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[IC] Gateron Switches
« on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 10:36:31 »
GB here

Now that everyone's seen the goodness of Gateron switches, I decided it was time to at least gauge interest for a Gateron GB. At 10,000 20,000 switches per type, we can get them for 0.99 yuan ($0.16). We're also looking into buying them from a third-party vendor.  Right now, Gateron offers switches in these flavors:

Blacks - 50g Linear
Blues - 55g Clicky
Clears - 35g Linear
Browns - 45g Tactile
Reds - 45g Linear

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Blacks: 4100
Blues: 8000
Browns: 8200
Reds: 1500
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 10:43:21 »
Now that everyone's seen the goodness of Gateron switches, I decided it was time to at least gauge interest for a Gateron GB. This would be a while in the future considering I haven't found any independent seller that could support a GB and don't know how exactly to go about contacting Gateron (though to have someone who could speak chinese wouldn't hurt). From Taobao, they cost ¥1.30 per, but I'm not sure what kind of pricing we could get for a bulk order. Right now, Gateron offers switches in these flavors:

Blacks - 50g Linear
Blues - 55g Clicky
Clears - 35g Linear
Browns - 45g Tactile
Reds - unknown, maybe someone could translate this page?

the horrible google translate seems too say "same accentuation point that cherry red "

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 10:44:00 »
I think clears will fetch the highest interest! Down for 130 of these if it happens.

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 10:48:43 »
the gateron red is supposedly a copy of cherry red, so is the rest.
the only different ones is the gateron clear which is a featherweight linear as opposed to cherry's tactile clear.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 10:55:27 »
Interested to try them out. Keep us all posted as details become available.

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:02:48 »
Now that everyone's seen the goodness of Gateron switches, I decided it was time to at least gauge interest for a Gateron GB. This would be a while in the future considering I haven't found any independent seller that could support a GB and don't know how exactly to go about contacting Gateron (though to have someone who could speak chinese wouldn't hurt). From Taobao, they cost ¥1.30 per, but I'm not sure what kind of pricing we could get for a bulk order. Right now, Gateron offers switches in these flavors:

Blacks - 50g Linear
Blues - 55g Clicky
Clears - 35g Linear
Browns - 45g Tactile
Reds - unknown, maybe someone could translate this page?

i've heard from people who tried gaterons before mentions that the gateron clicky blues have a lot of inconsistency in terms of clickiness. same goes to 2nd generations (the one that you linked is 2nd generation gateron)
i only heard the stock linear switches is buttery smooth when compared to stock cherry linears, don't know much about their browns though...
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:05:29 »
Id be down for 90 or so of the Gateron Clears  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:07:59 »
Just for clarity (haha, pun intended), Gateron clears are light linear switches, as stated in the OP...correct?
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:18:53 »
Interested in the black Gateron switches
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:20:36 »
now with an interest form
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:20:50 »
Just for clarity (haha, pun intended), Gateron clears are light linear switches, as stated in the OP...correct?
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:21:00 »
I actually just sent out a few emails last night regarding group buy pricing and stock for some gateron switches. I will let you know what I get in reply!  :)

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:21:32 »
Just for clarity (haha, pun intended), Gateron clears are light linear switches, as stated in the OP...correct?

correct, they are suppose to be lighter than cherry linear red
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:22:04 »
Would be interested in some clears for a possible board, not sure how many yet though, but 80-105. And probably the smallest amount of reds I could buy, for comparison to cherry's.

EDIT: Filled out interest form.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:29:08 »
Wait, does Gateron do PCB mount switches? If so, I might be more interested and get a full 115 clears.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:31:51 »
Wait, does Gateron do PCB mount switches? If so, I might be more interested and get a full 115 clears.

Yes, but you must shave/sand off the friction points on the PCB mounted switches. Else you're going to have a really sore thumb from trying to force them all in.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:36:25 »
I have tested out the switches in person (thanks to Zeal!), and I can confirm that these are the real deal, we had vintage blacks to compare to, and the clear (linear) Gateron was better in all aspects: smoother, slicker, tighter switch top, tighter PCB mount when compared to Cherry MX.

