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  4. Green (3 votes [4.35%])

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  5. White (1 votes [1.45%])

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  6. Black (2 votes [2.90%])

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  7. Clear (2 votes [2.90%])

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  8. Blue (26 votes [37.68%])

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  9. Brown (19 votes [27.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.54%

  10. Red (16 votes [23.19%])

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joelthezombie15
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A Small Guide To Cherry MX Mechanical Key Switches
(Revised)
DISCLAIMER:
This is not my own work, this is only a collection of information gathered from several sources whom i have cited at the end.
 

 

 

 
So I made this before but had some issues. Anyway, I have remade what i think is a better more revised version and hopefully it will have more info than the last one.
 
KEY INFO
How they work
 
Linear
Black.gif
 
Tactile non-clicky
Brown.gif
 
Tactile clicky
Blue.gif
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Features From Cherry
 
Desktop profile, 0.60 inch (15.2mm) from PCB (no keycap)
Choice of feel: linear, soft tactile, click tactile
PCB or frame mount
Long life 20 - 50 million operations (depending on switch variant)
4mm travel
LED, diode or jumper option
12V maximum AC/DC
Current Rating: 10mA
Insulation Resistance: <100MΩ at 100V DC
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Keys
 
The actuation force (How hard or soft it is to depress) is measured in cN or centinewtons. 100 cN = 1 newton
 
 
Super black:
MX1A-B1xx
cN: 150
Stiffness: Very stiff
Type: Linear
In Production: No
 
Dark grey:
MX1A-21xx
cN:80
Stiffness: Stiff
Type: Linear
In Production: Yes
 
Grey:
MX1A-D1xx
cN:80
Stiffness:Stiff
Type: Tactile
In Production: Yes
 
Green:
MX1A-F1xx
cN:80
Stiffness: Medium Stiff
Type: Clicky
In Production:Yes
 
White: (Old versions of blues with no dye added)
MX1A-A1xx
cN: 50 - 80
Stiffness: Medium stiff
Type: Soft click
In Production: Yes
 
Black:
MX1A-11xx
cN: 60
Stiffness: Medium stiff
Type: Linear
In Production: Yes
 
Clear:
MX1A-C1xx
cN: 55
Stiffness: Medium stiff
Type: Tactile
In Production: Yes
 
Blue:
MX1A-E1xx
cN: 50
Stiffness:Light
Type:Clicky
In Production: Yes
 
Brown:
MX1A-G1xx
cN:45
Stiffness:Light
Type: tactile
In Production: Yes
 
Red:
MX1A-L1xx
cN:45
Stiffness: Light
Type: Linear
In Production: Yes
 
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Unknown:
 
Lock (In production) MX1A-31xx
Supergrey
Orange
Translucent
Yellow
Pale grey
Click Grey
M8 adapter
Alps Click
Alps Linear
 
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Remade Switches
 
Pieces taken from other switechs and frankensteined together
Panda Clear
Ergo Clear
Ghetto Green
 
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Mounting Options
 
PCB:  Two additional plastic pins that help with stability when mounted to PCB.
 
Plate Mounting: Does not need extra pins. I relies on the metal back plate for stability. 
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Naming scheme
 
MX1A-xyNN no diode, plate mount 
MX1A-xyDN with diode, plate mount 
MX1A-xyNW no diode, PCB mount 
MX1A-xyDW with diode, PCB mount 
MX1A-xyRx with red LED
MX1A-xyGx with green LED
MX1A-xyYx with yellow LED
MX1A-xyJx with jumper wire
 
y is 1 in switches - x specifies the switch style.
product numbers:
MX[15][AC][0-9A-Z][1][NRGYDJ][NW]
M = Keyswitch module
X: = Cherry MX Brand
[15]
1 = material:AuAg10, 10mA, max. 12V
5: special
   [AC]
    A: SPST NO (single pole, single throw, normally open)
    C: special
[0-9A-Z] — "Operating Characteristics, Actuating Force and Key Style"
[1] — "Keystem Configuration"
1 "Std straight for cylin & std keycaps"
 
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Thanks, hope this helps you guys, Again this was not all my work. i just put it all into one place. Have fun!

 

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Why re-post? :)

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Why re-post? :)

Well i wanted to revise it and cause i had a problem that i had to


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This guide seems pretty confusing. even to someone like me who knows quite a bit about Cherry MX switches.. Seems like just a bunch of numbers and specifications copied and pasted together. lol

Just wondering, are you the guy from the stream who called in and asked how to go about citing the work or giving credit for a tutorial/guide? :P



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This guide seems pretty confusing. even to someone like me who knows quite a bit about Cherry MX switches.. Seems like just a bunch of numbers and specifications copied and pasted together. lol

Just wondering, are you the guy from the stream who called in and asked how to go about citing the work or giving credit for a tutorial/guide? :P

No i wasnt. and how would you say to make it better?


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No i wasnt. and how would you say to make it better?

I don't know, but personally I find the "naming scheme" to be more confusing than helpful. Nobody calls it MX1A-L1xx, we just call them Reds.



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Nice guide bro... as usual :D

Oh and CHERRY BLUES XD


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My Cooler Master Storm Quickfire Pro has Cherry MX Red switches.

 

Its my first experience with a mechanical keyboard, but im liking it so far.

 

No experience with other switches yet


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Dont forget about the custom springs which may have different characteristics through the travel compared to a spring of equal weight. Also seeing as this is a guide to cherry MX switches you should include guides on how to maintain and customs you switches(lubing and swapping of springs or stems)


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Honestly this looks like a really weak copypasta. 95% of this forum is questions that typing into Google would solve or just using the search function of this forum would solve anyways.



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just to let you know ALPS are not cherry mx switches 

these guides are always nice keep it up !


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