Gateron Optical Switches

$0.40
  • Gateron Optical Yellow Front and Back View

Gateron Optical Switches

$0.40
$0.40

What are optical switches? So, instead of registering a key through a metallic pin as a traditional mechanical switch does.. optical switches registers keystrokes through an infrared signal. 

Optical switches may have a MX style stem, but they are not compatible with the traditional PCBs that you see here in the community. 

Difference between these and the other regular switches? These feel the same as the other cousins, but the sound profile is much more hollow. Might be due to how it's made. 

Optical Red

  • 4mm Distance Travel
  • 45g Actuation
  • Linear

Optical Yellow

  • 4mm Distance Travel
  • 35g Actuation
  • Linear

Optical Brown

  • 4mm Distance Travel
  • 55g Actuation
  • Tactile

Optical Blue

  • 4mm Distance Travel
  • 55g Actuation
  • Clicky

A really good comparison video of Optical vs Mechanical by Romsicle

Here is a guide on how many switches you'll need for different keyboard sizes (The guide is a reference, but some keyboards market a certain layout even though they require a few more or fewer switches. Always order a few more if you're unsure):

  • 120 - full size
  • 92 - TKL
  • 80 - 75%
  • 70 - 65%
  • 65 - 60%
  • 45 - 40%

 

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    07/02/2022
    Indra S.
    United States United States

    Great Switches! But...

    I had been trying to upgrade my keyboard for a while now and recently found KeebsForAll's website for the swtiches I had been wanting. I was very glad to see that they had the switches in stock and I could choose how many I wanted instead of buying a set amount in a pack like other websites. The switches turned out great after lubing, but I was very dissapointed in seeing that the shipping was very expensive and more than the switches themselves. Overall though I would buy again!