Razer has also been the innovator in the gaming industry with each one of its products bringing something extra-ordinary on the table. The pioneers of gaming felt that present Cherry MX mechanical switches are not optimized for gaming and something needs to be done. Razer’s engineering team went back to the drawing board and came up with Razer Green and Razer Orange mechanical switches with a better actuation and longer lifespan.
Razer Green and Razer Orange Mechanical Switches
The precision of the new Razer Green and Razer Orange gives gamers the edge they need during intense match-ups. The only difference between the two is sound; the Green switches features the same clicking sound of a mechanical switch while the Orange ones are silent. After thorough research, Razer engineers reduced the distance between actuation and reset point by half to allow faster and more precise command while gaming.
Along with skillful designing, the manufacturing process has been altered from ground up to ensure better durability and reliability. The manufacturing of both the switches has been outsourced. The introduction of gold contact points has increased the lifespan of these switches to 60 million key strokes. The switches go through brutal testing before being fitted to any Razer product as quality is the company’s highest priority.
“Instead of focusing solely on typing comfort, as traditional mechanical switches have done, we had to completely rethink the conventional approach behind the actuation and reset points of mechanical switches in order to fine-tune them for gaming,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Our engineers’ focus for the specification was on speed, accuracy and durability to bring the unfair advantage to gamers worldwide. The new switch makes the most popular gaming keyboard in the world even better.”
Razer took help from the world’s most demanding eSports athletes to test the new mechanical switches and get their approval. Razer Green switches are tactile and clicky requiring a force of 50g while the Orange switches are tactile and silent requiring just 45g of force to actuate.
“The new switches on the Razer BlackWidow have a lighter and smoother feel, allowing me to play at a faster pace than before,” says Jens “Snute” Aasgaard, Team Liquid StarCraft player. “It’s comfortable and solid – perfect for long practice sessions and tournaments.”
Razer Mechanical switches are available in the award-winning BlackWidow family of keyboards and soon other gaming peripherals manufacturers will introduce them in their keyboards as well. For more information, please visit the product page.
Razer has put together a video to introduce its new mechanical switches: