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Choose the mechanical switches that fit your needs.

Mechanical keyboards are defined by their mechanical switches.

Key switches are one of the most important aspects of any keyboard. Learning more about your switches will 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 are mechanical switches and why are they important?

Underneath each key of a mechanical keyboard is a mechanism called a switch that registers the keystroke. These switches have a variety of response, noise, and travel times, which make them attractive to gamers, coders and/or typists.

Some keys give you tactile feedback. This makes typing easier on the fingers. Some give audio feedback or a unique clicky sound. This feedback helps you recognize a keypress.

Components of a mechanical switch

Let’s take a deeper look at the components of a mechanical switch and learn their importance one by one.

1. The keycap

The keycap isn’t part of the mechanical switch but it is partially responsible for the noise generated when the key is bottomed out.

2. The stem

The shape of the stem varies the actuation and travel distance of the switch. It creates the keystroke feel and determines the switch type.

3. The upper housing

This part protects and guides the stem. It is also the part that the keycap hits when you press the key.

4. The coil spring

The resistance of the coil spring determines the amount of pressure needed to actuate the key. It also guides the switch to slide back to its original position.

5. The base housing

This is where the upper housing is mounted. This is the piece that attaches and clips to the PCB.

6. The crosspoint contact

A tiny metal or gold piece where the electricity flows. Once you press a key, the contact mechanism hits the PCB and closes the switch circuit, thus rendering a key press.

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

Important things to remember when choosing your switches

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.

There are three things to consider when choosing your switches:

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

Auditory feedback is related to the ‘click’ sound when you press your key. These switches are called Clicky.

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

The force needed to activate the switch is usually measured in grams of pressure or centinewton (cN).

The ones with less pressure will be the ones that will be faster to activate. You can consider pressure less or equal to 50 cN as light, and the rest as medium or high. 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 mechanical switches

Linear

Tactile mechanical switches

Tactile

Tactile and clicky mechanical switches

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 the different options you have with your Raise.

Characteristics of a mechanical switch

  • Operating force, measured in grams of pressure. Lower pressure means less force to activate the switch.
  • Pre travel, measured in millimetres, indicates the distance needed to activate the switch. Less distance, faster switch.
  • Total travel, indicates the total travel of the switch.
  • 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.

CHERRY MX RED

Cherry MX Red mechanical switch

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.

KAILH SPEED SILVER

Kailh Speed Silver mechanical switch

50 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 sensitive to the touch. It is designed for rapid performance and expert touch typing. This is perfect for those who like typing or gaming with the least amount of effort on their fingers.

CHERRY MX BROWN

Cherry MX Brown mechanical switch

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.

KAILH SPEED COPPER

Kailh Speed Copper mechanical switch

50 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 an ideal switch for gaming, as well as for fast typists who wish to optimize their typing speed.

CHERRY MX BLUE

Cherry MX Blue mechanical switch

60 cN operating force

2.2 mm pre travel

4 mm total travel

50,000,000 cycles

Clicky (high noise)

Type: Tactile, clicky.

Cherry MX Blue is ideal for people who like to hear and feel a click when they press a key. These tactile keyswitches help ensure accurate data entry.

KAILH SPEED BRONZE

Kailh Speed Bronze mechanical switch

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 light tactile bump, a very loud click, and is extremely functional as a gaming switch, while also maintaining a perfect typing experience.

Kailh low-profile switches

The Raise comes with 4 Kailh low-profile switches located at the underrow keys, which are the 4 bottom keys on the keyboard. The type of low-profile switch matches with the type of switch, -Clicky, Linear or Tactile-, you select for your Raise.

KAILH LOW PROFILE WHITE

Kailh Speed Bronze mechanical switch

50 cN operating force

1.5 mm pre travel

3.5 mm total travel

50,000,000 cycles

Clicky (high noise)

Type: Tactile, clicky.

KAILH LOW PROFILE RED

Kailh Speed Bronze mechanical switch

50 cN operating force

1.5 mm pre travel

3.5 mm total travel

50,000,000 cycles

Silent (no noise)

Type: Linear.

KAILH LOW PROFILE BROWN

Kailh Speed Bronze mechanical switch

50 cN operating force

1.5 mm pre travel

3.5 mm total travel

50,000,000 cycles

Tactile (little noise)

Type: Tactile.

Still not sure which switch to choose?

If you have doubts deciding which switch to choose, ask us! We will happily help you decide which switch is best for you.

Remember, when you order your Raise, it comes with test switches, - one of the 6 switches that we offer.

So you’ll have the option to try all the switches and change them if you want to in the future.

See our refund policy.

Make it your own

Choose between 7 languages, 6 mechanical switches,
and matte black or silver-white.
With your order we will include a travel case,
cleaning kit and extra goodies!
Starting at $299

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