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Cherry MX Red

Updated on: 27 July, 2021

Often referred to as the original mechanical key switch, the Cherry MX Red is the most popular Cherry MX switch. It features a quiet mechanism, a smooth feel and a medium activation force of 45g. However, the Gateron linear switches do offer a smoother experience, with the red, yellow, and black switches offering a good coverage of light, medium, and heavy(ish) activation.


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Summary

Cherry MX Red

As you would expect from the original Cherry MX, the Reds have a nice smooth feel. I do slightly prefer the Gateron linear switches though, which have an even smoother feel.

79.5%

Criteria

Smoothness
73.0%
Weight
84.0%
Sound
79.0%
Cost
82.0%

  • High quality switch with a nice smooth feel.
  • Ideal activation force for gaming allowing fast and responsive keypresses.
  • Activation force may be too light for typists causing accidential key presses.
  • Gateron linear switches are smoother ... and cheaper.
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Specifications

Specifications
Key Switch Features
Switch Type 
Linear
Plate Mount Available - 3 Pin 
Yes
PCB Mount Available - 5 Pin 
Yes
Backlight Compatible 
Yes
Physical Specifications
Activation Force 
45g
Bottom-out Force 
60g
Activation 
2mm
Travel 
4mm
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