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Precision and Quality Test Results Scissor vs Mechanical Switches Tested Keyboards
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Comparison of Keyboards • Noise • Actuation • Travel Distance • Gram Force

Tested keyboards are listed in order we would buy them. If you plan to use your keyboard in places where people will be resting... to avoid negative effects on sleep, sound pressure level should not exceed 30 dBA • Nigh Noise Guidelines for Europe by World Health Organization.

Noise dBA

KEYBOARD

Gram Force on Actuation gF

Actuation Distance mm

Travel Distance mm

24.7

Logitech MX KEYS

2.1

1.3

33.3

24.8

Logitech K800

3.2

2.2

30.7

26.2

Cherry STREAM

2.7

1.8

30.3

22.9

Dell KB216

2.6

1.8

39.4

29.0

Logitech K270

3.7

2.4

39.0

23.3

Logitech K295

3.3

2.8

51.6

39.2

Logitech G513

3.3

1.3

45.7

42.6

Corsair K70

4.0

1.9

39.7

Logitech product page...
BEST • Logitech MX KEYS ~ €98

1. Switzerland — USA

Scissor switches
White illumination

61.6 gF max before actuation
33.3 gF on actuation
1.35 mm actuation
2.08 mm travel

22.324.726.5 dBA noise

Discontinued
GOOD • Logitech K800 ~ €120

2. Switzerland — USA

Scissor switches
White illumination

63.9 gF max before actuation
30.7 gF on actuation
2.18 mm actuation
3.21 mm travel

21.224.827.4 dBA noise

Cherry product page...
GOOD • Cherry STREAM ~ €22

3. Germany

Cherry SX scissor switches
No illumination

63.7 gF max before actuation
30.3 gF on actuation
1.80 mm actuation
2.75 mm travel

21.726.232.6 dBA noise

AVERAGE • Dell KB216 ~ €22

4. USA

Membrane switches
No illumination

59.0 gF max before actuation
39.4 gF on actuation
1.84 mm actuation
2.55 mm travel

20.422.926.1 dBA noise

AVERAGE • Logitech K270 ~ €24

5. Switzerland — USA

Membrane switches
No illumination

53.9 gF max before actuation
39.0 gF on actuation
2.42 mm actuation
3.66 mm travel

24.529.034.0 dBA noise

AVERAGE • Logitech K295 ~ €30

6. Switzerland — USA

Membrane switches
No illumination

56.6 gF max before actuation
51.6 gF on actuation
2.84 mm actuation
3.30 mm travel

19.823.328.5 dBA noise

BAD • Logitech G513 ~ €130

7. Switzerland — USA

Logitech mechanical switches
RGB illumination

45.7 gF max before actuation
45.7 gF on actuation
1.33 mm actuation
3.32 mm travel

35.039.244.0 dBA noise

BAD • Corsair K70 ~ €150

8. USA

Cherry mechanical switches
RGB illumination

51.5 gF max before actuation
39.7 gF on actuation
1.91 mm actuation
3.99 mm travel

39.642.646.1 dBA noise

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Precision and Quality Test Results

Precision and Quality Test Results • Actuation • Travel Distance • Gram Force • Noise

Measuring equipment resolution • Distance 0.01 mm • Noise dBA 0.1 • Gram force 0.2 gF

Image and Graph Differences

Image above shows values of average line, which is combination of 6 lines ( 2 7 = \ B / ). Table in graph shows values of 6 separated lines (gram force values before actuation). MX KEYS MED gram force value in table is calculated from MAX values of 6 separated lines:

60.4 + 57.6 + 58.4 + 65.8 + 55.2 + 62.2) / 6 = 59.9

MAX number 59.7 of average line in image is lower than MED number in table (average of 6 MAX values), because MAX peak of average line is not at the highest points of all 6 separated lines (they are at slightly different positions).

Actuation • Travel Distance • Gram Force • Graph

Gram force average before actuation from keyboard 2 7 = \ B / keys. Full travel distance = reached 150 gF.

Gram Force • gF MIN AVERAGE ON ACTUATION MAX
Logitech MX KEYS 60.0 61.6 33.3 63.2
Logitech K800 58.8 63.9 30.7 66.8
Cherry STREAM 61.4 63.7 30.3 68.6
Dell KB216 56.6 59.0 39.4 60.0
Logitech MK270 49.8 53.9 39.0 57.0
Logitech MK295 54.0 56.6 51.6 59.0
Logitech G513 43.2 45.7 45.7 48.6
Corsair K70 50.4 51.5 39.7 52.4

Noise • Graph

Tested by dropping 60g "finger" (with Shore A 22 hardness silicone bumper at the end) 40 times on each 2 7 = \ B / key from 1mm height. Sound pressure level recorded from 1m distance. To avoid negative effects on sleep, sound pressure level should not exceed 30 dBA (Nigh Noise Guidelines for Europe by World Health Organization).

