|Mount Type:||Plate Mount|
|Travel Distance:||1.9mm Actuation | 4mm Total|
|Price:||€15.00 (45 pieces)|
The Akko POM Brown is part of Akko’s first ever POM line-up consisting of 3 switches. My review of the previous switch can be seen here and here. This review will focus more on the Akko POM Brown switch. The only tactile switch in the line-up.
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These switches were sent by Akko for review and testing purposes. I was NOT PAID in any way to write this review. Impartiality will always be a top priority here at KeebWorks; this one included.
As someone who likes heavy tactile switches like the Cherry MX Clear, this was a disappointment.
However, if you’re looking for a Cherry MX Brown replacement or alternative, this is a solid choice given their level of tactility is quite similar. Plus, the POM Browns are smoother, more consistent, and in some places – significantly cheaper.
Please note that these do not compete in the same league as the Durock T1, the Boba U4T and even Akko’s own CS Lavender Purple. These switches are more tactile and is targeted towards a different audience.
Additionally, I previously mentioned that the Akko POM Pink was the worst Akko switch I’ve reviewed. Well, that changes today as the Akko POM Brown is now the worst Akko switch I’ve reviewed, scoring 29/50 or 58%, just falling below the current average.
On-centre keypresses are ultra-smooth. It’s somehow noticeably smoother compared to the other 2 POM switches in the line-up, weird. But impressive nonetheless. This applies to both slow and fast keypresses.
Off-centre keypresses have noticeable levels of scratchiness, but very little binding compared to the other 2 POM switches – weird given they’re made of the same materials. But this is probably due to a batch difference.
Overall, they’re very smooth and is definitely ‘up there’ competing with more expensive switches like the Gazzew Boba U4T and the Drop Holy Panda. Very impressive.
Akko POM Brown switch disassembled.
According to Akko, these switches have a peak tactile force of 50g at 1mm, actuation at 1.9mm and a bottom-out force of 40g at 4mm.
From the numbers alone, it’s quite obvious that Akko is trying to replicate the Cherry MX Brown experience (or at least one of its clones). And I have to say they did a great job at doing so. I mean, just take a look at the Cherry MX Brown force curve (by Haata) below:
All aspects pretty much match up with only some very slight differences between the two. So yes, we can safely assume that this is an alternative to the Cherry MX Brown.
The question now is… do I like that? The answer is a solid: NO. This is a very light weighting which I’m not a huge fan of, but it is at least consistent unlike with some batches of Cherry MX Brown switches.
Overall, I don’t like them, but I also understand that they aren’t for me. They’re waaaay too light for my tastes. However, if you like lightly weighted tactile switches with an equally light tactile bump with a reasonable price tag, give these a try.
These are surprisingly also not as clacky as the POM Silver switch despite them being made of the same materials.
This could again be due to a difference in the spring. The POM Silver uses the Akko CS 22mm dual-stage spring, whilst the POM Brown uses the Akko CS 18mm extension spring – the same one that the CS Lavender Purple used. Or it could be due to its more traditional design just like with the POM Pink.
Additionally, there is a noticeable spring ping coming from my ‘C’ key. It didn’t affect performance, but I figured it was worth mentioning.
Overall, it’s not as clacky as the POM Silver, but it is still a nice clacky sounding switch.
Typing Performance: 5/10
As it’s clearly a Cherry MX Brown alternative, a very light very light (almost non-existent) tactile bump is a feature here. I’m not a fan of it.
Additionally, in the early days of my test period the tactile bump felt a bit mushy; not substantially so, but enough that it would be noticeable. This is again, a common ‘brown’ switch trait. Although, this improved over time and is no longer an issue. I have to assume this switch requires a few days to break-in (which I didn’t feel to have to do with the other 2 POM switches).
However, unlike the MX Brown, the POM Brown is at least smoother and more consistently weighted – a huge plus to increase its overall performance. Plus, they’re cheaper too.
Overall, even though I’m not its biggest fan, I can see it being a worthwhile purchase for those looking for a more traditional ‘brown’ switch experience. This just wasn’t made for me.
Gaming Performance: 6/10
Firstly, the good things. These switches performed really well smoothness and consistency wise which are important aspects in many games, but more so in faster paced games like Team Fortress 2.
However, that’s where the good things end. Its biggest downside is its lack of tactility, and as a tactile switch, it’s simply disappointing.
This is a switch that I treated like a linear switch from the get-go as I knew relying on its non-existent tactile bump was not going to be reliable. This applied to both slow and fast paced games.
Overall, IT IS better than the MX Brown for gaming. I would even say that it’s decent, but it’s still not for me. I’d like to see an MX Clear equivalent at some point though… I think that would be neat.
Final Score = 30/50 (60%)