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Which Mechanical Switch Should You Use?

When buying a new mechanical keyboard, you may be wondering which switch color is best for you. Here is a simple explanation of the differences, along with some examples so you can hear the difference.


Tipos de chaves mecânicas

Mechanical switches on keyboards like the Apex 7 and Apex 7 TKL fall into one of three categories:

  • Linear (red)
  • Tactile (brown)
  • Clicky (blue)

You'll notice that the red mechanical switches are smooth and have minimal resistance throughout the entire keypress, whereas brown and blue have a tactile "bump" on the way down that lets you know the key has been pressed enough. Blue switches also add a distinct "click" noise that you could compare to an old fashioned typewriter.

Here's a more detailed explanation of each with pros and cons:


Red mechanical switches

Hear red mechnical switches in action:

Sensação:
Suave, sem colisão

Perfil de Som:
Silencioso

Pros:
Linear switches are a favorite of super fast-paced gamers due to their lack of bump or click. This allows for quick, twitchy reactions with minimal resistance.

Cons:
The same lack of feedback and resistance can mean accidental keypresses if you're not super accurate.


Brown mechanical switches

Hear brown mechnical switches in action:

Sensação:
Colisão tátil

Perfil de Som:
Silencioso

Pros:
Increased accuracy and keypress confidence due to feel the "bump" of a key actuating when pressed.

Cons:
Slightly reduced speed due to the resistance of the bump.


Blue mechanical switches

Hear blue mechanical switches in action:

Sensação:
Colisão tátil

Perfil de Som:
Som de Clique Alto

Pros:
Clicky actuation with a bump and distinctive click sound when a keypress registers. Great for typing and confident accuracy. Some folks really enjoy the clicky noise.

Cons:
Slightly slower reaction time due to more resistance. May be too noisy for some people.


A chart showing red, blue, and brown switches, each with a 2.0mm actuation point and 50 million keypress durability

O melhor comutador ou chave, em última análise, resume-se à sua preferência pessoal. If you like the classic, clicky sound and feel, you'll love blue mechanical switches. If speed is a consideration, stick to linear (red) switches, and for a mix of both, go with brown.

You can also join the official SteelSeries Discord to find other mechanical keyboard fans to chat with!


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Editor's note: Play all 3 of the typing example videos above at the same time to hear what the SteelSeries office sounds like.