Thursday, August 6th 2015

Cherry Announces Cherry MX Silent Keyboard Switches

CHERRY, market leader and specialist for mechanical switches in keyboards, extends the MX family with a new Silent Switch with patented* noise reduction. The manufacturer who consistently improves the development of mechanical key switches is now offering the proven and precise MX technology in a significantly quieter version. CHERRY MX SILENT is the no-compromise solution for everyone.

With the new Silent Switches, CHERRY presents a logical development of the MX technology. Thanks to the patented* noise reduction with integrated 2-component tappets, audible clicks are reduced to the acoustic minimum at the top and bottom ends. Instead of using third-party products, CHERRY has integrated a proprietary and innovative solution through which every single switch retains its special characteristics.
MX RGB technology for the highest reliability and individual design
The noise-optimized version of the MX RGB switches retains all the properties of previous mechanical switches. The new switches are optimized for use with high-quality SMD LEDs, just like the previous RGB models. Through the transparent casing with scattering surface and lens, an absolutely uniform illumination is achieved. All 16.7 million colors can be displayed when using the corresponding LED with high luminosity. For the new MX generation, CHERRY has chosen for the worldwide unique Gold-Crosspoint technology, which guarantees lasting consistent and lossless input of over 50 million keystrokes.

Popular switching characteristics
Initially, CHERRY will release the new Silent Switches in two versions. First, the peripheral specialist starts with the popular MX Red and MX Black switches, that feature a linear actuator. The force required to trigger the switch is 45 (Red) or 60 grams (Black). MX Red and MX Black provide the switching characteristics that are asked by a majority of the users of mechanical keyboards. As with all MX switches, the bounce time is one millisecond, making quick and accurate entries possible.

Corsair as exclusive launch partner
The new MX switch also convinces in the Silent version with an outstanding production quality and maximum reliability. Thanks to the patented noise reduction it is truly a no-compromise innovation. Corsair has exclusively secured this technology for the first six months after launch, to introduce the world's first gaming keyboard with the new MX Silent switches at the Gamescom 2015 in Cologne.
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16 Comments on Cherry Announces Cherry MX Silent Keyboard Switches

#2
RejZoR
If they are just as wobbly as all the others they can have them. And they most likely are...
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Aren't blacks and reds already pretty quiet from lack of tactile feedback? I thought most of the noise was the actual key bottoming out which can be resolved with O-rings.
RejZoR
If they are just as wobbly as all the others they can have them. And they most likely are...
Wobbly? The MX Blues in my keyboard can move a very tiny bit but I would hardly call it a "wobble". Have a bad experience or something?
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#4
buildzoid
I'm betting they just put foam in the bottom of the switch. Or some other kind of soft impact dampening material.
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#5
Vancha
Aquinus
Aren't blacks and reds already pretty quiet from lack of tactile feedback? I thought most of the noise was the actual key bottoming out which can be resolved with O-rings.

Wobbly? The MX Blues in my keyboard can move a very tiny bit but I would hardly call it a "wobble". Have a bad experience or something?
My blacks make a fair racket by hitting the limit on the upstroke. Still nothing compared to blues obviously, but there's definitely improvement that could be made.
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#6
hardcore_gamer
Vancha
My blacks make a fair racket by hitting the limit on the upstroke.
That's racist. :fear:
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#7
Fx
Interesting. I look forward to trying out a keyboard with these keys.
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#8
R-T-B
You'll pry your click from my cold, dead, Cherry MX-Blue hands. :P
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#9
manofthem
WCG-TPU Team All-Star!
RejZoR
If they are just as wobbly as all the others they can have them. And they most likely are...
Thats strange, haven't had any wobbly switches out of all the ones I've tried, all of the main 4 mx switches.

Aquinus
Aren't blacks and reds already pretty quiet from lack of tactile feedback? I thought most of the noise was the actual key bottoming out which can be resolved with O-rings.
My blacks were quieter than my blues, but they weren't very quiet in general.

My blue switches make a lot of noise from the actuation, a rather high pitched noise; blacks were more of a thud.



But I'd definitely Italy be interested in trying these out. I like the tactile feel so if it can have that but quiet, then it's definitely worth a shot :)
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#11
Batou1986
My red keys are silent aside from the upstroke :confused:
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#12
RealNeil
My Red Keys are not silent, but not overbearing either.
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#13
haswrong
cant hear you guys.. im typing!
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#15
MadMan007
Yes, most of the noise from non-clicky mechanical switches is from internal bottom/top-out, with associated external keycap noise on bottom-out, and key stem wobbling. The bottom out and keycap noise can be reduced through o-rings or dampers without significatnly changing the feel if you get 'hard' ones. Keystem wobbling noise reduction would require tighter tolerances, but is no different from any other keyboard type aside perhaps from scissor switches.

So what these have to improve is internal keystem bottom/top-out noise. Combined with dampers they would reduce all the loudest noises from mechanical keyboards, leaving only keystem wobble.
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#16
AsRock
TPU addict
Vancha
My blacks make a fair racket by hitting the limit on the upstroke. Still nothing compared to blues obviously, but there's definitely improvement that could be made.
You just need to add 0 rings is all, or either learn to not fully press a key which is how blues will learn you as you hear the click and stop pressing once you learned how to use them.

See your brain don't register with none blues as you learn when the key activates and stop pressing were as with a black or even brown you don't get this so you tend to hit the bottom so as i said a o rings.
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