Some mechanical keyboards use Cherry MX keyswitches in varying colours, with varying differences to actuation force, tactile feedback and audible feedback.

Is it possible on these keyboards to change the keyswitches without damaging the keyboard or requiring any soldering on the internals?

I'm afraid to disassemble my keyboard to find out as doing so will void any warranty.

Is it a case where some keyboards will be able to do this and others won't?

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    – Jasarien
    Feb 27, 2014 at 9:27

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That may depend on the keyboard. Specifically, if the keys are plate mounted, you probably will not be able to swap without desoldering. If they are PCB mounted, then this thread includes a video demonstrating a solder-free swap. (Also Internet Archive copy and direct link to YouTube video.)

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