RAZER DEVELOPS OWN WN MECHANICAL SWITCHES
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.
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.”