Cherry MX Lock
|Switch type||Latching lock|
|Sense method||Metal leaf|
|Rated lifetime||500 k (1994)|
Cherry MX Lock is a latching action, or alternative action switch: when depressed, the switch remains locked into the down position, and the switch remains closed. When pressed a second time, it unlocks and returns to its fully up position. In order to make room for the locking wheel shaft, the LED recess is moved to the right of the switch.
The colour of the switch has changed with time. Hirose Cherry were using the all-black version in 1984, while the well-known two-tone grey/black shell dates has been found in a 1985 keyboard. According to Cherry, the grey material went end-of-life, and the switch design was changed to an all-black shell and colourless slider at some point. This is the version illustrated in the 2015 product PDF. Although this has yet to be sighted in a keyboard, MechanicalKeyboards.co.id were selling this later version.
Cherry are not aware of the all-black variant.
Cherry approached the locking mechanism differently to most companies. The MX Lock switch has a static axle on the side of the stem, onto which a small wheel is placed. The wheel travels within a shaft inside the upper shell; a lug within this shaft rotates the wheel as it passes, and when the wheel is rotated a certain amount, it catches on this lug and holds the stem down. The wheel has three arms, and each arm ends in a small notch, which is there to engage with the lug and hold the stem in position.
Similar to the Cherry MX Black, but stays locked when pressed and unlocks when pressed again. Unlike some other latching switches, the MX Lock switch is completely linear with no audible or tactile indication.
The deadline for final orders for Cherry MX Lock was the 30th of September 2015; the switch is now discontinued. Supplies of the switch appear to be exhausted.
Black with clear slider, and LED fitted
The following switch is from a small batch obtained from a Deskthority forum member, and is of unknown origin.
- Deskthority — The Ohio lot: story time & photos
- Conversation with Cherry, 2016-07-14
- Cherry — CHERRY MX1A-3xxx
- MechanicalKeyboards.co.id — Cherry MX Lock Switch (Linear Locking - Plate Mount)