Outemu Gold

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Clicky
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Force: 58g Operating
Price: £3.70 (10 pieces)


The Outemu Gold is “the improvement version of the Outemu Blue Switch” – AliExpress listing. However, apart from the name and stem colour, they appear to be the exact same switch.


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

TL;DR

They’re essentially the same as the Outemu Blue with a slightly worse key feel, but they’re otherwise almost the same. So, if you’re planning to buy these, pick whichever one happens to be the cheapest of the two, or better yet, don’t buy them at all 🙂 Get yourself some Kailh BOX White switches instead. The extra cost is worth it, trust me.

Smoothness: 4/10

On-centre keypresses are somewhat scratchy for some switches when pressed slowly, but are otherwise quite smooth.

Off-centre keypresses however are pretty scratchy for most switches with some being considerably scratchier than others especially on slow keypresses.

Overall, I’m not super impressed with its scratchiness and its inconsistencies, but it’s not the worst out there. I would still avoid it though.


Outemu Gold switch disassembled
Outemu Gold switch disassembled.

Weighting: 5/10

According to this AliExpress listing, these switches have a 58g operating force and is said to be “the improvement version of the Outemu Blue Switch.”

However, from what I can feel, they don’t feel like they operate at 58g. It feels like they operate closer to 45 – 50g.

Additionally, its tactility just like Outemu Blue was barely present, meaning I wasn’t able to rely on it reliably.

Overall, I’m not entirely sure who this switch is for, weighting wise. These are just average though much like Outemu Blue. So, no…this wasn’t an improvement.

Sound: 3/10

Believe it or not, but the last click jacket switch I reviewed was the Outemu Teal over a year on August 2021. It was one of the last switches to be tested on my GK61 before I upgraded, but why am I telling you this? And why am I specifically telling it you in the sound category?

Well, it’s because this would mean that the Outemu Gold is the first click jacket switch to be tested on this new keyboard. Plus, sound was the most affected category when I went from the old GK61 to new board that I now test with.

And let me tell you, it hasn’t been favourable to click jacket switches AT ALL. At least with the Outemu Gold, they sound extremely high pitched and even more plasticky compared to other click jacket switches I’ve tested in the past. Of course, this comparison isn’t fair, but I figured I’d at least mention it.

Now, this would make sense as my new build is catered to bring out the ‘clackiness’ of switches. However, click jacket switches were already quite high pitched and plasticky without even trying. This meant the Outemu Gold’s sound signature are even more obnoxious on the new board.

Overall, I wouldn’t want to use this as my daily or as my backup switches in any build. They sound absolutely atrocious. I’m glad they aren’t a popular choice; let’s keep it that way.

Typing Performance: 4/10

Smoothness and weighting wise aren’t too shabby, I would describe them as “alright”. Typing at normal speeds isn’t going to cause any major issues. It however does become a slight issue at slower typing speeds, but it should be fine for most folks.

However, there are times where the switches actuate without clicking which can be quite annoying as that defeats the purpose of a clicky switch. Additionally, the overall key feel is mushy and inconsistent which leads to an unsatisfying typing experience; not to mention it caused me a lot of typos. Also, the return feel, especially on larger keys feels ‘off’ and unrefined. Not exactly awe-inspiring.

Overall, I’m not a big fan, and I wouldn’t recommend these to those actually looking for a decent typing experience. This is below average at best.

Gaming Performance: 5/10

It fares a little better in gaming, but not by much. It still has some of the issues that were present when typing like the mushiness, the mis-clicks and the lack of switch refinedness. However, these aspects aren’t quite as important when gaming in my opinion.

However, its major downside is the click with every keypress. It becomes annoying when gaming, and this is especially true when playing stealth games. Thankfully, it’s not as noticeable in more intense faster-paced games, unless you’re using speakers or open-back headphones.

Additionally, I had no big issues with scratchiness or binding which was a bit of a surprise, and this is about the only positive aspect about this switch which isn’t saying much.

Overall, you can play games with them, but in my opinion, click jacket designed switches aren’t the greatest for gaming and probably never be, this one is no exception.

Final Score = 21/50 (42%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress | Keybumps | Amazon

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