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Outemu Switches (120-Pack)
Outemu Switches (120-Pack)
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I have a switch tester which came with Outemu Blacks, Reds, Blues, and Browns.
Comparing them side-by-side with Gateron and Cherry switches, the Outemu Blacks and Reds are noticeably much scratchier than Gateron and Cherry. This isn't just by the "feel" of the switch, you can actually hear how much scratchier the linear switches are. If you're looking for buttery smooth linear switches, you would be better off going Gateron.
This probably doesn't matter as much if you're going for Blues. Yes, if you hold the switch past the "click" point but before bottoming out, and spam the key between those two points, you will feel the scratchiness. However, I feel like that's pretty negligible in regards to Blues since when you're just typing along, all you'll notice is CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK anyway. :D
The Outemu Blue click sounds louder than Cherry / Gateron. This isn't exactly the best of ways to describe it, but...if Gateron is "click", Cherry is "cliiick" (Slightly more prolonged click vs. Gateron) while Outemu is "CLIIICK" (Louder, but has a prolonged click like Cherry vs. Gateron's snappy click).
The Outemu Browns are...weird to say the least. For those that think Browns are "mushy reds", Outemu Browns don't help overturn that decision. Because of how scratchy the switch is, if you're not paying attention to the bump of the switch, the scratchiness will actually play tricks on your mind and almost "disguise" the bump. In other words for me, because of the scratchiness, the tactile feedback becomes less noticeable compared to its Gateron/Cherry counterparts.
Of course these are just my opinions, so take them with a grain of salt. If you want to get Outemus, based on my switch tester, I would probably only consider Outemu Blues. Otherwise, linear switches - I would probably stick with Gateron and Browns - Gateron/Cherry.
I'm sitting here at work giggling like an idiot at your descriptions of the different click sounds... Looks like I'll pass on these and keep an eye out for Gaterons, thanks!
I must say that this review is dead on, don't go for any outemu switches if they're not blue. I tried the three samples red, brown and black that come with the zhuque. If the mx red on the pok3r has the scratchy level of 2, these guys must be at least 5. The brown feels like mushy red. Blue has larger sound because the click happens really close to the beginning of the key stroke, while gateron's click is almost exactly at the middle
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