WHICH SWITCH IS WHICH? A Thorough Mechanical Keyboard Switches Guide

Selecting the right keyboard is crucial for both gaming and office setups alike. It’s akin to choosing your first car: you want something comfortable, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing. Similar to deciding between automatic or manual transmission, a key decision in your keyboard journey is between mechanical or membrane. While seasoned PC users typically favor mechanical keyboards, let’s delve into the disparities and explore the various types of mechanical switches (ex: CHERRY mechanical switch) for those who may be undecided.

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Here’s a brief overview of the history and distinctions between mechanical and membrane keyboards. If you’re already familiar with the concepts, feel free to skip ahead to the comparisons below.

Mechanical keyboards have been around for quite some time, dating back to the early days of PCs in the 1970s. They feature physical levers or buttons that activate when keys are pressed. However, with the advancement of technology and the availability of cheaper materials like plastics, membranes, and rubber dome keyboards started to gain popularity. These types are commonly found in budget keyboards, laptops, and Apple Mac keyboards.

Typically, mechanical keyboards are regarded as higher-end options due to their durability and longevity. They are often preferred for prolonged use. However, they can be more costly compared to membrane keyboards because of their intricate moving parts. Despite this, gamers tend to favor mechanical keyboards for their accuracy and reliability.


If you’re unsure about which switch to choose, let’s take a brief look at three of the most common types to help you make a decision. We typically opt for Cherry MX switches due to their established reliability. Cherry Corporation has been in the keyboard business since the 1960s, and its Cherry MX brand, introduced in 1985, remains the most widely used mechanical keyboard switch brand. These are the three switch types offered in our Meka Pro keyboard lineup, so be sure to explore those options below.



Red switches are your classic gamer switches. Reds have been around since 2008 and have one of the lowest actuation forces needed of any Cherry MX switch. That means they’re light and fast and offer minimal resistance. These are for the gamer who wants to bounce from key to key and nail each command.


At the other end, the blue switches are still mechanical clicky keys, but they’re more suited for typing since they have strong tactile feedback. They are the loudest Cherry MX switch variety, but they’re great for anyone who loves that classic click. The weight needed to press each key is a little more than the reds (50 centi-newtons instead of 45cN), but because of the very obvious tactile bump, touch typists love them. The key (pun intended) is that you don’t need to push each letter all the way down to register the press.


The brown switches are the jack-of-all-trades, they work well as a gaming or typing keyboard. They’ve been around since 1994 and have seen very few revisions in that time. They don’t have the same loud click as the blue variants, but they do still have a tactile bump that makes typing easier. So, if you work from home and crack into Overwatch after hours, this one is probably for you.


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