Easing Into Linears

also my first time trying linears (everglide water king / aqua king v3 62g). had to, because different boba tactiles were causing issues (ghost keypresses) for my grid650. wanted to try alpacas but out of stock at local retailer. anyway, i was surprised by the smoothness of these linears, im glad i tried a top-rated one like aqua king instead of compromising. smooth and thocky when bottoming out

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One justification that makes sense to me is that they continue to sell well at premium price range. Can’t argue with demand.

Another may be that Chinese switch makers, led by JWK, have adopted boutique-approach to manufacturing, with limited design-focused production runs. Boutique-model typically requires higher price than Cherry and Gateron’s mass production model to stay in business.

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100% spot on, that’s why Cherry won’t cater to the enthusiast market at all & Gateron only kinda does. Zambumon has been proding Cherry on a daily basis to remake Nixies, but they just give meme replies to the ideal. :expressionless:

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Only just now noticed SMS shipping message from Heebie Keebies, where I ordered 205g0 from, was sent from same phone number as SwitchMod.

Could be just a SMS service number being reused but, if not, any concerns about getting the legit 205g0 can be put to rest. :wink: And this is the biggest jar of the stuff. Next biggest sells 20ml jars at higher price.

Checked the jar of 205g0 I got a few days ago to see if they started separating. Nope. Looks like it’s the OG, not a 205g2+105 mix.

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That’s impressive. Even the stuff I get from krelbit has some separation usually.

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The jar is from Heebie Keebies which just happens to use the same SMS originating number as SwitchMod :face_with_raised_eyebrow: so maybe 205g0 quality has improved.

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After having used both retooled blacks and Hyperglides side by side for a while, I’m now fully in Hyperglides camp. Difference is hard to tell individually but it becomes apparent on a board during use. Sound is deeper yet brighter.

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Been wondering what factors led to sharp rise in keyboard switch smoothness. Off-hand, it could be:

  1. Cheaper molds (3D-printing?)
  2. Limiting production batch size.
  3. New post-production process for smoothing.
  4. New technique to restore molds to mint condition.

Maybe all of the above but I think combination of 1) and 2) are key drivers (3D-printed molds maybe too brittle to make millions of switches per mold but sufficient for small boutique-level production runs) while only JWK currently has 3) and 4) is unlikely.

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Does anyone know more about these Tecsee Diamond Linear (https://bespokekeys.shop/products/tecsee-diamond-linear-switches)? Appears to have UHMWPE in both stem and housing, and also some sort of two stage spring. Might order some…for…science. I can’t find much more information on these other than the store page and comments from a sound test.

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I haven’t heard of them up until I just saw your post, but they do look very interesting to me also! The few batches of linears I have from recent Tecsee runs are very nice, so if they can keep the PE to those spec these should be very very nice switches. Think I might pre-order a batch LOL!

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It’s pretty interesting to read the comments in their typing test. The uploader mentions that they do not feel as smooth as tangies, but it’s a deeper sound. The price isn’t bad so I might give em a go!

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Just a random thought: How would placing a thin sheet of adhesive ceramic or resin on a switch (inside, outside, above or under) affect switch sound and feel? We know QMX placed on top housing silences so the idea is not way out there.