CHERRY MX: Mechanical X-Point
With the “Mechanical X-Point” technology, MX for short, CHERRY offers the most popular and widely used switch technology for mechanical keyboards on the market. Many major manufacturers use these MX switches in their gaming keyboards to meet the high demands of PC gamers, mainly because key factors in this segment are a reliable execution of keypresses as well as a long lifespan. MX switches feature both of these: every key switch is guaranteed to last over 50 million strokes without losing the quality of input. CHERRY is the only manufacturer to guarantee this lifespan. Mechanical keyboards with CHERRY MX switches are also popular in commercial and industrial environments, as they meet professional requirements.
The color matters
As already mentioned, the MX switch is available in several variants, which differ not only in the color of the stem but also in their real-world handling. Depending on the color, you might need more or less force to trigger a key operation. It is also important to distinguish between tactile and linear key switches. Tactile means that the module has a noticeable and/or audible click point, so you notice when you press the button – this clicky sound is a distinctive feature of mechanical keyboards. Linear switches, on the other hand, lack this type of feedback. The most popular four colors of the CHERRY MX switches are Red, Brown, Blue, and Black. In the paragraphs below, we will teach you what differentiates these modules from each other.
The agony of choice
Several years ago, most manufacturers offered only one switch color; these days you often have a choice in MX switches for most keyboards. CHERRY itself offers multiple models with its own switches, such as the CHERRY MX Board 3.0, which costs around 70 euros. This keyboard is the perfect entry into the world of mechanical keyboards and is ideally suited for those who have little interest in gaming, because the design is kept simple and the keyboard lacks light effects and dedicated gaming buttons. The MX BOARD 3.0 is currently available with MX Red, MX Blue, MX Black, and MX Brown switches.