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Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches
Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches
Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches
Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches
Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches
Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches
Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches
Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches
Kailh Box Navy Clicky Switches

Box Navy

BrandKailh
CategoryClicky

If you are seeking a heavy typing experience and love the sound signature and tactility of a clicky switch, then the Box Navy switches are a perfect fit for you. Their heftiness and sound signature hark back to the vintage buckling keyboards of the 80s.

$5.50

10 switches/order

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Orders ship from California and arrive within 2-5 days.

Weight

The Box Navy's bottom-out of 90g is heavier than 5 out of 5 switches

Light

Heavy

Depth

The Box Navy's total travel distance is 3.6mm (standard travel is 4mm)

Shallow

Regular

Technical data

Switch typeClicky
Switch brandKailh
ManufacturerKailh
Top housing materialPolycarbonate
Bottom housing materialNylon
Mount typePlate (3-pin)
Stem constructionBox
Stem materialPOM
SpringKailh Box spring
Actuation weight60g
Bottom-out weight90g
Factory lube statusNot factory lubed
Pre-travel distance1.80 mm
Total travel distance3.60 mm

The technical data of a switch can be hard to understand. Our goal here is to demystify how these specs affect feel and sound. We hope this helps you discover whether or not a switch might be a good fit.

Actuation: 60g

A switch's actuation force, or force required to trigger a keystroke, on the Kailh Box Navy requires 60g of force. This is heavier than 71% of other switches' actuation force in our selection.

A switch's actuation force is based on the entire switch design.

Bottom-out: 90g

Bottoming out, or pressing all the way down, on this Kailh Box Navy switch requires 90g of force. With a heavier bottom-out than 98% of switches in our selection, the Kailh Box Navy is considered heavy.

A switch's bottom-out force is dependent solely on its spring weight.

What matters more: Actuation or Bottom-out Force?

If you prefer to bottom-out when you type, bottom-out force is the more relevant measurement. If you do not, then actuation force is more relevant.

Not factory lubed

The Kailh Box Navy is not factory lubed (also known as a dry switch). This makes it most ideal for enthusiasts who, if desired, seek to lube their own switches for the most customizability, precision, and flexibility with specific lube options. Moreover, the material blend of a given switch may not necessitate additional factory lubing.

Top Housing: Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is the Kailh Box Navy's top housing material. The use of polycarbonate in housings creates a sharper, higher-pitched, and crisper sound profile. In part, this is because polycarbonate is a relatively stiffer plastic, which leads to a more clear and resonant sound profile. Aesthetically speaking, if a switch features a clear housing, it is more likely than not to be polycarbonate. Therefore, due to its translucency, polycarbonate is especially useful to have in the top housing of a switch if you plan to use RGB lighting.

Bottom Housing: Nylon

Nylon is the Kailh Box Navy's bottom housing material. Nylon is a classic switch housing material. Typing on switches that use nylon elicits a deeper and fuller sound profile. In part, this is because nylon is a relatively softer plastic and absorbs more sound than harder plastics, thereby creating a duller and rounder sound.

A note on housings

The Kailh Box Navy uses different materials in its top and bottom housings. As such, the qualities each housing material brings to the switch will be split between the bottom and the top of the switch.

When you press down on this switch you will feel the qualities of the bottom housing: the bottom housing has more of an impact on the bottom-out sound and feel. On the other hand, the top housing will have more of an impact on the sound when you let go of a key.

Mount type: Plate (3-pin)

The Kailh Box Navy is a Plate (3-pin) mount switch. Plate mount, or 3-pin, switches offer the most flexibility across all keyboard options. They are compatible with all PCBs.

Stem construction: Box

Switches with a box stem reduce wobble in two ways. One is through an aesthetic enhancement by reducing resting state wobble: this makes it such that gaps between your lines of keycaps are more straight and won't appear jagged.

Second, box stems have a stricter x and y-axis tolerance as you press down.

Switches with box-shaped stems are also technically more dustproof and water-resistant.

(Although neat in theory, at Milktooth, we do not think the latter two features are very consequential.)

Descriptors

#invigorating

An invigorating switch offers pronounced feedback, moderate to firm actuation force, snappy and reactive feel, thereby creating an immersive typing sensation.

#crunchy

Crunchy keyboard switches, most commonly associated with clicky switches, sound like stepping on piles of crisp and crunchy autumn leaves.

#sharp

Sharp tactile switches are known for their high feedback intensity. Its strong and crisp tactile bump is prominent and can be felt distinctly with each and every keypress.

#stiff

A stiff keyboard switch requires a higher amount of force to actuate and/or bottom-out compared to other switches. You'll need to apply more force when pressing the keys with these switches.

#resonant

When typing on a resonant switch, you can expect a higher-pitched sound profile and an immersive auditory experience. The sound profile is clean and sharp.

Sound test

Try Kailh Box Navy switches before buying them

Pick 10 switches and we'll send them your way to try at home for 5 days.

How it works

First, pick 10 switches you want to try. Then, we'll send you those 10 switches to try at home for 5 days. You'll get to experience the switches and see how they feel. We'll also include a guide to help you pick your favorite switch and a preprinted return shipping label.

What comes in my try at-home box?

The 10 switches you choose will be installed on switch tester bases so you can type on them as you would on a normal keyboard. Your try at-home kit comes with a preprinted return shipping label.

How much does this try-before-you-buy program cost?

At just $15—shipping included—the try at-home program is the most cost-effective way to try switches before buying them. At less than half the cost of switch testers and with more than triple the variety to choose from, you can try before you buy without breaking the bank so you can be sure you're getting the right switch for your needs.

How do I buy the switches I want?

Send back the switches in your box using your prepaid label and purchase your favorite (or favorites)!

Everything that's included

First, try switches at home with shipping included both ways. After purchasing the switches you love most, know your switches come with a 30-day, hassle-free return or exchange policy. If you don't love your switches, we'll take them back—no questions asked.