The ultimate guide to mechanical keyboard switches for 2022

This year, Varmilo has released six new switches. When choosing your switches, you only want the best. The problem is that there are many kinds of switches on our website, and there’s no easy way to learn and compare them. Luckily, we’ve done the research and created this guide for you!

After you’ve spent time reading this, you’ll be able to choose the ones that are best for you.

Table of contents

  • Introduction of the Newest 6 switches (Sort by time)
  • Basic parameters(Sort by brands: Varmilo, Cherry, Gateron, Kailh, and TTC)
  • Understanding the models of Varmilo – Find the right switch easily and quickly

Introduction of the Newest 6 switches

  1. 2022 first varmilo EC V2 switch – Varmilo EC V2 Iris
MA108 Sea Melody

Iris sw is Varmilo’s first tactile switch. Its typing experience is very similar to the famous Holy Panda Switch. HP has a prolonged smooth bump, which is what it has been known for, so as Iris switch. Varmilo makes an entirely new EC tactile switch with the original typing experience of Holy Panda. As an EC switch, it avoids the physical damage risk of dust, liquid, and friction loss.

It’s a perfect choice for those who love HP and the unique typing experience.

Now you can get it from most of our MA series(87/108) theme keyboards.

Or you can get it through easy customization or premium customization – Available in 65/80/110 keys.

2. Varmilo first speed switch – Varmilo EC V2 Jasmine

MA108 Warrior – Soar

Jasmine switch is Varmilo’s first speed switch, linear. Its actuation point is 1mm and total travel is 3mm. 22mm prolonged spring anti accidental actuation, strong rebound.

A lot of gamers love speed switch using gaming. It is also an ideal switch for high-speed input requirements.

Now you can get it from some of our MA series keyboards or through easy customization or premium customization.

The rest of the 4 switches are all joint customization switches.

3. TTC x Varmilo – TTC Speed Gold

VA108 Warrior – Soar

Varmilo and TTC co-developed switch, 39gf operation force linear switch, 1.2mm conduction travel, and 3.4mm terminal travel. It has a lighter typing experience compared with Cherry Silver. With TTC’s signature prolonged spring, it prevents miss click efficiently. Its light and speed make it perfect for gaming and typing.

For now, you can get it with Varmilo’s Warrior – Soar keyboard only.

4. Kailh x Varmilo – Kailh Crane

The switch adopts Kailh’s high-end POM mold, which has excellent waterproof and dustproof effects. POM Pro material makes the switch core, seat, and upper cover. 37gf operation force linear switch, full POM material case, it gets smoother by using. BOX structure, stabilized pressing, water and dust proof. 20mm prolonged spring anti accidental actuation, strong rebound.

Kaih Crane switch is designed for the theme keyboard – Crane of Lure.

Click to get it now: Varmilo VBS108V2 Crane of Lure Series Three Mode Mechanical Keyboard

5. Kailh x Varmilo – Kailh Prestige Red

45gf operation force linear switch, similar to Cherry Red. BOX structure, stabilized pressing, water and dust proof. 20mm prolonged spring anti accidental actuation, strong rebound.

6. Kailh x Varmilo – Kailh Prestige Click

46gf operation force clicky tactile switch, strong and clean tactile feeling and clicky sound, BOX structure, stabilized pressing, water and dust proof. 20mm prolonged spring anti accidental actuation, strong rebound.

Varmilo selects the classic feel and typing experience widely recognized by players worldwide and deeply optimizes them in terms of feel, sound, and lifespan. Together with the well-known switch brand Kailh, they launch the Prestige series BOX switches.

Varmilo and Kailh cooperated Prestige Series switches using Kailh exclusive BOX structure, longer life span than MX switch, and have unique sound created by torsional spring, the famous NK, and other switches all using this structure.

How to choose?

Kailh Prestige Red: linear

Kailh Prestige Click: tactile and clicky

Kailh Prestige Light: coming soon~

You can get them with Varmilo’s newest theme keyboard – Minilo.

Comparison of Basic parameters

(Sort by brands: Varmilo, Cherry, Gateron, Kailh, and TTC)

Understanding the characteristics of a mechanical switch

Besides the keystroke feel, there are 4 technical characteristics of a switch. Depending on your typing technique and the general purpose of your keyboard, you would need specific values for each characteristic.

1. Operation Force

It’s how hard you have to press the key. Operating force is measured in centinewton (cN) or gram-force (gf). 1 gf is equal to 0.98 cN, so they are almost equivalent. You can say that a switch with 0.50 cN has 0.50 gf.

2. Activation Point

It is the point where a keypress is recognized by the keyboard. This is measured in millimeters. It is also known as Actuation Point or Operating Position.

3. Total Travel Distance

It’s the distance your keycap travels until it hits the upper housing of the switch. It’s basically the distance until you bottom out. This is also measured in millimeters.

4. Tactile Position

The tactile position is where you feel the bump on tactile and clicky switches. On linear switches, there’s no tactile position.

