Are MX Zilents still worth it? (Late 2020)

Hi! I have some tealios switches lying around, and I’ve been thinking of buying some MX silent switches and making some of the legendary MX Zilents. I don’t have any experience with silent switches, other than Zeal Zilents I have lubed for someone else’s build.

Edit: Just for clarification, this post was about the linear MX Zilent frankenswitch (Cherry silent stem + Tealios housing), not the Zeal Zilent (tactile silent switch).

  1. Are linear silent switches still fun to type on? With this wave of Gazzew Boba, and many other interesting silent tactiles; are those more desirable? If they are, I could just eventually try those and keep my tealios.

  2. Are MX Zilents still a great option for silent switches, or are there better frankenswitch combos out there? Are cherry silent stems still king?

  3. This is kind of a side question. But how are tealios stems in cherry housing? Usable for fun? Should I save the tealios parts for another cool frankenswitch?

There hasn’t been a lot of discussion on the switch as of late, so it’s either solved (thanks to walkerstop :slight_smile:), usurped, or just… silent I guess lol.

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I don’t really have any knowledge about mx zilents but here are a couple thoughts:

For 1: sakurios and roselios are some of my favorite switches to type on. you might hear some scratchiness due to how silent the bottom out and return are but after breaking in these have a bit of subdued thockiness that comes in and the scratchiness is much less noticeable. I have zeal zilents and thought they sounded very scratchy but apparently that goes away after some time as well with break in - just gotta be patient I guess.

Still waiting on my gazzew boba to come in but looking forward to trying them out.

For 3: there is an entire thread with linears and different combinations of stems/housings. I don’t think I have seen anyone putting tealios stems into other housings though, people seem to like them as is.

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I would get some silent Ink’s cus the Tealio both feel and look great in a Ink houseing.

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Thanks for your reply! That’s some pretty good info to note. I was kind of always wondering why walker’s silent sound tests sounded less scratchy than Taeha’s, and that’s probably due to the fact that Taeha’s tests are usually on fresh boards. Noted :slight_smile:

I’ll check it out for sure! Yeah Tealios are generally kept as is. I wonder what everyone else did with their MX Zilent leftovers. I know some used Zealios housings in V1, but now Zealios/Zilent contact leaves are actually a bit different than Tealios, and don’t feel as smooth with a linear stem. I know, because I had to do a painstaking leaf swap Zilents and Tealios, as the person I was building for wanted half turquoise housings and half aqua for their Zilents haha.

Good call! How are the gat silent stems? Are they decent?

I’m still waiting to use mine, but I seen ppl compare it to the Helios.

Oh nice! That would make sense, because zeal silent stems are Gateron haha. Well cool then; that might be an interesting option. More expensive, but then I would have two sets of nice switches afterwards, instead of a bunch of leftover parts

Tealios are still the best. Lube and film and you’ll be typing like a king.

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Mx zilents still the best switch I’ve ever tried. Filmed and lubed with 205g0, 75g TX springs. TX springs are rated at bottom out, so they are similar to 65g sprit but with a better force curve for me.

My advice, don’t use tealios. Buy some aliaz switches and use those housings.

Tealios are great switches too. I’d hate to see them harvested for parts.

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So far my favorite stock silent is the Silent Ink - much more smooth than the standard Gat silent black. The Gazzew linear stems probably make for the most quiet switch, with a soft bottom-out.

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  1. Linears are really nice to type on! I have a lot of topre boards so they really scratch the tactile side of switches.

  2. I really like my MX Zilents. You can get the Aliaz housings instead of paying for that extra zeal tax. The bottom out sound on healios/sakurios/roselios isnt as satisfying as they are in the mx zilents.

  3. I think you’ll be happier with JWK + cherry tops

My daily drivers are a board with Zilents and a board with Gateron Silent Blacks. Zilents are good, but not worth the price. Lubed Blacks are good, and well priced.
Side note: while soldering Zilents the bottom housing melted a little (causing issues that had to be fixed). Was my bad apparently, but I never had such issues before with other Gaterons and Kailhs.

I use zilents everyday and IMO they are really fun switch. I do agree that they take quite some time t break in though. I would say that it took probably 6 months for them to really smooth out, but I’m not a really super heavy typist since a lot of my time is spent programming and gaming. I still would recommend them if you really tactiles with a large bump.

I’m not a fan of small bump tactiles like aliaz and browns (I have a Nyquist with Aliaz that I don’t use that ofen), so I couldn’t recommend Aliaz since they feel like linears with grit in the sliders to me LOL. But again, it depends on your preference.

I also have a set of sakurios that I type on everyday as well, and if you are into linears the are pretty good but I personally don’t see a point in silent linears for me because I don’t really bottom out when type. If you don’t bottom out most linears are pretty quiet anyway.

Durock’s Daybreak/Dolphin silent liners aren’t too shabby. Filmed and lubed with Krytox 105 (bottom housing, spring) are surprisingly super skate and have a pleasantly higher pitched upstroke.

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Thank you guys for your replies! I might hold on to the tealios a bit longer as everyone is suggesting haha. Price isn’t much of an issue, because I already have the tealios parts anyway, but thanks for all of your suggestions :).