What switches have you tried and not quite liked?

Well, I gave them a month. I wanted to be the weirdo that liked the feather light feel of Gateron Clears, but I can’t get used to them. My fingers are too clumsy and the mistakes I make while using them are too numerous to be practical. It’s a real shame too, because I loved the way they felt when I tested them.

I pulled them off this weekend and am forcing myself to use the Blues I picked up to give clickies a try. I’m almost certain I’m not a clicky person, but that’s a post for another month down the line. This whole thing did make me curious: What switches has everyone tried that you really wanted to like, but didn’t?

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Holy pandas. I did not like them at all. Not for me. Way too harsh and unpleasant to type on.

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For my it would be Zilents, I really tried to like them because I loved Zealios, but I just couldn’t get over the scratchy feeling & sound they had. I’ve heard they lose after 6 months, but I’m looking to be using switches I dislike for 6 months just to get them to a point I might like them.

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Controversially, I dislike blue alps, buckling springs and capacitive buckling springs. They all sound lovely, but I find the feeling of them far too jarring even after using them for a week or more. I’d rather use a rubberdome or, say, vintage MX blues.

Also, even more controversially, of the 5 beamsprings that’ve passed through my hands, I disliked four of them. This was a long time ago so I can’t describe things further, but they were all missing the magic. They all felt very dull to type on. The one exception, my 3278, is utterly divine though. No switch comes close.

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Cherry Silent Blacks. Sandy mush compared to what I was hoping for - but Silent Inks subsequently fit the bill for a smooth, crisp silent.

Outemu Browns. Oh dear… Might be the only mech switch I’ve tried that made me yearn for the smoothness of a rubber dome.

Novelkeys Creams. They’ll break-in eventually…

Second @Rob27shred on the Zeal Zilents; in theory they seemed great but in practice I didn’t enjoy any of the Zeal silents all that much - even the buttery Helios have this weird mis-match between the stems / housings / springs that give them this weird bit of pre-travel that Tealios and Zealios don’t have.

Every frankenswitch I’ve tried so far with Cream or Tangie housings… still haven’t tried PE stems - those are on my list…

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Kailh Box Royal. Loved them at first, but grew weary typing on them with time. Inconsistent and noisy.

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Holy panda clones. I haven’t tried the OG, but I assume they’re similar and not my cup of tea.

Creams. The left to right creak I can feel with the switch top sliding past the bottom housing when applying pressure isn’t great. Could probably fix with switch films, but I don’t mod switches anymore because of the time involved.

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Box navy - too stiff at the top, missed keystrokes

Box jade - weird catch on the return

Zilents - v1 unsatisfying bump, v2 too sharp a bump and lots of leaf noise

Cherry speed silver- way too easy to actuate.

Cherry nature white - scratchiest switch I’ve ever tried. No amount of lube can help this one.

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Oooh, I almost tried a set of Speed Silvers myself. Testing one was fun, but I knew right away I wasn’t a good enough typist to actually use them.

For me it has to be :

  1. TC Silent red switches - so scratchy and bad overall

  2. Cherry mx brown stock (non-retooled, donno even if that happened) - scratchy, loud, a joke of tactility, like catching a grain of sand

  3. Heavy switches over 70g weight for alpha typing.

  4. All clicky switches because of sound. As I like the feel of the mx blue click a lot, I hate the sound. I think a smooth mx blue with no sound and no wobble would get close to perfection.

  5. Double click switches :scream_cat:

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For me it would be:

  1. Kailh box royals (the tactility is so sharp that it feels binary). Using a thick lube does mitigate this, but it was an aweful feel straightaway.
  2. Any switch over 70g weight. It really hurts the thumbs on boards where you have to hit 1u keys with the thumbs since depending on the profile could have sharp edges to it.
  3. Kailh speed bronze. It was just too strange that it actuates before it clicks.
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  1. Novelkeys creams. I fell for Creams hype. I wish I knew when I first got them the amount of work needed in order to get them perfect. I ended up pulling them out for alpacas and plan to rebuild with different springs later.
  2. Trash pandas. I got trash pandas thinking they are a cool budget option, they were not. they were cheap and for good reason.
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Box click bar switches.

The white switches were too high pitched.
The jade switches were murdering my finger tips.
The Navy switches wore my fingers out.

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I didn’t like the sound of box whites when I tested them either, but after forcing myself to use Gateron blues, I’m starting to come around on them.

What clickies do you like btw? I’m liking the idea of having a dedicated clicky board more and more.

Wait - this is trash pandas stock? Or after converting them to holy trash pandas with halo stem? I’m just curious because I saw your picture of mint yoks being converted to holy mint pandas. Trash and mint pandas are basically the same switch afaik.

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Same. Pinks are the best box switch for me believe it or not

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Hako True/Clear - they actually made me mad trying them out. I just think they’re very mushy and just very unpleasant to type on. I remember picking these up because they were supposed to mimic 55g Topre, but they don’t even come close.

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I did the same, and I built a whole tkl with them and whoa was it unpleasant. First board I ever desoldered.

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I have a few:

  • Box White/Pale Blue (click-bar): I just don’t like the sound (I like click-jacket sound more)
  • Kailh Speed Silver: too many accidental presses
  • (tactile) Outemu Sky (I’m not sure which ver): the bump is too sharp
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I gave it a month. Cherry MX Silent reds. Wanted to like it, but couldn’t get over how boring and mushy the switch was.

Opening my world to the other awesome switches out there.

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