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Razer gets dedicated production line for its keyboard keyswitches

by Mark Tyson on 28 March 2016, 13:01

Tags: Razer, razer-keyboards

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Razer has published a new video showing off its mechanical keyboard keyswitch production process. The gaming orientated firm says that it has recently moved to its very own dedicated keyswitch production line, such is the demand for its gaming keyboards. The result is that Razer can now achieve "better control and improved quality assessment."

We saw Razer launch its own mechanical keyboard keyswitches two years ago. Designed from the ground up for gamers, rather than for typists, it promised refined characteristics that would appeal to PC gaming enthusiasts and, yes, eSports professionals. A number of key considerations had been tweaked as follows:

  • Optimal actuation distance measured and implemented
  • Distance between the key actuation and reset point reduced by almost half – "double tap effortlessly with blazing speed"
  • Tested and validated by "the world’s most demanding eSports athletes"

The specially designed Razer keyswitches with gold plated crosspoints are available in two varieties, green and orange. The Razer Green Switch is tactile and clicky, requiring a force of 50g to actuate; the Razer Orange Switch is tactile yet silent, requiring a force of 45g to actuate. Both embody the bullet point considerations outlined above.

Durability increase

At the time of their keyswitch product launch, Razer claimed a durability figure of 60 million presses, trumping main competitor Cherry's durability claims of 50 million presses. The most observant tech spec watchers will have noticed Razer has recently stepped up that durability promise - to 80 million key strokes. This is one practical positive result of the move to its own dedicated production line, says Razer.

Please take a peek at the embedded video, above, to see and hear more about the new production process and for an overview of Razer's testing processes. As a reminder,  Razer launched a new range of keyboards last week, the cheaper BlackWidow X series, which are its first to offer a choice of Razer's own or Cherry MX keyswitches.

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Anyone else feel like they would prefer Razer *not* be in charge of QA for any part they use?
They're still just a cheap Cherry clone by Kaihua Electronics, right?