Crafted entirely from POM, the Crabapple switches provide an effortlessly frictionless typing journey. Although factory lubed, they exude a distinct dry smoothness that's the antithesis of an oily glide, complimented by a subtle texture felt with each downstroke. Their sound signature is mild and understated.
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|Switch brand||HC Studio|
|Top housing material||POM|
|Bottom housing material||POM|
|Mount type||PCB (5-pin)|
|Spring||Lengthened single-staged spring|
|Factory lube status||Yes, factory lubed|
|Pre-travel distance||2.00 mm|
|Total travel distance||3.60 mm|
The technical data of a switch can be hard to understand. Our goal here is to demystify how these specs affect feel and sound. We hope this helps you discover whether or not a switch might be a good fit.
A switch's actuation force, or force required to trigger a keystroke, on the HC Studio Crabapple requires 37g of force. This is lighter than 99% of other switches' actuation force in our selection.
A switch's actuation force is based on the entire switch design.
Bottoming out, or pressing all the way down, on this HC Studio Crabapple switch requires 45g of force. With a lighter bottom-out than 98% of switches in our selection, the HC Studio Crabapple is considered lightweight.
A switch's bottom-out force is dependent solely on its spring weight.
What matters more: Actuation or Bottom-out Force?
If you prefer to bottom-out when you type, bottom-out force is the more relevant measurement. If you do not, then actuation force is more relevant.
The HC Studio Crabapple is factory lubed. This is done to reduce friction and improve the feel of the switch. Other effects include reduced noise and if a tactile switch, slightly decreased tactility. Choosing a factory lubed switch saves you time and energy from having to lube the switch yourself. Factories have drastically improved the lubing process over the years, meaning more and more factory-lubed switches are great to use out-of-the-box.
Top and Bottom Housing: POM
POM is the HC Studio Crabapple's top and bottom housing material. POM housings create an incredibly pleasing and unique sound. This sound profile is on the deeper side and it is relatively more muted.
Mount type: PCB (5-pin)
The HC Studio Crabapple is a PCB (5-pin) mount switch. PCB-mount, or 5-pin, switches feature 2 extra alignment pins when compared to their 3-pin counterparts. This ensures alignment (i.e. switch won't rotate and will stay in place) if your keyboard does not feature a plate or if you choose not to use one. If your keyboard's PCB does not have holes for these alignment pins, you will need to trim them off before installing them.
Stem construction: Standard
The cross-shaped stem construction is the most standard as well as the most classic, as it is derived from the original Cherry switches.
Textured (or scratchy) switches refer to switches that have noticeable friction when pressed. Some switches might have a subtle texture that is preferred by some users, while others much prefer a smoother, friction-free typing experience.
A subdued switch produces a dampened sound when pressed. It's not completely silent per se, yet it is also offers a more subtle sound signature when compared to most switches.
Frictionless keyboard switches offer an extremely smooth and effortless typing experience, minimizing any sense of resistance or friction when pressing the keys. The switch offers a fluid travel.
A mild mechanical keyboard switch offer a more gentle typing experience compared to switches with more pronounced characteristics. With these switches, the sound and feel will be approachable to most, as its qualities all stand in a safe, middle-ground zone.
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Try HC Studio Crabapple switches before buying them
Pick 10 switches and we'll send them your way to try at home for 5 days.
How it works
First, pick 10 switches you want to try. Then, we'll send you those 10 switches to try at home for 5 days. You'll get to experience the switches and see how they feel. We'll also include a guide to help you pick your favorite switch and a preprinted return shipping label.
What comes in my try at-home box?
The 10 switches you choose will be installed on switch tester bases so you can type on them as you would on a normal keyboard. Your try at-home kit comes with a preprinted return shipping label.
How much does this try-before-you-buy program cost?
At just $10—shipping included—the try at-home program is the most cost-effective way to try switches before buying them. At less than half the cost of switch testers and with more than triple the variety to choose from, you can try before you buy without breaking the bank so you can be sure you're getting the right switch for your needs.
How do I buy the switches I want?
Send back the switches in your box using your prepaid label and purchase your favorite (or favorites)!
Everything that's included
First, try switches at home with shipping included both ways. After purchasing the switches you love most, know your switches come with a 30-day, hassle-free return or exchange policy. If you don't love your switches, we'll take them back—no questions asked.