Is there any basis for "Vint Browns" reputation?

Datapoint: Akko POM Brown stem (and top housing) fits U4T bottom housing.

Result: U4T sound + subtly improved POM Brown tactility.


As to spring, I liked 60g TX L spring CK 58g 2-stage spring.

Another tasty datapoint: Baby Blue Geon slider in Cherry MX Brown HG housing sounds and feels good. I don’t know if Vint Brown thing is real or not but I doubt it can beat this $10 improvement.


I’ve been looking for a catch-all of alternatives to cherry browns, and I’m pleased to see numerous potential options for me to experiment with!


@Goguma I’ve got you covered!

In addition to what’s already been mentioned:

-SP Star Meteor Orange [they’re kind of like ‘Ergo Browns’]
-Blueberry Chiffon V2 [nearly Brown-sized bump mounted closer to top]
-Naevy 1.5 [a light Ergo Clear]
-Gateron CAP Brown V2 [halfway to an Ergo Clear]
-TTC Gold Brown V3 and TTC Watermelon Milkshake [TTC’s take on a heavier ‘Brown’]
-Everglide Jade Green [like a smaller Durock Medium Tactile that needs lube]
-Kailh Pro Purple [an early top-mounted Brown that is easy to lube and re-spring]
-Zealio V1 [a smooth factory Ergo Clear that can be highly-tuned. Wait for sales.]
-Corsas [a popular Brown alternative]
-Pewter [the “better Brown” Durock Light Tactile that isn’t really a Brown.
-Cotton Candy [above, but with a nylon housing]
-Huano / Ajazz Banana [bigger bump than a Brown, but not a greater force]

But for real, just read Deadeye’s review on POM Browns and any similar switches, and you will learn a lot. And not just about POM Browns.

@donpark , I’ve already heard reports about Baby Blue in MX Brown housings. It’s interesting, although not everyone takes a liking to it. I’m definitely going to try it.

May I ask which spring you used?


I’m using 58g Slow Spring from CannonKeys.

IMO this combo is good IMO but not great for two reasons:

  • Cherry housing sound vary a lot depending on case and plate.
  • Bump location relative to contact leaf is inconsistent, resulting in some switches with a bit of pre-bump travel which some may not like.

Best housing for Baby Blue stem I’ve tried so far has to be Boba LT housing. Boba U4T is not ideal housing bc, while it sounds just as good, I didn’t like its thicker leaf. Much of tactile switch modding to me is about fine-tuning and extra-thick leaf made that difficult.

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Thanks for this! Along with the switches you listed and the ones before, do you have an outlier that you can recommend me?

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I prefer the Meteor Orange. In stock form, they are okay. I would give them a ‘B.’

But modded properly, they can have the strengths of the Cherry, and fewer of its weaknesses.

I posted instructions here:

Basically, Meteor Orange needs a Cherry top-housing if you don’t want its brighter, ‘meteoric’ sound. It definitely needs lube, strategically. And it benefits from film.

It types like “thinner” Browns. In that the bump is about the same size, but more well-defined. You can type very precisely with improved Meteor Orange switches.

I would say the Durock Medium Tactile is also worth trying, because it is cheap and is similar to Everglide Jade Green and Zealio V1. It isn’t much more than a ‘Brown’ in intensity. You can build them light and smooth. Just give them the film + lube that they need, there are many options.

Ajazz Banana are just crazy. They are poppy, but sound loud and plasticy in stock form. You can buy them 45 at a time in these fruit jars:

Wait for sales.

The Bananas have a larger bump than MX Browns, but the spring is not similarly outsized. If you press an MX Brown against a Banana, I think the Brown will push it down. So it’s a very alternate kind of light-tactile.

I didn’t mention it, but another lighter tactile is the Gateron Kangaroo, but I don’t know if it really qualifies as it’s built more like a medium. And a strange one is the MODE Tomorrow. It has a very modern and sturdy housing, and is pretty factory-smooth. But the bump is very … subdued. It’s unusual.


Blueberry Chiffon v1s are like that. Weirdly well-defined yet lite tactility. Haven’t tried v2 though.

Types of tactility I like currently are:

  • light but well-defined
  • all at the top

And I’m biased in favor of long poles bc switch sound is my thing and long poles tend to bring out more of the switch material sound.


