Cherry MX Clear

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Tactile
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Travel Distance: 2.0mm Actuation | 4.0mm Total
Force: 55g Operating | 95g Bottom-out
Price: ~£11.00 (10 pieces)


The Cherry MX Clear is a medium weighted tactile switch originally introduced in 1988 making it 6 years older than the Cherry MX Brown, its lighter, less tactile counterpart.


Here’s the video review if you prefer watching content:

Smoothness: 6/10

On-centre keypresses are very smooth with only the tactile bump adding hints of scratchiness when I slowly press a key.

Off-centre keypresses are decently scratchy throughout the travel. I think this is due to the bottom housing material as that is the source where I can feel most of the scratchiness.

Overall, they are smooth switches, definitely above average, but not enough to be classed as ‘silky smooth’ switches either.


Cherry MX Clear switch disassembled
Cherry MX Clear switch disassembled.

Weighting: 10/10

Yes, you’re seeing that right. A perfect score. A first for any switch I’ve reviewed. And it’s a Cherry switch too. I’m sure many of you are surprised by this, but before I say why, here are some specs:

According to Cherry, the MX Clear actuates at 55g and bottom out at 95g.
Here’s a link to Haata’s force curve on the switches and as you can see, it matches Cherry’s specifications.

Now, I personally really love the weighting of these switches; they feel perfect for me. I don’t bottom-out often which feels extremely comfortable and relaxing when typing. I honestly couldn’t have asked for any better. Top marks.

Overall, if you’ve ever wanted a heavier, more tactile MX Brown, these are the switches you should at least try for a couple of days before opting out for other, potentially more expensive alternatives.


Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Clear stem comparison
Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Clear stem comparison.

Sound: 6/10

Sound is not the best, but it still delivers a decent enough soundtrack. It’s not a switch you’d buy for the deepest “thock”. At least, not stock anyway.

Again, as a reminder, I’m testing on a new, better keyboard which affect switch sound the most. So, no big surprises here.

There are smaller, less noticeable things such as spring ping on the upstroke and the occasional scratchiness that you hear once in a while, but these were not dealbreakers for me.

Overall, there isn’t much to complain about here. They sound decent enough as it is, and if you want more out of them, go right ahead and modify them, they do have potential to sound better.

Typing Performance: 7/10

This is by far the most comfortable switch I’ve ever typed on – the weighting is the number one reason for this. Also, these my fastest typing switches to date. It very much surprised me.

However, it does have a couple of downsides.

Number One: Whilst MX Clears are more tactile than MX Browns, they still lack the tactility I want out of a switch. So yes, these still aren’t tactile enough for me. They are better, but nowhere near perfect.

Number Two: There are smoother options out there for more or even the same levels of tactility. A good example is the Zealio lineup which consists of very smooth tactile switches manufactured by Gateron. Whilst these are more expensive, they are still worth considering over MX Clears.

Overall, I really like them. Of course, I especially love the weighting and I can highly recommend this switch for someone looking to get into the tactile space.

Gaming Performance: 7/10

Gaming performance was good as I found the weighting to be perfect. Yes, even for gaming. But it wasn’t great due to the initial scratchiness the switch has pressing a key slowly, especially off-centre which tends to happen frequently in fast paced games that I like to play.

Moreover, just like for typing, the switches also aren’t very tactile when gaming. I mostly rely on a tactile switch to give me a ‘confirmed’ press to feel for in very heated gaming situations which the MX Clear did not always deliver.

Overall, if you’re looking for a heavier tactile switch for gaming, this is a good option for the price. It’s definitely an improvement over the MX Brown, if that’s what you’re wondering.

Final Score = 36/50 (72%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress | Mechboards | NovelKeys

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