Gateron Pro V3 Silver

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Linear
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Travel Distance: 1.2mm Actuation | 3.4mm Total
Force: 45g Operating | 50g Bottom-out
Stem Length (mm): 12.58
Price: $38 (110 pieces) on Gateron


The Gateron Pro V3 Silver is a lightly weighted, high actuating, linear switch designed for gaming. This is the 3rd generation model which is currently the latest version as of this review.



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

TL;DR

This is a smoother and more consistent Cherry MX Silver. Additionally, they feature dustproofing and a cheaper price tag in most markets. The only negative I can think about is the stated actuation point of 1.2mm as it feels like it actuates closer to 1.5mm which makes these less of a dedicated gaming switch and more of a hybrid one for both gaming and typing duties.

Personally, I like how this switch is configured compared to the ultra-sensitive Cherry equivalent.

Smoothness: 8/10

On-centre keypresses are super smooth with almost zero hints of scratchiness even at very slow keypresses.

Off-centre keypresses are very smooth and are well-above average showing minimal hints of scratchiness. Although, a couple of my keys have audible, but very quiet scratch noises; it’s barely noticeable.

Overall, these are by far the smoothest of the dedicated Silver (gaming) switches I’ve tested.


Gateron Pro V3 Silver switch disassembled
Gateron Pro V3 Silver switch disassembled.

Weighting: 4/10

According to Gateron, these switches have an actuation force of 45g at 1.2mm, and have bottom-out force of 50g at 3.4mm.

In the real world, they are (thankfully) not as sensitive as the specs suggests. The actuation point of 1.2mm feels closer to 1.5mm which makes these less sensitive when compared to its Cherry equivalent. However, with that said, these are still more sensitive when compared to a traditional linear switch with a 2mm actuation point, but at least these are easier to get used to.

The overall weighting is light throughout the travel as with most switches of the nature which isn’t to my preference, but given these are less sensitive, they’re more manageable.

Additionally, these are the most consistent of the Speed switches thus far. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Akko who made these as the consistency level is higher than usual. It’s an impressively consistent switch!

Overall, they’re still a lightly weighted switch with a high actuation point, but they’re consistency is a strong point worth noting here.

Sound: 7/10

These are solid sounding switches with a whole lot of clackiness. I debated giving them either a 7 or an 8, but decided to give them a 7 as they aren’t as clacky as I would’ve liked. Other than that, there really isn’t else going on with these.

Overall, if you like the sound of clacky switches, but not overly so, this is a good choice. Though, I suspect the target audience for these will not be focus on their sound signature.


Gateron Pro V3 Silver stem length
The Gateron Pro V3 Silver stem length is 12.58 mm.

Typing Performance: 4/10

Speed switches (or any gaming switch) aren’t designed for typing. That rule applies here too.

Firstly, even though these are less sensitive compared to other gaming switches, they’re still too sensitive for any typing duties, especially for tasks that require accuracy (i.e. data entry). Expect typos to be a common sight when typing with these. However, I am glad these didn’t feel as sensitive as the Cherry MX Silver despite what the spec sheet states.

And secondly, these have a harder bottom out when compared to other linear switches, even gaming ones. I’m not 100% sure why this is as this wasn’t the case with the MX Speed Silver. Perhaps, it’s something to do with the dual-spring setup or maybe it’s just the shorter travel? Either way, I didn’t find it comfortable for typing. It’s not a dealbreaker for me, but it could be for others.

Apart from those aspects, the switch performed smoothly and extremely consistently throughout my testing period. A lot more so compared to previous Speed switches I’ve tried out. However, those are their only plus points.

Overall, despite these being very smooth and consistent, they’re still lightly weighted with a high actuation point which isn’t suitable for a majority of typing tasks.

Gaming Performance: 7/10

Finally, the thing it was designed to do. Gaming. And you know what? It performs solidly here.

I will say that yes, these are still too sensitive for me, but they were surprisingly usable even if I personally wouldn’t these for any kind of gaming.

I also want to say that these performed equally well in both fast and slow-paced games. Though, I’d use this more in slower-paced games where accuracy and reliability aren’t as big of a factor.

Additionally, these are comfortable to game on despite their hard bottom out which I didn’t feel during any of my gaming sessions. Plus, their extreme smoothness and consistency contributed to this.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the more “balanced” gaming switches I’ve come across. It’s a solid choice with barely any functional faults.

Final Score = 30/50 (60%)

 

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