Okay, so people here hardly ever use stock switches, especially when it comes to tactiles.
I thought I would share information about some stock tactiles that have undergone some slight improvement via lubing and spring-swapping. That way, people could learn and see if it is worth doing.
I encourage anyone to post any findings they have about improving stock tactiles in this basic manner.
I am going to start by discussing some MX Browns that have been lubed and spring-swapped. People might be dismissive about trying to improve Browns, but they are one of the most popular MX switches, and many people think they’re in need of improvement.
This modding is more careful than what I’m prepared to do at the moment, so I sent them to a service. The Browns were carefully lubed with 3203, with the goal of minimal reduction of tactility. The springs were replaced with lubed 55 gr (Stainless) Spirit springs. I was hoping that the slightly lighter weight might bring out greater tactility from the switch. The main goal was to remove scratchiness from the sound, which appears to have succeeded.
MX Browns, lubed with 3203, springs replaced with lubed 55 gr Spirit (stainless)
Compared with regular unlubed MX Browns, these lubed variants are:
-softer and more linear in feel. When I say softer, I mean in both operation and bottom-out.
-sound is almost unchanged. These are a little deeper and clackier. There is no longer any ‘scratchy’ sound.
-tactile bump is present, but even more indistinct
Looking at these with fresh eyes, you might say that these lubed Browns still feel like a wobbly and uncertain switch. [When compared with non-MX alternatives.]
But how do they compare with other tactiles?
Compared to [stock] Everglide Jades:
-Jade has a more definite, more pronounced tactile bump. It feels almost ‘2-stage’ by comparison, as the bump itself kind of feels like a shift between stages.
-Jades bottom out a little harder, possibly because of the increased force used to depress them.
-Browns make a more muted typing sound.
Compared to lubed Ergo Clears with 63.5 [Progressive] Spirit springs:
-The Ergo Clears are more ‘crunchy’ and less smooth. They are more obviously tactile than the Browns, and may have a slightly less energetic return.
-The Ergo Clears have a more definite, clearly-defined tactile bump.
-The Ergo Clears wobble at least as much as the lubed Browns.
Thoughts on the lubed Browns so far:
-They may be a bit light with the 55 gr springs. I feel as if they would have more authority with a slightly-heavier spring. Browns are supposed to be about 58 g on average, IIRC. I would probably want to go to 58 or 60 gr springs.
-Using these slightly-light 55 gr springs did not appear to increase the tactility of the Browns.
-These Browns are a pretty relaxed switch, and seem to be pretty gentle during sustained typing. They are fairly precise, and low-impact. So despite any deficiencies in individual switch-feel, this might be an okay switch for long typing sessions.
-Although they don’t bottom-out too hard, they still feel kinda blunt when bottoming-out on my Zhuque’s aluminium plate. I’m beginning to see why some people prefer polycarbonate plates for tactiles, and am thinking about putting these into polycarb.
Was this worth it? I don’t know. Using these on a board, you would probably have a better and more consistent sound profile than regular MX Browns.