Cherry MX Green

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Clicky
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Travel Distance: 2.0mm Actuation | 4.0mm Total
Force: 80g Operating
Price: ~£11.00 (10 pieces)


The Cherry MX Green is a heavy clicky switch originally designed to be used as spacebar keys for keyboards with Cherry MX Blue switches. MX Greens have a heavier overall feel compared to MX Blues.


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

Smoothness: 4/10

On-centre keypresses are smooth for most switches. However, many of them have a scratchy pre-travel and bottom out. Additionally, and especially during the first 3 days of testing, some of the switches make a soft clicking sound before the tactile event, but this was no longer true after a week.

Off-centre keypresses are decently scratchy. Scratchier than all the Green switches that I know of. I can immediately tell if I’m typing on these switches by this very aspect.
for most switches which may bother some folks; it does annoy me at times, but it’s definitely not that big of a deal.

Overall, this isn’t recommended if you’re looking for the smoothness. The Greetech Green is a slightly better option.


Cherry MX Green switch disassembled
Cherry MX Green switch disassembled.

Weighting: 6/10

The MX Green is slightly heavier than both the Gateron and the Greetech Green switch which I immediately noticed.

According to Haata’s force graph, the switch actuates at 52g at 2.1mm, bottoms-out at 84g and has tactile event starting from 1.4mm, peaking at 1.7 at 79g and finishing at 2.1mm for the downstroke. On the upstroke, the tactile event appears to be more substantial, I did not feel this difference during testing.

The tactility feels relatively short, but crisp. However, they have a ‘floaty’ and unbalanced feel to them like the Gateron Greens, but it’s nowhere near as bad.

Overall, these perform in-between the Gateron and the Greetech Green, but thankfully much closer to the Greetech Green.

Sound: 4/10

It’s an MX switch, so yes…it has a click jacket. And yes, they sound rattly and obnoxious. In fact, a few of my switches have a slight ping to them. Plus, spring crunch is a thing here too, but it’s not as obvious as the pinging.

Basically, these are annoying. Let’s move on.

Typing Performance: 6/10

One of the first things I noticed was the slightly more tactile ‘bump’ compared to both Gateron and Greetech switches. It didn’t make a difference in my day to day use, but I figure it’s something worth mentioning.

A clear downside is the ‘floatiness’ feel to them whenever you are typing. Gateron Greens have it much worse, but they also exist on the MX Green, though, with less presence.

Overall, it’s a night and day difference compared to Gateron Greens. At this point, why even bother with those when they basically cost the same.

Gaming Performance: 5/10

Gaming with these was more annoying than most switches – even compared to its rivals like the Greetech Green. The main reason was the switch weighting. It was too heavy. Heavy switches take more effort to actuate meaning your movement in a fast-paced shooter is slightly compromised…which has been my experience whilst playing Team Fortress 2.

If switches are holding you back in your performance, especially if you’re the competitive type, then you aren’t using good switches for gaming.

Overall, it’s not a terrible switch to game on. It just wouldn’t be ideal. Although, you should avoid this at all cost if you’re a competitive player as these will most likely slow you down.

Final Score = 25/50 (50%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress | Mechboards | NovelKeys

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