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CHERRY MX Low Profile


The CHERRY MX LOW PRFILE RGB combine the well-known features of the MX standard switches in a new design with a 35 percent lower height, without compromising on quality or switching characteristics. This makes the MX LOW PROFILE RGB ideal for use in notebooks and particularly low-profile high-end keyboards. 



The MX LOW PROFILE RGB is an innovation from CHERRY and it was launched during CES 2018: High-precision CHERRY MX switch especially engineered for notebook or low profile desktop applications. In this video you will find all information of the new switch.

Uncompromisingly thin design

Introduced in 2018, the entirely newly developed CHERRY MX LOW PROFILE RGB switch now positions itself between the MX STANDARD and the MX ULTRA LOW PROFILE in terms of dimensions. Thanks to an overall height of only 11.9 millimeters, modern slim, mechanical keyboard designs for desktop applications can be implemented without compromising switching characteristics and feel. The MX LOW PROFILE RGB is around 35 percent thinner than the standard version but still offers the inimitable typing feel with which the conventional MX switches have already established themselves as the gold standard on the market.

Over 100 million actuations

In August 2021, the MX LOW PROFILE RGB also received an update: Previously, CHERRY MX guaranteed more than 50 million actuations for this switch type, but through ongoing, elaborate analyses and quality improvements, the lifetime could be doubled. 

The Gold Crosspoint contactor, in particular, benefits from this: to achieve the 100 million actuations, various preparation and production steps were optimized, resulting in the two contact points being welded onto the carrier material even more gently and precisely. The outcome is a significantly improved Gold Crosspoint contact with maximum switching point consistency and accuracy. In addition, the bounce time has been reduced to typically less than one millisecond, making it a first-class level. This means that inputs are registered much faster. On the other hand, competitors’ range between five and ten milliseconds, which results in a delay during input. In the world of fast-paced competitive gaming where every second matters, these advantages often make a difference.

Gold Crosspoint: unbeatable contact system

The world-exclusive, high-precision, robust Gold Crosspoint technology is mainly responsible for extremely long service life. This unique contact point system is self-cleaning and resistant to corrosion and offers perfect processing quality and unrivaled manufacturing know-how after the update. 

CHERRY MX is, among other things, the only switch manufacturer in the world to use a particularly thick gold top layer for its contact system. The two contact elements are gently but absolutely stably applied to the contact carrier by a high-precision process using a particular welding diode. As a result, the Gold Crosspoint remains permanently intact and contributes to long-term durability, flawless operation, and absolutely reliable contacting at low voltages even under the most adverse conditions.

Housing optimized for RGB lighting

The CHERRY MX LOW PROFILE RGB is based on a transparent housing designed for use with SMD LEDs. The compact LEDs are located directly on the PCB, which benefits a low-profile keyboard design. The optimized housing design of the low-profile switch with its integrated light guide system ensures uniform illumination of the entire keycap. It allows a luminous display of all 16.8 million colors of the RGB spectrum.

Optimal choice of materials

Of course, the choice of materials also contributes to the long lifetime: CHERRY MX opted for selected materials that meet the upscale requirements and give the switch the desired characteristics in terms of reliability and durability. The switch retains its integrity even under high temperatures during soldering, ensuring seamless operation even in the event of production fluctuations during keyboard manufacturing. In addition, the material shows zero to insignificant changes over the years or even decades and under the most adverse conditions during storage or transport, for example, on the sea container. This guarantees the tight tolerances even under the most unfavorable conditions. Each MX switch is characterized by the fact that the best properties are always maintained during further processing.