Greetech Blue

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Clicky
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Total Travel (mm): ~3.7
Price: ~£4.70 (10 pieces) | As of Oct 13, 2020
Other Feature(s): Transparent top housing for RGB lighting


The Greetech Blue switch is a relatively unknown Cherry MX Blue clone. It’s most notable for having a much higher pitched typing noise than the MX Blue which many (including me) highly dislike. However, they are a cheaper alternative which give it a slight edge over the MX Blue, but I would personally look elsewhere.



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

Smoothness: 4/10

On-centre keypresses are relatively smooth, but off-centre keypresses are quite scratchy. In fact, off-centre keypresses are little scratchier than MX blues, but they aren’t not too different. Just as a reminder that this is the RGB variant. The switch also comes in a non-RGB variant which may feel different.


Greetech Blue switch disassembled
Greetech Blue switch disassembled

Weighting: 5/10

The weighting is very light with an actuation weighting of around ~41 grams, a little lighter than the MX Blues ~48g. However, bottom out weighting (~60 grams) is almost identical. As for tactility, they feel very comparable and I couldn’t tell the difference between the two. All in all, these switches aren’t too different from the MX Blue.

Sound: 4/10

It’s very high pitched [roll fingers]. Though, it’s (thankfully) not as bad as Jixian Blues. Still, it uses a very similar click jacket design as the MX Blue which obviously doesn’t help it sound any better. Take into account that there is a chassis difference between the two, and I score sound depending on which chassis the switch happens to be installed in.

I find this switch very hard to recommend to someone who is looking for a reasonable clicky switch for a good price as the plasticky soundtrack really isn’t to my taste. However, if you happen to like the sound of these from the typing demo, then sure, give it a shot. Maybe I’m missing something here.

Typing Performance: 6/10

I enjoyed my time with these switches even if I’m not a fan of its soundtrack. They have a light tactile bump just like the MX Blues. The bump is matched with the click, so good point there too. However, it’s the weighting that brings it down for me. It otherwise is a decent switch for typing.

Gaming Performance: 4/10

Similarly to the Jixian Blues, these were high-pitched enough to punch through my noise cancelling headphones which makes for a rather annoying gaming experience. I personally dislike hearing any switch noise in the background while gaming, so these aren’t for me.

Performance wise, it seems to have less hysteresis compared to MX Blues according to Haata’s force curves, but I didn’t notice this. Also, I’m not a professional e-sports player, so that could be why. Other than that, it has a decent-ish weighting for gaming, but isn’t what I would first go for.

Final Score = 23/50 (46%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress | Greetech | Mechanical Keyboards

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