Gateron Switch Guide - The Best Budget Switches Options!

Gateron Switch Guide – The Best Budget Switches Options!

If you are looking for an affordable switch that has a quality that is almost close to the quality of a Cherry MX switch, then Gateron’s Siwtch is the right choice for you.

Indeed Gateron does not have a reputation as good as Cherry MX in quality and user trust in their products. But lately Gateron has made a new breakthrough by making various types of switches according to user needs. Even the most current switch choices are from Gateron. Starting from their main line up Gateron Clear, Red, Yellow, Black, Blue, Green, and Brown.

For other line ups, such as Gateron Silent Switches, Milk Switches, Ink Switches, and Gateron Low-Profile Switches, this is a very complete range of switch products from Gateron at very affordable prices.

Although Gateron’s switches don’t have switches capable of up to 100 million keystrokes like Cherry MX, Gateron is the best option after Cherry MX that you should consider. But Gateron has a few more switches compared to the Switch from Cherry MX. Let’s disassemble completely! Let’s get started!

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What is Gateron?

Gateron is a clone of Cherry MX switches such as the kailh and Otemu Siwtch which are widely available in the market today. When you buy a mechanical keyboard at a mid to low price, you will find that the available mechanical keyboard uses a switch from Gateron. The most frequently used are Gateron Brown, Gateron Red, and Gateron Blue.

Although Gateron is a clone of Cherry MX, Gateron has far better quality than kaihl and outemu even Cherry MX itself. Just like Cherry MX, Gateron is also available in various types, even more than the entire Cherry MX line up that we will introduce to you.

Gateron Switches

Gateron is available in 5 types of line up switches which are tailored to the needs of mechanical keyboards and today’s many users. Here is a complete list of switch products from Gateron that you should know:

  • Gateron Switch Main Line-Up
  • Gateron Silent Switches
  • Gateron Milk Switches
  • Gateron Ink Switches
  • Gateron Low-Profile Switches

Gateron Switch Main Line-Up

SWITCHES NAME SWITCHES TYPEACTUATION FORCETRAVEL DISTANCESOUND
Gateron ClearLinear35g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron RedLinear45g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron YellowLinear50g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron BlackLinear60g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron BlueClicky60g2.3mmLoud
Gateron GreenClicky80g2.4mmLoud
Gateron BrownTactile55g2mmMedium
Gateron Switch Main Line-Up

This is the main line of Gateron which is a clone of all Cherry MX switch variants. Starting from red, blue, yellow, black, brown, green, and white/clear.

Among the Cherry MX clones from gateron, there are 3 switches from gateron which have the exact same quality as Cherry MX. Gateron Red, Gateron Brown, and Gateron Clear.

Almost all of Gateron’s main line ups have a spring design similar to the Cherry MX so that they have the same actuation strength and travel distance. Except on Gateron Clear which is very different from Cherry MX Clear. Cherry MX Clear is a tactile type switch, while in Gateron, they are designed to be a quiet and lightweight Linear Switch.

When compared to all switches from Cherry MX, the Switch from Gateron which is cloned is known to be smoother than the Switch from Cherry MX itself. Especially for Gateron Switches with Linear type. This is one of the best.

Gateron only has 50 million keystrokes which is half of Cherry MX switches. But this is not a problem, because Gateron has a more affordable price compared to switches from Cherry MX.

Gateron Silent Switches

SWITCHES NAME SWITCHES TYPEACTUATION FORCETRAVEL DISTANCESOUND
Gateron Silent ClearLinear35g2mmSilent
Gateron Silent RedLinear45g2mmSilent
Gateron Silent YellowLinear50g2mmSilent
Gateron Silent BlackLinear60g2mmSilent
Gateron Silent BrownTactile45g2mmSilent
Gateron Silent Switches

After being considered successful with their Gateron Clear Silent, the end of Gateron was determined to make more silent switches with different characters. This is an opportunity that Gateron takes very well when Cherry MX only has Cherry MX Silent Black and Red.

Gateron makes more choices for users by creating 5 types of Gateron Silent Switches including Gateron Silent Clear, Red, Black, Yellow, and Brown. For the Siwitch Silent market, Gateron is the best choice compared to Cherry MX which only has 2 options.

