Cherry MX mechanical switches are standard in mechanical keyboards. Mechanical switches last longer and are more consistent in feel and responsiveness than rubber dome keyboards. Cherry MX Blue keyboard have a tactile bump and an audible click for feedback while you type. Cherry MX switches are rated to over 50 million keystrokes and actuate precisely for a reliable gaming experience.
Mechanical keyboards, or keyboards with full, individual switches under every key, have exploded in popularity recently, although the technology inside is as old as the keyboard itself. There's really no substitute for that solid, clicking sensation under your fingers as you type, and the satisfying sound each key makes when you press it. However, choosing the best mechanical keyboard can be tricky, since there are dozens of models, different switch types, and more popping up every day. Here's how to tell them all apart and pick the right one for you.
Unlike most other Cherry MX switches, the plunger consists of not one, but two parts: a blue plunger (that is connected to the key) and a white inner slider (which opens/closes the circuit). The movement of the inner slider is constrained by the blue plunger, which can pull the slider up or push it down.
At rest, the inner slider is held by the leaf spring. The blue plunger does not push on the slider until close to the activation point.
At the activation point, the blue plunger has pushed the white slider out of rest into a position where the force of the leaf spring on the slider’s inclined plane will propel the slider towards the bottom. The leaf spring encounters no more resistance from the slider and closes the circuit. Because the blue plunger is no longer pushing on the white slider, the key resistance decreases sharply.
The “click” sound is made by the white slider hitting the bottom of the switch housing. The force of the leaf spring on the slider is high enough to make the switch function in any orientation.