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Gateron Yellow

Manufacturer: Gateron
Brand: Gateron

A very well priced but often hard to get hold of switch. Weighted in between reds and blacks, and are well loved due to the spring and feel, especially once lubed.

There are 5 variations of this switch:

KS-8
55g
63.5g
2.00mm
4.00mm
POM
Coloured (opaque)
PC/Nylon mix
Transparent
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)

The most common Gateron switch (most Gateron re-colours including Merlots are of this series).

Very basic, very standard. Somewhat smooth, wobble is okay, a very average switch overall.

KS-3X1
55g
63.5g
2.00mm
4.00mm
POM
Coloured (opaque)
PC/Nylon mix
Milky
PC/Nylon mix
Milky

Milky top and bottom. The scratchiest standard Gateron switch.

KS-3
55g
63.5g
2.00mm
4.00mm
POM
Coloured (opaque)
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)

Best variation of this switch. They do not need films and are by far the smoothest Gateron switches/housings aside from Inks which while definitely smoother are also 6 times the price.

Gateron Linjär and N1S switches are re-colours of the KS-3 for example. The fixing pins (for PCB-mounting) are somewhat wider than Cherry MX, giving a tighter fit. Supports two-pin LED's only.

KS-3X47
55g
63.5g
2.00mm
4.00mm
POM
Coloured (opaque)
PC/Nylon mix
Milky
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)

Having KS-3 in the name doesn't mean the bottom is actually the KS-3 black bottom. The KS-3X47 black bottom is the same from the clear top black bottom Gaterons that everyone is familiar with.

KS-9
55g
63.5g
2.00mm
4.00mm
POM
Coloured (opaque)
PC/Nylon mix
Transparent
Nylon
Coloured (opaque)

The only Gaterons (other than inks) to support SMD lighting. Not the worst and probably smoother than the KS-8 in stock form.

Force-graph

A force-graph is a good way to help imagine how a switch might feel to the press. Many reputable manufacturers publish such graphs, either in their documentation or in their patents.
Not sure what you’re looking at? Check out Haata’s fantastic guide on reading force curve graphs.

Force graph for Gateron Yellow

Quotes, thoughts and opinions

Stats and figures are one thing but here are some quotes, thoughts and opinions we've been able to find from across the web regarding these switches.

A cheap, effective, and highly-celebrated linear switch that will constantly be found out of stock.

Gateron Yellows are truly a bang for your buck. They aren’t a particular heavy switch at a 50g actuation and 60g bottom-out, yet the spring has an interesting stiffness to it that lends to the unique feel they are known for; they have such an interesting feel that people will swap them out into other linear switches and will consider it an improvement.

AshKeebs

Gateron Yellows have remained a favorite with many people in the community because of the uniqueness of their springs. They’re smooth to boot. However, due to their housings being made of a harder plastic, their sound is usually much harsher and louder, and their bottom out will feel a bit harsher as well. But, they’re cheap usually half the price of a retooled Cherry MX Linear, so they’re a good choice if you’re after something this unique.

Krelbit from the #what-lube-do-i-use channel on the Switchmod Discord
Butter on a Budget: Gateron Yellow Review by Glarses
Equinox with Lubed and Filmed Gateron Yellows by Minterly
kbd68 lubed Gateron yellow typing demo (with EPBT 9009) by WT studio
Stock Gateron Yellow Switch Sound Test by Deadspirit
Plum 87 RGB Gateron Yellow by captaineleven
Gateron Yellow: Milky vs. Black Housing Blind Comparison by Walker's Keyboard Science
Lubed vs unlubed Gateron Milky Yellow switches by Burnt Cheese Toast
[2018.10.25] FC980M Typing (Gateron Yellow Switch) by 장성철
Tofu WKL with lubed gateron yellow by Zack_szh
Custom Velocifire w/ Gateron yellow Switches *filmed, lubed w/ krytox 205g* by KB Keebs
TOFU HHKB with Lubed Gateron Yellow - Typing ASMR [4K/60FPS] by Pensa73
Lubed Gateron Yellow typing Demo with Maxkey SA keycaps by WT studio
LZ Stan with lubed Gateron yellow switchs Typing Sounds by Keyrung
b.face gateron yellow typing sound by Maxusy
I build a custom keyboard #KBD75 (with Lubed #Gateron #Yellow) by WT studio
Lubed vs. Unlubed switches | Durgod Hades 68 w/ Gateron Yellow Switches by Tydalls
Linear
Switch Type icon
Linear switches have a smooth and linear feeling from top to bottom when pressed.

Mount type

Plate & PCB
Available in both
Switch Mount icon

Spring

Standard (stainless steel)

Volume

Switch Volume icon
normal
Standard switch with no dampers, can be further silenced with lubrication or O-rings.

Lubrication info

Factory lubed icon
Factory lubed? No
Notes

A healthy dose of Krytox 205 Grade 0 transforms these into a buttery smooth switch. The springs need oiling/lubricating too.

Looking for switch lubrication advice? Here's a great start

Switch film

Switch Film icon
Yes, this switch in particular is vastly improved when switch films are used.
Notes

All of these variations benefit from films with the exception of the KS-3 – films barely fit them at all and can have interference.

Why use switch film? Here's a good explanation and a great demonstration.

More info on films and Thicc films by Jinra.

Stem construction

Stem icon
Standard
The stem on this switch is of the standard variety.

ThereminGoat switch score

Gateron Yellow
27
/35
Push Feel
15
/25
Wobble
6
/10
Sound
16
/20
Context
8
/10
Other
72
/100
Total
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