Varmilo EC V2 Switches

BrandNameImageTypeOperation Force/gfTerminal Force/gf Activation Point/mmTotal Travel/mmFeatures
VarmiloDaisyLinear354524extremely light
VarmiloOrangeLinear384524spacebar switch of Daisy keyboard
VarmiloJasmineLinear406013extremely fast
22mm spring
VarmiloSakuraLinear455524Bestseller
similar to Cherry Red
VarmiloMoxaLinear455524smoothest
16mm spring
Shurikey keyboard only
VarmiloRoseLinear556524Cherry Red<Rose<Cherry Black
VarmiloIvyClicky50652.34clicky
similar to Cherry Blue
VarmiloIrisTactile456024similar to Holy Panda
VarmiloVioletTactile455824similar to Cherry Brown
Coming soon!

Varmilo EC switches are popular for their extremely typing experience. Smoothness is the most outstanding feature because of the no physical contact points. Varmilo EC switch keeps the original touch of the mechanical keyboard by using the EC trigger principle with the same inner structure as the traditional mechanical switch.

You can pick a themed keyboard designed by varmilo or custom your own keyboard on our website.

Varmilo Switch Keychain:

Cherry MX Traditional Mechanical Switches

BrandNameImageTypeOperation Force/gfTerminal Force/gf Activation Point/mmTotal Travel/mmFeatures
Cherry MXRedLinear456024classic mechanical switch
Cherry MXSilent RedLinear456023.7silent
Cherry MXSliverLinear45701.23.4speed
Cherry MXBlackLinear608524heavy
Cherry MXBlueClicky50602.24clicky
Cherry MXBrownTactile506024tactile

Cherry’s MX switches are widely considered to be the gold standard of PC-keyboard switches, and they come in several kinds (designated by “color”) with distinct pressure, texture, and audio-feedback characteristics.

The Varmilo VA/VD series mechanical keyboards install these switches.

Varmilo & Cherry MX switch Trial Kit:

Gateron G Pro 2.0 Switch

BrandNameImageTypeOperation Force/gfTerminal Force/gf Activation Point/mmTotal Travel/mmFeatures
GateronWhiteLinear384524light
GateronSilverLinear43501.23.4speed
GateronRedLinear45502420.5mm prolonged spring
GateronYellowLinear506724quiet; Cherry Red<Yellow<Cherry Black
GateronBrownTactile506024similar to Cherry Brown

Gateron switches are common among keyboard enthusiasts, especially in Europe. Gateron switches are smoother, which makes them feel better than Cherry. G Pro 2.0 switches upgrade the mold on the basis of the G Pro Series and have an RGB SMD condenser, which is renowned for its excellent lighting effect and tactile typing experience.

Kailh X Varmilo Mechanical Switches

BrandNameImageTypeOperation Force/gfTerminal Force/gf Activation Point/mmTotal Travel/mmFeatures
KailhCraneLinear37451.84light
BOX structure
20mm prolonged spring
KailhPrestige RedLinear45551.83.6similar to Cherry Red
BOX structure
20mm prolonged spring
KailhPrestige ClickTactile46601.83.6clicky
BOX structure
20mm prolonged spring

Kailh BOX switches are really cool. They have a different stem design which makes them feel more stable and wobble a little bit less. The step is shaped, well, like a box. Kailh Box switches feature a boxed stem, designed to be dust and water-resistant.

Varmilo knows that Kailh’s quality control facilities were first-class and their standards didn’t tolerate anything less than perfect. How they operated was mind-blowingly impressive. True enough, their regard for high quality is very much reflected in their products.

TTC Mechanical Switches

BrandNameImageTypeOperation Force/gfTerminal Force/gf Activation Point/mmTotal Travel/mmFeatures
TTCGold PinkLinear374524light
TTCSpeed GoldLinear39501.23.4light & speed
TTCSpeed SilverLinear45551.083.4speed
Click the name to learn more

Manufactured with clear casings, TTC Switches have quickly become one of the most popular switches in the keyboard community. TTC Switches uses gold contact leaves and soft plastic stems, making an unparalleled, smooth typing experience.

Understanding the models of Varmilo – Find the right switch easily and quickly

ModelKeysSwitchConnectionHot-SwapBacklitPremium Customization
MA21VarmiloWiredWhiteyes
87VarmiloWiredWhiteyes
108VarmiloWiredWhiteyes
VA21Cherry/KailhWiredyes
87Cherry/Kailh/TTCWiredno/white
108Cherry/Kailh/TTCWiredno/white
87-RGBCherryWiredRGByes
VB21CherryBluetooth
VD87Cherry/Kailh/TTCDual-Mode
108Cherry/Kailh/TTCDual-Mode
Miya68-C68VarmiloWiredWhiteyes
Miya68-D68Cherry/Kailh/TTCDual-Modeyes
Miya68-Pro68Cherry/Kailh/TTCWiredno/white/pinkyes
Miya68-Mac68Cherry/Kailh/TTCWired(Dual-OS)no/whiteyes
Miya68-RGB68Cherry/Kailh/TTCWiredRGByes
VXB6767VarmiloDual-ModeWhite
VXH6767Cherry/Kailh/TTCWiredyesWhite
VXT6767Cherry/Kailh/TTC/GateronThree-ModeyesRGB
VBM108108VarmiloWiredWhite
VBS108108Cherry/Kailh/TTCThree-Mode
VA104C104CherryWiredyes
MA104C104VarmiloWiredWhiteyes

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