Clicky | 3.80mm Travel | 51g Actuation | Plate Mount | ~£1.00 per switch
Razer Green switches are clicky with a decent tactile bump peaking at 63g at 1.5mm. They actuate at 51g at 2.1mm with a total travel to 3.8mm. These switches are referred to as the “World’s First Keyboard Mechanical Switch Designed for Gaming” by Razer. Though, they’re essentially improved Cherry MX Blues.
Here’s the video review if you prefer watching content:
I want you to think of the Cherry MX Blue switch. Why? You may ask. Well, it’s because this is that. They’re also scratchy, even more so when pressed off-centre. On-centre keypresses are somewhat decent though; keep up your typing speed and you probably wouldn’t notice.
Weighting is very similar to Cherry MX Blues too. I wouldn’t know the differences between the two in a blind test. In terms of how I like them…they’re average, a bit lighter than what I prefer. I wish the bump was a little more tactile though.
Yes, even with sound, they are very similar. Then again, they use the exact same clicker design, so I didn’t a huge difference. With that said, I still don’t like the high-pitched sound profile. One day, I’ll have to test these switches in a different chassis and find out if I like them then.
Typing Performance: 6/10
Since these were optimised for gaming, typing performance isn’t the main focus on this switch. However, it isn’t too far off a Cherry MX Blue. You may like the MX Blue; this is a nice choice. Just don’t expect too much of an improvement though.
Gaming Performance: 5/10
This is where the fun begins…and just to emphasise – I’m not a hardcore or eSports player gamer by any means.
Below is the table you see on the back of the box. Let’s go through them one by one:
Razer Green switch vs standard switch comparison table.
Firstly, starting with the actuation point. The Razer Green switch is said to have a 1.9mm actuation point compared to the 2.2mm of a traditional switch. Though, the 0.3mm difference isn’t noticeable in my experience.
Secondly, the actuation to vs reset point is reduced from 0.7 to 0.4. Again, I didn’t notice this as well.
Thirdly, the lifespan of the keys has increased from 50 million to 60 million. Of course, this is something that you can only really test in the long term, so I can’t comment on this one. So far, none of the switches have exhibited any chattering or ghosting of any kind.
Lastly, the actuation force is the same, but Razer claims the Greens have an “optimized tactile feel”. That’s a gimmick! They feel very similar to Cherry MX Blues.
One thing they forgot to mention is the reduced switch travel. It has been reduced from 4.0mm down to 3.8 mm. This is actually something I felt during first use, it’s weird they didn’t put this in. Although after using it for a couple of hours, you’d feel like it’s a MX Blue switch.
All in all, it seems like Razer Green switches are an improvement over Cherry MX Blues and the specs tell that story. However, here’s the thing…it doesn’t feel like an improvement. Again, I’m not a hardcore gamer, and they weren’t my target audience. I guess the switch is supposed to make you feel like there’s an improvement…you tell me. I’ll be nice and give it a point higher than the MX Blue.
Final Score = 26/50 (52%)