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2021/10/20 12:19:07 (permalink)
I just got the Z15 and out of curiosity what could I swap out the switches with if I wanted to replace them in the future? 
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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/21 05:19:30 (permalink)
What switches aare you currently using in your Z15? The linear or tactile?
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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/21 10:30:57 (permalink) ☼ Best Answerby Wy8840 2021/11/03 00:04:49
Just make sure you get 3 pin switches that support SMD LED like the one shown on the right. 
Ultimately you can also use 5 pins switches that support SMD LED (which is that gap on top) and clip off the 2 extra plastic legs. 
 
Most of Kailh made switches are compatible. Akko CS switches are a great budget option as well. 
 
 

I also strongly recommend pick up a proper key switch and keycap puller like the ones below

post edited by EVGA_James - 2021/10/21 10:41:09


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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/21 11:36:30 (permalink)
Thanks for the suggestions as I was just curious as I have the bronze clicky type of switches and I was just wondering what types I could replace them with should I look at replacing them but for the time being I will keep using them until I have a reason to replace them. 
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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/22 01:12:18 (permalink)
You are lucky. The Z15 is sold in my country only with the silver switches.
I think I would have prefered the bronze switches.
Are Outemu switches also compatible? I have heard they have thinner pins.
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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/22 09:08:59 (permalink)
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You are lucky. The Z15 is sold in my country only with the silver switches.
I think I would have prefered the bronze switches.
Are Outemu switches also compatible? I have heard they have thinner pins.


Pin thickness should not matter. The main thing is that they need to be 3 pin and have the cut out for SMD LED shown in the picture. 




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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/22 13:02:41 (permalink)
EVGA_JamesPin thickness should not matter. The main thing is that they need to be 3 pin and have the cut out for SMD LED shown in the picture. 

Thanks. I've tried Outemus today. The left pin is so fragile that it easily bends when placing the switch. Can't recommend them for this board. Kailhs seem fine though.
Haven't tried Cherry or Gateron because I don't have any of those.
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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/22 14:31:33 (permalink)
You just have to be careful when inserting the switch. Its best to lay the switch over the socket making sure that it sitting straight and then push straight down. If the switch goes in at the slightest of angle it can cause the pins to bend. The Akko CS switches also have thin pins but work fine on the z15


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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/26 18:31:15 (permalink)
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Most of Kailh made switches are compatible.

Actually, this may not be true any more. I just ordered a few test switches from Kono to try them out before I replace everything and 2 of the 3 types I ordered would not snap into place and were rendered worthless. After examining them I noticed that on the bottom where the switch rests against the LED Kaihl has started to add a clear plastic tab where there used to be a small hole. This additional piece makes it so the switch cannot fit because the LED hits this tab. I emailed support about it and this was their response:
Kailh changed their switches slightly in the most recent batch without telling us they made a change. We ordered the same product we did last time, but this batch came with light pipes.

When we contacted them about the change, we were informed that this is how the switches will arrive in the future as well.

Here is the old style (left) next to the new (right).

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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/26 22:22:22 (permalink)
Keep in mind that with how many presses the switches are rated for it's purely personal preference and highly unlikely anyone should reasonably hit 70 million clicks lifespan of the switch it comes with. It's part of why I went with the Z20 since I know I probably wouldn't trade out a switch unless I wore it out which I know shouldn't really happen.

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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/27 13:02:39 (permalink)
If you're in the US we have switch kits available now in Kailh Speed Silver(linear), Bronze(clicky), and Copper(tactile)
https://www.evga.com/products/productlist.aspx?type=15&family=Keyboard&chipset=Z15+Series


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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/27 14:28:07 (permalink)
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If you're in the US we have switch kits available now in Kailh Speed Silver(linear), Bronze(clicky), and Copper(tactile)
https://www.evga.com/products/productlist.aspx?type=15&family=Keyboard&chipset=Z15+Series


Yeah man!  Just bought copper and bronze to customize my z15.  I am way too excited about this.
James, can we get GOLD too?  Please?
post edited by nomoss - 2021/10/27 14:38:45
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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/10/27 14:53:54 (permalink)
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Yeah man!  Just bought copper and bronze to customize my z15.  I am way too excited about this.
James, can we get GOLD too?  Please?



The gold switches uses click jacket like your basic clicky style switch while the bronze uses click bar. Click bar > Click jacket. 


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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/11/24 05:15:18 (permalink)
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If you're in the US we have switch kits available now in Kailh Speed Silver(linear), Bronze(clicky), and Copper(tactile)



Is there any chance these are getting to the EU?
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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/11/29 11:13:20 (permalink)
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Is there any chance these are getting to the EU?




I'll check with our EU team. As an alternative Akko CS switches will work on the Z15 with out issues 


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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/11/30 17:43:33 (permalink)
This is a really cool thread.  Anyone tried to put some cherry's in the z15?  I'd really like to feel what cherry greens would be like as I'm a heavy typer.
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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/12/01 11:30:08 (permalink)
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This is a really cool thread.  Anyone tried to put some cherry's in the z15?  I'd really like to feel what cherry greens would be like as I'm a heavy typer.


I dont think I've ever seen 3pin SMD Cherry MX Green switches. But if you're looking for a heavy 80g clicky switch Teamwolf OTM Outemu would be the closest match. 


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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/12/04 00:53:30 (permalink)
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If you're in the US we have switch kits available now in Kailh Speed Silver(linear), Bronze(clicky), and Copper(tactile)
https://www.evga.com/products/productlist.aspx?type=15&family=Keyboard&chipset=Z15+Series



Do the Bronze or Copper switches happen to have any longer travel before activation than the Silver? I have a Z15 silver and I basically can't use it to type because it's so hyper sensitive that if my finger barely touches the edge of an adjacent key while typing, it will very often set it off. Also, it's nearly impossible for me to type a sentence without getting at least one double letter. I'm assuming the others are all similar because they're all labeled "Speed". Maybe I need to get some Kalih Brown switches.
 
Alternately would the Z20 Clicky version be less sensitive? Great price for that right now...
 
post edited by augiem - 2021/12/04 01:02:14

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Re: Switch replacement options? Z15 2021/12/04 02:47:35 (permalink)
It's always good to watch a couple Youtube videos if you have never pulled a switch before and as said above have the proper tools. It's not the fastest process to change out all the switches and key caps but it's not that bad.

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