Cherry MX Green
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|Switch type||Clicky, Tactile|
|Sense method||Metal leaf|
|Actuation force||80 cN|
The Cherry MX Green switch is a medium stiff, tactile, clicky mechanical keyboard switch in the Cherry MX family.
The Cherry MX Green is a stiffer version of the Cherry MX Blue, meant for space bar usage.
The Cherry MX Green is both a tactile and a clicky switch. You can both feel the tactile bump and hear the "click" that occurs when the activation point is hit. Due to the actuation force needed (80 cN), the switch feels similar to a buckling spring (which takes about 90 cN force to actuate). When pressing on the key (the slower you press, the more you can feel it) the user can easily notice the switch pushing against your fingers. Users who are used to lighter switches may have trouble at first getting used to the feel of Green switches, as they are a stiff switch.
Unlike most other Cherry MX switches, the plunger consists of not one, but two parts: a green plunger (that is connected to the key) and a white inner slider (which opens/closes the circuit). The movement of the inner slider is constrained by the green plunger, which can pull the slider up or push it down.
At rest, the inner slider is held by the leaf spring. The green plunger does not push on the slider until close to the activation point.
At the activation point, the green plunger has pushed the white slider out of rest into a position where the force of the leaf spring on the slider's inclined plane will propel the slider towards the bottom. The leaf spring encounters no more resistance from the slider and closes the circuit. Because the green plunger is no longer pushing on the white slider, the key resistance decreases sharply.
The "click" sound is made by the white slider hitting the bottom of the switch housing. The force of the leaf spring on the slider is high enough to make the switch function in any orientation.
- As of 2013, these switches are available directly from the manufacturer and some suppliers.
The following switch was obtained from a Deskthority forum member and is of unknown date.