Ultra Low Profile Mechanical Switch Announced By Razer
Razer, best known for its gaming peripherals, has designed what it calls the world’s first ultra-low profile mechanical switch. As the name suggests, this ultra-low profile mechanical switch for keyboards has extremely low height and is designed mainly for laptops like Razer’s very own Razer Blade.
Even with the short ‘height’ these switches feature true actuation and reset point so they won’t feel like pressing buttons on a touch screen and will give users the satisfaction of typing on a physical keyboard.
Razer says that the new ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard switch is the result of research and design investments this year. A “new technology” allows for its “extraordinarily thin design”. They haven’t really shared any more details about the technology and components involved.
These new keys have a total travel distance of 1.6mm with an actuation point of 0.9mm and reset point at 0.6mm. The force required to actuate the switches is 70g. The keycaps are designed in the chiclet style so that might be off putting for some people.
The Ultra-Low profile mechanical switch will be first used in the Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for Apple’s iPad Pro.
The case will use Bluetooth to connect to the iPad and is being sold right now for around $170. Well if there is one thing you can expect from Razer it is that their products will definitely be very expensive.
According to Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan, the Taiwan based gaming company will be using these keys on other keyboards and keyboards accessories in the future as well.
Say what you will about Razer’s build quality, there is no denying that they certainly do make cool looking and sounding peripherals. Their headsets might have a life of a year and subpar sound quality but their design is pleasing to the eyes.
It remains to be seen exactly what kind of life users can expect from this first keyboard given that it’s for tablets so it will be moving around a lot.