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Razer Mechanical Keyboard Switches Guide 2021

Updated Dec 30, 2020 by Keybumps
Razer Green, Orange and Yellow switches
Razer Green, Orange and Yellow switches

Razer mechanical keyswitches are specifically designed for high performance gaming keyboards. The Razer BlackWidow is one of the first mechanical switch gaming keyboards, released in 2010 with Razer Green switches.

Razer switches are plate mounted, Cherry MX style mechanical keyboard key switches, designed by Razer and manufactured by Greetech. There are currently 5 variants of Razer mechanical switches; Razer Green, Razer Orange, Razer Yellow, Razer Optical Linear & Razer Optical Clicky.

Razer Switch Comparison

NameTypeActuationPre TravelTravelSoundLifespan
Razer GreenRazer GreenTactile Clicky50g1.9 mm4.0 mmClicky80 million
Razer OrangeRazer OrangeSilent Tactile45g1.9 mm4.0 mmNo click80 million
Razer YellowRazer YellowSilent Linear45g1.2 mm3.5 mmNo click80 million
Razer Linear OpticalRazer Linear OpticalLinear40g1.0 mm3.5 mmNo click100 million
Razer Clicky OpticalRazer Clicky OpticalTactile Clicky45g1.5 mm3.5 mmClicky100 million

Razer Switch Keyboards

List of mechanical keyboards with Razer type switches.

KeyboardSwitch TypeSizeLED BacklightVendor
Razer BlackWidow V3 Razer BlackWidow V3 Razer Green/Yellow Full Size RGB Amazon
Razer BlackWidow V3 - Quartz Razer BlackWidow V3 - Quartz Razer Green Full Size RGB Amazon
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Razer Green/Yellow Full Size RGB Amazon
Razer BlackWidow V3 Tenkeyless Razer BlackWidow V3 Tenkeyless Razer Green TKL RGB Amazon
Razer Pro Type Razer Pro Type Razer Orange Full Size White LED Amazon
Razer Huntsman Mini Razer Huntsman Mini Razer Optical Clicky/Linear 60% RGB Amazon
Razer Huntsman Mini Mercury Razer Huntsman Mini Mercury Razer Optical Clicky/Linear 60% RGB Amazon
Razer Huntsman Elite Razer Huntsman Elite Razer Optical Clicky/Linear Full Size RGB Amazon
Razer BlackWidow Elite Razer BlackWidow Elite Razer Green/Orange/Yellow Full Size RGB Amazon
Razer Huntsman Razer Huntsman Razer Optical Clicky Full Size RGB Amazon
Razer Huntsman - Quartz Razer Huntsman - Quartz Razer Optical Clicky Full Size RGB Amazon
Razer Huntsman Gear 5 Edition Razer Huntsman Gear 5 Edition Razer Optical Clicky Full Size RGB Razer
Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma V2 Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma V2 Razer Green/Orange/Yellow TKL RGB Amazon
Razer BlackWidow Lite Razer BlackWidow Lite Razer Orange TKL White Amazon
Razer BlackWidow Lite - Mercury Razer BlackWidow Lite - Mercury Razer Orange TKL White Amazon
Razer BlackWidow Lite - Stormtrooper Razer BlackWidow Lite - Stormtrooper Razer Orange TKL White Amazon
Razer BlackWidow Razer BlackWidow Razer Green Full Size White Amazon
Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Razer Optical Linear TKL White Amazon

Razer vs Cherry MX Switches

Razer Green and Razer Clicky Optical switches feel similar to Cherry MX Blues (Tactile and Clicky).

Razer Orange switches are similar to Cherry MX Browns (Tactile and non-clicky).

Razer Yellow and Razer Linear Optical switches are fast and linear, with a 3.5 mm travel distance, similar to Cherry MX Speed Silvers.

Razer Switch Demo

See Also

Razer Official Website: https://www.razer.com

Razer Mechanical Switches: https://www.razer.com/razer-mechanical-switches

Razer Optical Switches: https://www.razer.com/razer-optical-switch