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Keyboard switch guide

There are probably hundreds of keyswitches you can choose from. People embrace new models every now and then, they change springs and lube stems. I

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MX stems

Choose switches with MX stems for compatibility. Most of the caps available are made for these type of switches.

Linear, tactile, clicky

While the number of switches offered grows day by day, they fit into three basic groups:

Linear switches

Linear switches like Cherry reds don't have a clicky or tactile feedback (bump). They are maybe for gaming, but when typing I missed the the feedback and had to bottom out. Even rubberdome keyboards have some click or bump, which helps to tell if a keypress was registered.

Tactile switches

Tactile switches like Cherry browns have a small bump when pressed, but not a click sound. They are a good compromise between linear and tactile.

Clicky switches

Clicky switches like Cherry blues have a click sound when pressed. This sound is pleasing for some people but can drive your family/coworkers crazy. Choose them accordingly.

Low profile

There are some low profile variants like Kailh Chocks. They allow a significantly lower keyboard hight, but having different stems they are not compatible with MX caps, regular hot-swap sockets or PCBs.