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Cherry MX keycaps – Pros and cons

For all intensive purposes, the Cherry MX keycaps is a great key switch type when compared to other common varieties such as key-switch made with ALPS or buckling spring. It is also popular among computer users since it offers a tactile feel and audible click for tactile and audible input. However, it has been the cause of several myths and misconceptions about the key switch types. In this article, we will be looking at the definition of each of these key switch types and the advantages and disadvantages associated with them.

Cherry MX Brown

The Cherry MX is one of the oldest and most popular tactile key switch types. Most of the switches you can find on the market today are cherry mx keycaps, meaning most of what you can get will also fit Cherry MX-type switches. This means that your keyboards have to be Cherry mx branded. The advantage of using cherry mx keycaps is that they offer a tactile and audible click for tactile and audible input.

Full keycap profile – As the name suggests, full keycap profiles provide all key parts of your keyboard with a full keycap. On the other hand, MSA key caps (Metallic Silicone Keycap) only cover the centre part of your keycap, leaving the sides free. The advantage of using full cherry mx keycaps is that they are more tactile and audible. However, the disadvantage is that they require more keypresses to make the characters you want. This makes them less popular and common amongst desktop keyboards.

Cherry MX Clear and Gold

Cherry MX Clear and Gold (and other colors) – Cherry MX clear are one of the most popular and common tactile key switch type available. They offer a firm, tactile response and are a great replacement for the tactile feel of old-style Cherry MX key switches. They’re also much quieter than their Cherry MX counterparts, making them great for use on desktops. Unlike their MX counterparts, however, they do not have the tactile ‘click’ that you would often find in modern touch-screens like laptops.

Cherry MX Blue and MX Clear switch

These switches are generally more expensive than their mx black and gold counterparts and offer a satisfying tactile experience with an audible click when pressed. Compared to their MX black and gold counterparts, however, they offer a smaller keystroke and respond slower. They also have a shorter lifespan than their more expensive counterparts. As with all Cherry MX products, they are available in various sizes and in a variety of materials. Cherry MX Blue switches are the most common for keyboards and are found in many of the popular gaming and typing keyboards currently on the market.

Lastly, there are a plethora of different Cherry MX keycap sets to choose from. This includes a selection of light and dark ABS plastic legends to fit your keypad layout, with a myriad of different legends for each key and complete set of full-color key caps. There are even some Cherry MX keycap sets that include space key functionality, allowing you to control your keyboard with the space bar instead of the numbers. With so many different options available, finding the perfect keycap set for your personal tastes and gaming requirements should be easy.

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