By Cooler Master Staff • October 6, 2014
Mechanical keyboards have seen a recent resurgence on the gaming scene, but it is not necessarily new technology. In this course, you can learn why they are superior to traditional keyboards and how each switch type can improve your computing experience.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO MECHANICAL KEYBOARDS
Traditional membrane (rubber dome) keyboards require you to press the button all the way down (bottom out) in order to activate, which can lead to finger fatigue, long-term discomfort, and lowered responsiveness.
CM Storm Mechanical keyboards utilize Cherry MX physical switches to determine the activation of when a key is pressed and in most cases do not require you to bottom-out on your keystrokes. That means as soon as your key is pressed to the activation point (2mm or half-way), the corresponding action will occur.
Users who type on their keyboards for extended periods of time – whether for work, gaming, or leisure – will feel the difference. Mechanical switches are also built from a higher quality, making them more durable for long term use (up to 50 million key presses).
It’s important to know that a “gaming keyboard” is not necessarily a mechanical keyboard. Regardless of how many buttons or flashy lights equipped on the board, it will still lack the comfort, durability, and responsiveness of a mechanical equivalent.
EVERYONE HAS A TYPE
The keyboard is a very personal device – you use it every time you’re at your PC – so why not go for a more satisfying experience?
CM Storm by Cooler Master provides a full line of mechanical keyboards with multiple Cherry MX switch types. The unique characteristics* to certain switch types include feedback (audio and/or tactile) as well as varying activation forces. Depending on the switch type chosen, it can provide an added level of customized comfort, responsiveness, and efficiency.
* These characteristics are denoted by a Cherry MX color. This is not to be confused with the exterior color of the keyboard.
SELECT A SWITCH TYPE
Cherry MX Blue
- 50g Activation (Light)
- Audible Click, Tactile Bump
The most well known mechanical keyboard switch has the recognizable “click” the moment the activation point is hit. Blues are viewed as the best typing switch due to the tactile bump that allows quick movement from key to key, very similar to a classic typewriter.
This switch was also popularized for gaming due to the satisfying click sound and tactile bump doubling as confirmation of in-game actions.
Cherry MX Brown
- 45g-55g Activation (Medium)
- Tactile Bump
Browns are the perfect starter switch for any user. They provide quick response with a light, tactile bump during the activation point of a key press. Browns are also quieter and are a great fit for home or office use.
Cherry MX Red
- 45g Activation (Very Light)
- Smooth (Linear)
Cherry MX Red is a very popular gaming switch due it is extremely light resistance and allows for the quickest activations. This switch type has seen tremendous popularity from MMO, FPS, RTS, and MOBA players alike for its double-tapping benefits and is considered a “premium” switch type.
Cherry MX Green
- 80g Activation (Medium-Stiff)
- Audible Click, Tactile Bump
One of the rarest switches available, the Cherry MX Greens can best be described as Blues with a bit more resistance. Still classified as a “typist switch,” it has grown within the enthusiast community as the holy grail of Cherry MX switches. The only switch that can require a “break in period” due to the stiffer nature, they become a dream to use once your fingers have adjusted to increased weight.
Cherry MX Greens were originally intended for the spacebar on Cherry MX Blue keyboards and were never mass produced – until now.
Where the response of the key press is registered. Also known as “actuation” point.
Ghosting occurs when an unintended signal/character is sent due to the maximum number of simultaneous key presses being reached. Anti-ghosting ensures that your key presses are sent without error. (See also: NKRO, Blocking)
Occurs when your system reaches the maximum number of inputs allowed at a given time and no other commands are able to be issued. Anti-ghosting measures help eliminate blocking and provide error-free gaming.
Pressing a key down until its bottom/stopping point.
NKRO (N-Key Roll Over):
Being able to press as many keys as possible at the same time. Some keyboards are limited to 6KRO or 12KRO.