Mechanical Keyboard Noise Comparison

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Ranking of Key Switch Noise Levels

Start from loudest:

  1. IBM Model M keyboard buckling spring switch. Loudest.
  2. Cherry MX Blue switch.
  3. Cherry MX brown/red/black switches.
  4. Cherry MX red quite switches.
  5. Topre Switch silent. [see Happy Hacking Keyboard]
  6. Topre Switch. e.g. HHKB, Filco.
  7. Logitech Romer-G Switch.
  8. Rubber dom, cheap desktop keyboard. e.g. from Microsoft, Logitech, etc.
  9. Epomaker Niz Plum capacitance switch.
  10. Kailh Choc Switch
  11. Laptop keyboards. [see Evolution of Laptop Keyboard]

Mechanical Keyboard Key Noise Comparison with Scientific Instrument

Topre vs Cherry MX Brown vs Gateron Brown Sound Comparison.
by Eridanus.168
Published on Feb 10, 2017

Cherry MX Key Switch Sound Comparison

Here's a video that compare the noises they make.

• 0:45 browns • 1:50 blues • 3:30 reds.
Published on May 6, 2012

Note: the sound appear louder in videos. Because, microphone usually filter out ambient noise, and now you only hear the keys. And, the wooden desk amplify the sound.

Note: the only one that intentionally makes a sound, is the MX Blue, which makes a click sound.

All the others, do not make any noise if you press the key very slowly.

Where Does the Key Noise Came From

The key noise came from:

Reduce Key Noise by Rubber Ring

One way to reduce noise is to buy those rubber ring switch dampeners. You put them in each key yourself.

cherry rubber o ring switch dampeners
Rubber O Ring Switch Dampeners
Truly Ergonomic Keyboard (Cherry MX Brown), typing starts at 5:40

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