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).

Kaihua makes many types of switches, for keyboard, mouse, and other industrial applications.

Kailh Traditional (KT) Switches

The most common one is what they call Traditional Switch (KT) for keyboard. These are Cherry MX compatible switches.

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Kailh KT switch

Kailh KT Switch Spec

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list of Kailh traditional switches. 2020-07-22

Note, Kailh Red has 50g force, while Cherry MX Red is 45g. That's a very noticeable difference. I know because i use Cherry MX red (45g) in X-Bows Keyboard and Kailh red (50g) in Ultimate Hacking Keyboard . I much prefer the lighter ones.

Kailh Box Switch

Kailh Box Switches are improved Cherry MX compatible switches.

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Kailh BOX Switch

Kailh Choc Switch

Kailh Choc is new low-profile switches.

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Kailh Choc Switch

Kailh vs Cherry MX

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kailh vs cherry mx switch 2020-04-20 [see Ultimate Hacking Keyboard]

Keyboards Using Kailh KT Switches

Here's a sample list of keyboards using KT switch.

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Ultimate Hacking
noppoo lolita spyder 87 keyboard 64035 s
Noppoo Lolita Spyder keyboard. Kailh switch. 1632×1224 [image source reddit ]

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

The following are just list of early adopters from 2015.

redragon k552 keyboard 18034 s
Redragon K552 Keyboard Buy at amazon 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. Buy at amazon
Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard
Mad Catz STRIKE7 Keyboard Buy at amazon
Mad Catz STRIKE TE Keyboard 36147 s
Mad Catz STRIKE TE (Tournament Edition). Kailh brown switch. 1346×934 Buy at amazon

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