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I think that some basic guide through the six switch options available would be more than helpful.
First, will all of them work adequately fine in terms of transferring RGB back-light? Or do I have to choose one of the Cherry RGB options or Halo Clears to get a perfect light transfer?
Next, a short comparison of switches or even a table? How do the Halo switches feel? How they differ to original Kaihua ones or one to each other? How they compare to the most common switches like Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red or to Gateron Browns?
Trying to make a complete picture from pieces of information randomly gathered from websites, forums and various user opinions seems to be quite a hard and time consuming task with doubtful outcome. Can you help to some of us to make the right choice? Massdrop? Manufacturers? Community experts? Thank you in advance.
Cherry 'RGB' variants is only relevant to Cherry switches, as their standard housing is solid black, and the RGB variant has a clear housing. All other switches here are perfectly compatible with RGB backlighting.
The link Harakeshi provided should give you a good idea of their differences, especially if you already have experience with some other mechanical switch to compare to. Overall, I think this drop is a little confusing due to the different types of switches listed, and the number of brands and variants used. Ultimately you should first figure out if you're aiming for linear, tactile, or clicky and go from there.
Thank you for clarification on translucency of the switches.
I am not a complete newbie as I have several keyboards with Cherry MX Blues, Cherry MX Browns, and Gateron Browns. I have also a tester with almost complete lines of these two brands. On the other hand, I am new to these more exotic brands. The fact that the Halo switches are also made by Kaihua just adds to the chaos quite a bit.
This time, I will aim for tactile or linear switches. Generally, I prefer switches which do not require much force.
I will follow the link, thanks Harakeshi, but I will also appreciate any real life secret tips. :)
If you want tactile, I'd go for either of the Halo switches. Their heavy bottom out weight works well because it attempts to prevent you from bottoming out. Halo Trues have a longer, smoother bump, so maybe a compromise between tactile and linear in a way?
If I were to go for any linears in general, I'd be using Invyr Pandas (which I use on one of my boards), Tealios, or Kailh BOX Red/Black.
I am not sure I would like the extra anti-bottoming resistance of Halo switches. Hard to tell without own experience or proper samples. Speed Silver switches are rather for gaming and I cannot find Kaihua Box White on the input.club site.
Maybe I will stick to Cherry Browns because I know I will not regret such a buy.
Can always buy a set of switches later to swap out!
Also, graphs are all on haata's site, so here is BOX White: https://plot.ly/~haata/368 Looks like actuation at 45g and bottom out around 50g.