Gateron Silent Switches don’t just have silent feedback on their linear switches. Gateron even made a Tactile Switch that provides responsive typing feedback with a quiet voice, namely the Gateron Silent Brown.

If you are looking for an affordable tactile switch that has responsive feedback with a very quiet sound, then the Gateron Silent Brown is the best choice right now.

Gateron Silent Brown

Gateron Milk Switches

SWITCHES NAMESWITCHES TYPE ACTUATION FORCETRAVEL DISTANCESOUND
Gateron Milk ClearLinear35g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron Milk RedLinear45g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron Milk YellowLinear50g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron Milk BlackLinear60g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron Milk BlueClicky60g2.3mmLoud
Gateron Milk GreenClicky80g2.4mmLoud
Gateron Milk BrownTactile55g2mmMedium
Gateron Milk Switches

Gateron Milk Switches are made for aesthetic needs. In particular, Siwtches’ Gateron is made with a different switch component housing from other gateron switches. Gateron Milk Switches have the same housing as the milk white color.

Gateron Milk Switches with a milky white color housing are made to reduce the glare of the RGB light, thus creating a new color selection that is filtered through the Gateron Milk Switches, the usual RGB colors being a bit dim but still able to illuminate the mechanical keyboard.

Gateron Milk Siwtch Black

The line up for Gateron Milk Switches is actually the same as the main line up for the switch from Gateron, the colors, springs, actuation and others are the same. The difference in the Gateron Milk Switches variant is only in the color of the housing which is given a milky white color.

This is the perfect switch to drown out your RGB colors, which ordinary switches can’t do. We recommend that you use the Gateron Milk Siwtch Black because the damping is maximum, and it’s a tactile switch that has pretty good typing feedback with a fairly quiet sound.

Gateron Ink/Smokey Switches

SWITCHES NAME SWITCHES TYPEACTUATION FORCETRAVEL DISTANCESOUND
Gateron Smokey RedLinear45g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron Smokey YellowLinear50g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron Smokey BlackLinear60g2mmQuite Silent
Gateron Smokey BlueClicky60g2.3mmLoud
Gateron Silent Smokey BlackLinear60g2mmSilent
Gateron Ink Switches

Gateron Ink Switches are a colorful switch variant from Gateron. This is a premium switch from Gateron to improve the mechanical aesthetics of your keyboard. After the success of their Milk Switches, Gateron created Gateron Ink Switches to add to their line up.

This is actually a normal switch from a gateron, only the housing is colored according to the name of the switch. Giving a smokey transparent housing to the Gateron Ink Switches line of switches is an interesting thing, because it is a good innovation. But Gateron Ink Switches are sold at a fairly high price compared to other Gateron switches.

Gateron Ink/Smokey Switches

There are 5 variants for Gateron Ink/Smokey Switch, including Gateron Smokey Yellow, Gateron Smokey Red, Gateron Smokey Black, Gateron Smokey Blue, Gateron Smokey Silent Black. If you want to have colorful switches on your mechanical keyboard, Gateron Smokey/Ink Siwtches is a great choice.

Gateron Low-Profile Switches

SWITCHES NAMESWITCHES TYPEACTUATION
FORCE
TRAVEL DISTANCESOUND
Gateron Low-Profile RedLinear45g1.5mmQuite Silent
Gateron Low-Profile BrownTactile55g1.5mmMedium
Gateron Low-Profile BlueClicky50g1.5mmLoud
Gateron Low-Profile Switches

Gateron Low-Profile Switches are switches with a lower profile than ordinary switches. Gateron Low-Profile Switches have a short travel distance, with low actuation force, so Gateron Low-Profile Switches are one of the best switches for typing.

Gateron Low-Profile Switches can be used on mechanical keyboards that have a thin body or casing. You can find this switch attached to one of the keyboards from Keychron, the very thin and compact Keychron K1v4.

Keychron K1v4 With Gateron Low-Profile Switches Blue

Gateron Low-Profile Switches can allow you to use low-profile Keycaps like those used on the Keychron K1v4 so this is a great thing to improve ergonomics, comfort and typing accuracy.