Awesome! I’ll have to check out the Meteor Orange with a Cherry Top. I do like the sound of cherry switches and don’t mind scratchiness of Cherry housings. Thanks for the recommendations!

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I agree. Cherry switches and parts can be used for good sound.

If you are following the recommendations in that thread I linked to [re: Meteor Orange], I recommend trying to build the 2nd one:

Filmed with TX 0.15mm films. Stem lubed with 3204 (top of switch (L/R rails) and bottom of L/R rails and bottom of pole + front of switch (area above the legs). Stock spring lubed with GPL 106.

The idea here is to lube where the factory didn’t. I think the factory lube is mostly okay for the action. But there are neglected parts that would sound better if they were lubed.

Overall, it’s a ‘moderate’ amount of lube. You don’t need to go heavy, but mild lube won’t do much either. The switches do benefit from these films. The stock springs, once lubed, are okay. I like the weight. Didn’t like the alternate weights. I guess a 15mm Spirit or TX spring in the same weight would be more consistent, though. Didn’t try that.

Anyway, these are the best ‘Brown’ alternative I’ve ever used. But they require work. I also have a build with Everglide Jade Green. They shine on a polycarb plate. But you have to lube them almost like they’re a linear.

If you are interested in Browns and Cherry sound, I didn’t really go into Ergo Clears, because that’s a huge topic. But you can basically build Browns by using 63.5 or 68 G Progressive Spirit springs [they are like 55 and 60 G linear, respectively]. It’s a little tricky with the lighter spring. One way to do it is make them really smooth with 3203. You get crunchier Browns that have the full Cherry sound.

Below, you can listen to a heavy Ergo Clear build that uses springs that actuate at 60 G. The switches themselves are generously and liberally-lubed with 3204.


I have a set of clears that I’ve been meaning to turn into ergo clears. Most likely the 60%'s I impulsively bought at the beginning of the year/end of 2022. Will most likely purchase a set of the meteor oranges and jade greens (maybe the Tomorrows) and put them in my Zoom75 whenever that comes in!

Thanks for the thorough replies, I’ve been really interested in browns since I bought Butter Browns and put them in a board

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How are the butter browns, by-the-way?

If you are building Ergo Clears, it opens up a whole world. They can handle 3203, 3204, 205g0 and more. Just don’t drown them. Linear spring weights from 55 - 72 G and beyond. They also seem to take well to less-linear springs, such as progressive. 15mm is standard, but they often work well with short 14mm and long 18mm.

Buying Meteor Orange is a great idea (they have V2 now, which is mostly just a colour change). I don’t recommend Jade Greens as they are hard to deal with. Consequently, you may wish to try Durock Medium Tactile or Zealio V1 Redux in their stead, as those two switches are similar and commonly-available.

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I think I have a set of 63.5 progressive springs laying around, but most likely will put TX 60g springs. I did like the Zealios V1 when those were the “pinnacle” of MX tactility. I guess I’ll have to pass on the jade greens.

How are the butter browns, by-the-way?

Honestly I couldn’t tell the difference between regular housings and the butter browns (450k presses, lubed & filmed by custom keyboard co), but I enjoyed them way more compared to using the most popular tactiles on the market during the time (U4T’s in a Volcano660 w/ brass plate). They’re not fatiguing and I love the sound.

I’ll have to pull out the board again and type on it tonight (talking about it made me miss it) but I would pass on buying butter browns and just buying hyperglide browns and lubing/filming them myself


Thanks. You seem to know what to do going forwards, so I’ll leave you to it.

I’ve had mixed results trying mechanical switch actuation. So yes, handbuilt or handpicked Browns still might be the prime option.

The 63.5 G Progressive are definitely worth trying with the MX Clears. I’ve had more interesting results with those springs in Clears than anywhere else. If you can make the Clears smooth and buttery, you really will get crunchy Browns with 63.5 G P. The way I lubed them [with 3204], however, was more limited I guess. They are sharper and more abrupt than the smooth 3203 paintbrush lubed variant I tried. In this way, the ones I made resembled Gateron CAP Brown V2.

