Rumor: Logitech bought 200 million keyswitches for keyboards

Logitech has long been a major player in the computer peripheral market, and 2012 marked their first foray into mechanical keyboards, with the G710+ using Cherry MX keyswitches.

According to a Redditor going by the name of 'YumYumPandaBurgers', Logitech has purchased 200 million Cherry MX switches. The Redditor states his source is 'fairly reliable', but that it should still be taken with a degree of skepticism, just in case.

An average keyboard uses around 105 keys, depending on the layout; some keyboards have more, some less. The only mechanical Logitech offering right now, the G710+, has a few additional macro keys. Even so, 200 million switches would point to a lot more mechanical production from the company.

User csm725 claimed the company bought 50 million switches for the first batch of G710+ boards; could a four-fold increase over the previous order hint at more new mechanical keyboards on the way, or is Logitech simply anticipating enormous new demand for its existing offering? Time will tell.

Reviews of the G710+, so far, have been positive; Destructoid, MacNN and Benchmark Reviews have all seemed happy with the G710+'s performance. Here at Neowin, we've reviewed many competing mechanical keyboards this year, including the Corsair K90 Vengeance, Das Keyboard, and Matias Tactile Pro.

Source: /r/mechanicalkeyboards | Image via Logitech

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Made the switch to a Das Keyboard Cherry Blue Silent Pro about 3 months ago for my home computer and never looked back. All those ****ty logitech "solar" nonsense and Razer Gaming are overpriced for what they are.

Just took the dive and bought a Ducky DK 9008 Cherry Black for use at work as I got fedup with my Microsoft Comfort Curve.

Totally understand where people come from, and at the end of the day I have zero qualms spending $150 (Australian) on a solid piece of hardware that I'll get plenty of use out of and take care of.

Same with a mouse, at home I've got a R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse and at work I use a Corsair M60.

Spend where its important, its taken me a solid decade of building computers and being a tech enthusiast to realise that...

Article doesn't tell which flavor of Cherry MX switches, the G710 uses brown btw. which has a very low click to it, there are better flavors of Cherry MX switches thou.

Besides that, lets see if they come with the replacement for the G19, which makes more point than using them for a wireless germ-board

It's been said that a keyboard harbors more fecal matter and bacteria than any other item you use. As a matter of fact...they say you would get less germs licking a toilet rim than you would putting your fingers on a keyboard.

To make a price like that for a keyboard that harbors nasty germs...I'll pass.

"According to a Redditor going by the name of 'YumYumPandaBurgers',...The Redditor states his source is 'fairly reliable', but that it should still be taken with a degree of skepticism, just in case."

Seriously? This is Neowin editor content? Let's take what some whacknutjob on reddit says and make it a news article. Good work, folks.

I can tell you what Logitech plans to do with the raw materials it buys for its products... It plans to make products with it...

This is an odd story. It is akin to reporting that Starbucks has ordered more coffee and asking what they plan to do with it.

The main difference is that they have physical switches under the key caps, instead of rubber domes. There are some fantastic .gif files showing how they work. In a nutshell they feel different, with the Cherry Corporation making most of them. They're identified by colors, and each color has its own characteristics. Deskthority's wiki is one of the best I've found for information on switches.

For touch typists the feel is far superior than the mushy rubber domes, and there are many different types of switches. Some have tactile and auditory feedback, some are tactile but relatively silent and some are linear with no click at all. It's all personal preference.

Another important thing is they are built like tanks and the switches last for years; there are buckling spring keyboards from the 80s still in service today. Those cheap rubber dome keyboards you get with new computers are basically like disposable razors, you use them a while and then throw them in the trash when they eventually stop working.

Edited by Rigby, Dec 15 2012, 8:12pm :

It's just a rumor. I made sure to include to take it with a pinch of salt. While the guys over on that subreddit are really, really into their mechanical keyboards, I understand that it might still be off. Don't take it as cold, hard fact. I'm not. I just thought it might be a nice bit of niche information.

Paul Ferson said,
It's just a rumor. I made sure to include to take it with a pinch of salt. While the guys over on that subreddit are really, really into their mechanical keyboards, I understand that it might still be off. Don't take it as cold, hard fact. I'm not. I just thought it might be a nice bit of niche information.

You do know that on neowin we can't give you a karma, right?

"According to a Redditor going by the name of 'YumYumPandaBurgers', Logitech has purchased 200 million Cherry MX switches. The Redditor states his source is 'fairly reliable', but that it should still be taken with a degree of skepticism, just in case."

This is journalism, folks.

MightyJordan said,
Just had a look at the G710+ on Logitech's site. Liked the look of it, until I saw the price: £150. Two words: F**k. That.

