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Can anyone explain the feelings of the Halo True and Clear switches? I've looked up many reviews but have yet to understand the differences between the two.
I haven't experienced either switch but from what I've read, the trues are topre-like and the clears are like cherry mx clears/browns. I'd like to hear what others have to say about these switches though. Seems like they're not in the hands of that many people.
Trues are nothing like Topre. Not even vaguely similar. I know people make that comparison but I honestly can't figure out why. MX Clear or Zealios aren't exactly Topre either but they're closer than Halo switches.
Both switches share the characteristic of having significant jumps in their force curves post actuation, meaning bottoming out takes a lot of force and is discouraged. The main difference is that Trues have an extremely subtle traditional pre-actuation bump, to the point that it's not even noticeable. On the other hand their post-actuation jump is steep and sharp so it's easy to feel, which leads to a very different sort of tactility. It takes some getting used to but I really like it. In fact Halo Trues have become one of my favorite switches.
Halo Clear has more of a traditional pre-actuation tactile bump and the post-actuation change isn't as extreme as in Trues, though it's still heavier to bottom out on than most switches. It kind of feels like a compromise between a traditional tactile switch and the Trues, but personally I think you're better off going one way or the other rather than trying to blend them like Clears do.
Note that these are switches designed for typing. And they're great for it. They really are about the only switches I've used that you won't regularly bottom out on when typing fast. Instead you get this unique springy feeling. But they probably will feel heavy for things like gaming where you might be holding down keys for a while.
Thank you for the explanation!
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but for the LED shinethrough keycap you basically need to have the clears, right?
All the switches here have clear housings for light to shine through and use with shine-through keycaps.
No, all of the switches will work with keyboard. Halo Clears is just a name for the switch.