These switches are about as tactile as you can go: Box Royals have a sharp, binary tactility. As such, if you're looking for a nearly aggressive tactility, these are perfect switches for you. The sound profile is relatively higher pitched.
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|Top housing material||Nylon|
|Bottom housing material||Nylon|
|Mount type||Plate (3-pin)|
|Factory lube status||Not factory lubed|
|Pre-travel distance||1.80 mm|
|Total travel distance||3.60 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.
A switch's actuation force, or force required to trigger a keystroke, on the Kailh Box Royal requires 45g of force. This is lighter than 77% of other switches' actuation force in our selection.
A switch's actuation force is based on the entire switch design.
Bottoming out, or pressing all the way down, on this Kailh Box Royal switch requires 70g of force. With a heavier bottom-out than 91% of switches in our selection, the Kailh Box Royal 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 Royal 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 and Bottom Housing: Nylon
Nylon is the Kailh Box Royal's top and 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.
Mount type: Plate (3-pin)
The Kailh Box Royal 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.)
High-pitched switches produce a sharp and crisp sound when pressed. If you do not like the more rich and bassy sound profiles of certain keyboard switches, be sure to pick higher-pitched ones.
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.
Try Kailh Box Royal 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.