Mechanical keyboards have become somewhat of a PC gaming necessity. It’s not absolutely necessary; a regular keyboard will suffice; however, once you’ve typed on mechanical switch keys, it’s tough to go back. They’re also a lot less expensive than they used to be.
Mechanical switches are available in a variety of styles to suit different preferences. Some are noisy and clacky, while others use quieter tones, and each conveys a distinct mood. Cherry makes by far the most popular switches on the market right now, and they’ve quietly improved them behind our backs.
The Cherry MX low-profile RGB mechanical switches have received a subtle improvement, according to TechPowerup. The gold cross point contactor has been greatly upgraded, and now has a lifetime of 100 million actuations, up from 50 million previously. To achieve the improvements, the metal must have a very thick layer of gold on top, as well as a perfect welding diode. Most rivals, according to Cherry, don’t use these techniques and scrimp on the gold, making their switches less dependable over time.