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Mechanical keyboards are highly customizable, allowing owners to construct the best keyboard possible. In making a custom device, there are many areas of consideration, like whether to use a polycarbonate vs aluminum keyboard casing. However, no part is so hotly debated as the keyboard’s switch type. There are several switch types on the market, so below, we’ll compare Razer Green Switch vs Cherry MX Blue.
For other switch types, read up on linear vs clicky switches.
Applying lube to the internal springs can reduce clicky switches’ sound and tactile feedback.
Mechanical switches differ from the regular or membrane switches you’ll find in the standard office keyboard. Each mechanical switch has a separate connection, while in a membrane switch, every key connects to the same membrane sheet. The mechanical style appeals to gamers because they can perform key combos that often aren’t possible with even the best membrane keyboards.
Razer and Cherry MX are mechanical key switch manufacturers, offering a wide range of switches that appeal to different audiences. Something important to remember is that Razer doesn’t sell individual switches, only whole keyboards, such as the Razer Huntsman or Blackwidow.
The differences between Razer Greens and Cherry MX Blues are slight. First, both are clicky switches, meaning they make an audible clicking sound every time a key is pressed. Additionally, each switch features a tactile bump when you press a key and require greater force to actuate a command.
For more switch options, check out our comparison of Cherry MX Red vs Brown switches.
The actuation distance of a key is the amount of space the key must travel before the electronic connection is made with the computer. For example, between the Green and Blue switches, the Blue has a slightly longer actuation distance, at 2.2mm. In contrast, the green has an actuation distance of 1.9mm. A longer actuation distance indicates that it will take longer to perform a command.
Gamers often prefer a faster type of switch than the Razer Green and Cherry MX Blue. The fastest switch will be linear, like the Cherry Red or the Razer Yellow.
Actuation force is the amount of pressure a key requires before signaling a key command. Both Cherry Blues and Razer Greens have a high actuation force, as mechanical keys go: The Razer Green requires 50g and the Cherry Blue 60g. Ultimately, neither is better than the other, as the force difference is a matter of preference. Some enjoy and expect a more substantial residence when typing.
STAT: The total travel distance between the Razer Green and Cherry Blue is 4.0mm. (source)