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Keyboard–switch database Cherry MX


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Manufacturer Cherry

Created by Daniel on 2015-10-25

Timeline

MX Black: 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 1
MX Blue: 2 1 1
MX Green: 1 1
MX Clear: 1
MX Tactile Grey: 1 2
MX Brown: 1 1
MX Super Black: 1
MX Linear Grey: 1
MX Red: 1
Total: 1 1 3 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Year: 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Warning: Please note that the timeline must not be trusted until a statistically significant number of data points are present.

Switches

Switch Variants Part number Type Usage
MX Black LED
typical
old-style movable contact
old-style movable contact, heavy spring
15
MX Blue 5
MX Brown 3
MX Clear 1
MX Green 2
MX Linear Grey 1
MX Red 1
MX Super Black 1
MX Tactile Grey 3

Keyboards

Model Year(s) Switches Serial PCB codes Reference Notes
Filco FKB-91JP None Cherry MX Brown
Cherry MX Black (space bar)
0007002436 mousefan.telcontar.net
Unitek K-256 None Cherry MX Blue 001595 coronthica.com
Cherry KXN3-8451 1984 (IC) Cherry MX Black (old contacts)
Cherry MX Black (old contacts, heavy) (space bar)
13941 026-1123 ART REV C, 001-1371 REV C deskthority.net
FK-777 (Focus) 1985 (IC) Cherry MX Black deskthority.net Not a lot of information here, as the back of the keyboard was omitted.
Chicony KB-5182 1989 (IC) Cherry MX Black 99026656 KB-5161F/5162F CHERRY SW REV-A, 32-5161-C001 geekhack.org
ARC KB-5181 1989 (IC) Cherry MX Blue 002110931 KB-5161F/5162F CHERRY SW REV-B kbtalking.cool3c.com Interestingly, the mounting plate is marked “KB-5161A HOSIDEN”: Hosiden switches have yet to be seen in a Chicony keyboard, but this is a a suggestion that they share the same mounting holes with Cherry MX
KB-5191 (Chicony) 1989 (PCB)
1989 (IC)
Cherry MX Blue KB-5191 CHERRY SW REV-? basya.egloos.com
Wyse 900840-01 1991 (IC) Cherry MX Black 4AHJ1710453 SK-8875 mousefan.telcontar.net
Cherry with PN G80-2500HAU/02 1991 (label) Cherry MX Black 283 D31 utensilia.tk
Grass Valley Group 151-KEYBOARD 1991 (IC)
1992 (PCB)
Cherry MX Black 51251P
51714 (int.)
klikkyklik.wordpress.com Oh boy, this is complicated. It was made for Grass Valley Group by TG3, and made for TG3 by Cherry. The controller appears to be dated 1984 or 1987 and another chip is copyright 1988, but the Motorola SN74LS373N is dated 9125, so I am taking this IC date as it ties in with the reported date of manufacture.

There are also two internal part numbers: KBA-G7027D (presumably Cherry) and EA-2191-03 (TG3), and two serial numbers: 51714 (inside) and the strangely very similar 51251P (outside).
Dih Shin DS-2001 USA 101 1992 (IC) Cherry MX Blue 90104500101 DS-2005, 3310700457 kbd.rzw.jp
Wyse K/B,PCE,U.S 1992 (IC)
1993 (PCB)
1993 (case)
Cherry MX Black 407W3204752 980132-02 REV A4 kbd.rzw.jp Case appears to bear Minguo year 82 (1993).
Dolch PAC keyboard (PAC keyboard) 1995 (PCB)
1995 (IC)
Cherry MX Blue
Cherry MX Green (space bar)
mousefan.telcontar.net
Reuters MX3000 1995 (IC)
1995 (case)
1995 (label)
Cherry MX Clear
Cherry MX Tactile Grey (space bar)
G 032013 H18 kbd.rzw.jp
Cherry MX 3700 1996 (IC)
1997 (PCB)
1997 (label)
Cherry MX Black
Cherry MX Black (LED) (lock)
G 008107 J17 deskthority.net
Cherry MX 5000 1997 (label) Cherry MX Brown
Cherry MX Super Black (heavy)
G 000003 J12 mousefan.telcontar.net
Cherry MX 1000 1999 (label) Cherry MX Black G 383640 L16 utensilia.tk
Compaq MX 11800 1999 (label) Cherry MX Brown
Cherry MX Tactile Grey (space bar)
Cherry MX Tactile Grey (enter)
G 000705 L23 mousefan.telcontar.net Actual part number is 185152-296. Switches are not clear: space bar is grey, and so tactile grey is assumed. The enter key is seemingly also reported to be grey (going by machine translation of the reference page), but no picture of this is provided.
Cherry MX 3000 USB 0N 2003 (label) Cherry MX Black
Cherry MX Linear Grey (space bar)
C 00072 P11 kbd.rzw.jp
Cherry MX 3000M 2003 (label) Cherry MX Black C 043385 P42 utensilia.tk
Cherry MX 3700 2005 (label) Cherry MX Black G 000914 R17 601-1979 K01-5010 kbd.rzw.jp
Filco FILCFF01 2012 (PCB) Cherry MX Red A130100708 kbd.rzw.jp
Cooler Master SGK-400-GKCG1-US 2013 (PCB)
2013 (case)
Cherry MX Green SGK4000GKCGUS1132500097 Quickfire_V2.1 kbd.rzw.jp