New Cherry MX LP Switches Could Bring Mechanical Keyboards to Mainstream Laptop Models

Regular Cherry switch (left), low profile switch (right).
Regular Cherry switch (left), low profile switch (right).

Cherry, the world’s most famous manufacturer of mechanical keyboard switches, offered something new and exciting at this year’s CES. The company came out with their newly designed Cherry MX LP switches that should finally bring mechanical keyboards to more laptop models. LP stands for low profile, with these new switches featuring thirty-five percent lower profile than standard Cherry MX switches.

The actuation force of LP switches stayed 45 cN, with the total travel distance being 3.2mm (4mm on regular switches), and actuation point being set at 1.2mm, the same as with Cherry MX Speed, switches made for fast-paced gaming (regular ones feature a 2mm actuation point).

Other features include an arc suited for installing RGB LED backlighting and a rated lifespan of 50 million keystrokes.

Regular Cherry switch (left), low profile switch (right).
Regular Cherry switch (left), low profile switch (right).

This will allow for more laptop models to feature mechanical keyboards in the future. We already have a couple of portable PCs with mechanical keyboards, but all of them are gaming models that are extremely bulky and quite expensive. With Cherry MX LP switches, even laptops made for work and not gaming could feature mechanical keyboards, making thousands of writers around the world shed tears of joy.

Not only that, but we might also see low-profile mechanical keyboards for desktop computers, taking up less space and weighing less than standard keyboards with mechanical switches. There aren’t any specific keyboard or laptop models announced at the moment that feature Cherry MX LP switches, but the company said that we might see some before the end of the year.

A psychologist turned freelance writer and reviewer, Goran is a hardcore gamer with more than twenty years of experience, and interested in all kinds of technology. He also likes Sci Fi novels and basketball.
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