Cherry MX Keyswitches are top-of-the-line mechanical keyboard switches. They’re satisfyingly “clicky”, reliable up to tens-of-millions of key presses, and a standard in gaming and programming keyboards across the globe. With the SparkFun Cherry MX Switch Breakout we have made the switches more easily adaptable to breadboard or perfboard-based projects. The Cherry MX Switch Breakout is a perfect prototyping tool for projects ranging from a single-key user-input to fully-custom 101-key keyboards.
In addition to breaking out the switch contacts to breadboard-compatible headers, the Cherry MX Switch Breakout also provides access to an optional switch-mounted LED. Plus, the pin break-outs are designed with keyboard matrix-ing in mind, so you can interconnect as many boards as you’d like into a row-column configuration, keeping the I/O-pin requirements as low as possible.
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Skill Level: Noob - Some basic soldering is required, but it is limited to a just a few pins, basic through-hole soldering, and couple (if any) polarized components. A basic soldering iron is all you should need.
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These breakout boards were a great help in making my custom keyboard. I didn't end up using the leds, but I popped a diode on, soldered them together and it's working great so far. They are handy little boards.
Using them for a project emulating old console buttons on military-style machines. Work beautifully!
Easy to solder as key-switch snaps into place...no adhesive required. I recommend soldering the headers first though.
I'm building a combination 3x4 switch + 2x5 selectors + 1x3 mode switch keypad and this breakout allows me to build it (with LED indicators in the selector and mode switches) with ease.