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cheezmeister 1 month ago

Hi!
I have been looking at keyboards, and I noticed that when I browse mechanical keyboards from lowest to highest price, the first 10 or so entries all have bird-brand Blue switches. Many of the same brands also make Red or Brown switches, but they are all upwards of $100, whereas Blue starts at $40.
If anyone knows why Blue is so cheap (or all the other switches are so expensive), I would appreciate clarification! Thanks.

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crichardson26 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I'm gonna guess that the blue switches are easier to replicate to make them sound and feel like the cherry blues

Rin_Itoh 1 point 1 month ago

My best guess is that cherry blues are preferred by a solid amount of gamers and so that makes the off brand blues attractive at such a low price point. Then you have the ones made for people who type all of the time and think they need a specialty key switch but still want the off brand and don't want to pay the on brand full price.

TopHatArmy 1 point 1 month ago

Maybe :\

dominick1233 1 point 1 month ago

I prefer blues for that crunchy tactile click, feels good man.

Since its so popular it also most likely is copied the most.

cheezmeister submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah, I love Blues too, but idk why they're so cheap. Or everything else is so expensive.

TopHatArmy 1 point 1 month ago

Maybe just what the manufacturers decide, idk man.....................