Mouse Switch Guide
Microswitches are small components with mechanical and electrical functionality that make up the buttons on your computer mouse.
Switches are most commonly replaced to fix an existing switch that may not be working properly (such as double clicking switches), or to obtain a different feel or sound on a device.
Every switch out there is different. It's useful to know the differences before buying to see which one would be the best mouse switch for you.
NOTE: When ordering micro switches or any other replacement pieces, you WILL need to solder them. You can easily destroy your device if you aren't sure what you are doing. We recommend practicing with some old broken electronics before jumping in to your current stuff!
Double clicking - When one of the buttons on your mouse begins to register two clicks for one physical button press. This happens due to dirty / oxidized switch contacts, inconsistent voltages in your device, or too low of a click debounce time in your mouse software.
Gold plated switches - Some micro-switches come with gold plating on the contacts that actuate the switch inside the housing. This helps prevent oxidization of the switch contacts over time and should increase the overall lifespan of your switches.
PCB - Printed circuit board, the small electronics board inside of devices that all the components are soldered to.
Switch binning - When switches are manufactured, the click force required is measured on each switch. This allows companies to tighten tolerances (or "bin") switches to be as similar to each other as possible. This is done to prevent customers from receiving two switches that have a required force too different from each other. The tighter the binning on a switch, the more similar any two random switches from the same batch will feel.
Switch plunger - The tiny half-cylinder sticking out on the top of a switch. When you press it down, it actuates the mouse switch.
Before we explain each switch and the mouse switch types, we wanted to clarify that switches can be designed heavier or lighter than other switches - however, most of the weight and noise that mouse switches create come from the overall design of the mouse and the mouse shell/housing. For example, some Kailh GM 4.0 switches might feel or sound slightly different when placed in a Zowie FK2 compared to when placed in a Logitech G Pro Wireless. Just something to keep in mind!
Here is where you'll find a quick summary of all the standard 3-pin mechanical switches that we sell. Most mice released today will support these switches as long as your mouse does not use optical switches.
For example, the Razer Viper Ultimate uses optical switches, and cannot use mechanical switches - while the Logitech G Pro Wireless can use any mechanical switch of your choice and will not support any optical switches.
Kailh GM 4.0 Reds
Red housing, silver plated, medium-heavy switches.
These red Kailh switches are likely the most common replacement being used these days - and for a good reason. They're on the heavier side of switches, but extremely snappy and consistent. We would say that these fall between Omron and Huano in terms of required force for clicking.
These switches are a popular choice for the replacing the switches in the Logitech G Pro Wireless!
Kailh GM 2.0 Teals
Teal housing, gold plated, medium-heavy switches.
While not as popular as the Kailh GM 4.0, these switches are another premium offering from Kailh. They're slightly quieter, and many people actually prefer these to the Kailh Reds as they feel like an upgraded Omron instead of an entirely different type of switch.
These switches are gold plated, opposed to the silver plating on the GM 4.0s. Both switches are rated for tens of millions of clicks, so you shouldn't have any lifespan issues with any of the Kailh switches.
Kailh GM 8.0
Black & clear housing, gold plated, medium switches.
These switches are the newest offering from Kailh. They are the lightest feeling and the most durable of all the GM series switches, but they keep the same tactile and snappy feeling as the rest of the series. We've found that these switches tend to be binned the best out of all Kailh switches.
These are our personal favorite switches! These switches have been so well received in the community that new releases are starting to include these as the default switches in the mouse. Very impressive release from Kailh.
TTC Dustproof Gold
Gold shell, gold plated contacts, gold plunger. Gold. That word looks weird now.
These switches are quite similar in feel to standard Omron switches, only slightly heavier and snappier. These are commonly found in mice offerings from G-Wolves.
TTC offers this switch in three different variants: 30M, 60M, 80M - the lifespan will be printed on the side of each switch. These switches are all similar in feeling and sound, but the 80M switches tend to be slightly heavier, and each switch is rated for a different lifespan.
The standard "OG" mouse switches.
These switches are the most commonly found microswitch in gaming mice. These switches do not come with any contact plating, and are relatively light switches compared to the others.
