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|Cherry MX Blue Switch|
|Switches:||Tactile with a pronounced clicking point|
|Distance to actuation point||2 mm from starting position|
|4 mm Hub|
|Operating force:||50 g, typical for spring resistance|
|approximately 60 g top value to overcome the switching point|
|Suitability and Application||The Cherry MX Blues are very tactile switches, with a precise switching point that generates an audible, detectable click when the keys are struck. These switches are ideal for top-level word processors; they do have a slight disadvantage for the uninitiated seeking to produce multiple strikes on the same key. A relatively high noise level is another disadvantage. But once you get used to these keys, you'll never want to use any others. Rubber and plastic solutions simply can't compete. |
This is fatigue-free typing at the highest level; gaming is also possible, though the relatively small offset and hard, strong transitions can be somewhat problematic. But practice makes perfect.
This is the Ione X-Armor U9BL with illuminated Cherry MX Blue keys. It’s legendarily fast, but unfortunately also legendarily loud and expensive. Nevertheless, this is the first choice for writers and semi-professional gamers. This device is not (yet) available in some markets, despite a promising model run.
Of course the world is not made of Cherry switches, so we want to mention some others for the sake of completeness. However, since these models are not currently popular or commercially available in many developed countries, we will not go into the same degree of detail.
White Alps (Tactile and Click)
Black Alps (tactile-only)
(Source: Cherry, Animation: "Lethal Squirrel" on geekhack.org)