Why Buy Gateron Switches?

Gateron is the best choice after Cherry MX Switch. In addition to having many variants of switches, Gateron also has reliable quality for long-term use.

Several well-known mechanical keyboard brands have used Gateron switches for their mechanical keyboard products. This means that Gateron’s Switches meet the standard requirements for a mechanical switch.

As in Keychron’s mechanical keyboards, almost all of Keychron’s mechanical keyboards rely on Gateron as their switch.

Besides having a more affordable price compared to Cherry MX, you can find a switch design with a unique housing from Gateron. Such as Gateron Milk Siwtches and Gateron Ink/Smokey Switches. Gateron is not the best, but they try to give you many options according to your needs.

Which Gateron Switch is the Best?

Gaterons have the upper hand on their Tactile and Lienar type switches. For Switch with Linear type, we really like Gateron Red and Yellow. For Gateron Switch Silent, all of them are equally good to use.

For Gateron Siwtch Milk, We highly recommend Gateron Switch Milk Black which is the most ideal for use. For Ink/Smokey Switches it depends on your preferences because all ink/Smokey Switches from Gateron are very smooth.

Things You Should Consider When Buying Gateron Switches:

1. Your Mechanical Keyboard’s PCB Type

Make sure you know the type of PCB for your mechanical keyboard, whether it is Hot Swappable or standard PCB. If you have a hot swappable PCB you can replace your switches without soldering, whereas on a standard PCB you have to solder the switches.

2. PIN Switches

There are two types of switches, namely switches that have 3 PINs and 5 PINs. If you have a PCB that has 5 PINs, don’t buy a switch with 3 PINs, this of course can’t be used on your PCB. Pay attention to the number of pin holes on your PCB, make sure it is the same as the number of switch pins you bought.

3. Noise And Switch Feedback

The next thing you should consider is the noise generated by the switch. Different types of switches produce different sounds.

Linear switches will produce a fairly quiet sound, tactile type switches will provide a rather loud sound, and clicky switches will produce very loud sounds. In general, linear and tactile switches are more often the first choice.

Linear tends not to provide meaningful feedback when used to type, while tactile switches provide decent feedback, and clicky switches provide the most pronounced typing feedback.

4. Switches Profile

Gateron provides low and high profile switches, make sure you know the mechanical profile of your keyboard. If you have a mechanical keyboard with a thick body and high keycaps, it is a high profile mechanical keyboard. Meanwhile, if you have a low mechanical keyboard, with a thin body then you should buy a switch with a low profile.

What is the best gateron switch for gaming?

To play games, actually all types of switches on Gateron are quite smooth and good for playing games. But for the Switch from Gateron which is the best for gaming we highly recommend you use Gateron Red or Gateron Brown. Both switches are very nice and smooth to use for gaming. If you want a Clicky switch for playing games, then we recommend you to use Gateron Blue Switch.

What is the best gateron switch for Typing?

The Gateron Low Profile switch is the most appropriate switch for typing. The Gateron Low Profile switch is designed to provide a more powerful, smoother, and more accurate typing experience. If you want another switch from Gateron that is comfortable for typing, then Gateron Brown is one option that is quite good for you.

What are the Best Gateron Switches for Custom Mechanical Keyboards?

To give your custom mechanical keyboard a more aesthetic look, you should choose a switch that has a unique design such as Gateron Milk Switch and Gateron Ink/Smokey Switches. Both of these switches from Gateron have a very unique design and will definitely fit perfectly into your custom mechanical keyboard.

Conclusion

Gateron is a switch manufacturer that provides many variants to suit your needs. From switch colors, high and low profile switches have been provided for you.

Gateron provides many types of switches such as linear, tactile, and clicky switches. For Siwtch Silent we really like all the silent switches from Gateron.

What makes Gateron great is that they make unique switches compared to other switch manufacturers such as Gateron Milk Switches and Gateron Smokey Switch products which are only available in Gateron products.

Gateron is the best alternative if you feel Cherry MX is too expensive for you. Apart from being affordable Gateron is very well known for their Silent Switch. The silent switch from Gateron is known to be very soft and quiet.

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