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THE SPEED OF LIGHT

Razer™ Optical Switches deliver the fastest performance you’ll ever experience.

Pushing innovation to elevate the gaming experience is something we constantly strive for. It was what drove us to create the first mechanical keyboard for gaming, then subsequently design our own Razer™ Mechanical Switches to meet the needs of different gamers. And with Razer™ Switches, we’re redefining the standards of speed once again.

HOW THE RAZER™ OPTICAL SWITCH WORKS

The swiftest actuation ever
Unlike traditional mechanical switches that have a lot of moving parts and actuate via metallic contact, Razer™ Optical Switch enables actuation via light. Imagine this: you press a key and a light beam instantly passes through the switch stem—which is when actuation happens—and sends a corresponding signal to your computer to perform the intended action.

WHAT GOES INTO THE SWITCH

The Razer™ Optical Switches are found in our Razer Huntsman family and outfitted with the best components to make it our fastest switches yet.

  • Key Stabilizer BarKey Stabilizer BarA metal key stabilizer flanks both sides of the switch. When combined with optical actuation technology, makes for fewer moving parts in the switch.
  • Unrivalled DurabilityUnrivalled DurabilityRazer switches are known for their durability—and are now even better. With optical actuation providing less physical contact, Razer™ Optical Switches eliminate switch degradation almost completely. This provides durability of up to 100 million keystrokes, compared to the industry standard of 50 million.
  • Balanced KeypressBalanced KeypressA new stem shape, when combined with the key stabilizer bar, allows for a more balanced keypress. Regardless of where you press on the keycap, you need the same exact 40g or 45 g of force for actuation—unlike traditional switches that can feel wobbly or misfire if you hit the edge of the key.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Instant actuation
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Razer Linear Optical Switch
A linear switch that actuates at a 1.2mm actuation distance, 16.67% shorter than other linear mechanical switches. At a lightweight 45 g of actuation force.
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Razer Clicky Optical Switch
The only clicky switch to actuate at a 1.5 mm actuation distance (30% shorter than other clicky mechanical switches). At only just 45 g of actuation force.
Rapid-fire input Same actuation and reset point for instant reset, for both the Clicky and the Linear Optical Switch
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ZERO DEBOUNCE DELAY

By using light to actuate, we eliminate bouncing found in traditional mechanical switches. As a result, the signal is sent the instant you actuate the key.

DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE

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RAZER™ CLICKY OPTICAL SWITCH
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STANDARD CLICKY MECHANICAL SWITCH
Key Feel Light and Clicky Tactile and clicky
Actuation Method Light Actuation Metal contact point
Actuation Force 45g 50g - 60g
Actuation Point 1.5mm 2.0mm - 2.2mm
Durability 100 million clicks 50 million clicks
Stability Cross Stem with Stabilizers Cross Stem
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RAZER™ CLICKY OPTICAL SWITCH

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STANDARD CLICKY MECHANICAL SWITCH

Key Feel

Light and Clicky
Tactile and Clicky


Actuation Method

Light Actuation
Metal contact point

Actuation Force

45g
50g - 60g

Actuation Point

1.5mm
2.0mm - 2.2mm

Durability

100 million clicks
50 million clicks

Stability

Cross Stem with Stabilizers
Cross Stem
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RAZER™ LINEAR OPTICAL SWITCH
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STANDARD LINEAR MECHANICAL SWITCH
Key Feel Light and Instant Linear and Silent
Actuation Method Light Actuation Metal contact point
Actuation Force 45g 45g
Actuation Point 1.2mm 1.2mm
Durability 100 million clicks 50 million clicks
Stability Cross Stem with Stabilizers Cross Stem
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RAZER™ LINEAR OPTICAL SWITCH

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STANDARD LINEAR MECHANICAL SWITCH

Key Feel

Light and Instant
Linear and Silent


Actuation Method

Light Actuation
Metal contact point

Actuation Force

45g
45g

Actuation Point

1.2mm
1.2mm

Durability

100 million clicks
50 million clicks

Stability

Cross Stem with Stabilizers
Cross Stem

AVAILABLE WITH

Razer Huntsman V2

Optical Gaming Keyboard with Near-zero Input Latency

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Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless

Tenkeyless Optical Gaming Keyboard

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Razer Huntsman Mini

60% Gaming Keyboard with Razer™ Optical Switch

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