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Cooler Master Cherry MX Switch Tester

Cooler Master Cherry MX Switch Tester

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Does this come assembled? These things need to start being specified, Massdrop! So many drops are unspecified, in terms of assemble. What if I didn't want to place all different kinds of switches, but wanted a macro board?
Nothing against Massdrop since they're not the manufacturer of this, but I honestly don't understand the point of having RGB versions of the same switches in an unlit switch tester. There are plenty of other Cherry brand switch options (MX Blacks, MX Nature White, MX Speed Silver, etc) that could fill out those slots. As it stands you're paying for a nine switch tester that comes with six different switches. Not a terrible deal if you want to source your own switches to try several of the same type at a time, or hand wire this into a macro pad, but there are a lot of other switch testers that currently offer a better value than this.
LevelSteam
Agree with your sentiments. In their defense, this includes only switches that CoolerMaster ships with their keyboards.
It is easy to remove the switches and plop in your own. It's also a pretty good value for a plate + chassis to build into a macro switch. I think I have a photo of a disassembled unit from some time ago if you scroll down. Not easy to take apart, but not too hard if you have the right tools.
Got it few days ago. Not really cool. It come without any notice, so you don't really know the characteristic of each switch. Plus, some switch are duplicated which is totally stupid for a switch tester. As a result, it doesn't worth the price. Quality is good. Very difficult to remove caps by hand, which is bad for a switch tester where you could think of changing switch more often than on a keyboard. Layout is also not good for a tester. Maybe a line switch layout would allow a better isolation of the feeling of one specific switch. That square layout is not good for a switch tester and moving switch is a nightmare (see previous point). I've seen previous comment where the box need to be opened to move switch but no tool is delivered to allow this. I'm not able to do this by hand. My conclusion : bad realisation of a good idea.
My suggestion : a 5 to 10 switchs square hole in a line, easy to move around and change + a set of 20 switch. A metal "n design bar" with no back or bottom. From behind, with no tool one can push switch to remove it very easily without tool. Add laminated notice that details all 20 switch characteristics =>that would be a great switch tester.
I am tempted to just hand wire it
Branny
Me too. Would make for a very nice looking macropad !
Great looking case and I love that they've included the silent red/pink switch... but the 3 RGB switches are all redundant... soooo stupid.
Hrmm, that is a problem. I'd rather have Black than Silent Pink!.
No Blacks? The heck?
This product links to a 2 year old poll that doesn't even have the listed item included.
Step one: Obtain switch tester. Step two: Spend money on keyboards.
Why is there no nova touch switches
I am in love with the boxy design of this switch tester. It looks very pleasing to my eye.
Ha, its like the QWERkeys Cherry MX Switch Tester of yesteryear! https://www.massdrop.com/buy/950
Received mine today. First thing I did is to take it apart, of course :) It's a little easier to take apart than the previous incarnation. I'm not sure what's the name of the tool I used, but it's that blue plastic thing. It has a small angled "lip" at the end, and it was fairly easy working it in the gap and prying it slightly till the tabs popped. (Edit: iFixit's store called their version "prying tool").
The switches are easily removed from the plate without opening it up if you just want to pop in different switches in there.
There's less space in the casing compared to the earlier incarnation. I couldn't get a Pro Micro to sit flush in there. I might either trim off part of the Pro Micro to make it a bit thinner, or find another microcontroller board to use.
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Yes, I will keep this forum posted.
theimmc
keep us posted!
These switches are just tempting me to rig up some circuits and lights to make them complete. *Licks lips
It would be cool if they made a version with a pcb
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That microcontroller is a Pro Micro clone, available from China for about $3 to $4 shipped (depending on where you get it from). The original is made by SparkFun, who sells theirs for about $20. At that price, you might as well buy a Teensy 2.0. It is essentially an Arduino Leonardo in a small form factor and can be programmed with the Arduino IDE. I buy mine from AliExpress. Get the 5V version, and do not get a Pro Mini.
Since Arduino already has a keyboard class that does all the heavy USB lifting, I use it to make the Pro Micro appear to be a keyboard when it starts up. After that, I just need to sense keypress, and send that key over USB to the host. You can see my source code here: https://github.com/theimmc/six-key-pad
I wired one pin of each switch to an input pin, and the other pin to ground.
The code was originally written 2 years ago for an earlier version of the Arduino IDE. It may need some updating. I'll update it when I receive my tester later this week.
