Newly Upgraded Structure
The Gateron KS-22 Optical switch is crafted with a transparent cover and black base. As an upgraded version of the KS-15 switches, we designed the KS-22 switches with a new structure and a more stable, smooth hand feel. Unlike a mechanical switch, an optical switch uses light for actuation instead of a metal-to-metal connection, enhancing the trigger speed over mechanical switches.
Enlarged Light-Transmitting Opening
Compared to the first-generation optical switch, we enlarged the Gateron KS-22 Optical Switch's light-transmitting opening to increase the switch's operational lifespan to 100 million.
New Waterproof Design Concept
These optical switches will introduce a new waterproof design concept that protects its body from water.
The Gateron KS-22 Optical Switch is lightly pre-lubed in the factory to offer a smooth and tactile typing experience, just like the mechanical switch.
Note: Optical Blue Switch are unlubed.
How They Work
The infrared optical sensing component uses light-sensing principles to generate different but equivalent resistance to form two states of open circuits and paths, thereby triggering the key signal command.
|Product Name||Gateron KS-22 Optical Switch|
|Stem||POM, MX stem|
|Housing||PC (Cover), Nylon PA66 (Base)|
|Lubrication||Pre-lubed (Red, Brown)|
|SMD LED support||Yes|
No pins on the switches, compatible with K8 keyboard Gateron Optical version.
Note: Gateron optical switch cannot be compatible with regular mechanical keyboards.