Gateron Green

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Clicky
Mount Type: PCB Mount
Travel Distance: 2.0mm Actuation | 4.0mm Total
Force: 65g Operating | 80g Bottom-out
Price: ~£4.15 (10 pieces)


The Gateron Green is a heavy clicky Cherry MX Green clone switch that can be found in the budget end of the market. The one I have for this review is the PCB mount with the ‘milky’ housing variant.


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

Smoothness: 5/10

On-centre keypresses are fine and very smooth with minimal scratchiness. The tactile event introduces a smidge of scratchiness, but this is true for most switches.

Off-centre keypresses are not smooth when pressed directly at the bottom edge of the keycap. There are unwanted amounts of tactility in this area for most of my switches. This is a strange defect as the Gateron Blue didn’t have this issue…weird.

Overall, if it wasn’t for the defects on off-centre keypresses, I would be into these switches, but until this is sorted out…it’s just another average clicky switch.


Gateron Green switch disassembled
Gateron Green switches disassembled.

Weighting: 4/10

The switch actuates at 65g at 2mm and bottoms out at 80g at 4.0mm of total travel. The Gateron Green’s tactile event starts at 1mm, ends at 2mm and peaks at 79g at 1.4mm of travel. According to Haata’s force graphs, the Gateron Green has less hysteresis compared to the Cherry MX Green switch.

Overall, the weighing is on the heavier side which I tend to favour. However, the Gateron Green switch feels unbalanced to my fingers, especially before the tactile event… it feels rather mushy to type on and the overall weighting feels like it’s all over the place. I would’ve liked it a lot more if the tactile event was earlier in the travel.

Sound: 4/10

It’s a click jacket style switch just like the Gateron Blue and Cherry MX Green which means this one also has a rattily, high pitched tone to them. I figured it would at least sound different as the one I’m testing has the milky housing…turns out they don’t make the switches sound any better, yep, they still suck… thanks Cherry.

Typing Performance: 4/10

Firstly, the mushy feel of these switches make them not very enjoyable to type on as the weighting felt unbalanced, throwing me off whenever I type on them…yes, even after two weeks of use.

However, it’s not a completely unusable switch, you can still get work done, as long as you’re ready to endure the sound and make a few mistakes along the way. So, be sure to keep that in mind.

As for everything else? I don’t see any major issues that could be a hindrance to anyone.

It’s an overall *meh* switch to type on, but I would be considering other options as well, especially if they are cheaper.

Gaming Performance: 5/10

Gaming with a heavy clicky switch…not the best idea you could come up with, but it turns out, it’s actually fine.

I would go as far as to say that the Gateron Green is better for gaming than it is for typing. However, if you like gaming for long periods (I’m talking 5+ hours), then you may want to steer clear of this switch as you’d probably get tired using it after a few hours…at least this was the case with me after 2 hours of Team Fortress 2, so I guess it depends on the game you play.

Overall, if you can stand the sound it makes and you’ve been thinking of upgrading to a heavier clicky switch, then consider this as a viable option. It is cheaper than the MX Green after all.

Final Score = 22/50 (44%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress | NovelKeys | Mechboards

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