Cherry LP

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Cherry LP
Family Cherry LP
Switch type linear, clicky
Sense method Metal contact
Rated lifetime 50M
Pretravel 1.2 ± 0.3 mm
Total travel 3.2 ± 0.25 mm
Keycap mount Cherry MX mount (Short skirt only)
Switch mount Plate mount

Cherry LP (community term) or Cherry MX Low Profile RGB (official term) is a low-profile mechanical keyboard switch. While it shares the same cross-pattern keycap mount of it's larger counterpart, Cherry MX, MX keycaps are not compatible with Cherry LP switches due to their increased side height. It was announced at CES 2018 (2018-01-12) and is not yet available to purchase.

Cherry's goal when designing the switch family was to make a low-profile version of Cherry MX. The size was not reduced as much as it could have been, in order to retain an overall feel reminiscent of Cherry MX.[1] It is neither pin-compatible or plate-compatible with Cherry MX and the overall travel is lower, at 3.2 mm.

The starting force of the "Red" switch is 40 cN, which is 10 cN higher than Cherry MX Red but similar to Cherry MX Brown. The force curve is almost perfectly flat, with actuation happening at 1.2 mm when a weight of 45 cN is applied. This makes it similar to Cherry MX Speed Silver.

To accommodate backlighting the bottom housing is translucent and the top is transparent with a crescent-shaped cavity for a surface-mounted LED to shine through. This is supposed to spread the light around the slider.[2]

Stem colour      Type Initial force Tactile force Actuation force Bottom-out force
Red Linear 40 cN 45±15 cN 60 cN
Blue[1] Clicky


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gamers Nexus on Youtube: Cherry Finally Makes a New Switch: MX Red Low Profile. Watched 2018-01-13
  2. Tom's Hardware: Cherry Joins The Low-Profile Switch Game, by Seth Colander. Dated 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2018-01-13