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Razer keyboard switches and Chroma lighting are now available to third party manufacturers

By James Lu - on 6 Jun 2018, 10:52am

Razer keyboard switches and Chroma lighting are now available to third party manufacturers

Razer has announced that its mechanical keyboard switches will now be available to third party manufacturers. That means you could soon see Razer switches in keyboards from the likes of Cooler Master, Ducky and Corsair. Razer is optimistic that keyboards with Razer switches will be available from other manufacturers by the end of the year.

Razer first launched its own mechanical switches back in 2014 for its Blackwidow lineup. The switches are designed by Razer specifically for gaming, and generally have a shorter actuation and travel distance than their Cherry MX counterparts. The switches were originally manufactured for Razer by Kailh, but more recently Greetech has also made switches for Razer.

Razer currently has three different switches in its lineup: Greens which are clicky and tactile, and most closely resemble a Cherry MX Blue, Oranges which are tactile but non-clicky and resemble a Cherry MX Brown, and Yellows which are linear and non-clicky, and resemble a Cherry MX Red.

Razer also announced that its switches will be available for standalone purchase later this year, which may appeal to DIY keyboard enthusiasts.

Separately, Razer also announced that Chroma lighting is now available for third party manufacturers to integrate into their products. MSI, NZXT, AMD, Thermaltake, Lian Li, Vertagear, Gigabyte, and Ducky were named as partners, which means you'll soon be able to use Chroma RGB lighting to synchronize the lighting across your entire range of devices.