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Offline T42

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My current keyboards are X-Bows ("no name" generation before Nature / Knight models) with Gateron red (non-silent) switches. I like them, but not the rather high-pitched sound. So I'm tempted to replace the one at work with a silent one, but don't know whether 35 or 45 cN actuation force.

The switches I know are:
  • Cherry MX red silent: Used them for ~ 1 year.
  • Gateron red: I prefer their feel to Cherry MX red silent, because they feel lighter.
  • Gateron brown: Briefly tested on a collegue's board. AFAIR, force was okay like Cherry red silent. The tactility was not noticeable enough to be of any use.
  • Cherry (?) MX black: Briefly tested on a collegue's board. Much too heavy.
I wonder: If Gateron non-silent 45 cN "are less than" Cherry silent 45 cN, is that
  (a) because of the often claimed Gateron smoothness, or
  (b) because silent feels heavier than non-silent?
I'd like to stick with same force as the Gateron reds. So if it's (a), I'd choose 45 cN silent silver (or maybe silent red). In case of (b), 35 cN silent yellow.
Thanks!

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Re: Which Gateron silent switch is closer to red in actuation force?
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 16:55:37 »
Gateron silent red has issues with sticky rubber and is less smooth then Cherry silent switches. Only thing it has going for it that it has the 4mm travel. They have both the same actuation and weight.
« Last Edit: Sat, 21 March 2020, 17:07:30 by Sup »
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Re: Which Gateron silent switch is closer to red in actuation force?
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 22 March 2020, 11:33:54 »
Thanks for your advice. So you suggest to choose the lighter switches to account for the missing smoothness?

Please note that the X-Bows is available with Gaterons exclusively. So if your advice is to generally prefer Cherry (at least for silent switches), that's unfortunately not an option.


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Re: Which Gateron silent switch is closer to red in actuation force?
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 22 March 2020, 17:30:44 »
Thanks for your advice. So you suggest to choose the lighter switches to account for the missing smoothness?

Please note that the X-Bows is available with Gaterons exclusively. So if your advice is to generally prefer Cherry (at least for silent switches), that's unfortunately not an option.

Yeah Cherry silents are just better then Gateron silent linears,. The normal non silent ones are just as good or even better then Cherry switches depending on manufacturing dates. Gateron silent switches may not be better then Cherry silent linears it still does what it supposed to do make your typing more silent.
« Last Edit: Mon, 23 March 2020, 06:27:57 by Sup »
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Filco Zero -  NOS Yellow Alps | Canoe R1 Gateron Red | AEK II JP Cream dampend |Filco Majestouch 2 Tex case Gateron Yellow | HHKB Pro 1 2003 Rev AO Serial 000171 | HHKB Pro 1 2003 Rev A1s|DZ60 OG Panda's with Fei spring and stem. | Sentraq S65_Plus OG Invyr Panda's | A17 Gateron Black TX 65G 3204 | Lubrigrante Wildcard Cherry MX silent blacks 3204 58.5G Springs |
Coming soon Rukia.

Rest in peace Billy