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Kailh Box Silent Red

Updated on: 27 July, 2021

Kailh Box switches feature a unique box design to the stem. The design keeps the stem protected to provide an IP56 rating for dust and moisture. The box design of the stem also reduces any keycap wobble. Similar in design to the Cherry MX Silent Red, the switch includes a rubber dampener to reduce noise when they bottom out. Whilst this does reduce the bottom-out sound, this creates a more spongy and mushy feel. Unlike other Kailh Box designs, the top of the stem features a circle shape rather than a box. The internal mechanism still follows the box design. Interesting the stem is a bright pink colour rather than simply a lighter red on the Cherry MX. The design does increase the activations to 80 million, I assume due to less internal forces due to the cushioned bottom out. Overall, the Kailh Box Silent Red is not as smooth as the other Kailh Box designs, with the Red or Speed Silver offering a smoother feel with a similar activation force.


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Summary

Kailh Box Silent Red

Similar in design to the Cherry MX Silent Red, the switch includes a rubber dampener to reduce noise when they bottom out. Unlike other Box designs, the stem features a circle shape rather than a box. Interesting the stem is a bright pink colour rather than simply a lighter red on the Cherry MX. The design does increase the activations to 80 million. Kailh make great tactile and clicky switches.

78.0%

Criteria

Smoothness
70.0%
Weight
80.0%
Sound
82.0%
Cost
80.0%

  • Quieter than other Kailh Box switches.
  • Mushy feeling when it bottoms out due to dampener.
  • Linear switches are typically not that loud, the Kailh Box 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 
No
Backlight Compatible 
Yes
Physical Specifications
Activation Force 
35g
Bottom-out Force 
45g
Activation 
1.8mm
Travel 
3.6mm
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