An Overview of Outemu Red Linear Switches? – All You Need to Know


Outemu Red linear switches is another mechanical keyboard switch that keeps trending among Esports gamers and office workers due to smooth keypress feeling and quiet operating sound. In fact, their operating or bottom-out force makes perfect during competitive games because the actuation force is 50g or bottom-out force is 62g. So let your hair down, here is a complete guide for beginners who want to purchase these mechanical switches at an affordable price and make their gaming career fantastic.

What Exactly Is Outemu Red Linear Switches?

Every man and his dog confused with Outemu red linear switches because they think they’re not exactly mechanical switches, they only consider Gateron Red or Cherry MX red linear mechanical switches. But mark my words, they’re 100% mechanical switches due to their actuation force and build quality and they are not optical switches. 

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Moreover, these red switches provide 2.1 mm pre-travel distance and the total travel distance is 4 mm. Also, these mechanical switches offer smooth keystroke feel while typing and their fast operating force enhances their gaming skills or you’ll easily beat your enemy with fast keypress performance. On the other hand, if your office workers don’t like your keystroke sound and they are always frustrated with our typing then quickly choose this keyboard switch. After that, no one disturbs your fast typing because these switches offer two in one properties similar to Gateron yellow linear switches.

Switch typeLinear
Switch brandOutemu Red
ManufacturerOutemu Switches
Top housing materialPOM
Bottom housing materialPOM
Mount typePOM (5-pin)
Stem constructionStandard
Stem materialPOM Transparent 
Actuation weight50g
Bottom-out weight60g
Switch SoundQuiet
Pre-travel distance2.1mm
Total travel distance4mm
Suitable Gaming and Typing

The performance of Outemu Red switches is notable right out of the box. Lubrication can improve the smoothness of these switches, although some users report that they aren’t as smooth as other switches. Lubricating the switches can help to smooth out the keypress and reduce the noise generated during typing. It is important to apply the appropriate pre-lubricant, as too much or too little can affect the performance and lifespan of the switches.

Pros and Cons Outemu Red Linear Switches

To make a quick decision, consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type before making a choice. You should also get your linear switch of choice. Here are some advantages and disadvantages.

  • Smooth, consistent feel: These linear switches have a soft and consistent keystroke feeling without any bumps or loud noises. You can also improve their typing and gaming key push speeds.
  • Quiet Operation: The keystroke noise is quiet enough for offices or shared areas, which frustrates everyone. They support night gaming.
  • Long life: These switches are long-lasting, reliable, and can handle up to 50,000,000 keystrokes.
  • Customization options: The Outemu Red Linear switch can be customized with various keyboard keycaps. Its standard MX-style stem makes it compatible with a wide range of aftermarket keycaps.
  • Budget Friendly: The Outemu Red switches are affordable compared to other mechanical switches for gaming and typing.
  • Lack of Tactile: Linear switches lack tactile feedback, unlike tactile or clicky switches, which produce a noticeable bump upon pressing the key.
  • Switch wobble: Some users reported experiencing a slight amount of play and wobble when installing Outemu Red on keyboards. Some users may not notice it, but it can be an annoyance.

Characteristics of Outemu Red Linear Switches?

There are several unique characteristics of outemu red linear switches that make your day over moon;

Characteristics of Outemu Red Switches?

Switch Type 

Outemu Red is a linear mechanical switch due to its smooth and quick keystroke feel. Tactile or clicking mechanical switches do not produce any loud noises or tactile bumps, so linear switches are also a good option.

Actuation Force – 50g 

These switches are popular because of their high actuation force which is 50g (the actuation is the force required to start a keystroke). Mechanical switches are less difficult to activate than other switches, with an actuation force of 45g. They are ideal for fast-typing and competitive gaming.

Bottom Out Force (60g) 

The bottom-out force for these switches is 60g. The force required to depress the switch fully and have it bottom out on its PCB or plate is indicated. The linear switches are also perfect for rain because of their smooth keystrokes and lack of tactile feedback. Some users like a bit more resistance while typing.

Travel distance – 2mm to 4mm 

According to testing, Outemu Red pre-travel is 2mm. (The pre-travel distance for a linear switch refers to how far the switch stem has to travel before it registers or actuates a keystroke. The pre-travel distance of the Outemu Red is 2mm (The pre-travel distance of a linear switch refers to the distance that the switch stem must travel before it actuates or registers a keystroke. Plus, the total travel time is 4mm. This is similar to Gateron, durock POM and dogikon linear switch.

Durability – 50 Million Keystroke 

These linear switches are known for their durability. They have a lifetime rating of 50,000,000 keystrokes. Each switch is built to be used for long periods without losing responsiveness.

No Sound

The sound level is relatively low compared to that of other linear switches. There are several reasons for this, including the use of polyoxymethylene, a material that reduces noise and friction, and a unique stem design. The sound level is not distracting or loud when Outemu red switches are pressed. The sound is comparable to Apple MX Blue and Gateron Yellow linear switches.

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Parts of Outemu Red Linear Switches

Outemu Red linear switch keyboard is made up of several key components:

Housing The top housing is made of polycarbonate. It protects the switch from dust and moisture. The bottom housing also contains the contact leaf, which registers keystrokes.

Stem: POM is used for the stem. The stem is the central portion of the switch that connects to the keycap. It moves up and downward when the switch is activated.

Coil spring: With a length of 16mm, this coil spring provides resistance and actuation for the switch.

Metal leaves: The contact leaf is an extremely thin metal piece inside the switch, which contacts the PCB upon activation. This signals to the computer when a key is pressed.

Metal Pins: These metal pins, which protrude from the bottom housing, attach the switch to the circuit board and provide an electrical connection.

These switches have a unique look with their clear top housing paired with a colored bottom, giving them a distinct appearance. The stem is designed to work with Cherry MX keycaps. This makes it a popular option for keyboard enthusiasts.

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