Linear vs Tactile vs Clicky: The Best Switches for Gaming
May 05, 2023
Mechanical keyboards have become a popular choice for gamers and typists alike due to their tactile feedback, durability, and customization options. However, not all mechanical switches are created equal. In this blog, we'll explore the differences between tactile, linear, and clicky switches and which ones are best for different types of games. We'll also take a look at Glorious’ current line of switches and offer readers a switch sample pack to find the right switch for them.
What’s the difference between linear, tactile, and clicky switches?
Tactile switches have a bump in the middle of the keystroke that provides feedback to the user. This bump helps users know when they've activated a key, making it a popular choice for typists who need to feel each keystroke. Tactile switches are also preferred by gamers who play games that require a lot of key presses, as the bump helps prevent accidental key presses.
Linear switches, on the other hand, have a smooth keystroke without any tactile feedback. This makes them ideal for gamers who need to press keys quickly and smoothly without any interruption. Linear switches are also popular among typists who prefer a quieter typing experience.
Clicky switches have an audible "click" sound that accompanies the tactile bump. This sound is a result of a mechanism that snaps into place when the key is pressed, providing both auditory and tactile feedback. Clicky switches are great for those who want a satisfying typing experience with a distinct sound to let them know when they've activated a key. However, they may not be ideal for shared workspaces or quiet environments due to the sound.
How to Remove Switches
To remove mechanical switches from a keyboard, you will need a switch removal tool. This switch puller can be purchased separately or may come included with your keyboard.
First, unplug your keyboard and remove any keycaps from the switches you want to remove. Then, insert the switch removal tool into the gap between the switch and the plate or PCB (printed circuit board). Gently wiggle the tool to release the switch from the socket. Repeat this process for all the switches you want to remove. Be careful not to pull too hard or twist the switch, as this can damage the socket or the switch. Once all the switches are removed, you can replace them with new switches or store them for future use.
So, which switch is best for different genres of games?
FPS/Battle Royale Games: Linear switches are ideal as they allow for quick and smooth key presses, making it easier to react to in-game situations.
MMO/MOBA games: Tactile switches are preferred as they provide the necessary feedback to know when a key has been activated, preventing accidental key presses.
Strategy Games: Either linear or tactile switches work well, as both allow for quick and precise key presses.
Action/RPG/Survival Games: Clicky switches are a great choice, as the auditory and tactile feedback can enhance the overall gaming experience.
At Glorious web store, we offer two types of custom switches: Panda Tactile Switches and Lynx Linear Tactile Switches.
The Panda Tactile Switches provide a satisfying tactile feedback with a bump in the middle of the keystroke. They also have a lifespan of 50 million keystrokes, making them a durable choice for gamers and typists alike. These switches are ideal for those who need to feel each keystroke and want to prevent accidental key presses.
Humblebrag, but our Panda Switches have been voted the best tactile switches in 2023 by both the Gaming Setup and Switch and Click.
The Lynx Linear Tactile Switches have a smooth keystroke without any tactile feedback. They also have a lifespan of 50 million keystrokes, making them a durable choice for gamers and typists. These switches are ideal for those who need to press keys quickly and smoothly without any interruption from a tactile bump.
How to find the best switch for you
The best way to find the perfect switch for you is to try them out and experiment. At Glorious, we offer a switch sample pack that includes a wide variety of switches, allowing gamers and enthusiasts to test each switch and find the right one for their needs. This sample pack is a great option for those who are new to mechanical keyboards and want to find the perfect switch for their typing and gaming needs.
At the end of the day, tactile, linear, and clicky switches all offer different benefits and are best suited for different types of games and typing experiences. Glorious’ Panda Tactile Switches and Lynx Linear Tactile Switches are great options for gamers and typists alike. And, with the switch sample pack, finding the perfect switch has never been easier.
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