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KTT Cream Yellow Linear Switches

Cream Yellow

BrandKTT
CategoryLinear

The Cream Yellow switch is designed to deliver a distinctively clacky sound: its shortened bottom-out distance and long-pole stem provides resonant audio feedback. Its lengthened spring also contributes to a uniquely bouncy typing feel.

$2.75

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Weight

The Cream Yellow's bottom-out of 58g is heavier than 2 out of 5 switches

Light

Heavy

Depth

The Cream Yellow's total travel distance is 3.5mm (standard travel is 4mm)

Shallow

Regular

Technical data

Switch typeLinear
Switch brandKTT
ManufacturerKTT
Top housing materialPolycarbonate
Bottom housing materialNylon
Mount typePlate (3-pin)
Stem constructionStandard
Stem materialPOM
Spring18mm spring
Actuation weight50g
Bottom-out weight58g
Factory lube statusYes, factory lubed
Pre-travel distance1.90 mm
Total travel distance3.50 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.

Actuation: 50g

A switch's actuation force, or force required to trigger a keystroke, on the KTT Cream Yellow requires 50g of force. This is lighter than 51% of other switches' actuation force in our selection.

A switch's actuation force is based on the entire switch design.

Bottom-out: 58g

Bottoming out, or pressing all the way down, on this KTT Cream Yellow switch requires 58g of force. With a lighter bottom-out than 59% of switches in our selection, the KTT Cream Yellow is considered mediumweight.

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.

Factory Lubed

The KTT Cream Yellow 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 Housing: Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is the KTT Cream Yellow's top housing material. The use of polycarbonate in housings creates a sharper, higher-pitched, and crisper sound profile. In part, this is because polycarbonate is a relatively stiffer plastic, which leads to a more clear and resonant sound profile. Aesthetically speaking, if a switch features a clear housing, it is more likely than not to be polycarbonate. Therefore, due to its translucency, polycarbonate is especially useful to have in the top housing of a switch if you plan to use RGB lighting.

Bottom Housing: Nylon

Nylon is the KTT Cream Yellow's bottom housing material. Nylon is a classic switch housing material. Typing on switches that use nylon elicits a deeper and fuller sound profile. In part, this is because nylon is a relatively softer plastic and absorbs more sound than harder plastics, thereby creating a duller and rounder sound.

A note on housings

The KTT Cream Yellow uses different materials in its top and bottom housings. As such, the qualities each housing material brings to the switch will be split between the bottom and the top of the switch.

When you press down on this switch you will feel the qualities of the bottom housing: the bottom housing has more of an impact on the bottom-out sound and feel. On the other hand, the top housing will have more of an impact on the sound when you let go of a key.

Mount type: Plate (3-pin)

The KTT Cream Yellow is a Plate (3-pin) mount switch. Plate mount, or 3-pin, switches offer the most flexibility across all keyboard options. They are compatible with all PCBs.

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.

Descriptors

#bouncy

Bouncy switches provide a spring-like or elastic feedback sensation. The keys have a lively feel, giving you rebound when pressed.

#clacky

A clacky keyboard switch produces a sharp and snappy sound when pressed. The sound can be described as crisp, bright, and percussive.

No sound test available for this switch yet!

Everything that's included

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