HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

Up un­til now, a sin­gle com­pany has been mo­nop­o­liz­ing the pro­duc­tion of me­chan­i­cal switches for key­boards, and that com­pany was Cherry. While there are many vari­ants of Cherry MX switches, none of them were of­fi­cially de­vel­oped for use in gam­ing key­boards. That’s why Razer has taken it upon them­selves to cre­ate two me­chan­i­cal switches that are op­ti­mized for gam­ing.

Or­ange, or Green?

Just last month, Razer of­fi­cially took the cov­ers off of its new me­chan­i­cal switches – the Razer Green switch and the Razer Or­ange switch. Razer Green has a tac­tile and clicky feed­back, and re­quires a force of 50g to ac­tu­ate, while the Razer Or­ange has tac­tile feed­back, but is silent. Razer Or­ange re­quires a force of 45g to ac­tu­ate.

To cre­ate these switches, Razer tasked its en­gi­neers to iden­tify the op­ti­mal ac­tu­a­tion dis­tance for a gam­ing switch. Once this was done, they re­duced the dis­tance be­tween the ac­tu­a­tion and re­set point by al­most half. This ef­fec­tively al­lows for faster, more pre­cise gam­ing com­mands.

En­hanced Re­li­a­bil­ity

To en­sure that these switches per­form well, Razer has en­sured that both these switches have a life­span of up to 60 mil­lion key­strokes. This is an ex­tra 10 mil­lion key­strokes over what the com­pe­ti­tion has to of­fer. Need­less to say, your next Razer me­chan­i­cal key­board will last a long time.

Of course, Razer also in­vited some of the top gamers who have es­tab­lished them­selves in the eS­ports arena to test these switches out. Jens “Snute” Aas­gaard, Team Liq­uid Star­Craft player, has sworn by these switches, say­ing that “The new switches on the Razer Black­Wi­dow have a lighter and smoother feel, al­low­ing me to play at a faster pace than be­fore. It’s com­fort­able and solid – per­fect for long prac­tice ses­sions and tour­na­ments.”

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