There are many linear switches to choose from, but we narrowed them down to the top three. Here are some desired traits for linear switches that factored into our decision: smoothness, sound, and actuation force.
Linear switches are great for gaming, quieter for the office, and buttery smooth. Compared to clicky and tactile switches, there is no percievable bump for initial actuation. Linears are great switches for those that need precision and speed when typing. If you also value smoothness and a quieter sound compared to clicky and tactile switches these are so for you. Below are our recommendations for the best swtiches to pick up for your next linear switch build.
The Gateron Yellow switches are a favorite among enthusiasts because they come at a great price and provide a super-smooth typing experience. These are highly recommended throughout the internet over some of the more expensive switches out there. For any beginner out there looking for better switches than Gateron Reds, this is the place to start and you won't be disappointed.
Another Gateron offering, the Ink Black V2's are a bit more expensive than the yellows but offer an even smoother experience. They're also a slightly heavier switch for those who prefer it. The Ink Blacks, in our opinion, feel a lot better than the stock Gateron Yellows, but both should be lubricated for a better experience. If you're looking for a more "premium" feel, definitely go for the Gateron Ink BLack V2.
Known for its great low-bass sound, the Novelkey Cream switches are made of a self-lubricating POM for a unique typing experience. They're a bit scratchy stock, but should definitely be lubed to bring out their best qualities. In terms of weight, these are between the two switches above, with the actuation of the Gateron yellows and the bottoming out of the Gateron Ink Blacks.
The latest version of the Planck keyboard supports hot swappable switches, LEDs, a small speaker and even rotary encoders. There are several offerings for baseplates: EOTW (easy on the wallet), hi-pro and low-pro. These keyboards usually come in as a kit with some light assembly required.Buy on Amazon Buy on Drop