TTC Silent Brown

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Tactile
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Total Travel (mm): ~3.7
Price: ~£5.00 (10 pieces)
Other Feature(s): Unique silencing method


The TTC Silent Brown is a silent tactile switch featuring a unique silencing method also found in the linear counterpart. However, I wouldn’t recommend this switch for most use cases as its overall performance was disappointing, even more so than its linear counterpart.



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

Smoothness: 2/10

On-centre keypresses are scratchy, but as it’s a tactile switch, it’s not as noticeable as the linear variant.

Off-centre keypresses are worse than the Cherry MX Brown, but side by side, they aren’t too far apart from each other.

Overall, if smoothness is what you’re looking for, stay away from these. I personally wouldn’t buy these even if massively discounted. It just isn’t worth it.


TTC Silent Brown switch disassembled
TTC Silent Brown switch disassembled

Weighting: 4/10

There is roughly 0.3mm of pre-travel, with the tactile bump peaking at roughly 55g at 0.7mm of travel. The tactile bump is short, with a rounded feel, similar to an Outemu Brown switch. The switch has a total travel of 3.7mm and bottoms out just under 60g.

So, there’s a couple of things to note. Firstly, the majority of the tactile bump occurs before 1mm of travel, this is very early, thus leaving you with a rather short pre-travel to work with. Depending on your application, this could be advantageous (e.g. gaming), but it could be a deal-breaker for others. I personally don’t mind it, but it’s the weighting that I dislike as I find it too light for my fingers.

Sound: 4/10

Sound is much more horrendous than its linear counterpart as this is the tactile version. I don’t find it very pleasing to my ears to say the least. I think if the switch wasn’t scratchy, it wouldn’t be as bad. Lubing would probably help in this case, but who knows by how much.


TTC Silent Red and Brown stem comparison
TTC Silent Red and Brown stem comparison

Typing Performance: 4/10

Tactile silenced switches aren’t very common, and this switch could be the reason for that. The typing experience is mushy and very scratchy like its linear counterpart, something I’m not a fan of.

At this point I’d rather just buy a rubber dome keyboard from HP or Dell as they pretty much serve almost the same purposes. The only advantages with these is the actuation before bottoming out and longevity which are usual inherent properties of mechanical switches.

Gaming Performance: 3/10

As a tactile switch, gaming performance was hampered by both its mismatched tactile bump to actuation and scratchiness; the two things that need to be on-point with any switch for gaming. So clearly, this was no pro level gaming stuff. It probably never will be.

Also, the mismatched tactile bump to actuation really shows itself in slower paced games, like stealth games. It’s very annoying. But hey, at least the switches are quiet at night, so you can game all the way until early morning without disturbing anyone.

Final Score = 17/50 (34%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress

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