Just got the Mavue switches. I haven’t tried it lubed nor a full board of it but, after trying one switch stock on a board, it’s already the best linear switch in my mind:
- smoother than Tealios and
- sound seems as delightful as Cream
- stock switch has a bit of upstroke rattle but lube should handle that
No more need to choose between sound and smoothness. Lube the housing and/or slider bottom surface to nerf the clack if you work in an office.
UPDATE: Note that the sound is, like Cream and Holy Panda, relatively higher pitched than other linear switches. If you’re into deep base sounding switches, Mauve may not be a good fit.
UPDATE2: Findings after lubing and filming.
- No problem filming the switch.
- Lube lowers pitch, lower than lubed Cream, so not as loud and delightful but more bassy.
- Lube reduced upstroke rattle after lubing just the stem but some rattle still remains. I’m going to try lubing the top housing.
UPDATE3: Lubing the top housing as well as 55g spring swap reduced the rattle to ignorable level. If you need heavy springs, this may become an issue. Since Alpaca uses polycarb for the top housing and I’ve not heard it has rattle issue, I’d tinker with different top housings if that’s the case.
UPDATE4: Mauve seems to feel smoother unlubed than lubed. It may be that the lube feel is interfering with the skating-like feel. Not sure. Maybe the lube needs to settle down. If not, I’m going to try a build that uses lube only to control noise if possible.
Final update for the day: Right after lubed, 3203 felt and sounded the best to me. 205g0 was the worst but bassy, buttery feel getting in the way of smoothness. 3204 was between and didn’t standout. Noisewise, 3203 was worst and 205g0 was the best. I’ll check back on them tomorrow to see if the feel changed. Oh, Cream is still the best soundwise. Mauve is great but not as great as Cream’s drumstick on hollow block of marble sound.