What is rubber O-Ring? Do I need it?
"Bottoming out or down" is a term used to describe when a key stroke is pressed all the way down where the stem of the switch hits the inside of the switch casing. This causes a "clack" noise. Max Keyboard custom o-rings rubber sound dampeners are soft rubber o-rings that can be installed onto every single keycap stem to cushion the landing of the switch by stopping the key stroke just short of the point of bottoming out. This also very slightly reduces the max travel distance of the switch. (approximately 0.4mm reduction on your key travel which will give you an extra boost on typing speed.)
This add-on is popular among mechanical keyboard owners from around the world. Since most people will bottom out at least a fraction of their keystrokes, the o-ring rubber sound dampeners will cut away extra noise giving your mechanical keyboard a consistent sound output while typing. The added shock absorption can also help with finger fatigue during long typing sessions.
Made of industrial grade rubber which has much better resistant to cracking an fits firmly onto the stem of your Cherry MX keycap. Installation will require removal of your keycaps.
Noise & shock reduction with noticeable shorter key travel and boost in typing speed. (130 pcs o-rings per bag).
* Please do not get confused with other brand rubber o-rings comparing "40A-R" &"50A-R" . Ours are "50A" formulated and manufactured in Taiwan. (Please purchase from us or our authorized dealers)
* If you are planning on purchasing keyboard from us, let us install it for you as it will get tricky when it comes to bigger keys with metal stabilizer bar underneath.
* Keycaps are not included. Keycaps in the image are for demo purposes.
Cherry MX Blue O-Rings Sound and Typing Speed Comparison
0:08 Durandal G1N Cherry MX Blue Switch, No O-Ring (Typing Speed: 92 WPM)
1:11 Durandal G1NL Full Custom with Cherry MX Blue Switch, 50-A O-Rings Dampener installed (Typing Speed: 107 WPM)
Cherry MX Brown O-Rings Sound and Typing Speed Comparison
0:08 Durandal G1N Cherry MX Brown Switch, No O-Ring (Typing Speed: 98 WPM)
1:01 Durandal G1NL Full Custom with Cherry MX Brown Switch, 50-A O-Rings Dampener installed (Typing Speed: 109 WPM)
Cherry MX Red O-Rings Sound and Typing Speed Comparison
0:09 Nighthawk X9 Cherry MX Red Switch, No O-Ring (Typing Speed: 90 WPM)
1:10 Nighthawk X9 Full Custom with Cherry MX Red Switch, 50-A O-Rings Dampener installed (Typing Speed: 103 WPM)
The following video demonstrates the sound differences of Max Keyboard Nighthawk mechanical keyboards using Cherry MX Blue, Brown, and Red key switches with and without rubber sound dampening O-rings. (50A O-Rings were used)
Cherry MX Blue 0:03
This switch has a tactile feel and audible click when a key stroke is registered.
Cherry MX Brown 0:49
This switch has a soft tactile feel. When the switch registers, you will feel a soft bump.
Cherry MX Red 1:50
This switch is completely linear. The soft feeling of the switch is smooth all the way down