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Gateron Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3) Linear Switches

Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3)

BrandGateron
CategoryLinear

The Gateron Milky Yellow Pro is the epitome of a classic budget switch. This all-rounder linear switch from Gateron embodies smoothness and buttery goodness. With its low, "thocky" sound and satisfyingly thick resistance, it excels in both gaming and typing, making it a perfect all-purpose switch. It's therefore no surprise that these Milky Yellows are the go-to switch for budget enthusiasts.

$2.33

$2.30

10 switches/order

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Weight

The Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3)'s bottom-out of 62g is heavier than 3 out of 5 switches

Light

Heavy

Depth

The Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3)'s total travel distance is 4mm (standard travel is 4mm)

Shallow

Regular

Technical data

Switch typeLinear
Switch brandGateron
ManufacturerGateron
Top housing materialNylon
Bottom housing materialNylon
Mount typePCB (5-pin)
Stem constructionStandard
Stem materialPOM
SpringStainless steel
Actuation weight50g
Bottom-out weight62g
Factory lube statusYes, factory lubed
Pre-travel distance2.00 mm
Total travel distance4.00 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 Gateron Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3) 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: 62g

Bottoming out, or pressing all the way down, on this Gateron Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3) switch requires 62g of force. With a heavier bottom-out than 55% of switches in our selection, the Gateron Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3) 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 Gateron Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3) 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: Nylon

Nylon is the Gateron Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3)'s top and 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.

Mount type: PCB (5-pin)

The Gateron Milky Yellow Pro (KS-3) 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.

Descriptors

#buttery

When referring to the sound, a buttery switch implies a smooth and fluid keystroke experience. These switches provide a seamless, effortless, and uniform typing sensation.

#bassy

Bassy switches offer a deeper and richer sound profile during key presses. The sound can be characterized by a lower frequency range, resembling the depth and richness associated with bass tones.

#thocky

A thocky keyboard switch typically produces a deep, rich, and satisfying sound when pressed. Think of deep "thud" or a soft "knock" when the key is pressed and released.

#low-pitched

Low-pitched switches typically feature a more bass-heavy and mellow tone compared to higher-pitched switches.

#textured

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.

Sound test

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