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Gazzew U4 Tactile Switches

U4

BrandGazzew
CategoryTactile

We are super excited to be offering the latest iteration of the Gazzew U4 silent tactile switches. When typing on them, we find a sharp and exhilarating tactile bump. Moreover, we find an unexpectedly plush, felt-like bottom-out sensation. Marrying style with subtlety, the U4s have a sound profile that is whisper quiet.

$6.50

10 switches/order

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Weight

The U4's bottom-out of 65g is heavier than 4 out of 5 switches

Light

Heavy

Depth

The U4's total travel distance is 3.6mm (standard travel is 4mm)

Shallow

Regular

Technical data

Switch typeTactile
Switch brandGazzew
ManufacturerOutemu
Top housing materialProprietary Gazzew blend
Bottom housing materialProprietary Gazzew blend
Mount typePCB (5-pin)
Stem constructionStandard
Stem materialPOM
SpringStainless steel 14mm Korean spring
Actuation weight45g
Bottom-out weight65g
Factory lube statusYes, factory lubed
Total travel distance3.60 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.

Actuation: 45g

A switch's actuation force, or force required to trigger a keystroke, on the Gazzew U4 requires 45g of force. This is lighter than 77% of other switches' actuation force in our selection.

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

Bottom-out: 65g

Bottoming out, or pressing all the way down, on this Gazzew U4 switch requires 65g of force. With a heavier bottom-out than 73% of switches in our selection, the Gazzew U4 is considered medium-heavy.

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 Gazzew U4 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: Proprietary Gazzew blend

Proprietary Gazzew blend is the Gazzew U4's top and bottom housing material. This proprietary plastic blend, sometimes referred to as "boba plastic," delivers a rich and deep sound profile due to its softness.

Mount type: PCB (5-pin)

The Gazzew U4 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

#muted

A muted mechanical keyboard switch produces a softer and quieter sound compared to a regular or clacky switch. Muted switches minimize the noise typically associated with mechanical keyboards.

#low-pitched

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

#sharp

Sharp tactile switches are known for their high feedback intensity. Its strong and crisp tactile bump is prominent and can be felt distinctly with each and every keypress.

No sound test available for this switch yet!

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.