Linear switches have the simplest operation, moving straight up and down without any additional tactile feedback or loud clicking noise – we’ll come to these more complicated switches later on. There are two common types of linear switches – Black and Red.

Cherry MX Red switches were only introduced in 2008 and are the most recent switch to be developed by the company. They have a low actuation force, at 45 cN – tied with Brown for the lowest of the four most common switches. Red switches have been marketed as a gaming switch, with the light weighting allowing for more rapid actuation, and have become increasingly common in gaming keyboards.

These switches are plate mounted, and have mounting holes for an LED, so you can fix, or make your own RGB backlighted keyboard!

You can find the datasheet for all Cherry MX switches here


We also sell the other switches made by Cherry:

Black - Linear, 60cN Weighting (Stiffer version of Red)

Brown - Tactile Bump, 45cN Weighting

Clear - Tactile Bump, 65cN Weighting

Blue - Tactile Click, 50cN Weighting

Green - Tactile Click, 80cN Weighting


SKU LB-00101
Brand Little Bird

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