Gateron Switches: The Definitive Guide-( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Gateron switches are a type of mechanical keyboard switch. They are designed and manufactured in Huizhou, Guangdong, China by Gateron Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. 

There are many types of Gateron switches, each with its own unique properties that make them ideal for different uses. This blog post will provide an overview of Gateron switches, describe the various types available, and know in detail about the switches to help you know about them.

Gateron Switches

Gateron Switches Specifications

This is the main lineup of the Gateron switches and are very good in quality.

TypeTravel DistanceActuation ForceNoise LevelMount Type
Gateron Red SwitchLinear2mm Actuation45 cNLowPCB
Gateron Black SwitchLinear2mm Actuation60 cNLowPCB
Gateron Blue SwitchClicky2mm Actuation55 cNHighPCB
Gateron Brown SwitchTactile2mm Actuation45 cNMediumPCB
Gateron Yellow SwitchLinear2mm Actuation50 cNLowPCB
Gateron Green SwitchClicky2mm Actuation65 cNHighPCB
Gateron Clear SwitchLinear2mm Actuation35 cNLowPCB

Gateron Low Profile Switch Specifications

TypeTravel DistanceActuation ForceNoise LevelMount Type
Gateron Red SwitchLinear2mm Actuation50 cNLowPCB
Gateron Blue SwitchLinear2mm Actuation52 cNLoudPCB
Gateron Brown SwitchTactile2mm Actuation55 cNMediumPCB

Gateron Ink v2 Switches

TypeTravel DistanceActuation ForceNoise LevelMount Type
Gateron Red SwitchLinear2mm Actuation45 cNLowPCB
Gateron Black SwitchLinear2mm Actuation60 cNLowPCB
Gateron Silent Black SwitchLinear2mm Actuation60 cNHighPCB
Gateron Yellow SwitchLinear1.5 mm Actuation60 cNLowPCB
Gateron Blue SwitchClicky2mm Actuation60 cNHighPCB
Gateron Kangaroo SwitchTactile1.5 mm Actuation58 cNLowPCB

Gateron Silent Switches

TypeTravel DistanceActuation ForceNoise LevelMount Type
Gateron Silent Clear SwitchLinear2mm Actuation45 cNLowPCB
Gateron Silent Black SwitchLinear2mm Actuation60 cNLowPCB
Gateron Silent Red SwitchLinear2mm Actuation45 cNLowPCB
Gateron Silent Brown SwitchTactile2mm Actuation60 cNHighPCB
Gateron Yellow SwitchLinear1.5 mm Actuation60 cNLowPCB

In this video, you will find the experience of the Gateron Switch with a click sound.

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To know about the typing experience comparison of clicky, linear and tactile switches, you can read our article.

Gateron Red Switch

Gateron red switches are designed to emulate the feel of a Cherry Red switch. They’re ideal for typists who prefer linear, but also want tactile feedback on keystrokes without sacrificing speed and comfort when typing.

The sound profile of the Red switch is silent. You will also feel the switches are a lot smoother as compared to the brown and the blue switch.

In this video, you will see the Gateron Red Switch typing experience on Keychron K6 mechanical keyboard.

Gateron Black Switch

Similar to Gateron reds, Gateron blacks are linear that have a tactile point and an audible click on keystroke.

They’re perfect for typists who want the feel of Cherry Black switches without sacrificing speed or having to press down as hard on their keys.

In this video, you will find typing experience on Gateron Black on the GK-61 keyboard, both stocked and lubed.

Gateron Blue Switch

Here at Gateronblue switches are Gateron that have been designed to emulate the feel of a Cherry Blue switch.

They’re perfect for typists who like tactile, but want audible feedback and less resistance from their keyboard when typing.

You will notice a loud clicky sound and a feel of each keypress on the keyboard. Many may feel Gateron blue to be noisy, however, these are good.

Gateron Brown Switch

This is the only Gateron Variant without any click or bumps on keystroke, Gateron browns are tactile.

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They’re perfect for typists who want the feel of Cherry Brown switches without sacrificing speed, comfort when typing or audible feedback on keystrokes.

This is in between the clicky and the tactile switches. So, you will get tactile feedback though the noise is less.

In this video, you will see the experience of typing with the Gateron Brown switch on the Anne Pro 2 keyboard.

You can check the complete review of Gateron brown switch here.

Gateron Green Switch

The final Gateronvariant is Gateron green switches, which have been designed to emulate the feel of Cherry Green Gateron.

They’re perfect for typists who like tactile, but want a linear switch with audible feedback on keystrokes without sacrificing speed or comfort while typing.

Gateron Yellow Switch

Yellow Gaterons are of linear type. The activation force needed to press the switches is higher than the Red variant of Gateron.

The Yellow switch is great for regular usages like typing and casual gaming.

Which Gateron switch is the fastest?

Gateron reds have the fastest actuation rate of any Gaterons available, making them perfect for gamers or typists who want to be able to input text without having to slow down.

Other fast Gateron switches are Gateron Black and Gateron Blue.

Gateron blacks are also fast and offer a tactile bump on keystroke with an audible click while requiring less force to activate than Gateron reds.

Gateron blues are also very fast, but don’t have any tactile bump on keystroke and instead deliver an audible click on the actuation of a key. They’re perfect for gamers who want speed without unnecessary clicks interfering with their gameplay while providing enough feedback when a keystroke is registered.

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What is the loudest Gateron switch?

Gateron Blue are the loudest Gateron switches as they have a clicky sound attached to them and provide feedback to the user on every click.

Many professional gamers prefer going for the Gateron Blue switch as they really love the experience it provides.

Best Selling Gateron Switches

Bestseller No. 1
Gateron Switches Mx Keyboard Switch 3pin SMD LED Underglow Led Compatible for MX Mechanical Keyboards Transparent Cover White Base (SMD Yellow 68 PCS)
  • Package Included: 68 x Gateron Switches
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  • It can support both normal RGB and underglow SMD
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Bestseller No. 2
Gateron KS-9 RGB Mechanical MX Type Key Switch - Clear top (65 Pcs, Yellow)
  • Gateron MX switches , Plate mounted ( 3 pins) SMD...
  • Transparent switch
  • Lifetime: 50 million cycles
  • Available in Black , Blue, Brown, Red, Clear,...
Bestseller No. 3
Gateron Patch Switch Keyboard Dedicated Shaft Body Off Black red Brown Blue Green Yellow 5pins Suitable for GK61GK64 GH60 Yellow Shaft(68 Pcs)
  • 5-pin shaft: 2 metal pins, a center column and 2...
  • Shafts of different colors meet the needs of...
  • Gateron, whose Chinese name is Jiadalon, is one of...
  • The G-axis contacts use a gold layer twice the...
Bestseller No. 4
Gateron Optical switches 68PCS Optical Black Switches for Optical Keyboard(Black 70PCS)
  • 【Optical axis principle】The infrared optical...
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Bestseller No. 6
Gateron Ink Black Switch
  • INK Black (linear) Pcb mount
  • Actuation: 60g
  • Bottom: 80g
  • Travel: 4 mm

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My View

In terms of quality and longevity, the Gateron switches are good. The main point to choose Gateron switches is the switches are they are cheaper as compared to the other brand switches for mechanical keyboards.

Conclusion

Gateron is an excellent company manufacturing good quality switches for mechanical keyboards at an affordable price.

This concludes the Gateron switch guide. I tried to cover in detail the plethora of different Gateron switches. It’s been a long post, so make sure to read it all! 

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