Yes. You read that right. LUBE. Now why in the world are people putting this slipper solution on their sacred switches? Well, keyboard enthusiasts love to tinker and teardown their switches to improve them any way they can - it's part of what makes the hobby so enjoyable. In this article, we will touch upon the main benefits of lubing your keyboard's switches. Who knows? Maybe you'll be lubing in no time!
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People choose mechanical keyboards for their improved sound over the typical membrane board. While membrane keyboards are mushy and muted, mechanical switches produce a clean, resonant sound that makes you never want to stop typing. What if there was a way to improve this sound? Look no further than tried and true switch lube.
Properly lubricated switches tend to sound noticeably fuller. The thicker property of the lube removes some higher-end frequencies, like ping, treating your ears to a more pleasurable typing experience. You have to hear it to believe it, and community members swear by the noticeable improvement in sound quality.
However, there is a possibility of over-lubing your switches. Excessive lubrication can cause them to revert to the sound of a membrane board, making the switches sound notably dampened. Compare switch lubing to painting: it is easier to add more than to take it off. So, we recommend watching a few videos before giving it a try yourself. Check out this tutorial from JTTR for a comprehensive guide: