TTC Bluish White

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Tactile
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Travel Distance: 2.0mm Actuation | 3.5mm Total
Force: 42g Operating
Price: ~£7.00 (10 pieces)


The TTC Bluish White is a light to medium stiff tactile switch with a somewhat unique sound dampening mechanism. It competes in the midrange segment alongside the Durock T1, SP Star Polaris Purple, the Feker Panda and many more.

It also seems as if Google came up with the name of this switch – Bluish White. It very much reminds me of the Kinda Blue colour option which the Google Pixel 2 offered in 2017.


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

Smoothness: 6/10

On-centre keypresses are somewhat smooth at times, but it definitely leans towards being scratchy than smooth.

Off-centre keypresses are similar in feel to my surprise, but with an overall scratchier feel, though it’s not a huge difference when typing normally.

As a side note however, the switch installed in my ‘C’ key tends to produce an unwanted secondary tactile bump when pressed at the very edge of the keycap; it’s very minor issue which is unnoticeable during normal use.

Overall, they aren’t too shabby, but they have enough ‘minor’ issues going for them that I personally wouldn’t recommend them to anyone looking for a smooth switch.


TTC Bluish White switch disassembled
TTC Bluish White switch disassembled.

Weighting: 6/10

According to the manufacturer force curve, the TTC Bluish White has a peak tactile force of 60g at 0.5mm, an actuation force of 42g at 2mm and a bottom-out force of roughly 50g at 3.5mm.

In terms of the actual key feel, it’s light, but not light enough for me to accidentally actuate. However, I still wish it was more tactile as these simply aren’t tactile enough for me. For reference, these switches sit in between the Cherry MX Clear and the Durock T1 in terms of tactility.

Additionally, as with most muted switches, the switch travel is reduced to 3.5mm from 4.0mm which was instantly noticeable. You may like or dislike this, but I’m indifferent to it.

Overall, could’ve been better for me. But if you’re looking for a relatively light tactile switch with sound dampening on the downstroke, then these aren’t too bad for £.70 per switch (at the time of writing).

Sound: 6/10

As you’ve probably seen from the marketing, these have a “Mute Bottom”. Soooo, what does that mean, exactly?

Well, this “Mute Bottom” is essentially a dampening pad located inside the hole where the switch stem bottoms out. This is also why the overall switch travel is shorter than usual.

Overall, it produces a weird sound. A quiet downstroke like most silenced switches, but a normal sounding upstroke.

Typing Performance: 7/10

Whilst it’s not a switch tactile enough for me, typing on them is still MUCH better compared to the Cherry MX Brown…obviously. In fact, I can say that it matches the Cherry MX Clear in terms of overall typing performance on a day-to-day basis – that’s a good thing.

Additionally, one the main issues with muted or silenced switches is that they feel mushy to type on. This is because most silencing methods introduce some form of mushiness which you can certainly feel with these switches. However, since these are only muted on the downstroke, it isn’t as mushy compared to switches that are also muted on the upstroke.

Essentially, these are “semi-silenced” switches. They aren’t as quiet as fully silenced switches, but they also aren’t as mushy. It’s hardly revolutionary, but hey, it gives consumers more options on the market.

Overall, it’s a nice switch to type on with the addition of it not being mushy like most fully silenced switches. It’s the best of the worlds, I suppose.

Gaming Performance: 7/10

Now, you probably expect that the decrease in switch travel from 4.0mm to 3.5 is going to give you an advantage, right? Well, nope. Not in this case.

However, with that said, it is a solid switch to game on. The softer than usual bottom-out also makes it a relaxing switch to use. Say ‘YES’ to reduced finger fatigue!

For the things I don’t like, there’s not much to say apart from the lighter than usual weighting which caused a few mishaps, but since the tactile bump is right at the top of the keypress, it at least made actuations predictable without frustrating me too much. It’s still far from perfect, but it’s good enough that I wouldn’t mind using these as backup switches if I need to.

Overall, it’s a solid switch for gaming if you’re looking for relatively light and relaxing to use. Just beware that you might have to get used to the decreased travel for a bit.

Final Score = 32/50 (64%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress | KeebCats | Divinikey

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