Razer Launches ‘World First Mechanical Switch Designed For Gaming’ Keyboards

You won't find larger fans of mechanical keyboards than right here, which is why we're pretty pumped each time we see a company push the envelope in the space. Razer's the latest to do so, introducing a the Mechanical Switch. It's a mechanical keyboard technology engineered first for gaming, while most of the mechanical boards on the market cater first to typists.

As you'd expect, Razer invested a bit of time in researching the needs of gamers, identifying 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." Razer also claims that the lifespan of the board approaches 60 million (yes, with a capital M) key strokes.

The new technology is currently available on the new Razer BlackWidow family of gaming keyboards, and amazingly, Razer's making it available to "other gaming peripheral makers who wish to manufacture" high-grade mechanical keyboards of their own. The all new Razer Mechanical Switch comes in two types: The Razer Green switch that is tactile and clicky, requiring a force of 50 g to actuate; and the Razer Orange switch that is tactile yet silent, requiring a force of 45 g to actuate.

Have a look at the video above for a closer look.