Razer Mechanical Keyboard Switches
In 2014, Razer announced a pair of switches – Razer green ‘clicky’ switches and the Razer orange ‘stealth’ switches which are modified versions of Kaihua Electronics (also known as Kailh) switches and have been deployed on numerous models of Razer gaming keyboards.
Featuring an optimised tactical feel and shorter actuation distance of 1.9mm (i.e. the amount of ‘travel’ distance the key needs to cover before it is registered with the system), the switches are particularly well suited for gaming and increase the overall responsiveness of the keyboard.
This brings us to the present, 2016, where Razer have moved to a dedicated production line for the Blackwidow X and, in doing so, have been able to make improvements to the overall quality of the switches in the process.
The Razer switches featured on the Blackwidow X are rated for a durability of 80 million keystrokes which exceeds both the original Razer green switch (60 million keystrokes) and the Cherry MX switches (50 million keystrokes).
We can confirm the difference between the original Razer green switch and those in the Blackwidow X by the presence of the Kaihua Electronics logo below the Razer text on the original and the lack of this logo on the new version of the switch:
Razer have also posted a video of the new manufacturing process showing the improvements in tolerance and quality control:
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