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IDOBAO x Kailh Elf Ultra-Silent Mechanical Switches

IDOBAO x Kailh Elf Ultra-Silent Mechanical Switches

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IDOBAO has teamed up with Kailh to create two new switches that are nothing short of magical. They’re called the Elf Ultra-Silent Mechanical Switches—and, true to their name, they sound almost like nothing at all Read More

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RaspMilano
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Apr 3, 2024
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Nice tickling of tactile with less sound
It isn't "SILENT" but still pretty quiet. I like it.
Recommends this product? Yes
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Actually, silent and feel great too!
I like the colorway for both. The purple reminds me of Sasuke Uchiha, and the gold, green, and blue remind me of the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom color scheme. I could easily recommend these to any of my friends looking to get into the hobby.
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Peaceduke
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Jan 30, 2024
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Great switches
Lubed and filmed are smooth as butter
Recommends this product? Yes
timthomascode
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Jan 24, 2024
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Good quality switches
Purple tactiles are nice and quiet. Didn’t pay attention to the spring weight (too light for my liking - plan on swapping out for heavier springs). Overall a really good switch though.
Recommends this product? Yes
stef011
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Jan 17, 2024
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Impressively silent and reactive
I use them everyday at work, you can barely hear me typing although I type a lot. The sound is just amazing without any additional lube. The feel is pretty cool also they are really reactive, I wouldn't advice to buy them for gaming as the actuation is pretty easy to reach, even the heavier version feels light. Typing with these is totally addictive !
Recommends this product? Yes
Chillitis
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Dec 21, 2023
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Scratchy, requires mods
Super scratchy sounding, even with lube, and not much improvement after filming. I bought these as a replacement for my Aliaz 70gs which are a bit too heavy for me, but these are much louder/more distracting by comparison. Like nails on a chalkboard. Will have to keep searching. I wish I had bought a tester first since these can’t be returned, but the previous reviews looked too good.
Recommends this product? No
phialee
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Dec 19, 2023
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beautifully silent
what else is there to say? no clicks, no clacks, just pure, dull thunks. can barely hear it from a few feet away. my favorite switches ever. perfect for someone who doesn't like their keyboard to make noise. typing fast, it barely makes a sound, while also making the perfect clacking sound. good for a small environment. can't hear it through headphones. lovely to type on.
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Very Quiet
I do not have a keyboard to put these switches in yet. They come very nicely packaged. The stock feel is pretty good, there is a light rubbing noise that should go away if lubed and I find the spring weight low for my preference. So my plan with these once I have a board to put them in is to lube and replace the springs with something heaver.
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They are certainly tactile and very quiet.
These truly are very quiet. Tactile too, though the bump is a bit too subtle for my taste. The problem is they are so quiet you can hear (and perhaps feel) the stem rubbing against the housing. It's not pleasant. Lube is a must. If you are a card carrying member of the DIY Lubing Association then these switches are for you.
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Amazing non-scratchy and non-mushy silent switch, just can't lube
I have tried countless combinations of franken silent switches trying to find the right combination. It's absolutely crazy how this switch stock beats most of my combinations that I have spent countless hours trying to tune. By the way, for those who like taking switches apart and customizing: These are cushioned via bottom housing, not the stems. So you could theoretically combine the bottom housing with your favorite stem to make your favorite stem silent if it fits in the housing and actuates properly. Downsides to silent switches: scratchiness and mushiness These switches have neither of those two problems. I tried the tactile variant first, and they are not scratchy at all. I define "scratchiness" as the opposite of smooth. The tactile variant of these are not the smoothest switch in the world. But they are at least as smooth, if not smoother, than the average non-silent tactile switch. People who consider these scratchy are probably comparing to buttery smooth lubed high-end linear switches, which is definitely not a fair comparison. An apples to apples comparison would be to compare to other silent switches. As for mushiness? The bottom out is still soft, which is just the way silent switches are by design. The bottoming has to be cushioned in order for a switch to be silent. But what's important is that the bottom out is still well-defined despite being soft. To me, mushiness doesn't just mean cushioned. It means poorly defined and poor feedback, like a membrane keyboard. The bottom out for these is soft, but still well defined and have satisfying feedback. Lubing is not recommended for these. Or if you do, use a thin lube and lube very lightly. I tried lubing a few with 205g0, and they ended up feeling sticky and getting stuck in the middle of the upstroke. But the good news is that they really don't need to be because they're so nice out of the box.
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