What did you get in the mail today?

A package of samples of switches I haven’t tried before…

Here’s what the package is supposed to include:

‘Lilac Tactile’,
‘Crane Tactile’,
‘Greentech Brown’,
‘Mauve’,
‘NK_ Silk Yellow’,
‘Gateron Ink Black’,
‘NK_ Cream’,
‘C3 Kiwi’,
‘Outemu Ice Light Purple’,
‘NK_ Sherbet’,
‘SP-Star Nana’,
‘SP-Star Purple’,
‘SP-Star Gray’

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Nice score! I really like your Schrodinger CW! :ok_hand: :smiley:

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The key stickers arrived, and they are really, really bad. I guess they will do for now, just for learning.

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Good luck! I tried learning Steno, but just didn’t have the time to fully get into it -_- Hopefully it works out well for you and you’ll be flying past us at 250+ WPM :smiley:

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This is my third attempt in the last 5 years, so I know how you feel. It’s always an excuse for building something, though, so that part is fun.

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I got the full nylon lavender switches from cannonkeys in the mail today.

Pretty impressed. Fully lubed and filmed they sound very nice. Much less wobble than a gateron KS-8 and deeper sounding than typical JWK polycarbonate switches. Can’t quite get rid of all of swishy/scratchy sound of the legs on the contact leaf, but it’s very faint. I think I’m going to be using them soon in a build.

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KAM Little Pilot.

Oh wow, these keycaps are incredibly shiny. Not sure if it came out that way in the pics, I’ll get a better shot out later.

The uniform KAM profile actually feels ok to type on, maybe a little too sharp/squared off on the edges of the keys.

I did notice some damage to the left shift (one edge is chipped) but I haven’t seen any other issues.

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Gateron yellows. Curious about these, especially for their price. These are the ‘good’ kind supposedly.

And got some Gazzew silent stems to play with.

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What determines this? Been interested in trying these myself.

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I been seeing these around, then I found them on switches.mx and it identifies the different variations. From what I can tell, the variations appear to be different stem and housing materials. KS-3 are apparently recommended: POM stem and top/bottom Nylon housing. When I saw a note they were related to N1s I got more interested. I have a set of those and they are really nice.

So I found these on Ringer Keys in stock, and ordered them.

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Can you compare them to other Gat variants by chance (KS-8, KS-9, etc)? Even a comparison to Cherry MX would be appreciated if possible.

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I just did the same thing & grabbed a batch of all black housing KS-3 Gat yellows to see if the really are any better than the other KS-3 variants (black bottom/milky top. all milky) or the KS-8s I’ve used most often with Gats. Let us know what you think when you get a chance please!

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If Nolawill doesn’t get around to it by the time I get my batch in I planned on doing those comparisons & will report back to you guys. I don’t got any KS-9 Gats, but I do got a bunch of KS-8 yellows & the other variants of KS-3 in blacks. Also got plenty of Cherry MXs to compare them too.

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A sealed GMK Dark just arrived. :smiley:

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@fatalruin @M_er_sun @Rob27shred

Ok, devised my own test to compare among the few gaterons and linears I have. Each row of the board is a separate switch. I left the far right column exposed so I could remember which row is which.

From the top:
Gat Black Inks (filmed and lubed)
Gat Yellows KS-3 (who we’re talking about here)
Gat Blacks with Poly Stems (2nd fav)
N1s (fav)
Cherry Red

The yellows are a bit scratchy and light on the feel. Definitely no where near the poly stems or the N1s. But they have potential. With some mods, they could be a decent switch. Especially for the price. The housing feels thick and solid tho. I’d say the yellows are a few steps below the Gat Blacks and several steps above the Cherry reds in terms of sound and feel (based on my tastes)

@Rob27shred please share your input when you get them. Would love your take as well.

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Nice. Tealios still the best though?

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Oh yeah, tealios are still better. I’ve only had that in a sampler. A full set of those IS on my shopping list. I have to pace myself with these buys tho. Lol

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Silent alpacas arrived today. I almost didn’t hear them. Lol

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EV-01 linear switches from bespoke.keys, for an upcoming Evangelion-themed commission build.

The client hasn’t yet settled on whether to go with these, or the tactile Shokōgi switch with a similar color theme - either way, I’m happy to have such loud-looking switches in my own collection.

These EV-01 linears are good ol’ JWK re-colors, so most of you will know what to expect there.

Initial impressions of note; there does not appear to be any factory lube on these, and there is a bit of spring ping - so some tuning is definitely recommended for anyone planning on using them.

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I’ve been wondering what a full GQN set would look like from PMK so I finally ordered one.

It’s slightly darker than L9 and definitely more tan than U9.

I think the L9 of 9009 or epbt beige goes better with the cream space65, but I like it for the low profile of DSA. Seems fitting for this board. It’s such a pretty e-coating. It has a lovely shine around the bezels.

Of course you know it’s impossible to portray accurate whites across screens, but I thought this shot could help.

It’s closest in spirit to U9. However, U9 looks more gray/olive in real life than the tan of GQN.

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