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A Beginner's Guide To The Types of Mechanical Keyboard Switches
by Gabriel Cadiz

So you want a customized mechanical keyboard that you can truly call your own? Now that you have your base keyboard and the tools, let us talk about the next important thing — keyboard switches.

With so many information out there on the Internet, it gets confusing what does "this" and "that" mean. Should I just buy the most expensive one out there? No, you don't. You have to know your own "preference" first. Do you like your keys smooth, crisp, or click? The keyboard switch would determine what your keyboard would sound and feel like, so choosing which one would you use is very important.

ALSO READ: Tools and Essentials You Need For The Mechanical Keyboard Hobby

Here are the different types of keyboard switches that you might encounter:

Linears

Linear switches are straightforward keyboard switches: they go down and up smoothly as you press down and up. These are the type of switches preferred by light typers and gamers like, since it requires less effort to press, as well as each press registers as fast as you can press it.

The Akko Rose Red switches are on the lighter side of the linear switches, since it has a actuation force (the amount of pressure needed to depress a key and register a keypress) of just 43 grams.

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The Akko Matcha Greens are just like the Rose Reds. They are linear switches but with a slightly heavier springs which takes 50 grams of actuation force to press.

Get this Akko Matcha Green at Shopee for only PHP544 for 45 switches.

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The Akko Vintage Whites are on the lighter side of linear switches, with just 35 grams of actuation force to press, 8 grams less than the Rose Reds.

Get this Akko Vintage Whites at Shopee for only PHP558 for 45 switches.

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On the other hand, the Akko Radiant Reds are on the heavy side of linear switches. With an actuation force of 53 grams, they are 3 grams heavier than the Matcha Green.

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Tactiles

Tactile switches on the other hand, has a "bump" feel whenever you press a key, making it feel more crispier on every press. Some typists and gamers like to use tactile switches so they can feel each press, giving them better control on the keyboard.

The Akko Ocean Blue switches are tactile switches that serve as a good beginner-friendly switch, since it gives you the feel of a good tactile switch without compromising its quality. It has 55 grams of actuation force, a bit heavier since it makes you feel the bump on each press.

Get this Akko Ocean Blue at Shopee for only PHP544 for 45 switches.

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The Akko Lavender Purples are on the lighter side of tactile switches. With a operating force of 36 grams and a tactile force of 50 grams, it's lighter on the press but you still feel the "bump" on each of every one of those key presses.

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Clicky

The clicky switches are known for the sound it makes whenever you press it. It is a tactile switch with built-in click jackets which produce its unique sound. It may not be popular with most keyboard enthusiasts, but some gamers like the clicky switches so they can hear the keys they press even while wearing headphones, giving them precise information when gaming.

The Kaihl Box Jades are one of the best clicky and tactile switches out there. Known for its signature thick-sounding click and sharp tactile bump, the box jades are the ones to go when you prefer clicky keyboards.

Get this Kaihl Box Jades at Shopee for only PHP271 for 10 switches

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