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Salmon Tactile Switches for Mechanical Keyboards
Whether you’re thinking about getting your hands on Salmon tactile switches, or you’ve already decided to dive in, we’re going to cover some useful tips and tricks to get your tactile switches to the next level. But first, what makes these switches special?
Before we can answer that question, let’s talk about what a tactile switch is, and more specifically, the different types of tactile switches. As we’ll soon see, Salmon Tactile Switches are long-pole tactile switches with a rounded tactile bump and no minimal post-travel. They also have 63.5g Symmetric Long Springs and a unique composition of PC Polymer for the housings. That was a lot of jargon– let’s break them down:
Salmon Tactile Switch Parts
In short, salmon switches are special because their tactility and material composition deliver a switch that is comfortable to type on while producing a thocky, deep sound signature, as we’ll see later on with some community sound tests. In addition, the Symmetric Long springs ensure a snappy typing experience.
Straight from the factory, salmon tactile switches already have a light layer of factory oil, and their housings are tightly closed. This ultimately means that lubing salmon switches is optional, as is applying switch films.
With that said, it would be hard to find a switch that does not benefit from an even, light layer of switch lube. Salmon switches are no exception– we recommend using a light lubricant, such as Carbon™ GS1 switch lube or the slightly thicker Tribosys 3203 switch lube to elevate the Salmon’s sound signature. If you decide to film salmons, the HTV + PC films from Kelowna are a great choice, but any brand of switch films will do the trick.
Salmon Tactile Switch Opened
To mod your salmon switches, follow the steps below:
It’s important to note that Salmon tactile switches are 5-pin switches, so out of the box they’re only compatible with PCBs that support 5 pins. If your PCB only supports 3-pin switches, you can easily clip off the extra 2 plastic pins on the bottom of the switch using a nail clipper.
That’s it! Your salmon switches are ready to use. Check out the sound test below to get an idea of what your Salmon switches will sound like:
What do you think of your Salmon Tactile Switches? Let us know!