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9 hours ago, sowon said:

The Verge covered Taeha Types and his rise into the mechanical keyboard scene! Awesome bit of exposure for Nathan.

 

 

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TVS EGold Keyboard, one the cheapest mech keyboard available in the market when i bought it back in dec 2014 😎

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Linus also reviewed it a little while back

 


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I have an 11 year old son who wants to get into mechanical keyboards.  He knows how to solder.  Wants to do a diy project, but I don't want to spend over 100 USD on him. Really likes math, I was thinking maybe a numpad?  Please let me know of what to do for him, any projects that he could do,

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1 hour ago, Robert_Stanford said:

 

 

I have an 11 year old son who wants to get into mechanical keyboards.  He knows how to solder.  Wants to do a diy project, but I don't want to spend over 100 USD on him. Really likes math, I was thinking maybe a numpad?  Please let me know of what to do for him, any projects that he could do,

KPRepublic has a numpad, the Cospad/XD24. $21 PCB, $9 plate, and $23 case. A set of 4x 2U Everglide stabilisers are $11. You should get ~30x switches, from Novelkeys or KBDFans. Gaterons are $2,00 per 10x.


 

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1 hour ago, Robert_Stanford said:

 

 

I have an 11 year old son who wants to get into mechanical keyboards.  He knows how to solder.  Wants to do a diy project, but I don't want to spend over 100 USD on him. Really likes math, I was thinking maybe a numpad?  Please let me know of what to do for him, any projects that he could do,

Here's everything you need to build a fully functional 60% keyboard for $87

https://kbdfans.com/collections/keycaps/products/backlit-mechanical-keyboard-translucent-keycap

https://kbdfans.com/collections/gateron-swithes/products/switch-68-cherry-gateron-zealio - (pick some Gateron variant )

https://kbdfans.com/collections/60-layout-case/products/60-plastic-case

https://kbdfans.com/collections/60/products/dz60-60-pcb?variant=28607000707120 (note this variant includes stabs which you will need so don't change the options. unless you have a USB mini (not micro, they're different) cable you can save 5$ by switching that option instead of usb-c)

 

A plate is usually recommended but with this one included the price goes to $105

https://kbdfans.com/collections/plate/products/dz60-cnc-aluminum-plate

 

You maybe able to save some more by making or reusing some of the parts. A case can be 3d printed or carved from wood or made from sandwiched acrylic sheets. Key caps can be reused from an existing mechanical if you have one. 

 

IMO if he wants to get into mech keebs he would enjoy something like this a lot more than just a num pad. 

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On 4/2/2020 at 10:59 AM, Robert_Stanford said:

 

 

I have an 11 year old son who wants to get into mechanical keyboards.  He knows how to solder.  Wants to do a diy project, but I don't want to spend over 100 USD on him. Really likes math, I was thinking maybe a numpad?  Please let me know of what to do for him, any projects that he could do,

could just start him off with a cheapo macropad kit

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I'm hoping you guys can help me in my search for my first mech. I'm basically looking for the following:
- Budget of around 120, but can bump it up a bit more

- Some sort of quiet switch. Something like the cherry silent red/black seems ideal

- ISO layout, preferably with azerty-BE keycaps

- PBT keycaps

- 65% or bigger

 

So far I've only found Ducky keyboards locally here in Belgium, but apparently their belgian azerty keycaps are made of some thin ABS that rub off quite fast. My reason for wanting silent switches is because I mostly want a mech to have quality, durable keyboard that I can take apart to clean. My current keyboard has scissor switches like those of a T420, but they were clearly not made to be removed so I can clean under them. In fact, me doing so has led to several keys becoming very inconsistent. 

Currently my best bet seems to be a custom keyboard directly from Varmilo, which would come to about 125 euro for a basic 65% plus 20 euro shipping cost. 145 euro is still acceptable for me, but I'm worried that I'll have to pay some major import tax/fees that will push it straight into "I paid too much for this". 

I don't mind soldering and DIY, if that helps. Any tips or reccomendations are appreciated. 

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Is the Corsair K70 MK.2 a good keyboard? 

 

I have a Corsair Strafe for 6 years and it developed a severe key chatter.

 

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7 minutes ago, zot3 said:

Is the Corsair K70 MK.2 a good keyboard? 

 

I have a Corsair Strafe for 6 years and it developed a severe key chatter.

No. Corsair is notorious for cheap build quality relative to their price, chattering, overexposure, a mediocre at best typing experience, awful, bloated software, non-standard bottom row (which makes keycap replacement hard) and how difficult it is to take them apart.

 

May I suggest the Hexgears Supernova instead? It also doesn't have a standard bottom row but it's built better than the K70 while costing much less.


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41 minutes ago, Nowak said:

No. Corsair is notorious for cheap build quality relative to their price, chattering, overexposure, a mediocre at best typing experience, awful, bloated software, non-standard bottom row (which makes keycap replacement hard) and how difficult it is to take them apart.

 

May I suggest the Hexgears Supernova instead? It also doesn't have a standard bottom row but it's built better than the K70 while costing much less.

