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Keys: Cherry MX Black And MX Red

Five Mechanical-Switch Keyboards: Only The Best For Your Hands
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Cherry MX Black Switch
Switches:Linear
Switchover:Undetectable
Distance to actuation point2 mm from starting position
4 mm above the base
Clicking point:Undetectable
Operating force:40-80 g, typically approximately 60 g 
Spec sheet:Link
Suitability and ApplicationCherry MX Black switches are purely linear (non-tactile), making them ideal for first-person shooter games. Since the keys in this type of gaming scenario are pressed frequently (and often with considerable force), a detectable pressure point is not necessary, and in some cases even disruptive.

Those who frequently make mistakes while typing will also benefit from this keyboard's relatively high operating force, which helps to avoid accidental strikes. This type of switch has most in common with the non-mechanical variety widespread in gaming keyboards. But it offers considerably more feeling and security against error, thanks to its high compression force. These keyboards are also relatively quiet, as far as mechanical switches go.
Cherry MX Red Switch
Switches:Linear
Switchover:Undetectable
Distance to actuation point2 mm from starting position
4 mm above the base
Clicking point:Undetectable
Operating force:45 g, typical for spring resistance
Spec sheet:Link
Suitability and ApplicationThe rarely-encountered Cherry MX Red switches are a special variation on the MX Black, and are distinguished by a very low compression point and a low operating force.

Apart from a few followers, these keyboards have found few buyers. They are bordering on extinction as a result of a high rate of typographical errors.

(Source: Cherry, Animation: "Lethal Squirrel" on geekhack.org)

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