Cherry MX Red

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Cherry MX Red
Cherry MX red.jpg
Manufacturer Cherry
Family Cherry MX
Product code MX1A-L1xx
Introduced 2008
Switch type Linear
Sense method Metal leaf
Actuation force 45 cN
Mx red illustration.gif

The Cherry MX Red switch is a light, linear, non-clicky mechanical keyboard switch in the Cherry MX family.

It is often preferred over tactile switches for gaming.


The switch first appeared in November 2008[1] on the streets of Tokyo. The Cherry G80-3600 keyboard was marketed and distributed exclusively in Japan by the computer hardware company Scythe. Originally only available in the Japanese Layout (G80-3600LYCJA) and the US-ANSI layout (G80-3600LYCEU), further Korean and Chinese variants of the keyboard later appeared throughout Asia at various online retailers, although without the Scythe branding.


The Cherry MX Red is a lighter variant of the Cherry MX Black linear switch.


In an order request in 2010 Cherry claimed the switch to be no longer in production. The statement was confirmed when a member of Ducky admitted that the switches used in the limited edition Ducky keyboards were indeed soldered out of Cherry G80-3600s.

However, in 2012 the switch had become popular with a growing number of keyboards produced that use it, including the Leopold and Filco Majestouch product ranges. Besides the Cherry G80-3494, a large number of gaming oriented keyboards are readily available using this switch.



  1. Akiba PC Hotline — CHERRYの「赤軸」キーボード展示中 (Japanese only) Dated 2008-11-15. Retrieved 2015-07-24.