The Jade Greens are subtly-different than Zealio V1. The V1 wasn’t available when I was doing the Jade Green build. As it turns out, you can’t necessarily use a Jade Green stem where you use a Zealio V1 or Durock Medium Tactile stem. The stem is the real star of the Jade Green, it seems to be a little smaller bump and maybe higher-up than the Zealio V1. But the housings are scratchy and pingy and need a lot of work. [Therimingoat’s review gives them like 55%]. So the pro move would probably be to take Jade Green stems and put them in a better housing like Boba LT [for Zealio-like tactility] or a more tactile housing for something snappy. They don’t like Boba tight-tops, though.

Anyway, you don’t need to worry about that. Maybe you can throw some Jade Green stems in a better housing one day. You seem to have springs to use with your Clears, so you are ready-to-go and I hope you enjoy.

As far as light tactiles have gone, I’ve been really happy with Parallel’s Pewters. When I first got them I was expecting them to be super smooth, but lacking in the sound dept. thanks to the UHMWPE housings. Well they definitely are super smooth, but after a full lube with 205g0 they have a really nice mid level sound. Not quite as deep as nylon, but nowhere near as high as PC. The bump is very small one, but just noticeable enough for my tastes. Overall I have been way happier with them than I thought I would be. They get a big thumbs up from me & I highly recommend giving them a try if you’re looking for a light tactile.


I tried Pewters when they first came out.

They are indeed smooth, but R1 had questionable factory-lubing. So I didn’t really take a liking to them, b/c of inconsistent lube.

I tested Cotton Candy next, which are better-lubed and have nylon housings for better sound. Certainly either one of those bought bone-dry with hand-lubing would be ideal for many.

Didn’t much care for the bump, though. It felt more resistant than I expected from a ‘Brown.’ I’d almost classify it as a ‘medium tactile.’ Maybe there’s just something about the bump profile I don’t like.

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Yeah I wasnt pleased with the factory lube, but whatever lube they used played fine with 205g0. So I just hand lubed the batch I got in my Salvy & discarded any that were heavily overlubed. I also lubed mine on all surfaces, stem legs included. So that might be why the bunp feels so small to me.

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Maybe relevant or not, but for tactile switches like browns old/new, they sometimes give a metallic ping even after lubed or broken in. I found that a light application of xht-bdz in the top housing where the top and back of the leaf rests helps remedy the ping. Sometimes the leaf will make contact with top housing, resulting an unwanted ping or ting sound.

How light of an application? Well I dipped a brush lightly into bdz, spread it around evenly, and proceeded to lube that space in the top housing a dozen or so times without the need to re-dip.

If this 1st application doesn’t help, lubing inside the arc of the leaf helps, and if the 2nd application doesn’t work lubing the back of the leaf (not actual leaf) works.

I can share pics if people are interested. I did this twice with two batches of browns, vints and hyperglides and the method worked wonderfully. I would like to note that this isn’t a problem for all switches. Also found out that after all these years of avoiding lubing the legs on tactiles isn’t as bad as people make out to be, even as browns. I don’t type on heavy tactiles anymore cause of fatigue, so light tactiles and topres are great for everyday typing.


Funny enough, I had a similar experience but with the opposite switches. I put 3203 on the Cotton Candies and they still have a little scratch to me. I also feel like they are slight more fatiguing than the Pewters.


If Cotton Candy have more friction than Pewters [b/c of nylon housing], then they might feel fatiguing.

I don’t recommend 3203 for Pewters, because I think the stock sound isn’t great. 3203 doesn’t seem to do as much for sound as does 3204 or 205g0. It’s more of a “light touch” lubricant in my view.

Even with Cotton Candies, 3203 probably isn’t the ideal lube. If the housings are nylon and a bit scratchy, then 3204 or careful 205g0 would probably give better results. Conversely, I think you can get away with 3203 on Cherry switches because of their better stock housing sound.

BTW these switches are very expensive to experiment with in Canada. Unless you buy unlubed Cotton Candy from AliExpress. I guess I could do that, or regular DLT.

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I forgot to mention, on the subject of switches that are like Browns, there is a switch called AULA / Leobog “Matcha Shaft:”

Above is where I bought them from. The “Matcha Shaft” denotes the Matcha colour, which is the tactile variant of this switch lineup.

You can see that the Matcha variant is no longer on sale at that particular location, only the blue clicky variant.

These were basically offered at JWICK prices. From memory, the force curve felt a lot like MX Browns. But they clearly are not Cherry switches, instead a budget Chinese manufacturer. I’m not even sure they’re nylon. So they’re an interesting “alternate Brown” to me, but I don’t know much about them.

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