According to the Corsair/Cherry Q&A on Geekhack, they're not Cherry switches. My money is on Kaihl, who is not known for reliable switches and have switches that routinely have the stem break off in the cap.
Originally Posted by Paradigm84
From the design it looks like they've just tweaked the Cherry MX Blue switch to make a Razer Green and a Cherry MX Brown to make the Razer Orange and then added a bunch of pseudo-scientific stuff as an explanation. Not convinced there will be any tangible difference other than that caused by the placebo affect.
There's a ton of pseudo-science marketing (come-on, if you're floating the keys like most gamers do, 0.3mm will not make a difference...or a speed difference at all for anyone), but they also moved to a different company than Cherry. My bet is that they got pissed off on Corsair's brief exclusivity for the RGB MX switches since their main user base are those that love flashy gimmicks and decided to find some other gimmick to compete.
I bet that they're using Kailh (Kaihu) for their switches. Kaihu claims a minimum of 50million actuations (which doesn't hold true in real world usage) at minimum, so Razer probably went for a higher average lifespan. The Kaihu Blue is a 2.0mm travel to actuation, 50g of force switch,
so it's probably a slightly modified version of that.
All I can say is good luck with Kaihu Razer, be ready for people to start lumping you in with MadCatz.
Originally Posted by FranBunnyFFXII
Before you hang them, realize they said "originally designed for typing" They are talking about advancement for gaming. Advacning their hardware aspects towards gaming. Obviously the mech switches are better for gaming. Razer just wants to make them more
It is impossible to make a clicky switch more "gaming" oriented, leastways the way Razer is doing it.
Two of the most common problems clicky mechanical switches face in gaming is hysteresis and chatter. Making the actuation point 0.3mm higher does not make for a better gaming switch, not when the reset point is well above the actuation point (hysteresis
). Tactile-nonclicky and linear switches are better since they have a more consistent and lower reset point than any clicky switch with a slider. They are also far less prone to chatter and accidentally actuating multiple times with one press.