Sound Pressure Level • GOOD (0-30 dBA)BAD (30+ dBA) MIN AVERAGE MAX
Logitech MX KEYS 22.3 24.7 26.5
Logitech K800 21.2 24.8 27.4
Cherry STREAM 21.7 26.2 32.6
Dell KB216 20.4 22.9 26.1
Logitech MK270 24.5 29.0 34.0
Logitech MK295 19.8 23.3 28.5
Logitech G513 35.0 39.2 44.0
Corsair K70 39.2 42.6 46.1
Corsair K70 with 40A-R O-Rings 32.2 37.8 42.4

Scissor vs Mechanical Switches

Scissor vs Mechanical Keyboard Switches

Noise (dBA): Mechanical keyboards are uncomfortable, overrated and annoyingly loud (Corsair K70 42.6 dBA) even with O-Ring switch dampeners (Corsair K70 with 40A-R O-Rings 37.8 dBA). It is nearly impossible to use them with external microphone and voice activated chat during online gaming sessions and around other people in quiet environments or bedrooms. People will hate you for all that noise. They also ruin immersiveness of quiet scenes in games and when you need to hear hints of sounds, like faint steps behind you. To avoid negative effects on sleep, sound pressure level should not exceed 30 dBA (Nigh Noise Guidelines for Europe by World Health Organization).

Actuation and travel distances (mm): Long key travel distances in mechanical keyboards (~4 mm x down+up = ~8 mm) feels inferior by comparison with scissor-switch keyboards (~2 mm x down+up = ~4 mm). Mechanical keyboard manufacturers know about this and some of them brag, how they reduced it by 25% and how faster it is now. Thin scissor-switch keyboards are twice as fast as mechanical, because even, when key actuates at the same ~2 mm distance, release is instant. Long travel distances and no soft cushion in mechanical keyboards results in hurt fingers after longer gaming sessions, because of frequent attempts to reach contact point as fast as possible, which means hitting key's bottom quite hard. Playing intensive games is not like playing some slow, peaceful and calming piano music. If you want to buy mechanical keyboard “for gaming”, you should try it first. Finger travel... DOWN + UP + over edges of keycaps:

Logitech MX KEYS • Scissor • Noise 24.7 dBA • Actuation distance 1.3 mm • Down and up travel distance 2.1 x 2 = 4.2 mm.
Corsair K70 • Mechanical • Noise 42.6 dBA• Actuation distance 1.9 mm • Down and up travel distance 4.0 x 2 = 8.0 mm.

LED Illumination (White vs RGB). Scissor swich keyboards usually use White LEDs for backlight illumination. Mechanical “gaming” keyboards usually use RGB LEDs. You can set different colours for different keys with RGB LEDs, but you will not be able to set pleasant and evenly white illumination for whole keyboard. There will be noticeable and inferior looking colour distortions. To achieve even and similar white light quality, mechanical keyboards should use RGBW LEDs.

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Tested Keyboards

List of Tested Keyboards

Logitech MX KEYS

Logitech MX KEYS1

2022-09LogitechCRAFT€160

2022-09LogitechMX KEYS€98

Scissor switches.

• 61.6 gF max before actuation.
33.3 gF on actuation.
1.35 mm actuation distance.
2.08 mm travel distance.

22.324.726.5 dBA noise.

Wireless via included USB receiver or Bluetooth.
• 10 meters wireless range.
Easy-switch keys to connect up to 3 devices and easily switch between them.
• Backlighting: adjustable, white (ambient light sensor - automatic, keys - manual).
• Hand proximity sensor to turn the backlight on and off.
• The Perfect Stroke keys.
• Caps Lock and Battery indicator lights.
• USB-C rechargeable. Full charge lasts 10 days to 5 months (depending on backlight settings).
• On/Off power switch.
• Compatible with Logitech Flow enabled mouse.
• Keyboard size: 429 x 131 (196 with palm rest) x 20 mm.
• Palm rest size: 429 x 66 x 9 mm.

Logitech K800

Logitech K8002

2022-09LogitechK800 Keyboard€120

Logitech MX KEYS is newer and better keyboard than K800.

Scissor switches.

• 63.9 gF max before actuation.
30.7 gF on actuation.
2.18 mm actuation distance.
3.21 mm travel distance.

21.224.827.4 dBA noise.

