CES 2016: Even though Cherry didn’t have any official announcements or new products this year, I discussed with their representative about the removal of Corsair keyboards with Cherry MX blue switches from sale. There’s a lot of speculation if this is down to low consumer demand or Cherry being unable to produce enough switches that don’t suffer from widespread reliability issues. Apparently, the blue switch models experienced problems on the production line as the stems started to deteriorate over time and eventually fail. As a result, Cherry decided to temporarily halt production and find out the root cause.
Thankfully, Cherry confirmed that this issue has now been resolved and they are working hard to start ramping up availability of Cherry MX blue equipped keyboards. Clearly, it’s still in the hands of Corsair if they feel it’s financially worth it to offer this particular switch type, as many typists have decided to settle for brown switches instead. Whatever the case, it means there’s no reason not to opt for a blue switched keyboard and I’d love to see more manufacturers look beyond the popular gaming centric red switch.
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