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Gateron Optical Switches
Gateron blue switches have a tactile and auditory click when you press them. These are the loudest switches that we have available. 55 gf actuation force.
Gateron brown switches have a tactile bump but don’t have the auditory click that blues have. These have historically been the best selling switches for X-Bows. 55gf actuation force.
Gateron Red switches are quiet with a linear feel. 45gf actuation force.
Gateron Black switches are linear, like reds, but a little heavier. 60gf actuation force.
Gateron Yellow Speed Switches are linear with a 45gf actuation force. Their actuation point is higher than other switches. This makes them perfect for gaming, when you need fast reaction times.
Gateron Silver Speed Switches, like Yellows, are also linear. Silvers are the lightest switch that we offer with a 35gf actuation force. This light actuation force and their higher actuation point make Gateron Silver switches the fastest Gateron optical switches.
Gateron Silent Optical Switches
Looking for a way to make your mechanical keyboard quieter? Gateron Silent Optical Switches have a nearly identical feel to their louder counterparts but have been designed to minimize the sound of bottoming out a downstroke and of the stem on the upstroke while typing. These are a great option if you work in a quiet office.
What are optical switches?
Optical switches communicate keystrokes through an infrared signal, instead of through metallic contact the way that traditional switches mechanical do. Many of the internal parts are the same and the typing feel is very similar between optical and traditional mechanical switches.
Why Are Optical Switches Better Than Traditional Mechanical Switches?
Gateron optical switches have an estimated lifespan of 100 million actuations, which is twice as long as the lifespan of an ordinary Gateron or Cherry MX mechanical switch. Ordinary switches have a lot of moving parts that are prone to oxidation and wear. Optical switches eliminate these concerns.
All Gateron optical switches are hot-swappable. This means that they can be removed and replaced, without any wiring or electrical work required. Optical switches simply connect to the PCB beneath them. This allows you to test out different optical switches to find which best suits you. Some users even choose to use different switches for different parts of the keyboard.