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Clicky Switches: Beginner Friendly Guide 103

Clicky Switches: Beginner Friendly Guide 103

Clicky Switches: Beginner Friendly Guide 103

Clicky switches are a type of mechanical switch for keyboards. There are 3 main types of switches which are linear, tactile and clicky. Brands like Razer and Logitech manufacture mechanical keyboards that feature these clicky switches. These keyboards are typically hot-swappable which means we can swap out the switches on the keyboard freely.


What are Clicky Switches?

Clicky switches give the loudest feedback. Tactile switches give a small feedback when actuating. Linear switches are consistent and give a smooth feeling. Clicky switches are suitable for people who like having loud feedback when typing. The most common color of clicky switches in mechanical keyboards is blue.

Tactile Switches vs Linear Switches vs Clicky Switches

Cherry MX Blue Switch

Tactile Switches

Linear Switches

Clicky Switches

Typing Feedback

Bumpy

Smooth 

Bumpy

Typing Sound

Moderate Sound

Quiet Sound

Loud Sound

Common Color

Brown

Red

Blue


Referring to the table, tactile and clicky switches give a bumpy feedback upon actuating, whereas linear switches provide a smooth feedback. Linear switches are the quietest whereas clicky switches are the loudest. Tactile switches output moderate sound and are the happy medium between those two. Common colors for tactile, linear and clicky switches are brown, red and blue respectively.


Should You Get Clicky Switches?

Using a mechanical keyboard that features clicky switches is a significant upgrade from membrane keyboard. These clicky switches are perfect for individuals who like the loud feedback from mechanical keyboards.



Best Clicky switches for Gamers 2024

Kailh Speed Switch Keychron

Kailh Speed Bronze

  • These switches are lightweight and have a very short pre-travel distance. They are pretty smooth out of the box, but you can always lube them as you wish.


Best Budget Clicky Switches 2024

Outemu Cream Blue

  • If you are on a budget, these switches would be a great pick. They come factory-lubed and are loud.


Key-takeaway

  • Clicky switches are mechanical keyboard switches.
  • Clicky switches give the loudest typing experience.
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