Cherry MX’s well-known keyboard tech is coming to Alienware gaming laptops by way of a brand new keyboard change designed for laptops. Search for the “MX Extremely Low” mechanical keyboard switches on the Alienware m15 R4 and Alienware m17 R4.
For the previous three years, Alienware has been working with Cherry MX to slim down the German firm’s thick mechanical switches utilized in desktop keyboards. The result’s the MX Extremely Low, a stainless-steel keyboard change that measures a mere 3.5 millimeters in top, or greater than thrice smaller than Cherry MX’s beforehand thinnest change.
As you’ll be able to see, the MX Extremely Low appears nothing like a boxy mechanical change. As a substitute, it resembles a metallic trampoline, which might press down, after which bounce again up, as you sort.
The design appears much like scissor-switch keyboard tech, which is already used on laptops. Nevertheless, the 2 firms have included metallic components to make the system sturdier. Every key additionally features a spring over what seems to be a person mechanical change, which is able to registering your keystrokes.
“This authentic mechanical change delivers a full 1.8mm of key journey in a self-cleaning mechanism examined for 15 million keystrokes per key,” says Alienware VP Vivian Lien. “All of this was achieved with out altering the scale of Alienware’s thinnest notebooks up to now.”
On the draw back, the brand new switches function much less journey than the bigger Cherry MX switches. However you continue to get a satisfying clicking sound every time you sort. You’ll be able to hear it in Alienware’s tweet:
It’s not the first time a laptop has used Cherry MX’s switches. In 2015, MSI sold a gaming laptop, the GT80 Titan SLI, with Cherry MX Brown switches. Since then, different laptop computer fashions, together with the Aorus 15G, have additionally opted for mechanical keyboard tech over the membrane switches and scissor switches prevalent in shopper laptops.
Nonetheless, at the moment’s announcement marks the primary time Cherry MX has collaborated with a PC maker to construct keyboard know-how on a gaming laptop computer, in response to Alienware. The businesses went by way of 160 completely different prototypes earlier than deciding on the ultimate design for the MX Extremely Low.
The brand new keyboard switches received’t be a default possibility on the gaming laptops. You’ll should spend an additional $150 to get the Cherry MX keyboard tech on the Alienware m15 and m17, each of that are already up on the market on Alienware’s web site.