Thursday, October 19th 2017

Cherry Aims for DIY Crowds With MX Mechanical Switch Kits

Cherry, best known for their mechanical switches that are still some of the most well regarded by typing enthusiasts everywhere, are looking to cater to the DIY crowd with their latest line of MX Mechanical Switch Kits. The philosophy behind this product is that there are some users that prefer to build and customize their own keyboards rather than buy them from a recognized brand; and now, Cherry has an official solution for those customers.

Cherry themselves have provided a Developer Page with guides and how-to tutorials, explaining what exactly goes on a Cherry switch and how to put them together. Whether individually or in a set, CHERRY is offering customers a choice between MX Red, Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Clear, Silent Black, Silent Red, and Speed switches. The developer kits contain a full set of 110 switches, which will let users create their own keyboards in the extended layout. For Cherry's developer kits, you'll have to exclusively go through Reichelt Elektronik, whereas switch kits can also be purchased from Arrow Electronics and Greendich Enterprise. The developer kits will be available for €40.
Sources: Cherry, via Tom's Hardware
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8 Comments on Cherry Aims for DIY Crowds With MX Mechanical Switch Kits

#1
oxidized
That's very interesting, even because 40€ for a whole set of key switch, is very good, hopefully this will succeed, and i'll be able to make my own custom kb. Sweet
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#2
Basard
"oxidized said:
That's very interesting, even because 40€ for a whole set of key switch, is very good, hopefully this will succeed, and i'll be able to make my own custom kb. Sweet
I'd rather they send five sets in a paper bag for the same price.... but hey, I'm not a businessman. Or am I?! o_O
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oxidized
"Basard said:
I'd rather they send five sets in a paper bag for the same price.... but hey, I'm not a businessman. Or am I?! o_O
You can get 5 sets at that price? What did i miss, last i checked most of the websites that sold cherry switches, they priced it 1$ each, going as low as 50 cents each, if you got more than a certain quantity, so we're still talking about 50/60 $/€
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#4
Totally
"Basard said:
I'd rather they send five sets in a paper bag for the same price.... but hey, I'm not a businessman. Or am I?! o_O
7 pence per switch? Where do you get your switches? I'm serious, please tell me?
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Basard
"Totally said:
7 pence per switch? Where do you get your switches? I'm serious, please tell me?
China.
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#6
Totally
"Basard said:
China.
They're definitely not Cherry switches then
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#7
EarthDog
So.... this allows one to take a keyboard with existing cherry [insert color here] keys and change them out?
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#8
Basard
"Totally said:
They're definitely not Cherry switches then
I may have been a bit sarcastic in my first pist... lol....
I'm sure at least 95% of the "Chelly" switches will work though.
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