|Mount Type:||Plate Mount|
|Travel Distance:||2mm Actuation | 4mm Total|
|Force:||45g Operating | 53g Bottom-out|
|Price:||€16.00 (45 pieces)|
The Akko POM Pink is part of Akko’s first ever POM line-up consisting of 3 switches. My review of the previous switch can be seen here. This review will focus more on the Akko POM Pink switch.
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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.
If you’re looking for an affordable linear switch as a replacement for Cherry MX Reds or similar, this is a reasonable investment.
Personally, I’d go with the Akko CS Jelly Black as I like heavier switches. They also tend to be cheaper as well.
Additionally, as it stands, this is the worst Akko switch I’ve reviewed, but it is by no means a bad switch. In fact, it scores 6% higher than the average (as of October 2022). It goes to show that Akko switches are above average performers.
On-centre keypresses are relatively smooth with only very minor binding during very slow keypresses.
Off-centre keypresses have noticeable levels of scratchiness and binding in some keys even at normal typing speeds. These are also more pronounced in slower keypresses, but I still wouldn’t consider these “scratchy” as a whole.
Overall, they feel quite similar to the Akko POM Silver which is great to see. And yes, it’s much better compared to the NovelKeys Cream which was also a fully POM switch from a few years back.
Akko POM Pink switch disassembled.
According to Akko, these switches have an actuation force of 45g at 2mm and bottom-out force of 53g with a total travel of 4mm.
From the numbers alone, it’s obvious these switches cater to those who enjoy lightly weighted linear switches like the Cherry MX Red or similar.
Now as mentioned, these are lightly weighted switches – very similar to the Akko POM Silver. This meant that I found them to be too light which also meant that I instantly wasn’t its biggest fan after a few days. It’s a shame really, but I do wish Akko to make a heavier linear switch for those looking for something with a bit more weight.
Overall, I’m obviously not a fan, but just like the POM Silver, they were at least consistent. So, if you’re looking for a light switch, add these to your wish list.
It’s surprisingly not as clacky as the POM Silver even though they are made of the same materials.
This could be due to a difference in the spring. The POM Silver uses the Akko CS 22mm dual-stage spring, whilst the POM Pink uses the Akko CS 22mm spring.
Or it could be due to its more traditional design – having a 2mm actuation and a 4mm travel. I’m really not sure. But what I’m sure about is the fact that I like the POM Silver’s sound signature a lot more.
Additionally, there is a very faint, barely audible spring ping coming from my backspace key. It didn’t affect performance, but I just thought I’d mention it.
Overall, it’s still a nice sounding switch. It’s still clacky; just not as much as I would like it to be.
Typing Performance: 6/10
This is going to sound a bit strange, but the actuation point doesn’t feel like it’s at 2mm, it feels closer to 2.5mm… not that it matters to me since I end up bottoming-out them out 80% of the time anyway. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s something to keep in mind.
Other than what feels like a misrepresented force curve (and I hope I’m in the wrong here), the switches felt fine for typing. They were reasonably smooth, consistently weighted and didn’t really ring any alarms bells during the duration of my test period. It was pretty standard MX like typing experience. (Yes, the weighting was an issue for me as they were too light, but that’s my personal preference).
Overall, apart from the obvious it’s fine. Just fine. Nothing amazing, but nothing terrible.
Gaming Performance: 7/10
Just like for typing, they were also very consistent in regards to their smoothness and weighting.
For slower paced games, I did notice some scratchiness – very typical for switches like these, but nothing I would consider to be game breaking.
However, the scratchiness was still noticeable for faster paced games which was a bit of a surprise. But, as it was so minimal, it didn’t affect gameplay at all.
Overall, can you rely on these for gaming? Absolutely. Are they worth it just for gaming? Perhaps. But since they don’t suit me weighting wise, they wouldn’t be my first choice. Do consider it if you’re looking for a light switch, but there are cheaper options on the market.
Final Score = 32/50 (64%)