Cherry MX RGB Speed Silver

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Linear
Mount Type: PC Mount
Travel Distance: 1.2mm Actuation | 3.4mm Total
Force: 45g Operating
Stem Length (mm): 12.49
Price: £5.00 (10 pieces) on Mechboards


The Cherry MX Speed Silver is a lightly weighted linear switch with a high actuation point and bottom-out. It was first released on the Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE and is mostly associated with gaming.

Note: I’ll be reviewing the RGB, 3-pin variant of this switch. They’re also available in non-RGB and 5-pin variants.


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

TL;DR

I think as a dedicated gaming switch, it does its job relatively well. Though, I want to specifically emphasise that these are for those who enjoy lightly weighted switches; it’s otherwise a pointless purchase.

Smoothness: 5/10

On-centre keypresses are slightly inconsistent with some smooth and scratchy switches in the mix.

Off-centre keypresses are more inconsistent with more scratchiness and some light binding on a few switches.

Overall, they’re reminiscent of the Cherry MX Red switch – a switch they were based on. Those weren’t smooth and neither are these.


Cherry MX RGB Speed Silver switch disassembled
Cherry MX RGB Speed Silver switch disassembled.

Weighting: 3/10

According to Cherry, these switches actuate at 45g at 1.2mm and have a total travel of 3.4mm.

In the real world, all the aspects of the switch are immediately noticeable, especially the 1.2mm actuation point. It’s a very sensitive switch and one that really needs getting used to if you want to fully take advantage of it, and if you’re coming from a heavier switch, this could be a long process.

For me, it basically has every aspect I hate on a switch – a light weighting, a high actuation point and a short travel. So, it’s safe to say that I’m not a fan of these switches.

Additionally, they were also quite inconsistent weighting wise which made typing on them a bit more difficult than they needed to be.

Overall, it’s very clear I don’t like these switches. The triple combination of a light weighting, a high actuation point and a shorter travel doesn’t suit my preferences at all. This is really for those who want a more sensitive Cherry MX Red.

Sound: 4/10

Just like with many switches I review, they’re on the clacky side due to my case, but they do have a high pitch sound to them which I’m not a big fan of – not entirely sure what’s causing it though.

Additionally, they have some noticeable spring ping which may get annoying especially if you’re the type to pay close attention to the sound of your board.

Overall, since you can hear some scratchiness and spring ping, they aren’t great in the sound department.


Cherry MX RGB Speed Silver stem length
The Cherry MX RGB Speed Silver stem length is 12.49 mm.

Typing Performance: 4/10

I’ll get straight to the point here. These are WAAAAAAYYY too sensitive for typing!

It was less because of the light weighting (though, it didn’t help), but more because of the higher than usual actuation point. A reduction of 0.8mm is very noticeable which led me to make a bunch of typos. It simply wasn’t a fun switch to type on. This was the one time I was glad my Backspace key worked without flaw.

Additionally, it also didn’t help that the switches themselves are on the scratchy and inconsistent side which made typing on them even less enjoyable than they already were. This usually isn’t great on any switch, but since these are more sensitive, it’s worse.

Overall, I’m not upset it didn’t perform well in this category as it clearly wasn’t made to stand out here, but I am disappointed that after all these years Cherry still couldn’t manage to make a smoother switch.

Gaming Performance: 6/10

Gaming. The one aspect it was made for. So, how does it perform here?

Not too bad actually. Yes, they are still lightly weighted which was instantly noticeable, but the higher than usual actuation point is a lot more noticeable compared to the weighting. However, the total travel was for most part… invisible, I at least couldn’t notice it.

Though, I have to say that I had more success with them on slower-paced games where minimal keypresses were needed. They start to really suffer in faster-paced games as it was common for me to press the wrong key and make a mistake. These won’t become my main gaming switch anytime soon, that’s for sure.
Performance wise, they certainly aren’t smooth, but since they have such a light weighting with a high actuation point, it’s not immediately obvious they are scratchy. It’s not until slow, deliberate keypresses are made that I began to their scratchiness and inconsistencies.

Overall, if you’re thinking about buying them purely as a gaming switch, they will serve you just fine with only some issues. For me? I’m staying away from them.

Final Score = 22/50 (44%)

 

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