Why You Should Be Using Tactile Switches in Your Mechanical Keyboard

Tactile switches provide satisfying feedback without the noise associated with clicky mechanical switches. Learn more about this perfect middle-ground switch, and check out some recommended options for your mechanical keyboard.

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Jul 07 2021

If Goldilocks had to choose her favorite switch, she would probably call linear switches too smooth, clicky switches too clacky, and tactile switches just right. Tactiles are the perfect blend of the two, giving users the feedback they desire while leaving out the click bar of clicky switches. This article will break down the key benefits of using tactiles and recommend well-known switch options to pop into your GMMK.

For those looking to learn more about linear switches, check out our article on their benefits here.


Unlike smooth linear switches, tactiles have a noticeable bump when pressed. This bump tells the user that the switch has been actuated, meaning the keyboard has registered the action. Some users like the tactile feedback that these switches provide, and this bump can help reduce harsh bottoming out by telling the user's fingers to lift before hitting the PCB plate.


The tactile bump on tactile switches varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and switch to switch. Some switches have a bump at the top of the keypress, while others provide feedback at the halfway mark. The bump can be a gradual curve of pressure while others are sharp and sudden. Like the other switch types, spring weight is a significant factor in how a specific tactile switch feels.

These variations give tactile users an abundance of choices when finding the best option for their mechanical keyboard. Using a switch tester is the best way to truly get a feel of the difference in tactile switches, ensuring you make the most informed buying decision possible.


Tactile mechanical switches are similar to clicky switches due to them both having a notable tactile bump. However, the main difference is that clicky switches have a click bar meant to produce an audible sound. While some users enjoy this feature, specific environments are not well-suited for a loud keyboard. Tactiles give users that bump they want without having to worry about annoying coworkers or classmates. Unlike clicky switches, O-rings dampen the sound of tactiles, making them even quieter overall.


Glorious Panda Switches: Panda switches provide a gradual "D" shaped tactile bump, making them incredibly satisfying to type or game on. Competitively priced and created with high-quality components, it's hard to pass up on Glorious Pandas.

Gateron Brown: Browns are unique because their tactility is relatively less prominent than other switches in their class. They sit squarely between linear and tactile switches, making them a solid choice for users unsure about making a total change from their beloved linears.

Kailh Copper: These speed switches provide a sharp, clean tactile bump. The tactility of Copper switches is far more noticeable than Brown, and the bump is more intense than the Panda switches. Some users have compared the operation of Kailh Coppers to clicky switches due to their sharp nature.


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