Microswitches (switches) are small components inside the guts of your mouse that create the unique clicks.
Switches are typically soldered to the circuit board on a mouse, and therefore, are not easily swapped. There are dozens of varieties of switches on the market. It's useful to know the differences before buying to see which one would be the best mouse switch for you.
EMPYRE is flipping the script and empowering users to hot-swap their own switches. This revolutionary new design feature lets you customize your computing experience based on personal preference or by genre of game you are playing.
Here is a quick rundown of the mechanical switches available at EMPYRE.
Kailh GM 4.0 Reds
Red housing, silver plated, medium-heavy switches.
These Kailh switches are one of the most popular varieties on the market - and for a good reason. They're fairly heavy, but extremely responsive and consistent. On the spectrum of switches, these fall somewhere between Omron and Huano in terms of required force for clicking.
Kailh GM 2.0 Teals
Teal housing, gold plated, medium-heavy switches.
Not quite as commonly seen as the Kailh GM 4.0, these switches are another premium offering from Kailh. The biggest upside to the Kailh GM 2.0 is how quiet the clicks are. Many people actually prefer these to the Kailh 4.0 as the actuation more closely mimics an Omron, rather than an entirely different type of switch.
These switches are gold plated, opposed to the silver plating on the GM 4.0s. Both switches are rated for tens of millions of clicks, so you shouldn't have any lifespan issues with any of the Kailh switches.
Omron D2FC-F-7N (OMRON 20s)
The most common mouse switches.
These switches are the most commonly found switch in gaming mice. These switches do not come with any contact plating, and are relatively light switches compared to the others. Some user's prefer this profile as it has a "stock" feel. They are very quiet and require relatively little force to actuate. Gamers with a tendency to mash the mouse (as would be common in FPS games) may find difficulty while trying to click too quickly.
Pre-Installed option for EMPYRE Atlas Custom V1.
Huano is one of the original mouse switch manufacturers. They are generally known for having some of the heavier switches on the market. Huano switches come pre-installed on the Atlas Custom V1. This is a great, well-rounded switch. It is not overly quiet, but the force required to actuate helps to prevent accidental misclicks.