Only potential issue I see is that: they are untested for durability, perhaps the smoothness felt in the switches might be attributed to lower durability, and the wearing away of the slider... we won't know unless someone uses it for a year or two and reports back.

tl;dr: It is solid as can be.

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:37:08 »
Wait, does Gateron do PCB mount switches? If so, I might be more interested and get a full 115 clears.

Yes, but you must shave/sand off the friction points on the PCB mounted switches. Else you're going to have a really sore thumb from trying to force them all in.
Hmmmmm... I can live with that, thanks for the heads up though!

Lemme know if this IC ever separates into plate mount and PCB mount, my current form entry assumes plate mount.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:38:40 »
Wait, does Gateron do PCB mount switches? If so, I might be more interested and get a full 115 clears.

Yes, but you must shave/sand off the friction points on the PCB mounted switches. Else you're going to have a really sore thumb from trying to force them all in.

We were able to force an unmodded (was it? I forgot) one in right? Then afterwards it was tight to the point of not ever being pulled out?

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 11:38:59 »
Glad you posted this as I was almost about to put a order for them two nights, anyway filled the form 120 of black and clears :)
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 12:05:31 »
I'll bite if we can get them for decent price like $.60/ea or less.

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 12:10:28 »
Wait, does Gateron do PCB mount switches? If so, I might be more interested and get a full 115 clears.

Yes, but you must shave/sand off the friction points on the PCB mounted switches. Else you're going to have a really sore thumb from trying to force them all in.

We were able to force an unmodded (was it? I forgot) one in right? Then afterwards it was tight to the point of not ever being pulled out?
Well, on my dolch I had to press it down a little harder, but i could do it fine without sanding
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 12:12:34 »
I have tested out the switches in person (thanks to Zeal!), and I can confirm that these are the real deal, we had vintage blacks to compare to, and the clear (linear) Gateron was better in all aspects: smoother, slicker, tighter switch top, tighter PCB mount when compared to Cherry MX.

Only potential issue I see is that: they are untested for durability, perhaps the smoothness felt in the switches might be attributed to lower durability, and the wearing away of the slider... we won't know unless someone uses it for a year or two and reports back.

tl;dr: It is solid as can be.

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Wait, does Gateron do PCB mount switches? If so, I might be more interested and get a full 115 clears.

Yes, but you must shave/sand off the friction points on the PCB mounted switches. Else you're going to have a really sore thumb from trying to force them all in.

We were able to force an unmodded (was it? I forgot) one in right? Then afterwards it was tight to the point of not ever being pulled out?
Well, on my dolch I had to press it down a little harder, but i could do it fine without sanding

Could it be that your Dolch PCB already had "widened" PCB holes? The ones I tested on were brand new PCBs.

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 12:13:42 »
Neato! Make it happen!

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 12:32:43 »
Wait, does Gateron do PCB mount switches? If so, I might be more interested and get a full 115 clears.

Yes, but you must shave/sand off the friction points on the PCB mounted switches. Else you're going to have a really sore thumb from trying to force them all in.

zeal, you referring to first generation gateron switch or second generation or it's actually a gateron problem?
i heard the first generation gateron switch has slightly larger stem size, whereas the second generation design is almost identical to cherry mx switch.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 12:38:46 »
Sourcing off Taobao for a GB is pretty silly.
Swill, the only tactile switch they have are browns.
OK. And I guess taobao is the only possible source for them right now even at larger quantities. Fair enough.

Is anyone working on trying to find a more reliable source for them yet or is everyone still just seeing if they are any good?

I'm thinking about giving them a long distance call...Gimme some time ;)

Will most likely contact Gateron by phone sometime in Feb. Since EMS price spikes up at shipments over 10-20kg, I'd like to use my DHL discount by setting up an import w/ the manufacture.


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Their manufacturing plant is capable of 3 million switches / month.

