Razer, a company that is dedicated in creating durable gaming peripherals for gamers has announced its very first mechanical switch designed for gaming. According to Razer, all mechanical switches up to this point have been designed for typing, whereas the new Razer Mechanical Keyboard Switch was purpose-built for gaming applications.
The Razer Mechanical Switch comes in Green and Orange variants, both of which require less travel distance to actuate and to reach the reset point than Cherry’s MX designs. According to Razer, its team of engineers were able to identify the optimal actual distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter, and they reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half, for faster and more precise gaming commands when compared to standard mechanical switches.
The Green version of the Razer Mechanical Switch offers tactile feedback and an audible click upon actuation, and it’s the springiest of the two, with an actuation force of 50 g. The Orange switch offers tactile feedback without a matching click, and it’s a little lighter, at 45 g. Actuation distances aside, those characteristics mirror those of the Cherry MX blue and brown switches, respectively.
Interestingly, Razer claims its switches are more durable than the competition. Cherry MX switches are rated for up to 50 million operations, but Razer raises that number to 60 million. Both types are available on the new Razer BlackWidow family of mechanical keyboards. Razer’s also making the switches available to third-party peripheral makers.