Akko POM Silver

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Linear
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Travel Distance: 1mm Actuation | 3mm Total
Force: 43g Operating | 50g Bottom-out
Price: €16.00 (45 pieces)


The Akko POM Silver is Akko’s first attempt at a fully POM switch (alongside the POM Pink and the POM Brown).


Here’s the video review if you prefer watching content:

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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.

TL;DR

Are you looking for a switch that is relatively smooth, lightly weighted with a short travel and a higher than usual actuation point? If yes, then add these switches to your wish list.

They’re also very similarly spec’d to the Akko CS Silver switch . The major differences are the switch materials and the price (they’re €13 instead of €16). Even though these aren’t fully POM, they should perform about the same.

Smoothness: 7/10

On-centre keypresses are smooth with some very minor binding (which I assume is when the stem makes contact with the copper contacts). But I couldn’t feel any of these when typing normally, and most people probably won’t either.

Off-centre keypresses feel slightly more bindy with decent levels of scratchiness for about 50% of the switches. Whilst they are more pronounced here, I still wouldn’t consider these “scratchy”. They were still quite smooth.

Overall, I’m pleased to say that these are smooth, unlike the NovelKeys Cream (also a fully POM switch) from a couple years back. Things have certainly improved since then. Or maybe its Akko showcasing their consistency as usual…who knows.


Akko POM Silver switch disassembled
Akko POM Silver switch disassembled.

Weighting: 5/10

According to Akko, these switches have an actuation force of 43g at 1mm and bottom-out force of 50g with a total travel of 3mm.

From these numbers alone, we can deduce that these are light and short travel switches, usually intended for gaming. So, it’s not all surprising that Akko markets these as such. Source.

However, as many of you probably already know; I’m not a huge fan of lightly weighted switches. But, I’m also not a fan of shorter travel switches, especially ones made for “gaming”. And so, it isn’t surprising that I didn’t like these switches. They were just too light for me. Though, the shorter than usual travel wasn’t an issue at all.

One thing I do want to add is that I’ve typed on a handful of “gaming” and “speed” switches which have a 1mm actuation point (and I don’t like most of them). However, the force curve for these switches indicates a 1mm actuation point, but they feel like they actuate a bit further down, maybe somewhere along the lines of 1.2 – 1.5mm. (I can’t know for sure without proper testing equipment though). Either that, or Akko has somehow managed to make it feel like they actuate at a further distance even though they don’t in reality.

Overall, this switch combines the three aspects which I tend to dislike in many switches – a light weighting, a short travel and a higher-up actuation point. The latter two didn’t affect me much, so bonus points for that. Though, the overall weighting is still far too light for my tastes, but it’s at least consistent. A good exercise in damage limitation by Akko, I suppose.

Sound: 9/10

Now, I know I’ve said this a few times before, but these have got the be the clackiest switches I’ve ever reviewed. It isn’t even surprising to me that it’s an Akko switch.

Other than that, I don’t have much to comment apart from that they are EXTREMELY clacky. And that I like that. It fits in really well with my clacky build.

Overall, I know this is an unpopular opinion amongst enthusiasts, but CLACKY > THOCKY. Enough said.

Typing Performance: 5/10

Given the light weighting I made silly typos. Many silly typos. More than I’d like to admit. This is the unsurprising downside of switches which typically have an actuation force of less than 60g; as my preference suggests. Also, now is a good thing to bear in mind that these were designed for gaming, not typing. These weren’t for typists nor would I consider them as such.

But, how are they for typing anyway? I’d say better than expected. Many “gaming” or “speed” oriented switches tend to not be suited for hours of typing; sometimes even minutes of typing on them can be enough to really irritate me. Not with these switches though.

As I mentioned above, the shorter travel and the seemingly higher than usual actuation point didn’t bother me, and it’s usually the higher than usual actuation point that I tend to be bothered by first. But again, not with these switches.

It’s the light weighting that throws me off when typing at speed. Sometimes I press too lightly and the switches don’t actuate. Sometimes I press too heavily and tire my fingers out or worse, I accidentally double tap a key or multiple keys (ugh). It’s always been quite hard for me to find the right balance with light switches. And it hasn’t improved over time either.

Overall, apart from the weighting (which is a huge aspect by the way) everything else is fine. They’re relatively smooth and consistent just as I’d expect from Akko.

Gaming Performance: 8/10

It’s a switch literally designed for gaming. This is where it should truly shine… and it kind of does.

When it comes to fast-paced games, they performed smoothly and more importantly consistently. Sure, they weren’t 100% perfect. There were a few moments where bits of scratchiness and slight binding seeped in, but that’s all they were – moments, not regular repeats.

For slower paced games, there were definitely instances of scratchiness, especially during off-centre keypresses. Again, those were moments. Nothing overtly game-breaking.

Overall, they are excellent gaming switches. It’s almost as if they were designed for that purpose. The light weighting is the only real downside (already mentioned above).

Final Score = 34/50 (68%)

 

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