Best mechanical keyboard switches 2022: top picks for every taste

Best mechanical keyboard switches 2022: top picks for every taste

Different switches have different characteristics and behaviors that make each of them ideal for different situations. Many of the top keyboard manufacturers have their own keyboard switches, each of which has its specific behavior, actuation point, travel distance, and more. After comparing with other switches, we found Varmilo EC V2 switches top picks for every taste. We will nudge you in the right direction based on your preference and situations. 

1. Varmilo EC V2 Sakura

varmilo ec v2 sakura

Best gaming keyboard switch overall

SPECIFICATIONS

Behavior: Linear
Actuation force: 45g
Actuation point: 2mm
Lifespan: Forever

REASONS TO BUY

+ Smooth and steady
+ Quicker inputs
Quiet

REASONS TO AVOID

No bounce or tactile feedback

- Not hot swap

While it does seem like blue switches are a crowd favorite, thanks to their satisfying clicky feel, gamers and custom keyboard builders agree that it’s the Cherry MX Red that’s the best for most situations. It’s not only quieter than other mechanical switches, but it’s also softer and requires less force to press, which allows users to make keypresses in quicker succession with minimal resistance.

However, Varmilo EC V2 Sakura is better. As a electrostatic capacitive switch, it abandons the physical actuation point so it won’t wear out because of friction. Instead, Varmilo EC V2 switch is actuated through the changes in electric capacity by pressing. Therefore, the actuation is far more rapid and stable, with longer spanlife.

That makes these switches ideal for FPS and battle royale games, both of which require quicker inputs than other games. Better yet, they’re supposed to be much quieter than clicky and tactile switches, which makes them ideal for late-night gaming sessions when you’re trying to not wake up your roommates.

2. Varmilo EC V2 Iris

varmilo ec v2 iris
Best keyboard switch for gamers who want the best of both worlds

SPECIFICATIONS

Behavior: Tactile
Actuation force: 45g
Actuation point: 2mm
Lifespan: Forever

REASONS TO BUY

+ Offers tactile feedback
+ Prolonged smooth tactile bump
+ Quieter than blue switches
Still speedy

REASONS TO AVOID

- Not hot swap

Sakura switch does not offer that tactile feedback during presses that some find satisfying or reassuring, while blue switches might have too much noise for some people. Varmilo EC V2 Iris is a tactile switch of an actuation force of 45g and a bottom out force of 60g. Its typing experience and sound are quite like Holy Panda Switch. 

You might say it offers the best of both switches, striking a great balance between having tactile feedback and quiet presses. It’s also faster than blue switches. And, it’s just the ticket for gamers who want speed, satisfying bounce, and quiet operation in one keyboard. Gamers will love Varmilo’s although brown switches are great as well.

3. Varmilo EC V2 Ivy

varmilo ec v2 ivy

Best keyboard switch for MMOs and MOBAs

SPECIFICATIONS

Behavior: Clicky
Actuation force: 50g
Actuation point: 2.3mm
Lifespan: Forever

REASONS TO BUY

+ Satisfying, responsive feedback
More resistance, less accidental presses

REASONS TO AVOID

- Loud
Not for games that require fast presses
- Not hot swap

Varmilo EC V2 Ivy is a tactile switch with a clicky sound like blue switches. While many gamers crave the clicky feel of blue switches, others find them too stiff and loud, which is what makes these switches more of a personal preference than anything else. They are, however, advantageous for some games. Their very tactile and responsive feel, as well as the resistance they offer in each press, helps minimize accidental presses, which make them excellent for MMO, MOBA and other reflex-intensive games that require precise inputs. 

And, while rapid firing is a bit harder with these switches, a lot of gamers who love them more than get by using them for FPS and fast-paced games. They’re probably not the best idea for competitive gaming, however.

4. Varmilo EC V2 Jasmine

Best for fast-paced games and competitive gaming

SPECIFICATIONS

Behavior: Linear
Actuation force: 40g
Actuation point: 1mm
Lifespan: Forever

REASONS TO BUY

+ Short actuation, less force
+ More robust than most switches
+ 22mm spring, less accidental presses, 

REASONS TO AVOID

- Not hot swap

Varmilo EC V2 Jasmine have a shorter actuation point than most of switches, which allows them to deliver even faster responses. That’s while keeping the same linear feel and requiring light presses, as the Razer Yellow and the Cherry MX Speed Silver. 

Great for rapid-fire responses, they’re just what you need if you have a penchant for fast-paced games or are a competitive gamer – not to mention, an ultra-fast typer. Jasmine uses a 22mm spring, which is longer than similar switches. Therefore, that short actuation point won't be too sensitive if you have a heavier hand or if you’re prone to wrong presses.

5. Varmilo EC V2 Daisy

varmilo ec v2 daisy

Best keyboard switch for writing or working

SPECIFICATIONS

Behavior: Linear
Actuation force: 35g
Actuation point: 2mm
Lifespan: Forever

REASONS TO BUY

+ Less force
+ Smooth and steady  

REASONS TO AVOID

- Not hot swap
Speaking of less force, Daisy switch have a less actuation force. 35g make it one of the least resistance switches. A lot of fans who love it because it is good for reducing input fatigue. It can prevent tenosynovitis that can arise from prolonged usage of heavy switches. The EC Daisy is good for professionals who use their keyboards for long hours at a stretch.

6. Varmilo EC V2 Rose

Best keyboard switch for working and gaming

SPECIFICATIONS

Behavior: Linear
Actuation force: 55g
Actuation point: 2mm
Lifespan: Forever

REASONS TO BUY

More resistance, less accidental presses
+ Quieter than blue switches
REASONS TO AVOID
- Not hot swap

However, if your fingers are relatively strong, but not very heavy, then you are very suitable to use this Rose switch which is smoother and more stable than the red switches, it will become an excellent companion for your gaming. 

7. Varmilo EC V2 Moxa

varmilo ec v2 moxa

Shurikey Gear exclusive switch

SPECIFICATIONS

Behavior: Linear
Actuation force: 45g
Actuation point: 2mm
Lifespan: Forever

REASONS TO BUY

+ Extremely smooth
+ 16mm long spring, less accidental presses
+ Nylon cover to reduce rebound noise
REASONS TO AVOID
- Not hot swap

Moxa switch is a liner switch with a 45g actuation force. Its parameters look very similar to the red switches, but the real experience is hugely different from them. The specific performance is that the typing experience is smoother and linear. The elongated spring used in the Moxa switch has the characteristics of preventing accidental touch and a strong rebound. In order to reduce the noise of the rebound, it uses a nylon upper cover. It will be a great companion for your work and games.

Shurikey Gear uses 5 Varmilo EC V2 switches. They are Sakura, Rose, Daisy, Ivy, and Moxa. It meets the needs of most people. Choose your owns now!

 

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