YouTube normalization is not a rabbit hole you wanna go down.
For reference, this normalization volume?
It can have normalization values from 0.971 to 1.041dB. 0.951 and 0.961 point to 90% 1.0dB and 1.051 and 1.061 point to 89% 1.1dB.
Tfue's new 700$ "Bespoke" KBDFANS 5 Degree Keyboard -- A case study into internet smooth brains
Tfue's new "bespoke" keyboard may look fancy at first but it is far from being worth 700$, and Viper the "custom keyboard builder" is far from what he says he is and is especially scamming poor kids into buying hilariously overpriced keyboards. Parts
Taking a deeper look at the keyboard uncovers that it uses a KBDFANS 5 Degree case which is a very low-quality keyboard case for beginners in the custom keyboard community, and can be found usually for less than 100usd, KBDFANS has them on sale for 88usd and Massdrop has it on sale right now for just 65usd. The plate used is a cheap 19usd Polycarb Plate, the cheapest option other than plateless.
Then the switches, the switches used are Hako Royal Clears from Novelkeys which are ok but not great, for 700usd you would except something like Zeal switches, Holy Pandas or Vintage Blacks but no, you get 55 cent switches. 40usd for 70 switches
PCB is a 55usd DZ60RGB HOTSWAP yeah you heard it there, hotswap, paying 400$ for some idiot online to put switches on a hotswap keyboard what a steal.
Stabilizers used are GMK screw ins which are pretty nice once modded which it is thankfully.
Keycaps 50usd taihao miami set for 700usd you would expect more than oem profile caps that feel like sandpaper, you would expect something like gmk or pmk
Custom ESC Enter and Space bar: You can get them printed here for max 40usd
Custom cables go for around 35usd to 50usd we'll say he paid 60usd for this.
Lube Viper used GPL 106 oil to lube the switches which I thought was un-need and pretty stupid as box switches benefit very very little from lube and his lubing technique is far from good. Not sure what he used for the stabs but I'll say he used 205g0 and Dielectric Grease which puts the price for lube at 30usd
Springs - there was a spring swap performed on the stream where the stock switches are replaced with some gold ones, assuming he choose the most expensive option, spirt that would have cost him 13$.
Foam cutouts were also used 20$
That adds up to
Custom caps: 40$
That gives us a total of 448$ for parts and expenses. Keep in mind these prices have been rounded up and a similar build could be easily achieved for around 300usd.
The PCB of the keyboard is a hotswap board yeah that's right HOTSWAP which means there's almost no effort in building this board no solder just pop in the switches. Clipping and lubing and bad-aid moding stabilizers are simple af, anyone above the age of 8 could do it with some lube, a brush, scissors and nail clippers. Lubing: lubing is completely unneeded with these box switches, they are already quite smooth and factory lubed and lubing has little to no benefit in this case, and his lubing method is questionable. Lubing devalues switches in my opinion unless you're some very well known and respected builder. Putting on keycaps is something that a money could do.
I would pay MAX 20$
That gives us $468 and that gives about a 150usd profit margin.
For than 700usd I built this Ramaworks m65 a very high quality Aluminium case with a brass plate and weight, with 62g Zilents at 1.2usd per switch lubed with 3204, with Modded Zeal stabilizers, and with a high-quality GMK Solarized dark key set.
The worst part of this is this dude is selling these "bespoke builds" and it's working as shown by the form stating delays due to HIGH DEMANDS. Looking at his works most of his "customs" are just keyboards with cheap parts with hotswap pcbs, and I'm not sure if this dude even knows how to solder.
If you want an actual bespoke keyboard or someone to assemble your keyboard I suggest you get: Lower end:
Getting a hotswap pcb and just putting in switches yourself (Literally takes no effort)
KBDFANS Pre-assembled PCBS/Kits Higher end:
Qlavier Acrylic Customs
Nathen Kim aka TaehaTypes assembly service Very High end:
Nathen Kim Bespoke Commissions