Wireless via included Logitech Unifying USB receiver.
• 10 meters wireless range.
• Backlighting: adjustable, white (ambient light sensor - automatic, keys - manual).
• Hand proximity sensor to turn the backlight on and off.
• The Perfect Stroke keys.
• Caps Lock and Battery indicator lights.
• Micro-USB rechargeable. Full charge (6 hours) lasts 15 hours to 10 days (depending on backlight settings).
• On/Off power switch.
• Keyboard size: 449 x 194 x 26 mm.

Cherry Stream

Cherry Stream JK-85003

2022-11CherrySTREAM JK-8500 Keyboard€22

• Cherry SX scissor switches.

• 63.7 gF max before actuation.
30.3 gF on actuation.
1.80 mm actuation distance.
2.75 mm travel distance.

21.726.232.6 dBA noise.

• Wired USB.
No illumination.
• Caps Lock indicator light.
• Num Lock indicator light.
• Keyboard size: 463 x 163 x 30 mm

Dell KB216

Dell KB2164

2022-11DellKB216 Keyboard€22

Membrane switches.

• 59.0 gF max before actuation.
• 39.4 gF on actuation.
1.84 mm actuation distance.
2.55 mm travel distance.

20.422.926.1 dBA noise.

• Wired USB.
No illumination.
• Caps Lock indicator light.
• Num Lock indicator light.
• Scroll Lock indicator light.
• Keyboard size: 442 x 127 x 24 mm

Logitech K270

Logitech K2705

2022-11LogitechK270 Keyboard€24

Louder than K295 (29.0 > 23.3 dBA), but needs less gram force (53.9 < 56.6 gF) to reach actuation point and actuate (39.0 < 51.6 gF) - can disturb others more, but is more pleasant to type.

M185 mouse is very small and made for ants in MK270 Combo (M185 Mouse + K270 Keyboard).

Membrane switches.

• 53.9 gF max before actuation.
• 39.0 gF on actuation.
2.42 mm actuation distance.
3.66 mm travel distance.

24.529.034.0 dBA noise.

Wireless via included Logitech Unifying USB receiver.
No illumination.
• 10 meters wireless range.
• Caps Lock indicator light.
• Battery Life: Full charge lasts 36 month.
• On/Off power switch.
• Keyboard size: 441 x 149 x 18 mm.

Logitech K295

Logitech K2956

2022-11LogitechK295 Keyboard€30

Quieter than K270 (23.3 < 29.0 dBA), but needs more gram force (56.6 > 53.9 gF) to reach actuation point and actuate (51.6 > 39.0 gF) - can disturb others less, but is stiffer and less pleasant to type.

M220 mouse is very small and made for ants in MK295 Combo (M220 Mouse + K295 Keyboard)

Membrane switches.

56.6 gF max before actuation.
51.6 gF on actuation.
2.84 mm actuation distance.
3.30 mm travel distance.

19.823.328.5 dBA noise.

Wireless via included Logitech Unifying USB receiver.
• 10 meters wireless range.
No illumination.
• Caps Lock indicator light.
• Battery Life: Full charge lasts 36 month.
• On/Off power switch.
• Keyboard size: 441 x 149 x 18 mm.

Logitech G513

Logitech G5137

2022-09LogitechG513€130

• Logitech mechanical switches.

• 45.7 gF max before actuation.
45.7 gF on actuation.
1.33 mm actuation distance.
3.32 mm travel distance.

35.039.244.0 dBA noise.

• Wired USB.
• 1 USB 2.0 port.
• Backlighting: adjustable, RGB per key lighting (FN+F5/F6/F7).
• Game Mode (FN+F8).
• Media Controls (FN+F9/ F10/F11/F12).
• Volume Controls (FN+ PRTSC/SCRLK/PAUSE).
• Programmable FN keys via Logitech G HUB.
• Keyboard size: 444 x 131 - 219 x 34 mm.
• Palm rest size: 444 x 88 - 21 mm.

Corsar K70

Corsair K70 (CHERRY® MX Brown)8

2022-09CorsairK70€150

• CHERRY® MX Brown mechanical switches.

• 51.5 gF max before actuation.
• 39.7 gF on actuation.
1.91 mm actuation distance.
3.99 mm travel distance.

39.642.646.1 dBA noise.

• Wired USB.
• Backlighting: adjustable, RGB per key lighting.
• Additional coloured and textured keycaps FPS / MOBA
• On-Board Memory.
• WIN Lock Dedicated Hotkey.
• Media Control Dedicated Hotkeys, Volume Roller.
• Keyboard size: 437 x 165 - 210 x 39 mm.
• Palm rest size: 437 x 63 - 20 mm.