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Keyboard enthusiasts fall in love with the switch that delivers the experience and the feeling they desire. Instead of modifying spring, swapping stem, and lubricating housing on each switch, we eliminated these repetitive tasks by working with manufacturer. That is how the Arctos switch was born with mech keys community in mind for amazing typing experience.
Arctos delivers bigger and crisper tactile bump than ergo clear switches. It lubricates with Krytox mix lube for more smooth operation. A rose gold plated spring provides the feeling in different weights. Each switch comes with SMD mounting and Cherry MX keycaps compatible.
This revolutionary switch is designed in Los Angeles, California, and named after the California grizzly bear, Arctos.
Gonna keep it short.
Wobbly stem, 2 weak tactile events on the way down (one at the top and one in the middle), one stronger tactile event on return, pingy spring, barely if any stock lube. The spring ping was fixed by some oil.
They sound pretty good in my acrylic tofu60. The feel is...different. The multiple tactile hits make it feel more like a "dirty" linear than a true tactile. Bottom out is pretty soft and easy to avoid. Soft enough keypress can result in a scratchy feeling rather than a tactile one. Hard hits feel more like mx browns, but there's always that second bump that makes these...unique.
At a lower price, I'd say these are worth a try for their unique feel and sound. At $0.70, get yourself some Glorious Pandas for the same price.
I'm honestly surprised more people aren't talking about Arctos.
They are hands-down my all-time favorite tactile switch -- perhaps just switch in general -- and I'm typing on them as we speak. Had these swapped between different boards for nearly a year.
They are buttery smooth, the tactile bump is right at the top, and the weight increases immediately after the bump, meaning they are designed to keep you from bottoming out. The sound is perfect: Crisp and snappy. The 65g springs are weighted perfectly for my typing style.
They are lightly factory lubed, but I have mine lubed with MCG 113. They are very good stock, but if you take the time to lube and film them, they will be absolutely perfect.
You also can't beat the price. The tactility/smoothness of these switches easily rivals ZealPC switches, but without the premium pricetag.
There is only one minor downside of these switches: If you do not lube the springs, they will ping like crazy.
I have been a keyboard enthusiast for a few years now, and anytime someone comes to me about custom keyboards who prefers MX Browns/run-of-the-mill tactile switches, I always recommend Arctos.