Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches
Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches

Gateron SMD-LED compatible Mechanical Keyboard Switches

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The heart of any mechanical keyboard. These mechanical switches are manufactured and produced by Gateron, and are fully compatible with our Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard.  Gateron is the first mechanical switch that brings noticeable improvements over the original Cherry switches that have dominated the market.

The primary difference between Gateron and Cherry switches is, the Gateron switches are much smoother, and bumps are more tactile. It brings a whole new typing and gaming experience, and is growing quickly in popularity within the Mechanical Keyboard scene. The smoothness of each Gateron switch stroke can be best described as: sliding a hot knife through butter

These Gateron switches are fully SMD-LED compatible, MX (+) stem, and have a rated lifetime of 50 million cycles.  The switches were designed to be used with our Glorious Modular Mechanical keyboard, but can be used with other keyboards and DIY projects just fine. 

Switch Technical Specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Gateron
  • Compatible with MX based keyboards
  • Compatible with MX keycaps
  • PLATE Mounted
  • Transparent switch housing
  • SMD Led Compatible 
  • Lifetime: 50 million cycles 

Included in box:

  • 120 (±1) Gateron Mechanical Switches 
  • Tweezers 
  • Quick Start Guide 

Compatible with the Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard 

 

What is the differences between all the switch types? 

Switch Color

Type

Peak Force

Noise Level when Typing

What does it feel like?

Clear

Linear

35g

Silent

The lightest switch available, ideal for people who prefer a softer touch when using their keyboard. Minimizes finger fatigue.

Red

Linear

45g

Silent

The ideal, and most common switch preferred by gamers. Smooth as butter, allowing rapid execution of the keys.

Black

Linear

50g

Silent

If the Red switch is too light, then this is your best bet. Still smooth, but requires more force to press down.

Blue

Clicky

55g

High

For those who love the click and clack of a keyboard. Generates a loud click and tactile bump when a key is pressed. Popular for typing and programmers. Note: clacking will annoy your peers.

Green

Clicky

80g

High

The heaviest switch available. For those who love the click and clack of a keyboard. Generates a loud click and tactile bump when a key is pressed. Popular for typing and programmers.

Browns

Tactile

45g

Medium

A hybrid between a Linear and Clicky switches. Does not generate a click when pressed, but the tactile bump is still present. Ideal for those who want a tactile bump and work around peers.

 

Linear vs Clicky vs Tactile 

There are three main categories of mechanical keyboard switches: linear, clicky, and tactile. 

  • Linear switches have the simplest operation, as they move straight up and down without any clicky/tactile feedback. 
  • Clicky switches are also tactile but generate a audible click and noticeable bump when pressed. 
  • Tactile switches create a noticeable bump when pressed, and no clicky noise.

 

So what is the best switch for gaming?

Typically, the decision comes down to personal preference, and there has been no proven difference on a particular switch providing advantage over another. 

  • Linear switches, such as Red Switches, have been long preferred by gamers as it allows for rapid spamming of keys very quickly.
  • Clicky switches are preferred for heavy typers, such as programmers, as it allows you to know exactly when a key has been registered with the clicking noise (aka the actuation point). 
  • Tactile switches are the best of both worlds and the most popular type of switch. All the Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboards come pre-installed with this switch. 

 

What is the Peak Force?

  • Force required to press a key all the way down
  • The lightest peak force switch is the Clear with 35g, the heaviest switch is Green with 80g
  • The peak force you chose is completely a personal preference