If you prefer a stock feeling mouse, these are the switches you should go for!
These switches are manufactured in Japan. They are a different take on the standard Omron switches, with a lighter click feel and gold plating on the switch contacts.
These switches are generally considered an upgrade over the standard Omron switches, however, they are manufactured with a slightly taller plunger, so they are not compatible with all mice. If your mouse has zero pre-travel or a tight fit for switches, you might run into issues with these.
Huano Blue Shell White Dot
Huano is one of the original mouse micro-switch manufacturers. They are generally known for having some of the heavier switches on the market. Huano switches are most commonly found in Zowie mice.
There is a blue shell variant that has a blue plunger dot instead of the white plunger dot that comes with gold plating. This variant does not come with any contact plating.
Premium, medium, gold plated switches.
Zippy are a lesser known micro-switch manufacturer with some impressive tactile switch offerings.
These are an excellent replacement for the original Omron D2FC-F-7N switches. They're similar in feel to Japanese Omrons, but without any compatibility issues from plunger height.
ZF DGBE-FL60 (Gold Dot)
These look cool, wink wink.
Very consistent medium-heavy switches. ZF is a global manufacturer with many different types of micro-switches. These are the most popular computer mouse targeted switch that they offer, with a very balanced feel and classy look!
These are a great alternative to Huano switches if you're looking for a heavier click with better longevity.
Here is where you'll find switches of unusual sizes or soldering type, so you will need to be extra careful in making sure that your device is compatible with these. These are typically used for side buttons, DPI switches, older mice, or office mice.
Kailh Silent Micro-switch
If you've been keeping people up at night with all that clicking, it might be worth giving these a try. They're not the best feeling switches out there, but they're definitely silent.
Note - The 4.3H and 7.3H switches are pretty much dead silent, but the 9.2H switches tend to make a little bit of noise.
These switches are two pin opposed to the traditional three pins. To install these switches, you would solder them using the first and second pin holes, leaving the third (bottom) pin empty.
Most modern devices are compatible with these switches, as the first and third pin have the same function on a mouse circuit board, but you should still double-check with your device just to be sure. They also have differing plunger heights - with 7.3H being the most common. You need to figure out which height is compatible with your device.
Kailh SMT Mini Micro-switch
These switches are surface mounted to terminals on the mouse PCB (circuit board), rather than mounted using pins on the bottom of the switch. This type of soldering is mainly used for side buttons, such as on the Logitech G Pro Wireless.
Kailh Mini 5.5H Micro-switch
These are basic two pin switches offered by Kailh. These are square type switches typically used in smaller devices. We don't recommend using these in gaming mice, unless you are looking to replace a DPI button or secondary button that is compatible.
Kailh High Mini Micro-switch
This type of switch is typically used as a replacement for a scroll wheel switch. It replaces the actual button press feel of the scroll wheel click, but not the actual scrolling feel like an encoder does.
Optical mouse switches are relatively new in the gaming mouse space. Instead of functioning via mechanical force like all of the switches above, they work using an infrared light system implemented on the circuit board of the mouse.
These switches are designed to tackle the lifespan and double-clicking issues that mechanical switches can face down the road. These switches are not interchangeable with mechanical switches, or vice versa.
Unfortunately, most optical switches do not feel or sound as impressive as mechanical switches are capable of. The technology is still being improved, and we are excited for the future of optical switches!
Optical mouse switches are not soldered into the mouse - instead they are mounted into the PCB using clips on the switches.
Razer's Custom Optical Mouse Switches!
These purple plunger switches are very unique looking and found in all of Razer's newest mice offerings. You cannot currently purchase replacements of these anywhere, but hopefully that will change in the future!
At first, the community found these switches quite mushy and underwhelming - but they have since been further improved and the latest batches of their mice are much more enjoyable to use.
TTC Optical Switches!
These are TTC's newest switch release and the first iteration of their optical switch. These switches are found in Roccat's optical release, the Roccat Burst Pro.
The community reviews on these so far are mixed, they seem to be that type of thing where you will either love them or hate them - most people would say that they have a snappy but hollow feeling to them.