You decide how it feels

Choose the mechanical switches that are right for you.

Mechanical keyboards are defined by their switches. Key switches are one of the most important aspects of any keyboard. Knowing your switches can help you make the most out of your Raise and change your overall experience. We will help you choose the mechanical switches that will allow you to have a keyboard that completely fits with your needs.

What mechanical switches are and why they are important?

Underneath each key of a mechanical keyboard is a mechanism called a switch. When you press a key with a mechanical switch, the feeling is different yet also familiar. These switches have a variety of response and travel times, which make them attractive to gamers and heavy typists.

When pressing a key, you get instant tactile feedback. This makes typing easier on the fingers. You also get audio feedback, that unique clicky sound, the sound of a traditional keyboard. The feedback helps you recognize a keypress; and it can help improve your productivity as well as your speed when using a keyboard.

Click here to get more info of how is a mechanical switch.

In the following diagram, you can see the different parts of a mechanical switch. In this example, we are using the Cherry MX Brown switch diagram.

Mechanical switche diagram

Hot-swappable mechanical switches

Mechanical switches are becoming a standard but there’s an issue; once you buy your keyboard, you are stuck with the switches until you buy a new one.

With Raise, that’s not a problem any more. All our switches are hot-swappable, so you can easily pull them out and replace them with others whenever you want.

How to choose the mechanical switches that fit your needs

Dygma Raise comes with 7 different types of switches, 3 from Cherry MX and 4 from Kailh. There are also 3 types of low profile switches for the thumb keys.

What things are important when choosing your switches

There are three things to consider when choosing your switches:

  • The auditory feedback, with or without a clicky sound.
  • The tactile feedback, a smooth or clicky key press.
  • The force needed to activate the switch.

The auditory feedback is related to the ‘click’ sound when you press your key. The switches that have sound are called Clicky.

When we talk about the tactile feedback, we refer to the feeling of the key press. You can have a smooth typing feel or have a slight “bump” when the key is actuated. The switches without that “bump” are called Linear and the ones with the “bump” are called Tactile. All the Clicky switches are also Tactile.

The force needed to activate the switch is usually measured in grams of pressure. The ones with less pressure will be the ones that will be faster to activate. You can consider a pressure lesser or equal to 50 cN as light, and the others as medium. Raise does not include switches with high pressure force.

In the diagram below, you can see how the mechanism works for the three types of switches that we offer from Cherry MX:

Linear

Tactile

Clicky

Time to choose your switches!

Now that you have a better understanding of the different features of mechanical switches, it is time to learn about that different options you have with your Raise.

Click here to get more info about the different switches characteristics.

In the following section, you can see our switches with different characteristics, here is the cheatsheet to help you understand it better:

 

  • Operating force, measured in grams of pressure. Lower pressure means lower force to activate the switch.
  • Per travel, measured in milimeters, indicates the distance needed to activate the switch. Lesser distance, faster switch.
  • Total travel, indicates the total travel until the end of the switch travel.
  • Cycles, measured in clicks, indicates the durability of each switch.
  • Noise, this bar gives you an approximation of how much noise each switch generates after a click.
  • Type indicates the type of the switch.
  • Also, you will have a brief description of the switch and what is considered to be his best usses.

Cheery MX Red

  • 45 cN operating force
  • 2.0 mm pre travel
  • 4.0 mm total travel
  • 50,000,000 cycles
  • Silent (no noise)

Type: Linear.

With its incredible response times and smooth operation, CHERRY MX RED’s linear feel, combined with minimal spring force, is ideal for fast typists and action gamers.

Deilor’s choice.

Kailh Speed Silver

  • 40 cN operating force
  • 1.1 mm pre travel
  • 3.5 mm total travel
  • 70,000,000 cycles
  • Silent (no noise)

Type: Linear.

This switch is specially designed for rapid performance. This makes it a very quick mechanical switch that is perfect for winning at video games.

Cherry MX Brown

  • 55 cN operating force
  • 2 mm pre travel
  • 4 mm total travel
  • 50,000,000 cycles
  • Tactile (little noise)

Type: Tactile.

Cherry MX brown switch is one of the most popular switches on the market for overall purposes. This keyswitch is quiet with tactile feedback, making it perfect for accurate typing.

 Jose’s choice.

Kailh Speed Copper

  • 40 cN operating force
  • 1.1 mm pre travel
  • 3.5 mm total travel
  • 70,000,000 cycles
  • Tactile (little noise)

Type: Tactile.

This is a speed switch, designed for rapid action, but also a tactile switch meant for typing. This double purpose makes it a ideal switch for gaming, as well as for extremely fast typists who wish to optimize their typing speed.

Dominique’s choice.

Cherry MX Blue

  • 60 cN operating force
  • 2.2 mm pre travel
  • 4 mm total travel
  • 50,000,000 cycles
  • Clicky (high noise)

Type: Tactile, clicky.

Ideal for people who like to hear and feel a click when they press a key, these tactile keyswitches help ensure accurate data entry.

Matt’s choice.

Kailh Speed Gold

  • 40 cN operating force
  • 1.4 mm pre travel
  • 3.5 mm total travel
  • 70,000,000 cycles
  • Clicky (medium noise)

Type: Tactile, clicky.

This switch is excellent at providing feedback to your fingers and a click for your ears helping you in fast data entry. This is a light force, short travel switch that is also reasonably loud.

Manel’s choice.

Kailh Speed Bronze

  • 50 cN operating force
  • 1.1 mm pre travel
  • 3.5 mm total travel
  • 70,000,000 cycles
  • Clicky (high noise)

Type: Tactile, clicky.

This switch has a very rapid actuation, and uses much less force to press than a standard mechanical switch. Overall, has a very light tactile bump, a very loud click, and is extremely functional as a gaming switch, while also maintaining a perfect typing experience.

 

Still not sure which one choose?

Raise comes with Kailh Speed copper by default, if you have problems to decide which one choose you can get one tester, try to use your friend’s mechanical keyboard or directly ask us for feedback!

We will send you one piece of each switch with your Raise and you will have the option to change your switches after you test them.*

*See our refund policy.