Switches

HOW ARE SWITCHES BUILD?

1.Keycap – not part of the switch
2. Stem – part that is pressed by pressing keycap, stem makes switch linear clicky or tactile, depending on its shape
3. Upper Housing – influences the sound and look of switch
4. Spring – spring is the part that makes switch hard or easy to press, depending on resistance of spring
5.Bottom Housing – influences the sound and look of switch
6. Crosspoint contact – the part that sends information to pcb when you press the key

Switch Specs??/Parameters??

Total travel distance – total distance until stem hits the bottom of the housing
Operating force – force that you have to press key with
Bottom force– force that you have to press key with for the stem to hit the bottom of the housing
Actuation point – The point when keypress is registered by pcb
Tactile position– the point when you feel the bump while pressing (Only in tactile and clicky switches)

Switch Type

Linear
-Smoothest of all three
-Most begginer friendly and most popular
-No bump during actuation
-The quietes of all three

Tactile
-Bump during actuation
-Not as quiet as linear but also not as loud as clicky
-In the middle between the linear and clicky

Clicky
-Loudest of all three
-Least popular of all three
-Bump and „click” during actuation