Planck EZ: Isometric Keyswitches

Choosing your keyswitches?

Keyswitches are one of the most important aspects of a mechanical keyboard. Getting to know your options will help you get the most out of your keyboard.

What are mechanical keyswitches?

Each key on a mechanical keyboard hides an actual physical switch under it. Typing on these mechanical switches is a very different experience from typing on regular ones. The keys have more travel and are much more tactile; you don’t have to press a key all the way down to get it to register, which makes typing easier on the fingers; and of course, mechanical keyboards have their own unique sound.

They sound like a keyboard.

Keyswitches
Keyswitches Options

What are your options?

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When buying one of our keyboards, you get to choose from many keyswitch types.
When thinking about your switches, there are several things you should consider.
First, how much noise do you want your keyboard to make?
Do you want a clicky switch or a non-clicky switch?
Second, do you prefer a smoother typing experience, or do you want to feel a little bump when the key is actuated?
So, do you want a linear switch with no bump or a tactile switch with a bump?
And how much force do you want to use when typing on your keyboard?
This is measured in grams of pressure.
So do you want something really light, or do you want something that pushes back on your fingers a little?
If you can find some friends who have mechanical keyboards, try different switches to see what you like best: See what feels best under your fingers.
And remember, this decision isn't forever: you can swap out the keyswitches on your keyboard anytime, no soldering required.

A summary

Switch
Force
Pre-travel
Feel

Cherry MX red (RGB)

45±20gf

2.0±0.6mm

linear

Cherry MX silent red (RGB)

45±15gf

2.0±0.6mm

linear

Cherry MX brown (RGB)

45±20gf

2.0±0.6mm

tactile

Cherry MX blue (RGB)

50±15gf

2.0±0.6mm

clicky

Kailh bronze (Thick Gold)

50±10gf

1.4±0.3mm

clicky

Kailh gold

60±10gf

1.4±0.3mm

clicky

Kailh silver

40±10gf

1.1±0.3mm

linear

Kailh copper

40±10gf

1.1±0.3mm

tactile

Kailh box brown

50±15gf

1.8±0.3mm

tactile

Kailh box red

45±15gf

1.8±0.3mm

linear

Kailh box white

45±10gf

1.8±0.3mm

clicky

Kailh box black

60±10gf

1.8±0.3mm

linear

Cherry MX brown

45±20gf

2.0±0.6mm

tactile

Cherry MX blue

50±15gf

2.0±0.6mm

clicky

Cherry MX clear

55±15gf

2.0±0.6mm

tactile

Cherry MX black

60±20gf

2.0±0.6mm

linear

Cherry MX speed silver

45±15gf

1.2±0.4mm

linear

Kailh brown

60±10gf

2.0±0.6mm

tactile