Cherry is back with a mechanical switch that’s sure to excite some fans of retro keyboards. The new Cherry MX Black Clear-Top is a completely new version of the legendary “Nixie” produced by Nixdorf keyboards in the 1980s.
Enthusiasts are spoiled for choice for mechanical keyboards, but the new switches can make the biggest difference to the overall experience. As many of you know, linear switches are great thanks to their smooth feel and rich acoustics. Not to mention that they are a solid choice for gamers.
According to the edgeLinear Nixie switches are rare, hard to find, and often extremely expensive. As a result, Cherry decided to do everyone a favor and make her own fan favorite makeover. These retro switches are a variant of the linear Cherry MX Black and will be released in early 2023
In a blog post, Cherry briefly talks about Nixie’s history and then explains how their new switch will be perfect for fans around the world. The new Cherry MX Black Clear-Tops have an operating force rate of 63.5cN, which is a bit stiffer than regular blacks. However, it’s still a quality linear switch with an excellent 4mm of travel and 2mm of pre-travel.
In addition, Cherry claims that it has optimized the design thanks to “current manufacturing processes” and materials, which sounds promising. More importantly, Cherry will sell two different variants if you’re a true die-hard. One is pre-lubricated for those who just want the experience, while it will also offer unlubricated MX Black Clear-Tops for buyers who want more control over the entire build.
Now the bad news. Unfortunately, Cherry says these won’t be available until early next year. That said, she can pre-order a 36-pack of Novelkeys for just $21, making it about 60 cents a pop.
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