Kailh vs Gateron Hot Swap Sockets

Author: Sanket Sonavane

Publish Date: 2023-01-27

Last Updated: 2023-01-27

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While I was looking for Kailh MX HotSwap Socket , I observed that a lot of the stores had this out of stock and few of the stores had a Gateron version of the MX socket so was curious if the Gateron would be a drop in replacement for the Kailh.

Seems like the Gateron can be used as an alternative for the Kailh if its not available. I would like to summarize the article shared in references and draw out its key pointers

  • Gaterons part number is CPG151101S11 which is the same as Kailh's sockets.
  • Initial inspection shows that the measurements sure looks identical and should fit on any PCB design for the later.
  • Placing the sockets on PCB, shows that Kailh seems to be more thin.
  • There's a small hole on Gateron's fin(?) making bigger solder contact. Clips for switch pins also seems bigger compared to Kailh's. These seems to be a nice improvement.


Kailh vs Gateron Hot Swap Sockets