Other Switches

So far, we’ve discussed:

  • Cherry MX
  • Buckling Spring
  • Topre
  • ALPS

These four switch types are the most common today (with Cherry MX leading by a wide margin), but by no means the only switch types. From Hall Effect, to the capacitive buckling springs found in IBM Model Fs, to Cherry MY, to Cherry ML, and beyond — there have been a ton of different switch types produced over the years. If you get really interested in keyboards, there is almost no limit to how deep the rabbit hole goes.