Ah, mechanical keyboards. Everyone that owns one swears by them, and everyone that doesn’t is probably just about fed up with us mech-heads banging on about them. They do, undoubtedly, provide a better typing experience than squishy membrane (‘rubber dome’) keyboards, even if this comes with the cost of a more noisy experience.
But not all mechanical key switches are as noisy as you might imagine, and not all of them feel alike. And because mechanical keyboards can seem expensive when compared to non-mechanical keyboards, you might hesitate in buying one without knowing exactly how each specific key switch will feel. It’s a little risky to spend a chunk of money on a high-quality mechanical keyboard when you don’t know whether you’ll like the switch or not. That’s where this Cherry MX Switch Tester kit comes in.
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What is it?
It’s a mechanical key switch testing kit that lets you try out nine different types of key switch to know how each of them feels before you spend a whole lot more on a mechanical keyboard. Each key on the test kit uses a different ‘Cherry MX’ switch variant (Cherry MX being the most popular brand of mechanical key switches): MX Red, MX Black, MX Blue, MX Brown, MX Green, MX Gray-brown, MX Gray-black, MX Clear, and MX White. Each of these switches feels and sounds different, and this kit can help you figure out which one you prefer.
Why should you buy it?
You want to buy a mechanical keyboard, but aren’t sure which switch you’ll prefer. Maybe you’re not sure whether MX Blue switches will be too loud for your family or colleagues, or maybe you’re not sure whether the tactile feel of MX Brown switches will annoy you. If you buy this tester kit, you’ll be able to know for certain which key switch is best for you, without having to buy a mechanical keyboard and simply hope for the best.
What options do you have?
If you’re looking to purchase a mechanical keyboard for the first time, or if you don’t know too much about all the different switches, the most likely scenario is you’ll end up buying a mechanical keyboard that uses Cherry MX switches. As such, AKWOX’s 9-Key Cherry MX Switch Tester is a great choice. Apart from the nine-key tester itself, this kit also comes with a keycap puller for easy removal of keycaps, and some o-rings which can be used to test o-ring dampening (where you place o-rings around the switch connector on the underside of a keycap to dampen the ‘clack’ sound that occurs as you bottom out the key). There are other tester kits available on Amazon for types of switch other than Cherry MX ones.