The dominant Mechanical Switch Maker ‘Cherry’ offers different Variants and Special Developer Kit towards the DIY market

The dominant Mechanical Switch Maker ‘Cherry’ offers different Variants and Special Developer Kit towards the DIY market

Cherry, best known for their mechanical are looking to cater to the DIY crowd with their latest line of MX Mechanical Switch Kits. The philosophy behind this product is that there are some users that prefer to build and customize their own keyboards rather than buy them from a recognized brand; and now, Cherry has an official solution for those customers.

Although big names like Razer, Corsair, and Logitech sell keyboards to throngs of consumers, there is another whole class of keyboard enthusiasts who make or mod their own planks. Those people need to buy loose switches, and most could use a little help figuring out exactly which switches to buy and what other components to include.
Of course, you can already get Cherry switches (and many others) from a number of outlets, such as Further, the mechanical keyboard community is quite large, knowledgeable, and generally quick to share tips and help, so it’s not as if build help isn’t readily available.

Cherry themselves have provided a Page with guides and how-to tutorials, explaining what exactly goes on a Cherry switch and how to put them together. Whether individually or in a set, CHERRY is offering customers a choice between MX Red, Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Clear, Silent Black, Silent Red, and Speed switches. The kits contain a full set of 110 switches, which will let users create their own keyboards in the extended layout. For Cherry’s kits, you’ll have to exclusively go through Reichelt Elektronik, whereas switch kits can also be purchased from Arrow Electronics and Greendich Enterprise. The developer kits will be available for €40.

The key, though, is buried down at the bottom of that page. It says, ‘Currently, only switches without mounting pins (requiring a mount to the keyboard housing) are offered online. Versions with a direct mount for the PCB are only available from Cherry itself’. That dev kit page is quite informative for anyone who wants to better understand Cherry’s product stack and SKU nomenclature.


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