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Cherry MX Silent Red

Updated on: 27 July, 2021

I am not a fan of silent switches due to their more mushy feel. To reduce the noise generated by the switch further, the Silent Red includes a rubber dampener that reduces the noise when the mechanism bottoms-out, similar to adding o-rings to the keycap to reduce travel and dampen the sound. By including the dampener, the activation and travel are slightly reduced. Whilst this does reduce the bottom-out sound, this creates a more spongy and mushy feel.


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Summary

Cherry MX Silent Red

To reduce the noise generated by the switch even further, the Silent Red includes a rubber dampener that reduces the noise when the mechanism bottoms-out, similar to adding o-rings to the keycap to reduce travel and dampen the sound. By including the dampener, the activation and travel are slightly reduced.

78.3%

Criteria

Smoothness
69.0%
Weight
81.0%
Sound
81.0%
Cost
82.0%

  • Quieter than other Cherry MX switches.
  • Mushy feeling when it bottoms out due to dampener.
  • Linear switches are typically not that loud, the Cherry MX Red is better.
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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 
55g
Activation 
2mm
Travel 
4mm
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