Cyber week discounts automatically applied. Free shipping on orders over $49
SP-Star Duck Tactile Switches
SP-Star Duck Tactile Switches
SP-Star Duck Tactile Switches
SP-Star Duck Tactile Switches
SP-Star Duck Tactile Switches

Duck

BrandSP-Star
CategoryTactile

If you're looking for a more subtle tactile typing experience, these Duck switches are perfect. We find a gentle tactility when typing on them; the sound profile is clean and crispy.

$5.80

$5.40

10 switches/order

FREE Shipping on orders over $49.00 and free returns on all orders.

Orders ship from California and arrive within 2-5 days.

Weight

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

Light

Heavy

Depth

The Duck's total travel distance is 4mm (standard travel is 4mm)

Shallow

Regular

Technical data

Switch typeTactile
Switch brandSP-Star
Top housing materialPolycarbonate
Bottom housing materialPolycarbonate
Mount typePCB (5-pin)
Stem constructionStandard
Stem materialPOM
SpringGold plated
Bottom-out weight58g
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.

Bottom-out: 58g

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

A switch's bottom-out force is dependent solely on its spring weight.

Factory Lubed

The SP-Star Duck 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: Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is the SP-Star Duck's top and bottom 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.

Mount type: PCB (5-pin)

The SP-Star Duck 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.

#polished

When referring to a polished switch, this indicates a switch has a smooth and refined finish, resulting in a sleek typing experience. This is due to either materials used and/or due to factory lubing. You can expect reduced friction and smooth key travel with these switches.

#mild

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.

#neutral

A neutral switch has a moderate actuation force requirement and a moderate sound profile. This makes the switch suitable for most intents and purposes: whether or not you are a beginner or advanced, or if you are planning to use these at home or work.

Sound test

Try SP-Star Duck 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 $15—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.