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Offline chanmin kang

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Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« on: Fri, 20 March 2020, 20:01:17 »
I wanted a relatively quiet click switch, so I looked for a cherry white switch.

However, Cherry White switches are not sold by reliable sources provided by Cherry.

The official sources provided by cherrymx.de are five companies: reichelt, candykeys, novelkeys, arrow, and greendich enterprise.co.

but, none of these five companies could find Cherry mx White.

Does this mean the discontinuation of the cherry white switch?

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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 20 March 2020, 20:37:35 »
There have been a couple different variations of it, that have reportedly been practically identical to some variations of Cherry MX Blue (light) or the Cherry MX Green (heavy), respectively.
I wouldn't be surprised if Cherry had chosen to discontinue it, as there have been some confusion between the variations and the Cherry MX "Clear" (which has a milky translucent white slider).

BTW. If you have a keyboard with the LED window "south" ("down" / towards you), you could make a sound-damped clicky switch. Use a Gateron Blue (or just the slider) and put QMX clips on the switch. Gateron click-collar stems are the only clicky-switch stems I have found that fit QMX clips: other sliders have a small knob that interferes with them.
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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 20 March 2020, 20:40:35 »
There have been a couple different variations of it, that have reportedly been practically identical to some variations of Cherry MX Blue (light) or the Cherry MX Green (heavy), respectively.
I wouldn't be surprised if Cherry had chosen to discontinue it, as there have been some confusion between the variations and the Cherry MX "Clear" (which has a milky translucent white slider).

BTW. If you have a keyboard with the LED window "south" ("down" / towards you), you could make a sound-damped clicky switch. Use a Gateron Blue (or just the slider) and put QMX clips on the switch. Gateron click-collar stems are the only clicky-switch stems I have found that fit QMX clips: other sliders have a small knob that interferes with them.

The whites are good though

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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 20 March 2020, 20:49:05 »
I tested a couple loose MX White switches (from 2012 or so) against MX Green and I don't feel or hear any difference.
Some vintage MX White might be more silent and smoother, but I would say that applies to vintage MX Blue as well.
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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 04:02:06 »
I tested a couple loose MX White switches (from 2012 or so) against MX Green and I don't feel or hear any difference.
Some vintage MX White might be more silent and smoother, but I would say that applies to vintage MX Blue as well.

I have only used vintage mx blue until I move from cherry, I wasn't even aware that there is a difference between vintage blue and today blue. To my memory, vintage mx blue is very pleasant to use, as the feedback to fingers is clear and the sound is subtle. I actually love the sound. It is a pity that over time it become too light for me so needed to move on.

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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 10:11:25 »
I tested a couple loose MX White switches (from 2012 or so) against MX Green and I don't feel or hear any difference.
Some vintage MX White might be more silent and smoother, but I would say that applies to vintage MX Blue as well.

I have only used vintage mx blue until I move from cherry, I wasn't even aware that there is a difference between vintage blue and today blue. To my memory, vintage mx blue is very pleasant to use, as the feedback to fingers is clear and the sound is subtle. I actually love the sound. It is a pity that over time it become too light for me so needed to move on.

you can always go back and spring swap it to something heavier  ;)
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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 11:32:31 »
Cherry still makes MX whites, you get plate mount ones from https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&c=64. They are just not popular so I think they make much less of them compared to their other switches. Although I'm gonna be honest with you, they are pretty inconsistent switches IME. They grease the click collars on MX whites since they were originally meant to be just a switch that provided hysteresis & not click (MX white actually predates MX blue). Which in practice ends up with some switches that click just as loudly as MX blue/green, some that softly click like what you're looking for, & some that do not click at all. If you're determined to use MX whites I suggest grabbing double the amount you need so you can cherry pick (LOL, pun not intended) enough that sound/feel the same to do a whole build.

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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 22 March 2020, 14:58:18 »
IT used to be only German cherry could make cherry good. Now places such as china Can make better switches often times. Plenty of junk too. so watch out. I like Whites too. Getting an entire board uniform shall be tricky.

Offline noahrockwell

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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 22 March 2020, 23:11:26 »
Cherry still makes MX whites

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Re: Is the cherry white switch discontinued?
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 24 March 2020, 02:03:56 »
I believe I saw somewhere on mechanicalkeyboards.com that Whites were recently discontinued, as they are very similar to Greens. Searching their stock of newer boards seems to confirm this: Some Ducky Ones are available with whites, but no Ducky One 2's, or any other newer models I could find. Older boards and switches are still sold now, but when those are gone, will more stock be produced?

Using my Ducky One with Whites, it's true that the switches can be inconsistent at times, but things smooth out when typing quickly. Since it's mostly lube dampening the click, I suspect they'll get more regular with age. Regardless, the extra force of the Whites makes me pretty happy. I can rest my fingers on the keys without activating, much like my Model M. I hope that the Greens can do the same, it really relaxes my extensors.
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