Mechanical keyboards -- what are "browns" and "blues"?
What exactly are these browns and blues?
Cherry Corporation of Germany also makes mechanical switches used in special-purpose and high-end keyboards. Their popular MX series of keyswitches are available in five distinct designs, often referred to by the color of the center stem to which the keycap attaches:
Cherry MX Black switches present a linear feel where the force increases as the key is pressed,
Cherry MX Brown switches provide tactile feedback as the switch travels over a physical bump as the key hits its actuation point,
Cherry MX Blue switches utilize a tactile feel and also an audible click sound just before reaching their actuation point,
Cherry MX Clear switches contain a similar design as MX Browns but require more force to depress and do not provide the audible click as found in the MX Blues, and, lastly
Cherry MX Red switches possess an identical construction as MX Blacks but require less force to depress.
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A major component of the noise actually comes from the return action of the keyswitche assembly, in addition to any actual click action the keys might have.
Apart from that, what thevowel said.
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