TTC Gold V2 Red – Another Average Switch

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Switch Specifications:
Linear | 4.00mm | 50g actuation | Plate Mount

I take a look at another TTC switch. The linear counterpart this time. Like the tactile variant, this is an ‘in-between switch’ between a Cherry MX Red and a Gateron Red. They also had a “break-in period” time of 3 days as they were very scratchy beforehand.

As of writing this article, you can purchase these from NovelKeys for a heavily reduced price



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

Smoothness: 5/10

Maybe this is just me, but I don’t often come across a switch that need to be ‘broken in’ for it to be smoother. Reminds me a of a new car purchase. Anyway. It underperforms against a Gateron Red and it only slightly edges out a Cherry MX Red.


TTC Gold V2 Red switches
TTC Gold V2 Red switches in several angles.

Weighting: 6/10

50g is a light to me, but the weighting is consistent. Phew! Like the tactile variant, there are no other weighting options, but transitioning from a 45g linear switch such as the Cherry MX Red or a Gateron Red shouldn’t be too much of an issue. That at least pushes it to a 6. It’s still not for me though, but given the low cheap price point I’m sure the springs on these can be put to good use.


TTC Gold V2 switches disassembled
TTC Gold V2 Red switches disassembled.

Sound: 5/10

Average. No surprises here. The loud annoying ping from the tactile variant on the spacebar key is gone which is a welcome improvement. Moving on…


TTC Gold V2 Red switches zoomed-in
TTC Gold V2 Red switches zoomed-in

Typing Performance: 5/10

Apart from the break-in period and a possibly faulty switch installed in my “L” key, I enjoyed typing on this as much as I did with the tactile variant. The switch in my “L” key slightly binds to something as I approach to bottom out, it feels like there is sand stuck at the bottom. It’s not a big deal as I can’t feel it when typing at normal speed, but when ‘feeling’ out the key, it becomes very obvious. This fault is demonstrated on the video. <-- I forgot to include it.

Gaming Performance: 5/10

This switch isn’t ideal for gaming, simply because the switch has a lot of pre-travel before actuating, at least from what I can feel. It felt like I was bottoming out every keypress when gaming, which of course isn’t very efficient when you’re trying to win a round. There is something wrong if I have to look down at my keyboard to see where the switch actuate during a game.

Final Score = 26/50 (52%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

NovelKeys

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