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    b emoji reacted to sowon for a status update, So it's officially been a week with the 62g Sakurios - and a fast week at that - and   
    So it's officially been a week with the 62g Sakurios - and a fast week at that - and I think I've already decided that these switches will not be ones I recommend purely because of how sticky and unsatisfactory they feel.
    I put three of my Tealios back in and I immediately felt right at home.
     
    Now, regarding my new keyboard, I think I'm going to halt that until November as I feel like I'm going a bit fast with how much I've been spending recently and so I'll stick with my current setup and put the Tealios back into my keyboard. I'm spending more money than I'm making on this hobby.
     
    Sakurios review coming soon.
     

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    b emoji reacted to sowon for a status update, Smol update on the Sakurios situation, I think I've managed to get accustomed to the   
    Smol update on the Sakurios situation, I think I've managed to get accustomed to the nature of it sticking somehow, although I still feel and hear the scratch and chafe of the Sakurios and it does still annoy me.
    I'm still giving these switches some time to grow on me and I will thoroughly get to know these guys, but as it stands, I'm heading back to Tealios land if these don't work out.
     
    Speaking of heading back to Tealios, I was thinking of finally starting that new keyboard project of mine when October comes with my Tealios since I have so much spare switches now. Tokyo Sakura can keep the Sakurios (very fitting) and then my new keyboard can have the Tealios and the Zeal stabs I bought along with the Zeal switches.
    While I do still have a special connection to my particular keyboard, I feel like it's time I expand my collection so I can more accurately contrast and compare switches when I have 2 full keyboards to work with.
     

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    b emoji reacted to sowon for a status update, Officially opened up an Instagram for archival purposes to store all the photography   
    Officially opened up an Instagram for archival purposes to store all the photography I've taken of all my keyswitches.  As well as posting my keyswitch photography, I'll also partake in Instagram stories so you guys can keep up with my life outside of mech keyboards.  Hope to see you there!
     
    https://www.instagram.com/sowon_switch/
     
    Also, jesus I have a lot of switches. I'm gonna need more jars!
    From left to right:
    Jar 1 - Jades, Clears, Violets, Pale Blues Jar 2 - Creams, Zilents V2, 78g Zealios V2, 62g Zealios V2, Sakurios, Roselios, Zeal stabs for some reason Jar 3 - Lubed Tealios, broken 62 Zealios V2 Jar 4 - Reds, Yellows, Blues, Browns (basically any Gateron/Cherry/Outemu mainstream switches) Jar 5 - Any lubed switches  

  4. Funny
    b emoji got a reaction from FezBoy for a status update, Tfue's new 700$ "Bespoke" KBDFANS 5 Degree Keyboard -- A case study into internet smo   
    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
    Case: 100$
    Plate: 20$
    Switches: 40$
    PCB: 55$
    Stabs: 20$
    Keycaps: 50$
    Custom caps: 40$
    Cable: 60$
    Lube: 30$
    Foam: 20$
    Springs: 13$

    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. 

    Labour: 
    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: 
    Keycult Commissions
    Nathen Kim Bespoke Commissions  

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    b emoji reacted to sowon for a status update, Thought I'd end up with Jade, But it wasn't a click, Wrote some songs about Hako, Now   
    Thought I'd end up with Jade,
    But it wasn't a click,
    Wrote some songs about Hako,
    Now I linear and lube,
    Even almost liked clickies,
    And for Red, I'm so thankful
    Wish I could say, "Thank you" to Zeals,
    'Cause it was a tactile
     
    One taught me clicks
    One taught me linears
    And one taught me lube,
    Now, I'm so amazing
    I've lubed and I've stocked,
    But that's not what I feel
    So, look what I got
    Look what lube taught me
    And for that, I say
     
    Thank you, next switch
    Thank you, next switch
    Thank you, next
    I'm so fuckin' grateful for my Creams
     

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    b emoji reacted to sowon for a status update, I think it's safe to say I'm a Zeal switches fangirl now. Spacebar, escape, & bac   
    I think it's safe to say I'm a Zeal switches fangirl now.
    Spacebar, escape, & backspace use Zealios V2 Caps lock & enter use Rosélios Shift keys use Sakurios I like using Zealios switches for certain keys as the Zealios is a tactile switch with a bump directly at the top of the keypress, it's a nice contrast to the linears I'm used to using.
    As for the Rosélios & Sakurios keys, those switches are silent silears which are 67g and 62g respectively, thought it would be cool to have those switches be a little similar to my future Tealios.
     
    Oh, and all of these Zeal switches are lubed, of course, I can't use unlubed linears comfortably anymore, it doesn't feel right.
     

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    b emoji reacted to sowon for a status update, Officially joined the linear gang on my keyboard. Goodbye Kailh Box Jades. NovelKeys   
    Officially joined the linear gang on my keyboard. Goodbye Kailh Box Jades.
     
    NovelKeys Creams x YOK Trash Pandas
     

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    b emoji reacted to sowon for a status update, NovelKeys Creams x Hako Violets x Hako Clears x YOK Trash Pandas   
    NovelKeys Creams x Hako Violets x Hako Clears x YOK Trash Pandas
     

  9. Funny
    b emoji got a reaction from floofer for a status update, Tfue's new 700$ "Bespoke" KBDFANS 5 Degree Keyboard -- A case study into internet smo   
    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
    Case: 100$
    Plate: 20$
    Switches: 40$
    PCB: 55$
    Stabs: 20$
    Keycaps: 50$
    Custom caps: 40$
    Cable: 60$
    Lube: 30$
    Foam: 20$
    Springs: 13$

    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. 

    Labour: 
    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: 
    Keycult Commissions
    Nathen Kim Bespoke Commissions  

  10. Like
    b emoji got a reaction from noxdeouroboros for a status update, Tfue's new 700$ "Bespoke" KBDFANS 5 Degree Keyboard -- A case study into internet smo   
    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
    Case: 100$
    Plate: 20$
    Switches: 40$
    PCB: 55$
    Stabs: 20$
    Keycaps: 50$
    Custom caps: 40$
    Cable: 60$
    Lube: 30$
    Foam: 20$
    Springs: 13$

    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. 

    Labour: 
    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: 
    Keycult Commissions
    Nathen Kim Bespoke Commissions  

  11. Like
    b emoji got a reaction from noxdeouroboros for a status update, My new GMK TA90 arrived! :)))   
    My new GMK TA90 arrived! :)))
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    b emoji reacted to seon123 for a status update, The split 60% case is now finished 3D-printing. I realised it's meant to use Costar s   
    The split 60% case is now finished 3D-printing. I realised it's meant to use Costar stabilisers, so the Cherry style ones won't fit at all. Ordered those. 
    I still need to clean up the cases, and one of the backs didn't end up finishing for some reason, so that will need to be redone. 
    Soldering will hopefully be done by the end of next week, since there's no school. 
     
  13. Like
    b emoji got a reaction from Dissitesuxba11s for a status update, New Ramaworks M6-B Sage Macro pad, I'm planning to use box jades in them once I can f   
    New Ramaworks M6-B Sage Macro pad, I'm planning to use box jades in them once I can find my 6 loose jade switches. 
  14. Like
    b emoji got a reaction from noxdeouroboros for a status update, New Ramaworks M6-B Sage Macro pad, I'm planning to use box jades in them once I can f   
    New Ramaworks M6-B Sage Macro pad, I'm planning to use box jades in them once I can find my 6 loose jade switches. 
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