By the way, it was a real pain to open up the old case, not sure about this one. I highly recommend getting a spudger set, usually sold as tools for opening up phones - you can get a cheap set for a couple of dollars. You can use screwdrivers, spatula, butter knives, but you risk scratching the case and / or hurting yourself if you're clumsy like me.
theimmc
Thank you!
I would have bought this if it included Clear and Black. Those along with Green are the switches I'm most interested in trying. Maybe I'll go online and see if there's a better switch tester out there.
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Mine came in an hour ago. Can't stop tapping the mx clear and green.
pootsounds
Clears are my personal favorite switch :)
It needs a Topre switch :/ Repeating 2 browns 2 blues 2 reds.... kinda beats the purpose of trying different keys. Still prefer the the V2 that I
review awhile back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oXHRS6WaMU
CalvinPixels
They don't sell Topre anymore so it doesn't really make sense to put it there. Topre probably also stopped supplying them.
I don't see what makes this better than the Akwox 9-switch Cherry key sampler that sells for $18 on Amazon with free Prime shipping. The Akwox has a more useful selection of switches, with no duplicated but non-functional RGB switches, and includes a keycap puller.
UnixRonin
MD has to "bulk" up their offerings so they can advertise they offer over "XXX amount of DEALS!!!". It is all over the site, but you can easily avoid it just by being a responsible consumer so I personally don't discount Massdrop as a company for this technique.
Are these testers like boards in the sense that you can take out and put in other switches you're interested in trying? If not, what stops you from taking it apart?
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cherry like switches and alps switches differ in size (the rectangle part on the bottom), my alps at least (oops) are different size than cherry like switches and do not fit where cherry like ones would, no matter what.
Long version: There are 4 main "mechanical" switch types available right now (5 if you count Hall Effect switches, but they are very rare - and mechanical in quotes because some people like to quibble on what it means by mechanical, but never mind that). Cherry MX and compatible are by far the largest market share. Kailh (Kaihua), Gateron, Zealios, Outemu, and more are all MX compatible. Matias is the only Alps type switches being made currently, and they have a different dimension and pin placement compared to Cherry MX so they won't fit on standard MX plates (there are plates that can take either type). Topre and buckling spring switches are not made as single switches.
3x RGB is completely redundant and frankly weird. I probably would have copped just for Silver and Silent Black besides the Silent Red.
The normal and RGB switches should have same feeling... right? Then why we have double blue, brown and red here...
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Yes, they light up (an RGB LED in the housing). The problem is that since this is just a switch tester, it shouldn't have any electronics in it, so in this context, the only difference is the clear housing, which protects the LED.
RGB switches have the clear casing, so your RGB LEDs shine better.
It makes the glow more glowy.
kind of disappointed that it has the same switches twice, and doesn't have topre.
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MX Blue, Brown, Green, and Red are available depending on your region :)
They have it on Massdrop occasionally.
A proper/real switch tester can only be made if one duplicates a normal typing experience with that switch. This means that it will dupe the experience of typing on that switch with all your typing fingers at the same time This necessarily implies multiple switches of the same type being installed at the same time but not soldered.
If you dont mind ordering from Taobao, get this product and use it with or get 20-30 of each your choice of Gateron switches and stick them on to test with both hands. https://world.taobao.com/item/538971651279.htm
The switches can be had from the drop currently active here or you can get each switch at, currently, half the price from Taobao as well. https://world.taobao.com/item/527250957150.htm
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It IS acrylic. Its a switch lubing station.
HINT: Use Chrome to load Taobao pages and it will translate the page for you, click prompt top-right when it prompts you.
Its not my logic, its the way the human brain perceives sensory input one finger at a time and all fingers together. You can test one switch at a time and then not like it once you are actually typing.
Yes, the material will matter but only for feel, and only if you bottom out all the time. It will matter a LOT if you are trying to test the noise of a clicky switch.
All I am saying is, this is a cheaper and better option for actual keyboard feel without spending too much and the switches can be easily removed and replaced.
nikonf5
Sorry, bad choice of words ("by your logic"). I happen to agree with you FWIW - I suggest people try out keyboards in stores or meet-ups when possible. I'm in this drop only because I want the case to mod into a macro pad.
Why did they had to include red/blue/brown twice?? Good that there's tactile gray switch, but wish there also were white(click) and clear.
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https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1803
$20, free shipping in US. Only 1 left so if you want it, better hurry.
theimmc
Not in the US so it's not worth the shipping for one little item
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