Kailh Low Profile Mechanical Switch Summery
A low profile mechanical keyboard is a slim keyboard with low profile mechanical key switches.
The low profile switch has shorter key travel distance and actuation point, compared to the traditional mechanical keyboard switches’s 4.0mm travel,
Typing and gaming on a low profile mechanical keyboard can be less tiring and some users are more comfortable with low profile keys, especially the ones who are more used to working on laptops.
Also, Low profile mechanical keyboards are favorites among gamers and office typists.
Kailh Low Profile Switches(kailh choc switch PG1350)
Kaihua Electronics, branded as Kailh is a Chinese electronics company and one of the largest manufacturers of mechanical switches for keyboards and other electronics switches component such as mouse switch,joystick potentiometer.
As we all know the only mechanical switches that comes close to the quality of Cherry MX switches are from Kailh. Kaihua manufactured both standard MX stem (kailh Box switch) and low profile mechanical switches(choc switch) for notebooks.
Kailh mechanical switches are generally found in budget mechanical keyboards. Currently most of the low profile mechanical keyboards in the market uses Kailh choc switches PG1350.
Let us now look at the various types of low profile mechanical switches manufactured by Kailh.
Kailh Choc Switches Series for Keyboards
PG1350D Series – These low profile switches are known as Kailh Chocolate Switch or Kailh Choc Switch. They comes in three colors and each one has their own special hand feeling properties. The ordinary version Kailh Choc low profile switches are red, brown and white that requires operation force of 50gf. Red is a Linear switch, Brown is Tactile and White is the Clicky. There is also a clicky blue variant of PG1350C Series switch too that has a bit different stem design, and its keycap is not compatible with other PG1350 low profile key switches. You can find this switch in Havit low profile mechanical keyboards.
Choc Dark Yellow, Burnt Orange and Pale Blue are derived from PG1350D common Series ,they are Heavy switches with heavy actuation force of 70gf.
Dark Yellow is Linear ,hand feeling as red switch, Burnt Orange is Tactile,alike brown switch, and Pale Blue is Clicky switch ,it’s blue feeling.
Choc Navy and Jade are Thick Click switches with a thicker clickbar which increases the tactile feedback and creates a deeper and louder click. Choc Navy has the same spring as the Choc Pale Blue, but with a thicker clickbar and Choc Jade has the same spring as the Choc White with a thicker clickbar.
PG1232 – These are smaller type of the PG1350D series switches and are named as Mini Choc switches. There is only a white Mini Choc switch available at the moment that is clicky and has actuation force of 50gf. These ultra low profile switches are designed for use in laptops, computer keyboards and notebooks.
PG1442 – Scissor styled mechanical switches for use in notebooks and laptops. They require actuation force of 50gf and are clicky,it’s center lighting design
PG1425 – It’s a scissor X shape switches that are clicky and tactile and are re-designed for use in ultra-thin netbooks.the X switch comes with 14*14 frame shape and only 2.5mm height,certainly,it’s not our thinnest key switch,but also our CPG1316，which dimension is 14*14.5mm,and 1.7mm height,as well as center lighting design and all of them has 20M lifespans.X switch PG1425 with common actuation force of 60gf and 2.0mm actuation travel.
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