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Overview

The HMX Violet linear switch is featured in the WOBKEY Rainy75 Lite and Standard editions and the JWK WOB is a linear switch that is featured in the Rainy75 Pro edition. 

Product Details

HMX Violet Linear Switch

  • Switch Type: Linear
  • Stem Material: POM
  • Top Housing Material: PC
  • Bottom Housing Material: PA
  • Operating Force: 45g
  • Mount: 5 pin
  • Pre Travel: 2.0±0.3mm
  • Total Travel:  3.5±0.5mm
  • Factory Lubed: Light Factory Lubed

WOBKEY Rainy75 Keyboard Switch: HMX Violet Linear

JWK WOB Linear Switch

  • Switch Type: Linear
  • Stem Material: POM
  • Top Housing Material: PA
  • Bottom Housing Material: PA
  • Operating Force 40g
  • Bottom Out Force: 50g
  • Mount: 5 pin
  • Pre Travel: 2.0±0.3mm
  • Total Travel:  3.5±0.3mm
  • Factory Lubed: Light Factory Lubed

Switch Sound

The HMX Violet is consistent with the classic HMX sound profile: clean and bright. For reference, the HMX Violet sounds similar to HMX Cheese and sounds slightly brighter and higher pitched than the HMX Hyacinth. In comparison to the JWK WOB, the HMX Violet has a slightly more solid and harder sound possibly due to the PC top housing. 

Here are some sound tests of the HMX Violet:

As the JWK WOB and the HMX Violet both have a long pole stem, they have the signature long pole sound profile. The JWK WOB sounds similar to the HMX Violet but deeper, possible due to the heavier spring or the PA top housing, in comparison to the PC top housing of the HMX Violet.

Here are some sound tests of the JWK WOB:

Switch Feel

The HMX Violet and the JWK WOB both come slightly factory lubed. In their stock form from the factory, both the HMX Violet and the JWK WOB are smooth with little to no scratch. The HMX Violet has almost no stem wobble, consistent with the rest of the HMX line. The JWK WOB also has tight tolerances and little stem wobble, but in comparison to the HMX Violet there is a slight stem wobble. 

Things to Note

Modifications such as adding switch films usually help minimize housing wobble, but the HMX Violet does not seem to require due to its tight housing. The switch sounds and feels great in stock form straight from the factory. For the JWK WOB, we think adding films helps minimize stem wobble. 

Comparisons to Other Switches

HMX Violet vs JWK WOB

  • HMX Violet has a PC top housing while JWK WOB has a PA top housing.
  • Both HMX Violet and JWK WOB have a PA bottom housing and a POM stem. 
  • HMX Violet has a slightly heavier spring at 45g compared to the JWK WOB spring at 40g.
  • HMX Violet and JWK WOB have similar travel distances with a pre-travel of about 2.0mm and a total travel of about 3.5mm.
  • HMX Violet has a relatively brighter and more solid sound profile than the JWK WOB, which has a relatively deeper and softer tone. 
  • HMX Violet has slightly tighter housing tolerances and less stem wobble than the JWK WOB.

HMX Violet vs HMX Hyacinth V2U

  • HMX Violet has a PA bottom housing while the HMX Hyacinth V2U has a modified nylon housing. 
  • Both the HMX Violet and the HMX Hyacinth V2U have a PC top housing and a POM stem.
  • HMX Violet has a slightly brighter and louder sound profile than the HMX Hyacinth V2U, possibly due to the HMX Violet having a longer stem and the HMX Violet having a PA bottom housing. 

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