Razer Develops Keyboard Mechanical Switch Designed for Gaming

Razer Speeds Up Mechanical Keyboard with New Switch

by Anton Shilov
03/06/2014 | 06:19 PM

Razer, a leading maker of computer peripherals designed for gaming, has announced an all-new mechanical switch designed specifically to ensure the maximum pressing/typing speed for gamers and professionals. The switch is currently used in Razer’s own keyboards, but is also available for purchase by other makers of gaming peripherals.

 

After extensive research, Razer’s 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. The Razer Mechanical switch is designed to actuate at an optimal distance of 1.9mm into the keystroke, and reset itself to fire again at less than half the distance of standard mechanical switches. This allows for blazing fast actuations without having the need to bottom down into the keystroke each time.

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

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.

 “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. 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,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director.

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.