Published On: February 19, 2022355 words1.8 min read

Quick Encoder Rundown

Here is a quick comparison between the encoders:

Scrolling smoothness

Kailh (smoothest) > TTC Gold > Japanese ALPS > TTC Office (most defined)

Force required for scrolling

Japanese ALPS (heaviest) > TTC Office > TTC Gold > Kailh (lightest)

If you prefer a heavier scroll with well-defined steps, we recommend the Japanese ALPS or the TTC Office.

For the lightest and smoothest scroll, we recommend a Kailh red encoder.

For something in between the two, not too heavy and not too light, we would recommend the TTC Gold.

Encoder Compatibility

In order to replace an encoder, it needs to be a mechanical encoder, not an optical one. If you aren’t sure, you can find a list of encoder heights and mice with optical encoders below.

Once you are certain you have a mechanical encoder, you need to measure the mounting height of the encoder, which will determine the encoders are compatible with your device.

Measuring your Encoder Height

To measure the height of your scroll wheel encoder, you need to take a measurement (in mm) from the base of the mounting plate to the center of the encoder wheel holder.

Some encoders will have a small number engraved somewhere on the front plate. For example, an engraved “9” means that the encoder mounting height is 9mm.

Encoder Heights For Common Mice

  • CoolerMaster MM710: 11mm
  • Ducky Feather: 9mm
  • Endgame Gear XM1, XM1r: 9mm
  • Finalmouse Ultralight 2, Starlight 12: 9mm
  • Finalmouse Air58, Ultralight Pro, Scream One: 11mm
  • Glorious Model O: 10mm
  • Glorious Model O-: 9mm
  • G-Wolves Skoll-L: 13mm
  • HyperX Pulsefire Haste: 10mm
  • Logitech G203: 10mm
  • Logitech G Pro Wireless: 8mm
  • Logitech G Pro Wireless X Superlight: 8mm
  • Ninjutso OOX (Origin One X), Katana: 13mm
  • Razer Deathadder Elite, DA v2: 14mm
  • Razer Viper Mini: 8mm
  • Razer Viper Ultimate 11mm
  • Roccat KPU (Kone Pure Ultra): 9mm
  • Roccat KPOE (Kone Pure Owl-Eye): 9mm
  • Roccat Burst Pro, Burst Core: 11mm
  • SteelSeries Rival 310, Sensei 310: 9mm
  • Xtrfy M4: 11mm
  • Xtrfy M42: 10mm
  • Xtrfy MZ1: 7mm

Optical Encoders

The following mice have optical encoders, and the encoder cannot be replaced.

  • CoolerMaster MM720
  • Logitech G302, G303, G402, G502
  • Vaxee (all mice)
  • Zowie (all mice)

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