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Offline Pavilions

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I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 05:44:34 »
I have used a lot of switches (WhiteBox Clicky, MX Brown, Zealous V1 65g and 62g, MX Clear, Gateron Brown, Chiclets and Rubber domes), but I never used a linear switch as my main keyboard I have only tried them in computers stores, Now I'm thinking of getting a linear switch from my next keyboard but I'm not sure what switch to buy, what is the best linear switch?

Offline Sup

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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 07:29:03 »
A Gateron linear is a great place to start.
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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 09:15:23 »
How about holy panda, and which weight should I consider?

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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 09:47:24 »
How about holy panda, and which weight should I consider?
Holy panda is tactile

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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 11:18:07 »
Oh, I thought they are linear, so I will go with Gateron linear, any better switch?

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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 14:17:37 »
I personally liked lubed Invyr Pandas when they first came out. Tight housing. But you will have to wait for them to drop again.

For something in stock right now, you could try Tealios from zealpc.

Offline yqqdrasil

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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 15:16:30 »
Gat milky tops are really affordable and take well to lube and filming from what I've seen. They're back in stock on divinikey at like $2.40 a pack (yellows).
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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 15:51:39 »
I personally liked lubed Invyr Pandas when they first came out. Tight housing. But you will have to wait for them to drop again.

For something in stock right now, you could try Tealios from zealpc.

I had invyr panda's the housing where super tight but far from being smooth. Gateron linears where better. The only thing those switches where useful for is making a tactile out of them.
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Offline whezil

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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 16:35:12 »
It depends what you want out of the switch.
A great start would be gateron linears, specifically the milky ones then just choose depending on what weight you want- clear 35g, red 45g, yellow 50g(65g bottom out), black 60g (70g bottom out).
These won't break the bank and are a good start to getting a feel of linears.
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Offline Learis

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Re: I think I'm ready for Linear Switches!
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 09 January 2021, 13:31:08 »
I'm a fan of gateron inks and durock. Both are very similar to me when they're lubed and filmed, and they're a definite step up from entry level switches like regular gaterons, albeit a definite step up in price too! I can't recommend the optimal spring resistance since that is completely subjective. I'm on the extreme end and prefer very very light springs (I take out extremely light 35g springs from gateron clears to put them in my durocks).

Edit: If you plan to keep the standard springs in your switches (like most sane people), then I would recommend durock. From what I recall, their gold springs in their switches were significantly less pingy than the black springs that come in the gateron inks.
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