The Most Dramatic Mechanical Keyboard Switch Reveal Ever

Mechanical keyboards are pretty awesome, but they've never been quite this awesome. Behold the Razer Mechanical Switch, the first keyboard switch designed specifically for explosive CG debut videos. Or gaming. Probably gaming.


That'll show those old geezers at Germany's ZF Electronics, makers of the Cherry MX keyboard switches that make most of today's finer mechanical keyboards so fine. Razer decided a mechanical keyboard switch designed for typing was not good enough, and we needed a mechanical keyboard switch designed for gaming. So they made one.

Razer gathered together its top scientists and engineers to build a new keyboard switch from the ground up with gamers in mind. There result, via official announcement:

After extensive research, Razer's multi-award winning engineers identified the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter and reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half to allow for faster, more precise gaming commands when compared to standard mechanical switches. Furthermore, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches are made using an ultra-precise manufacturing technique that, along with gold plated contact points, result in a lifespan of up to 60 million key strokes.

I love a good mechanical gaming keyboard, but I'm skeptical that I'd be able to tell the difference made by what seems like such a small distance. Razer tested the keyboards with top eSports pros, who seemed impressed, but I am not a top eSports pro. I am not even a middling eSports pro. I am bad at eSports.

But if speed, accuracy and quick response is your ultimate goal, then these may be the keyboard switches you were waiting for. You were waiting for keyboard switches, right? Of course you were.

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This is a picture of a keyboard.

The new switches are making their debut in the popular BlackWidow line of Razer gaming keyboards. They come in two flavors, clickety-clackety Razer Green and the soft and subtle Razer Orange.



Now if only they could make a keyboard that doesn't look so gaudy. For as good as their peripherals are from a functionality standpoint, most of their stuff looks like it was designed to resemble a can of Monster and it bugs me to no end.