Revisit: The Razer Mechanical Switches

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by technokat, Jun 8, 2015.

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  1. technokat

    technokat Director, Social Marketing Staff Member

    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.


    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.
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  2. Dubstep-Man

    Dubstep-Man Member

    So beautiful ! :D Good work guys ;)
  3. Ovol1

    Ovol1 Active Member

    This is really good. I new the switches had been redesigned but not by so much. Keep it up.
  4. Will Razer make black switches and red switches?
  5. Kavster

    Kavster Member

    That was cool! i love my blackwidow chroma green switch its such a great keyboard, you did a great job razer yet again.
  6. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

    I wish Razer can do some switch for both work and game. I think the greens are ok but too loud for ppl got prefer non clicky. The silent keys are too soft for everyday work. The orange keys are close to red cherry. I wish u guys have brown cherry or sometime close to it.
  7. Cuttershy

    Cuttershy Active Member

    Very informative, thanks for sharing razer.
  8. Vivulux

    Vivulux Active Member

    And somehow people say the Razer switches are awful. I think people need to know about the products before they call them awful.... Keep bringing new, and better things to the world, Razer!
  9. masterplo94

    masterplo94 Active Member

    I love the switches there great, such a pleasure to use them every time I can! Also thanks for this video I always love the razer 101's
  10. instapro8

    instapro8 New Member

    Will you guys ever recreate the Mx Reds and Mx Browns?
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  11. That's what the orange switch was for...Tactile bump without a sound......Everyone else thinks the orange resemble the mx browns.
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  12. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

    I tired it, is a bit soft, more like red instead of brown.
    chollos likes this.
  13. agenzakuza_no_id

    agenzakuza_no_id New Member

    Such inovation...
    chollos likes this.
  14. KarmicSandwich

    KarmicSandwich Active Member

    Absolutely love the comfort and feel of the mechanical switches and also how quick it picks up the key strokes so it never messes up when I type. :)
  15. ThaBrian

    ThaBrian New Member

    Okay, nice video and all, but the keys on the blackwidow chroma are loud, defnetly if you record twitch videos and gaming vids in general. The blackwidow stealth serves the purpose a bit better, but do the mechanical switches silence that even more? What's your experience? Let me know by replying to this
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    KOXOXOK Member

    Generally, yes. they are all loud. The stealth ones are quieter but still annoys my family members. I like they both though! :D
  17. I don't do twitch, but I do know what you guys are talking about.
    I believe the purpose of the loud clicks is to discretely signify a keystroke when you're in the heat of the moment, because sound is generated through vibrations of the atmosphere, and can also be detected via touch... correct me if I'm wrong.
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  18. jforret

    jforret Member

    Keep up the good work Razer, get ideas.
  19. CrAzDJ

    CrAzDJ Member

    im still waiting for a remake of the reds cause i like linear switches
    chollos likes this.
  20. DyrusZJ

    DyrusZJ Member

    razer is always my favourite
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