Razer launches Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switches

July 15, 2016 // 1:56 p.m.

Tags: #apple #ipad-pro #keyboard #mechanical-keyboard #razer #scissor-switches #ultra-low-profile

Peripherals maker Razer has announced the launch of what it describes as the 'world's first ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard switch,' in the form of a keyboard accessory for Apple's iPad Pro tablet.

The Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch, as the company has somewhat less than catchily termed its latest release, is based on the same scissor action used by many laptop-style keyboards today. Where it differs, the company claims, is in the presence of 'a true actuation and reset point' designed to mimic the feel of a full-size mechanical switch like Cherry's popular MX range in a much smaller form factor.

'We’re commonly thought of as a company that makes phenomenal products for gamers, but to design the very best products, we’ve had to innovate from the ground up – even from each individual component such as mechanical switches,' crowed Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and chief executive, at the launch. 'We’re excited about the potential of our Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch and look forward to exploring other applications in addition to the mechanical keyboard we’ve designed for the iPad Pro.'

The switches, which are produced on Razer-owned production lines, are good for 80 million key strokes. The iPad Pro keyboard-cum-cover which is the first product to feature the company's latest switches, meanwhile, is available now at an eyebrow-raising £159.99 from the company's official web store.
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