Apparently you haven't tried with your hands the alternatives yet. It's like Microsoft and Logitech decided every keyboard either wasn't worth selling anymore or had to be awful compared to that.

MightyJordan said,
Just had a look at the G710+ on Logitech's site. Liked the look of it, until I saw the price: £150. Two words: F**k. That.

LOL same. £150 for a bloody keyboard. I desoldered a few dozen mechanical keys from an old PCB I found in a skip last week for free, need to find some more and make a killing turning them into keyboards

Funny how some people want to cheap out on one the most important parts of a computer, one they will be using every day for years yet they'll go and spend hundreds on some video card or something that will be obsolete in a year or spend nearly that much on a single game.

A good keyboard will last for decades so it's not exactly a lot of money. I've been using the same one since 1993 and it still looks like new and works perfectly. If it finally wore out I'd happily give 150 bucks for a new one.

TRC said,
Funny how some people want to cheap out on one the most important parts of a computer, one they will be using every day for years yet they'll go and spend hundreds on some video card or something that will be obsolete in a year or spend nearly that much on a single game.

A good keyboard will last for decades so it's not exactly a lot of money. I've been using the same one since 1993 and it still looks like new and works perfectly. If it finally wore out I'd happily give 150 bucks for a new one.


Most I've paid for a video card was £90 or so years ago, and that was an NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (which I've still got). A few years ago I also got 10 brand new USB IBM keyboards off ebay for £15 including PnP which was a complete bargain and what I'm using now.
£150 for a keyboard is rediculous, and saying 'it will last for decades' hardly makes up any value - old mechinical keyboards of the 90s will last for years yes, as will the majority of current silicon sheet keyboards (they'll probably outlast us all) but will modern mechanical keyboards last 10 years? I wouldn't have thought so, it's all about cheapening how things are made and products made cheaply in china (I looked it up and it is made in china) aren't worth a dime when it comes to quality of the parts.

Nearly all new mechanical keyboards made today use Cherry keyswitches, which are still made in Germany and have changed very little. Unicomp is still making the buckling spring IBM Model M to this day in Kentucky and overall the quality is almost as good as the old ones. They aren't quite as heavy as they used to be so they may not be as useful as melee weapons anymore, but if taken care of they should still last for decades. Even a good rubber dome keyboard usually won't last that long and worse they are like typing on Play-Doh.

Edited by Rigby, Dec 15 2012, 11:26pm :

All this rage about mechanical keyboards sounds more and more like usual rip-off scam when imaginary benefits are sold at inflated prices. It reminds me HDMI cable scam.

TRC said,
Funny how some people want to cheap out on one the most important parts of a computer, one they will be using every day for years yet they'll go and spend hundreds on some video card or something that will be obsolete in a year or spend nearly that much on a single game.

Well, the price is a bit off-putting considering the most I've ever spent on a graphics card is £120 (on my current 5770), and I just bought a Samsung SSD 840 256GB for £125, so I don't fancy spending more on the keyboard than I spent on the SSD. Maybe in the future when I build my next system (which hopefully won't be for another five years, at least). For now, I just bought a new keyboard last night, anyway; kept with Logitech and got the K750 (the wireless solar-powered one), which is replacing my second-hand G110 with the dodgy wire. It'll go nicely with my Performance Mouse MX.

Brony said,
but the redditor is called yumyumpanda so it changes EVERYTHING!.

Sounds legit, it starts to develop more trust now.

I love how technology desires change, now we're (some people at least) are back to wanting mechanical key keyboards which were around ages ago!

What? We all know that voice control/dictation has been the future at least since 1997. I heard that in the year 3000 we'll all use our nose to type though, much better!

Mechanical keyboards have always been far superior, nothing has changed really. The only reason rubber dome keyboards took over is because they are cheap as dirt to make. No one really chose them except the computer companies.

Let's hope there will be a new decent desktop set bundle, there are way too few and most of them horrible especially those from Microsoft either excessively ergonomic or just plain retarded form factors for tablets (seriously, who needs all those different keyboards models for tablets? did they really discontinue the sidewinder/reclusa series for that?).

francescob said,
Let's hope there will be a new decent desktop set bundle, there are way too few and most of them horrible especially those from Microsoft either excessively ergonomic or just plain retarded form factors for tablets (seriously, who needs all those different keyboards models for tablets? did they really discontinue the sidewinder/reclusa series for that?).

Couldn't agree more! I've got an aging Logitech desktop. MX3200 I think? Could really do with a new wireless set!

Aethec said,
Note to self: Being famous on the Internet is easy, just pretend you know something.

cept some of us do know stuff but best to keep to ourselves anyway. nice to see actual good keyboards. now how bout doing that on the laptop keyboards (hahahaha) and the Dell's do last but for whatever reason the ink doesn't..