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 14:51:49 »
Is there a way to see the total number of orders of each type? Like a script or something to add them all up
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« Reply #27 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 15:34:36 »
Is there a way to see the total number of orders of each type? Like a script or something to add them all up

If you set up your IC response form in columns, it should be easy to just sum up the columns.
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« Reply #28 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 15:43:12 »
Is there a way to see the total number of orders of each type? Like a script or something to add them all up

If you set up your IC response form in columns, it should be easy to just sum up the columns.
but that takes, like, work and stuff
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« Reply #29 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 15:45:17 »
I would be in for say, 100 clears?
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« Reply #30 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 17:57:31 »
I'd be down for some clears and reds.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 18:20:25 »
I will fill in the form later tonight. Has anyone tested the browns?  Any details at all on them. Are they really close to exact clones of cherry browns?

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« Reply #32 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 18:39:53 »
Curious about the blues especially.... filled the form.
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« Reply #33 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 18:42:48 »
I will fill in the form later tonight. Has anyone tested the browns?  Any details at all on them. Are they really close to exact clones of cherry browns?

Are reds or browns softer than cherry tactile switches? I'm also interested in this.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #34 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 18:48:22 »
Very interested in blacks and browns

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« Reply #35 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 19:01:05 »
Extremely interested in this. Form filled out for 120 browns and 120 blacks.  :thumb:

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« Reply #36 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 19:18:26 »
You guys should talk to MassDrop about this. I suspect they’d be interested, and can probably get a bigger number of orders (= better bulk discounts), as well as handling all the hassle of distribution.

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« Reply #37 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 19:22:39 »
Interested in black and clears.  Filled out the form.

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #38 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 19:23:07 »
You guys should talk to MassDrop about this. I suspect they’d be interested, and can probably get a bigger number of orders (= better bulk discounts), as well as handling all the hassle of distribution.
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« Reply #39 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 19:58:46 »
You guys should talk to MassDrop about this. I suspect they’d be interested, and can probably get a bigger number of orders (= better bulk discounts), as well as handling all the hassle of distribution.
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« Reply #40 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:02:15 »
You guys should talk to MassDrop about this. I suspect they�d be interested, and can probably get a bigger number of orders (= better bulk discounts), as well as handling all the hassle of distribution.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #41 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:18:23 »
Actually just purchased 100 clears (whites?) so I'll be passing on this one. Good luck with it though!  :thumb:

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« Reply #42 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:21:10 »
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« Reply #43 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:22:39 »
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« Reply #44 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:30:20 »
Yes please =D

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« Reply #45 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:35:38 »
No thanks I'll be passing on this

If you support fake Cherry switches, that is basically the same as supporting k3kc..... counterfeiters can gtfo :mad:

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #46 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:41:35 »
No thanks I'll be passing on this

If you support fake Cherry switches, that is basically the same as supporting k3kc..... counterfeiters can gtfo :mad:
They aren't fakes. They are cherry compatible. Didn't you read the official thread on this?

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #47 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:42:24 »
I see no reason not to try alternatives. Options are always nice to have. Especially when they are relatively inexpensive options  :p

And the "softer" feel these are supposed to have intrigues me.
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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #48 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:47:54 »
If you support fake Cherry switches, that is basically the same as supporting k3kc..... counterfeiters can gtfo :mad:
If every product you buy must be a unique invention and not an imitation of someone else’s design, you must have a pretty spartan lifestyle. For instance, I’m pretty sure most of the parts on your car, your TV, your computer, not to mention your plumbing and electrical system, your furniture, your floor and walls and roof, all your clothing, and basically every other artifact you own is full of copied designs, going right back to the invention of the wheel.

Why single out riffs on long-out-of-patent keyswitch designs?

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Re: [IC] Gateron Switches
« Reply #49 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:51:46 »
Yes my friends you must see the whole situation

Getaron switches are clearly Cherry fakes. They don't have Gold Crosspoint Technology (TM) which clearly means they are not authentic Cherry.

As a world-tier Cherry connesuir, I cannot endorse the sale of these switches.

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