We were one of the first to use mechanical switches on a keyboard designed for gamers when we introduced the Razer BlackWidow in 2010. The introduction raised the bar for gaming keyboards and with the new-found requirements and demand, saw the inclusion of mechanical keyboards in the industry’s portfolio. Gamers today swear by these mechanical keyboards. Over the years we assessed how to take the Razer BlackWidow to the next level. Traditional mechanical switches have been around for many years, and were originally designed for the needs of typing and not for gaming. Razer BlackWidow keyboards from between 2010 to 2014 had switches pre-sorted to ensure tight tolerance levels to meet the demands of professional gaming. Till this day they are still great, but they are far from perfect. The fundamental component had to evolve. If a switch is not designed for gaming, it will never be perfect for gaming. In this case, it had to be a switch made for gaming, not a typing switch pre-selected for gaming. WHY DEVELOP A NEW MECHANICAL SWITCH? We continuously sought feedback from our gamers and eSports athletes when we introduced the Razer BlackWidow. The requests were clear – Can it be even more responsive? Can it feel more precise? Distilling these comments prompted a clear action. We needed a brand new switch, a tactile switch with a lowered delta between actuation and reset points. While linear switches address the need of having the actuation and reset points located at the same spot on the force curve, our philosophy for mechanical keyboards has always been around the ‘feel’ of a keystroke and hence we set out to develop a switch that has a crisp, clicky sound and tactile bump, but actuates and resets at a point where double tapping during intense gaming sessions is also easily achievable. Enter our very own Razer Mechanical Switches: the clicky Razer Green switches and the silent Orange switches. Revisit our Razer 101 video where Josh (Razer|Quick) tells us how we derive the perfect actuation point: In order to have enough switches to service the huge demand for Razer BlackWidow keyboards and to be able to scale in future, our switches are mass produced. We contemplated building our very own manufacturing center but have ultimately found a better solution. While our in-house designers and engineers designed the new Razer Mechanical Switch in our labs, we partnered with a third party manufacturer for mass production. However, to ensure that each switch meets the demanding specifications, our own quality assurance experts are based on the production floor to ensure each switch meticulously follows the design blueprint and specifications defined by us. These keyboards are then battle-tested by you, by us and our own eSports athletes and the results are telling, from the switch stem right down to the custom gold plated contact points. Our own Razer Mechanical Switches have optimized actuation and reset points and are more precise than ever – a gaming switch through and through. Your fingers obviously know better – feel the difference on our very own Razer™ Mechanical Green and Orange keyboard switches. Learn more: http://rzr.to/switch Check out the Razer BlackWidow Chroma mechanical gaming keyboard: http://rzr.to/bwuchroma Find out why the BlackWidow Chroma Tournament Edition is Team Liquid TLO's keyboard of choice.