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Does bottoming out shorten the life of Cherry MX switches? Just curious, I read that people who type on browns usually bottom out.
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Cherry MX switches will last you your whole life, period. Doesn't matter if it takes life off of them, because they'll last as long as you're using it.
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Unless you spill something on them
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Yes. From 50 million strokes down to 40-45 million strokes. I suppose that is still plenty though.

You can save it for your next generations. Trouble is that your grandchildren will probably like a Logitech with lots of backlights and media switches.
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You can save it for your next generations. Trouble is that your grandchildren will probably like a Logitech with lots of backlights and media switches.
I doubt our grandchildren will use a keyboard same way your grandma used a typewriter. Perhaps we will have some sort of direct input from mind to machine.
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They are meant to be bottomed out buddy!
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Originally Posted by metallicamaster3;12501259 
Cherry MX switches will last you your whole life, period. Doesn't matter if it takes life off of them, because they'll last as long as you're using it.

Oh you.
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Originally Posted by Tony_VN;12503507 
Yes. From 50 million strokes down to 40-45 million strokes. I suppose that is still plenty though.

There's some debate over just how long those things last. Cherry USA says 50 million for tactile switches, Cherry Germany says 20 million. Given that most similar mechanical switch designs have a rated life of about 20-30 million, the idea that Cherry switches, given how relatively fragile they are, can last for 50 million presses seems rather unbelievable.
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If each day you type 16 hours with the speed of 50wpm, then the total characters you press each day is 16x60x50x5 = 240.000 chars.

That number for all A-Z characters, so in average each key you press 10.000 times each day.

For that heavy workload, each switch would last 50.000.000/10.000=5000days= 13 years.

Usually the keyboards are broken, or we throw the keyboards to get a new one long before that
Edited by Tony_VN - 2/24/11 at 2:28am
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I was under the impression that you could switch out the switches (no pun intended) individually if one or more broke.
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