Cherry MX Super Black
|Sense method||Metal leaf|
|Actuation force||> 150 cN|
The Cherry MX Super Black switch is an extra stiff, linear, non-clicky mechanical keyboard switch in the Cherry MX family.
The following keyboards have this switch at the keys listed:
- Cherry G80-1600 Prog and Laser keys.
- Cherry G80-2100 Cherry, Layer and Print Screen keys.
- Cherry G80-3600 (variant of the G80-3500 mouseboard) Mode and Mouse keys.
- Cherry G80-5000 Windows keys and Context Menu key. Only on the HAMxx variant (not HAAxx variant).
- Cherry G81-8308 Prog and Layer keys.
The Cherry MX Super Black switch is a stiffer variant of the Cherry MX Black switch that uses a spring which requires over 150 cN to make the switch activate, instead of 60 cN for the normal MX Black spring.
It is speculated that the design is aimed at avoiding accidental key presses:
- The two Super Blacks in the G80-1600 are located between Alt and Control. They are not needed in regular typing, but to switch the laser scanner on and to program the scanner.
- In the G80-2100, the Cherry and Layer keys are located close to the cursor keys and are used to switch to programming mode and between layers. The Print key, the 3rd key with a Super Black on this keyboard, is located next to Scroll Lock and Pause in the row above the cluster with Page Up/Page Down. It seems evident that the Print key was equipped with the Super Black to avoid pressing it by accident, which might cause a print out of whatever is edited or viewed.
As of 2012, this switch is out of production.
Activation force measurement by stacking weights.
- Imgur — Cherry G80-3600 HAD