Outemu Purple

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Tactile
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Travel Distance: 2.0mm Actuation | 4.0mm Total
Force: 50g Operating
Price: ~£4.50 (10 pieces)


The Outemu Purple is described as “An improved version of the Outemu Brown Switch…”. However, from my testing, they are not anything special.


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

Smoothness: 5/10

On-centre keypresses are very smooth. No complaints here.

However, off-centre keypresses are very scratchy. It feels like a modern equivalent to the Cherry MY switch, though the MY is much worse. This switch isn’t as bad, but it does remind me of it.

Overall, these are very reminiscent of the Outemu Brown switch: Average.


Outemu Purple switch disassembled
Outemu Purple switch disassembled.

Weighting: 6/10

The weighting is light (which I sometimes don’t like), but it is much more consistent in comparison to most MX brown clones which is great. Also, the tactility doesn’t suffer from any inconsistency issues either.

However, speaking of the tactility; it’s barely present. It feels slightly less than the tactile Outemu Brown which already isn’t a very tactile switch to begin with. This essentially means, the Outemu Purple feels like a linear switch when typing.

Overall, if you like the feel of MX Browns, but want consistency, this could be a great pick for you. However, I’m not a fan of light tactile switches such as these.

Sound: 5/10

Sound is quite tinny compared to other switches in its segment. I’m not sure why this is, but it does make the switch sound cheap even though it’s currently pricier than Durock T1s.

Again, as a reminder, I’m testing on a new, better keyboard which affect switch sound the most. [Don’t worry regular readers. This will be the last time I will say this].

Overall, it’s not the worst sounding switch, but it’s not great either. Meh.

Typing Performance: 5/10

Now, as a tactile switch, I want to talk about the tactility or lack thereof.

Whilst others may like light tactile switches such as these, I sure don’t. I find this to be the weakest aspect of this switch. This is especially true when typing at average speeds which I consider to be between 30 – 50 WPM (words per minute). So, you can imagine why it feels like a linear switch to me as I can usually achieve between 70 – 75 on these switches.

There is also the issue of the smoothness on off-centre keypresses and the occasional bind, but these issues aren’t as glaring. I figured I’d say this as some may care, but it’s nothing to really worry about for the most of us.

Overall, I wouldn’t label these “bad” switches. They’re personally just not for me. I like my tactile switches to actually be “tactile”.

Gaming Performance: 6/10

Gaming on these wasn’t too bad as they were smooth for the most part. Yep, despite showing hints of scratchiness for typing, it’s very usable for gaming, even in fast-paced environments. Nice.

With that said, I wouldn’t recommend this switch if you’re the type to rely on tactility when gaming as these will most likely not provide you with sufficient feedback. It just wasn’t designed to do that.

Overall, as a Cherry MX Brown alternative, this is a decent choice. They do cost more than MX Brown clones such as Gateron, Kailh or Outemu Browns, but these at least perform consistently which is great for a gaming switch. It’s a decent purchase if you can get a good deal for them. However, as for me, it’s just an ‘alright’ switch.

Final Score = 27/50 (54%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress

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  1. Hi Jay,

    I’d like to add a bit on these switches; they share the same stem design from Outemu Browns (as Outemu Oranges also do), but the tweak was through the contact leaf design –reportedly increasing tactility feel and making them feel sharper.

    Anecdotally, I also find them to be sharper and stronger than Outemu Browns, to the point that I dislike them since I liked Outemu Browns for their small and rounded tactile feel. Purples and Oranges creep a bit towards ICE Clears or SKY switches since they seem to have the same tactile leaf design.

    Purples aren’t really for people wanting more of the MX Brown experience, I’d say they’re the cheap alternative to ICE Clears and SKYes. For people who actually like the idea of a sharp but relatively weak tactile switches, ICE Purple is the better option here since they’re smooth out of the box (PC housing and properly factory lubed slider legs).

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