1. Key Switch Mechanisms
  2. Noise Comparison
  3. What's NKRO, N-key Rollover?
  4. List of Keyboards with Topre Switch
  5. XMIT Hall Effect Switch
  6. Kailh Switch
  7. Mechanical Keyboard and RSI

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