KiiBOOM Taro Cream Milk

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Tactile
Mount Type: PCB Mount
Travel Distance: 1.7mm Actuation | 3.2mm Total
Force: 54g Operating | 62g Bottom-out
Stem Length (mm): 13.88
Price: $15.99 (35 pieces) on KiiBOOM


The KiiBOOM Taro Cream Milk is a short travel, medium weighted tactile switch.



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

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These switches were sent by KiiBOOM 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

This is a cheaper Gazzew Boba U4T (which in itself a pretty damn good tactile switch).

Personally, I really like these and I’d be happy to use them in a future build… especially given that price tag!

Smoothness: 8/10

On-centre keypresses are relatively smooth with very minor scratchiness and inconsistencies.

Off-centre keypresses are again, relatively smooth with very minor scratchiness and inconsistencies.

Overall, these are on-par with the Boba U4T – it’s closest competitor.


KiiBOOM Taro Cream Milk switch disassembled
KiiBOOM Taro Cream Milk switch disassembled.

Weighting: 9/10

According to KiiBOOM, these switches have an actuation force of 54g at 1.7mm, and have bottom-out force of 62g at 3.2mm.

In the real world, they feel a lot like the Boba U4T (a highly respected switch in the community) even if the force curve provided by KiiBOOM looks different from the U4T.

Similarly to the U4T, these also have a similar actuation point, a shorter travel and does not have any pre-travel. Although, the U4T has a slightly sharper tactile bump (which I only noticed when I compared the two side-by-side).

Additionally, they’re also very consistent with very little variances between all the switches. I’d say the U4T still edges these out, but only by a hair. I’m confident that with proper lubrication techniques, they would be on-par.

Overall, these are perfectly weighted to my preference with only slight inconsistencies that let them down.

Sound: 10/10

Possibly the biggest difference between these and the U4T is their sound signature.

The U4T is described to be a “thocky” switch (though it was closer to being clacky and thocky during my testing). Nonetheless, the Taro Cream Milk is undoubtably ‘clackier’ – it’s one of the clackiest tactile switches I’ve ever tested for sure.

So of course, that could only mean one thing – I absolutely love them!

If there was a switch that I could type on just for its sound alone, it would be these, no question about that. It’s ridiculously clacky nature is music to my ears.

Overall, it deserves the highest mark I could give it – a perfect 10/10. The only other switch to achieve this mark is the aptly named Akko CS Piano which was also a very clacky switch.


KiiBOOM Taro Cream Milk stem length
The KiiBOOM Taro Cream Milk stem length is 13.88 mm.


Gazzew Boba U4T stem length
The Gazzew Boba U4T stem length is 13.61 mm.

Typing Performance: 8/10

Now, it’s no secret I love tactile switches for typing. However, let me start with the downsides with these.

First of all, unlike the U4T these switches seem to sometimes struggle to return after actuating. They have a sluggish feel to them especially when a key is held down longer than usual. It was quite noticeable very early on, but it doesn’t appear to be an issue now.

Furthermore, Taro Cream Milk feels like an unrefined U4T. It’s slight inconsistencies (even though it’s hardly noticeable) is no match for the U4T’s overall refinement. Don’t get me wrong, the batch of U4Ts I received also had issues, namely switch chattering for certain switches, so neither switch is perfect. But between the two, I’d take the U4T.

However, even with its faults, these are an absolute gem to type on! They’re both equally comfortable to use. Though, it’s worth noting that these have a harder bottom-out compared to the U4T. So, it’s up to you to decide if that’s important to you or not. I personally didn’t mind it at all.

Overall, these were smooth and pleasant to type on. They’re definitely top-tier switches with very minor faults. It would be great to see these in different spring weighting options.

Gaming Performance: 8/10

Just like with typing, I also really like gaming on tactile switches.

And similarly with typing, some of the switches sometimes struggle to return after actuating, especially keys that were held down for some time which is much more common in gaming compared to typing. Although, after a few days, it was no longer an issue.

Their performance in both fast and slow-paced games were excellent. They were noticeably tactile in slow-paced games and reasonably tactile in faster-paced games. Though, they were a bit jarring in in games where precision movement is needed. I would tend to ‘overshoot’ with these switches given their high tactile nature.

Overall, these were smooth, consistent, reliable and actually tactile. It’s a really nice tactile switch for gaming, especially for those in a tight budget. I personally slightly prefer it to the U4T.

Final Score = 43/50 (86%)

 

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