Zoë Blade's notebook

Cherry MX switches

Cherry MX switches (short for Mechanical X-Point) are mechanical keyboard switches made by Cherry, starting with the MX Black switch in the 1980s.

When Cherry's MX switch patent expired, companies like Gateron and Kailh cloned them, turning them into a de facto standard used by hot swappable mechanical keyboards.


Name Type Feature Operating force Pre travel Total travel Factory pre-lubed
MX Red Linear Popular 45cN 2.0mm 4.0mm No
MX Blue Clicky Popular 60cN 2.2mm 4.0mm No
MX Brown Tactile Popular 55cN 2.0mm 4.0mm No
MX Speed Silver Linear Fast 45cN 1.2mm 3.4mm No
MX Silent Red Linear Quiet 45cN 1.9mm 3.7mm No
MX Black Linear Heavy 60cN 2.0mm 4.0mm No
MX Black Clear Top Linear Popular, heavy 63cN 2.0mm 4.0mm Optional
MX Ergo Clear Tactile Balanced 60cN 2.0mm 4.0mm Yes
MX Green Clicky Heavy 80cN 2.2mm 4.0mm No
MX Grey Tactile Heavy 80cN 2.0mm 4.0mm No




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