Forgot to mention, I'm from Portugal and I need the portuguese layout. I can't find that keyboard in any stores here.

 

What about the Ducky One 2 Skyline MX Brown?

 

I don't care about RGB, if its all black that's good for me.

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2 minutes ago, zot3 said:

Forgot to mention, I'm from Portugal and I need the portuguese layout. I can't find that keyboard in any stores here.

 

What about the Ducky One 2 Skyline MX Brown?

 

I don't care about RGB, if its all black that's good for me.

Ah, alright. I guess? I'm not really big on Cherry MX but just about anything's better than Corsair lmao


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Hey guys, I got an MK730 from Cooler Master yesterday and I really like it. The only thing I'm unsure about is the color of the keycaps. Are there any colors/sets I should be looking at to better suit the color of my desk? https://i.imgur.com/17kaz2e.jpg

 

I'm also thinking about getting about a desk mat but I'm not sure what color would look best for that either.

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2 hours ago, CptHenry said:

Hey guys, I got an MK730 from Cooler Master yesterday and I really like it. The only thing I'm unsure about is the color of the keycaps. Are there any colors/sets I should be looking at to better suit the color of my desk? https://i.imgur.com/17kaz2e.jpg

 

I'm also thinking about getting about a desk mat but I'm not sure what color would look best for that either.

Any of these look interesting.

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14 hours ago, CptHenry said:

The 1st, 4th, and 11th ones look nice.

The first set is Honeywell

OEM Profile https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=5468

DSA Profile https://www.originativeco.com/products/dsa-honeywell

SA Profile https://www.originativeco.com/products/sa-honeywell

 

The 4th is Carbon These are kind of hard to find, and there are lot's of lower quality knock offs of it

This one looks okayish: 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32885456657.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.1d0c25ddscpsDO&algo_pvid=682edd67-3f93-4e2f-9b7c-20cbfc40110e&algo_expid=682edd67-3f93-4e2f-9b7c-20cbfc40110e-29&btsid=0ab6d67915871562924387598e0449&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_

Or you could try to buy a set of r/mechmarkey.

 

11th is SA Ice/Snow caps.  Ice is uniform SA profile, Snow is sculpted SA profile.

https://pimpmykeyboard.com/sa-ice-cap-keyset/

https://pimpmykeyboard.com/sa-p-snow-cap-keyset-original/

 

Although I'm not sure if you meant 11 or 12 so 12th is MT3 Profile (Similar to sculpted SA) dev/tty caps

https://www.amazon.com/Drop-Matt3o-Keycap-Tenkeyless-Keyboards/dp/B081DFDXMV

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On 4/12/2020 at 3:00 AM, geo3 said:

This is a relatively affordable 75% option, but still a bit above your budget.

Thanks for the recommendations. After some thinking, I think I'd like to go with the 100% GMMK hotswap board. I can get it locally for 70 euro, which is about the same that 75% board you linked would cost. I figured I should probably just keep the numpad with the amount of excel and sql I do on a weekly basis. I've read good reviews on the GMMK, so I'm assuming it's a decent board without any glaring flaws? 

I'm having a hell of a time finding a keycap set in Belgian Azerty though. I'm starting to think they just don't exist at all. I'm at a point where I think I'd either get all blank keycaps, or maybe UK-ISO. I had hoped that UK-ISO would also have fancy/pretty keycap sets to maybe upgrade to at a later date. But I get the impression that all the cool keycap sets are in US-ANSI only. Maybe I just haven't been looking in the right places though. 

Those gateron silents you linked look like they'd be a good fit for me. A bit of a shame about the 25 dollar shipping cost on kbdfans but what can you do. I was looking around a bit, and apparently outemu makes some good silent stems/switches in their silent forest switch. I've also read being quiet is the only thing they excel at, everything else being lesser compared to gateron/cherry. 
I did come across this particular listing, which lists "outemu silent white" and "outemu silent greys". I've only found two reddit posts about them, apparently the whites are linear silents and the greys are tactile silents. They're pretty cheap, but I guess they're completely new because I can't find any word on them. I don't suppose any of you have thoughts about them? Or should I just stay away from outemu switches? They don't seem to get recommended a lot. 

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What switches are generally more reliable? Razer Green or Cherry MX Blues, trying to decide between a K70 MK.2 or a Blackwidow Elite. Also which ones are clickier


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17 minutes ago, Guiltyx said:

What switches are generally more reliable? Razer Green or Cherry MX Blues, trying to decide between a K70 MK.2 or a Blackwidow Elite. Also which ones are clickier

Both switches are reliable. However neither board is all that great, or reliable. 


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1 hour ago, Guiltyx said:

What switches are generally more reliable? Razer Green or Cherry MX Blues, trying to decide between a K70 MK.2 or a Blackwidow Elite. Also which ones are clickier

Both switches are reliable but neither of those boards are great. Also, if you're looking for a nice, sharp click, I'd suggest looking for boards with Kailh Box Whites.

 

 

They're pretty common in Hexgears boards!


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