What mechanical switches are the loudest?
Cherry MX Blue. Recommended for: Primarily typing. The Cherry MX Blue has a distinct “click” sound when depressed beyond the tactile point, making it the loudest switch in the Cherry MX family. The Cherry MX Blue's separated slider construction also provides the highest tactile feedback out of all Cherry MX switches.
The Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 with Razer Green switchesRazer Green switches are the company's answer to clicky, tactile keys like the Cherry MX Blues. Orange switches are tactile, but barely make any sound, making them better-suited to office environments or homes with light sleepers.
- Tact switches are tactile electromechanical switches for keyboards, keypads, instruments or interface control-panel applications. Tact switches react to user interaction with the button or switch when it makes contact with the control panel beneath. In most cases this is usually a printed circuit board (PCB).
- Clicky keyboards just sound louder than their silent counterparts because high-frequency noises are more directional and easier to hear. Both keyboards aren't loud at all, but the silent keyboard is both quieter and the nature of its sound is less jarring.
- Best gaming keyboard 2018: the best gaming keyboards we've tested
- Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo. The sci-fi keyboard.
- Logitech G513. Gaming in silence.
- Cooler Master MasterSet MS120. The complete package.
- Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2.
- Corsair K63 Wireless.
- HyperX Alloy Elite.
- Corsair K95 RGB Platinum.
- Razer Cynosa Chroma.
The first and most important thing to note about the BlackWidow Chroma's keys is that they do not use industry-standard Cherry MX switches. Like the Ultimate 2014 before it, the BlackWidow Chroma uses Razer-exclusive switches with high actuations and satisfying clacky noises, similar to Cherry MX Blue or Green models.
- The bundle then also comes with the Razer Cynosa Pro keyboard, which is again a standard gaming keyboard that has a decent backlit display. The only issue I had with the keyboard is that it is not mechanical, rather it has gaming grade membrane keys.
- Unlike Logitech's other recent gaming keyboards, the G213 is a membrane model rather than a mechanical one. This is why membrane keyboards don't cost much, but feel mushy, whereas mechanical keyboards are expensive, but much more responsive.
- Gaming keyboards come in two main flavors – mechanical, and membrane. The Prodigy G213 isn't bad as membrane keyboards go. Its keys deliver a modest clack, and key height is reminiscent of traditional mechanical keyboards. But something's still off.
Key feel. The Cherry MX Green is both a tactile and a clicky switch. You can both feel the tactile bump and hear the "click" that occurs when the activation point is hit. Users who are used to lighter switches may have trouble at first getting used to the feel of Green switches, as they are a stiff switch.
- When the actuation point is reached, the slider is propelled to the bottom of the switch and the click noise is produced. The Cherry MX Blue is the most common clicky switch, and was first made available in Filco keyboards in 2007.
- Computer keyboard key explanations
Key/Symbol Explanation Caps lock Caps lock key. Shift Shift key. Ctrl Ctrl (Control) key. Fn Fn (Function) key.
- Look at the number of keys on the keyboard. Digital keyboards can have as few as 25 keys or as many as 88. Digital pianos have the full 88 keys of a standard piano keyboard, and most workstations have at least 61 keys or more.
Updated: 18th September 2018