Keyboard Keyswitch Highlight: CHERRY MX Red

Learn more about the CHERRY MX Red/RGB Red Keyboard Keyswitch

The most important thing about your gear is that it responds reliably. HyperX Alloy keyboards feature CHERRY MX keyswitches to customize to your liking. Mechanical keyboards aren’t just about the satisfying click and clack of the keys, you can choose a variety of CHERRY MX keyswitches based on your tactile needs. If you have an opinion on how much force it takes to press each key and how fast you can tap them, there’s a color that best suits your needs.

The Cherry Corporation’s most popular line of switches, the Cherry MX series, was introduced in 1985. These switches are usually referenced by their physical color, with each denoting that particular switch’s handling characteristics – clickiness, tactility, and actuation force (how hard you have to press).


CHERRY MX Red (and CHERRY MX Red RGB) switches are linear-style switches; so their travel path doesn’t have the bump used to provide tactile feedback. These boast an extremely low actuation force. Because they’re linear, these switches don’t have to reset past that travel bump to register a repeat press, so gamers who need to rapidly double-tap or triple-tap keys will enjoy the edge in speed. The smoother movement makes these switches quieter than tactile and clicky switches, and the lightness of actuation can suit lightspeed typists as well.

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