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Cherry MX Black

Manufacturer: Cherry
Brand: Cherry MX

Similar to Cherry MX Reds but with heavier springs.

Older (pre 1994) Cherry MX Black Switches are in high demand due to being far smoother than modern Cherry MX Black switches. This is due to a change in mold tooling – which is why newer switches are often referred to as “retooled”.

There are 3 variations of this switch:

60g
80g
2.00mm
4.00mm
POM
Coloured (opaque)
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)
Hyperglide
60g
80g
2.00mm
4.00mm
POM
Coloured (opaque)
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)

Introduced during CES 2020, these switches feature the new Cherry "Hyperglide" tooling which results in increased smoothness and tighter tolerances.

RGB
60g
80g
2.00mm
4.00mm
POM
Coloured (opaque)
Nylon
Transparent
Nylon
Transparent

Force-graph

A force-graph is a good way to help imagine how a switch might feel to the press. Many reputable manufacturers publish such graphs, either in their documentation or in their patents.
Not sure what you’re looking at? Check out Haata’s fantastic guide on reading force curve graphs.

Force graph for Cherry MX Black
polaris with lubed vintage blacks by Jae
TGR Alice with lubed Vintage Blacks by Koen Romers
E7-V1 with lubed Vintage Blacks Typing Sounds by Taeha Types
Classy TKL with lubed Vintage Blacks by Koen Romers
Vintage Cherry MX Black Typing Test by Fluffypupper 22
Cherry Vintage Black Sound Comparison by WT studio
Deko Fast Action Keyboard review (Cherry MX Black) by Chyrosran22
Cerakoted Salamander with lubed Vintage Blacks Typing Sounds ASMR by Taeha Types
Cherry MX Black Typing Test on a custom keyboard by Barney Scarisbrick
Cherry G80-1000 review (vintage Cherry MX black) by Chyrosran22
Cherry MX Black Vs Vintage MX Black by Fluffypupper 22
Typing Leopold FC750R [Cherry MX Black] by VoldemarHardware
Sound test between Cherry MX Black,Gateron Milk Cream Stem,Novelkey Cream Black Stem,Novelkey Cream by Du's RoboticLab
Linear
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Linear switches have a smooth and linear feeling from top to bottom when pressed.

Mount type

PCB
5-pin
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Spring

Standard (stainless steel)

Volume

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normal
Standard switch with no dampers, can be further silenced with lubrication or O-rings.

Lubrication info

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Factory lubed? No
Notes

To achieve a smooth butter feel Cherry MX Blacks are great with a thicker lube such as Krytox GPL 205 Grade 0.

Looking for switch lubrication advice? Here's a great start

Switch film

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No data available. If you've tried these switches with films let us know on our #reviews discord channel.
Why use switch film? Here's a good explanation and a great demonstration.

More info on films and Thicc films by Jinra.

Stem construction

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Standard
The stem on this switch is of the standard variety.

Prices

These prices are subject to change at any time and should be used only as a rough guide (plus, quite often switches are not sold individually and can sometimes include discounts for larger quantities).

This information is not automatically updated.