Gateron Mechanical Keyboard Switch Color Guide – Glorious PC Gaming Race
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Gateron Mechanical Keyboard Switch Color Guide

We already covered the basics about mechanical keyboard switches and some of the more popular brands. This time, though, we'll be focusing a bit more on the Gateron SMD-LED compatible mechanical switches.

If you browse our mechanical keyboard accessories, you'll see that we give you the option to order Gateron switches in 6 colors. That is not to say we dislike other brands, some of which are included in our previous article - they all serve their purpose just fine. But after thoroughly testing the GMMK, we're 100% ready to guarantee that should you choose Gaterons for your mechanical keyboard, you'll personally witness their noticeable improvements over the original Cherry switches that have dominated the market.

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There's a word that can be used to perfectly describe every Gateron switch stroke - smoothness. Compared to other brands, you can rest assured that both your typing and gaming experience will be much smoother than ever before.

With a rated lifetime of 50 million cycles, it goes without saying that the Gateron mechanical switches may just turn out to be the last ones you ever have to buy.

But, let's back this statement up a bit. Here's a table that will show you why we believe Gaterons + GMMK make for the perfect typing/gaming combo.



**Peak Force

Noise Level

What does it feel like?





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





The ideal switch preferred by gamers, allowing rapid execution of the keys.





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





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.





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.





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.

 *Mechanical switch behavior explained here.
**The force required to press a key all the way down. There's no bad choice when it comes to peak force (light vs. heavy); it's entirely up to you.

As you can see, no matter what you'll be using your mechanical keyboard for, there's always a Gateron switch designed to meet your needs. Even our top-of-the-line GMMK mechanical keyboard comes with Gateron Browns included. So, if you're searching for that sharper keystroke, that louder click, that sweet tactile bump or a perfectly smooth typing/gaming experience, Gateron is the way to go!

And remember: every Gateron keystroke feels like sliding a hot knife through butter.