Cherry MX Switch

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. This 'blue' version Cherry MX Switch is favored by most due to its secondary internal actuator making it less likely to "double-tap." If you are looking for a noticeably audible and high-quality key switch, this is the perfect option for you!

Most Cherry MX Switches – including this blue, MX1A-E1NW switch we carry – have a recess in their body designed to fit a small 3mm LED. Additionally, the weighting for this switch is just around 50cN (centi-Newtons).

Note: If you are looking for an easy way to incorporate this switch to your project, be sure to check out or breakout board! CLICK HERE!

  • Contact Form: SPST
  • Current Rating: 10mA
  • Voltage Rating: 12V
  • Switch Weighting: 50cN
  • 3mm LED Slot

Cherry MX Switch Product Help and Resources

Button and Switch Basics

May 7, 2013

A tutorial on electronics' most overlooked and underappreciated component: the switch! Here we explain the difference between momentary and maintained switches and what all those acronyms (NO, NC, SPDT, SPST, ...) stand for.

Cherry MX Switch Breakout Hookup Guide

April 21, 2016

How to assemble and use the Cherry MX Switch Breakout, allowing you to turn a matrix of mechanical switches into a full-size keyboard!

Resources and Going Further

For a project idea using these buttons and a SparkFun 3.3V/8MHz Pro Micro, check out the Enginursday blog post:


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