Thursday, March 6th 2014

Razer Launches First Keyboard Mechanical Switch Designed for Gaming

Razer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced the launch of the world's first mechanical switch designed by Razer specifically for gaming -- the Razer Mechanical Switch.

While traditional mechanical switches were originally designed for typing, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches have been designed and engineered from the ground up for gaming. In order to achieve that, Razer decided to go back to the drawing board to completely re-engineer the traditional mechanical switch.
After extensive research, Razer's multi-award winning engineers identified the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter and reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half to allow for faster, more precise gaming commands when compared to standard mechanical switches. Furthermore, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches are made using an ultra-precise manufacturing technique that, along with gold plated contact points, result in a lifespan of up to 60 million key strokes.

While Razer scientists and engineers designed the new Razer Mechanical Switch from ground up, mass production was done by a third party manufacturer. However, to ensure that each switch met to its demanding specifications, Razer placed its own quality assurance experts on the production floor to make sure each switch meticulously follows the design blueprint and specifications defined by Razer.

Finally, these switches were tested extensively by the world's most demanding eSports athletes who validated the new Razer Mechanical Switch in some of the most intense professional gaming tournaments.

"The new switches on the Razer BlackWidow have a lighter and smoother feel, allowing me to play at a faster pace than before," says Jens "Snute" Aasgaard, Team Liquid StarCraft player. "It's comfortable and solid - perfect for long practice sessions and tournaments."

"Instead of focusing solely on typing comfort, as traditional mechanical switches have done, we had to completely rethink the conventional approach behind the actuation and reset points of mechanical switches in order to fine-tune them for gaming," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "Our engineers' focus for the specification was on speed, accuracy and durability to bring the unfair advantage to gamers worldwide. The new switch makes the most popular gaming keyboard in the world even better."

The Razer Mechanical switch is available on the new Razer BlackWidow family of mechanical gaming keyboards, and is open to other gaming peripheral makers who wish to manufacture the highest quality gaming-grade mechanical keyboards.

The all new Razer Mechanical Switch comes in two types: The Razer Green switch that is tactile and clicky, requiring a force of 50 g to actuate; and the Razer Orange switch that is tactile yet silent, requiring a force of 45 g to actuate.

For more information about the Razer Mechanical Switches along with the Razer BlackWidow range of gaming keyboards, please visit
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33 Comments on Razer Launches First Keyboard Mechanical Switch Designed for Gaming

Donno, i have Logitech UltraX and is for me by far one of the best keyboards ever. Only thing that is a problem with it is the silver coating on the keyboard case that wears off rather quickly. But it hink i might give it a sandblasting bath to make it all black and then it would be just that.

I like its low profile keys, big ENTER key, multimedia keys. Plus Logitech service is superb. I was looking at some Razer keyboards, but could never got past the darn tiny ENTER key. Otherwise it would be superb.
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wait for review to see this switches comparing with cherry switches
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Anyone else hates that ENTER key??
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Prima.Vera said:
Anyone else hates that ENTER key??
yeah, bigger enter key is nice but its like personal taste, each one may have different taste
but anyway i like their font type
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Prima.Vera said:
Anyone else hates that ENTER key??
I hate tiny backspace and tiny left shift so much more and usually with localized keyboards, when you get big enter key, you also get this:

It's much better with normal sized backspace and smaller left shift, like this:

Some like international layout with big enter and big shift for WASD gaming :

I actually like international layout with both big shift and big backspace (the one that everyone hates :ohwell:)
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Ahhzz said:
Eh, got no trust in Razer quality :(
it's Hi KWA
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BitFenix Rep
so besides the RAZER logo on the switch and the neon color, what exactly is custom here?
looks like a standard "fake cherry MX" switch from KHAIL?

i heard corsair raptor gaming and tesoro keyboards, and even some razer keyboards have been using these fake cherry switches for a while, so whats new now? razer logo and neon color?

if they really feel different that would be nice... especially a new type of brown/white/clear switch would be very cool!

im a bit worried about durability though, tighter tolerances and better durability from a new chinese maker than an established german switch maker?
the UP TO 60 million key strokes is very telling... so it means at least one of the keys on the keyboard can last that long or what? :P

idk, im trying to be excited about this, and im looking forward to try these "new" switches, but im pretty sceptical...
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