Question Difference between Corsair k100 Optical vs Cherry MX

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Title says it all, deciding between the 2 on amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-K100-Mechanical-Gaming-Keyboard/dp/B08HR74WV4?th=1
Thanks in advance
coming from an old Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard.
Dan
Cherry MX covers a pretty broad range of switches. On the core of the switches, optical ones are in theory "faster" to activate. If it will make any noticeable difference to you would be hard to tell. From the several switches I tried, the optical version was a bit smoother in operation between similar switch models. You may want to find reviews of the specific keyboard and switches you are looking at to see what the reviewers thought.
 

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From what i gathered, OPX switches have 45g actuation force and actuation point at 1.0mm. A "one size fits all" to say so.

Cherry MX switches, in the other hand, offer several different actuation forces and actuation points, to better match what you like. Here, you can try them out and find the most suitable one for your use.

Most common Cherry MX-es are;
Red - 45g actuation force and 2.0mm actuation point. Linear switch.
Silent - 45g actuation force and 2.0mm actuation point. But ~80% more silent than Red. (I have these in use with my Strafe RGB KB.)
Brown - 55g actuation force and 2.0mm actuation point. Tactile bump at actuation point.
Blue - 60g actuation force and 2.2mm actuation point. Tactile bump and loud click at actuation point.
Black - 60g actuation force and 2.0mm actuation point. Linear switch.
Speed Silver - 45g actuation force and 1.2 actuation point. Linear switch.

Cherry MX switches: https://www.cherrymx.de/en/cherry-mx/mx-original/mx-red.html

Here is actual comparison of K100 Cherry MX vs OPX comparison that i found,
link: https://help.corsair.com/hc/en-us/articles/360050109072-K100-RGB-keyboard-keyswitch-comparison

Keep in mind that with 1.0mm actuation distance and 45g actuation force, you can register key presses even when you are resting your fingers on the keycaps. Even i, sometimes, accidentally, register key presses when resting my fingers on my keycaps, and i have 2.0mm actuation distance (with the same actuation force). :LOL:
 

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From what i gathered, OPX switches have 45g actuation force and actuation point at 1.0mm. A "one size fits all" to say so.

Cherry MX switches, in the other hand, offer several different actuation forces and actuation points, to better match what you like. Here, you can try them out and find the most suitable one for your use.

Most common Cherry MX-es are;
Red - 45g actuation force and 2.0mm actuation point. Linear switch.
Silent - 45g actuation force and 2.0mm actuation point. But ~80% more silent than Red. (I have these in use with my Strafe RGB KB.)
Brown - 55g actuation force and 2.0mm actuation point. Tactile bump at actuation point.
Blue - 60g actuation force and 2.2mm actuation point. Tactile bump and loud click at actuation point.
Black - 60g actuation force and 2.0mm actuation point. Linear switch.
Speed Silver - 45g actuation force and 1.2 actuation point. Linear switch.

Cherry MX switches: https://www.cherrymx.de/en/cherry-mx/mx-original/mx-red.html

Here is actual comparison of K100 Cherry MX vs OPX comparison that i found,
link: https://help.corsair.com/hc/en-us/articles/360050109072-K100-RGB-keyboard-keyswitch-comparison

Keep in mind that with 1.0mm actuation distance and 45g actuation force, you can register key presses even when you are resting your fingers on the keycaps. Even i, sometimes, accidentally, register key presses when resting my fingers on my keycaps, and i have 2.0mm actuation distance (with the same actuation force). :LOL:
1mm is a very short distance, I had a keyboard with Kailh Silver switches and those were very easy to activate, like you said sometimes by accident, if those Corsair switches are 1mm ones, that is a pretty specific feature that many users may not like.
 

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