Which switches comes first when we talk about the best typing switch for a mechanical keyboard? Which particular switch type fits typing the best? The article will give you an overall introduction to the mechanical keyboard switches. Let’s help you find out the best typing switch for a mechanical keyboard.
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Why is a proper switch so important to a mechanical keyboard?
Before I answer the question, I’d like to introduce you how a mechanical keyboard works. A mechanical keyboard has springs and switches under every key. When you press a key, you actually activate its switch, and the keyboard sends a signal to the computer. The technology has occurred in the 1980’s. With this technology, a mechanical keyboard can offer you a matchless clicking sensation. When you choose a mechanical keyboard, you do need to consider its switch type. Due to the switch type, the keyboards have different responses and travel times. Gamers and typists have varying choices according to their various needs.
If you get interested in mechanical keyboards, you’d better know some mechanical keyboard terms first. It’s easier for you to understand the following context.
- Actuation point is where a press is registered. The amount of force required to reach this point is used as a measure of the switch’s stiffness.
- Cherry MX mechanical switches are made by the Cherry Corporation, featuring a distinctive cross shape. Named by their colors (e.g. Cherry MX Red), each of which has a unique combination of weighting and feedback.
- Click is a keyboard or switch that makes an audible “click” sound when pressed. Clicky switches often include a tactile bump as well. Cherry MX Blue is a clicky switch.
- Linear is a keyboard or switch that lacks a tactile bump or click – instead, the resistance increases linearly as the key travels downwards. Examples of linear switches include Cherry MX Red and Cherry MX Black.
- Tactile is a keyboard or switch that provides feedback you can feel, normally a “bump” or a sudden increase in resistance that occurs as the key reaches its actuation point. Examples of tactile switches include Cherry MX Brown.
- Travel is the distance that a switch moves from the top to the bottom of a key press.
It’s all known that Cherry MX switches have occupied the most shares of the market. It has become a benchmark in switch industry. Cherry MX switches are well-known for its excellent quality, and its price is much higher than other MX switches. The mechanical keyboards with Cherry MX switches are more expensive than other mechanical keyboards. Velocifire mechanical keyboard is devoting to let more people use premium mechanical keyboards and provides the best mechanical keyboards for typers at a super affordable price. Velocifire mechanical keyboards are all adopted with Outemu Brown Switch. Outemu switch is popular for its good performance and affordable price.
Why is Brown switch the best mechanical keyboard switch for typing?
I believe that you have a rough concept of mechanical switches. In the following part, I will offer you a detailed introduction to each switch. There are four main switch types in the market: Black switch, Red switch, Brown switch, and Blue switch. The table shows the detailed specificity of each switch.
|Type||Behavior||Feel||Actuation Force||Actuation Point||Total Travel Distance||Sound Level|
Black & Red Switch
Both Black and Red switches are linear press from the top to bottom. There is no a tactile “bump” to indicate a key press has been registered. It makes Black and Red switch more suitable for gamers. They can press the double-tapping keys easy. With the Black switch, you need to press the entire switch down to make sure a keypress to register. It means more actuation force; so it is tiresome for daily typing. Although Red switch requires less actuation force, it also has no a tactile “bump” to let you know a key press has been registered. They are both top-to-bottom switches.
Blue switch is characterized with clicky sound. It’s super popular for daily typing. It sounds great! But if you work in an office, the clicky sound maybe not that good to your neighbor.
Brown switch features with its soft, tactile bump, meaning you won’t need to press a key from the top to the bottom. A key press can be registered in the middle of the key; so you can type faster and easier. A tactile bump is a feedback to typers when a keystroke is generated. The feedback can be sent in several ways: audible (such as the clicking sound), tactile and visual. For most circumstances, a tactile feedback is the easiest to perceive. A soft touch is the most desirable for users and ergonomic professionals. As well as the quiet sound, Brown switch is the best mechanical keyboard switch for typing, office and daily work.
From the table, graph, and descriptions, you can easily summarize that Outemu Brown switch is the best mechanical keyboard switch for typing. Velocifire mechanical keyboards all adopt Brown switches to ensure your super velocity, effortless precision, and ultimate experience.
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