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Mechanical Keyboard Club!

Great Idea, i just got my first mechanical keyboard today. Ngl the amount of sound that the blues make scares me...

 

RN im using a armaggeddon mka-5r RGB FALCON, it was $50 aud ($32 usd for all you americans) and its pretty good 

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On 5/8/2020 at 7:18 AM, Yodhan said:

I am leaning towards a Gloriois GMMK at the moment. 

I have it here in tkl format ... I'm just waiting for my switches to arrives. I can't wait to try it. 

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On 5/14/2020 at 6:05 AM, Dr0y said:

I have it here in tkl format ... I'm just waiting for my switches to arrives. I can't wait to try it. 

Let us know how you like it. 

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7 hours ago, Yodhan said:

Let us know how you like it. 

 

Ok so I just did that tonight ... I was tired of waiting for my kailh speed copper to arrive and I went and underssed my redragon k552 to put the switches in the gmmk barebones.   So I'm now using it with the outemu blue and YMDK double shot pbt keycaps with o-rings.  

 

So first impression.  The case is full aluminum top with plastic base.  It's kinda slim but quite sturdy.  There's a keycap puller included in the base of the keyboard and a keyswitch puller is included in the box as well as 2 keycaps (one orange escape key and one meant to replace some from the bottom row with the glorious logo), some stickers, cable, a 90 deg adapter for the cable and some replacement anti-slip feet. 

 

So installing the switches was really easy and you just have to be careful to place them the right way so you don't bend a pin.  After that well install the keycaps and enjoy.  You don't have to install any software for basic use of the keyboard.  There's rgb lightning with 8 fixed color and rainbow mode with quite a nice amount of mode and lighting effect and 5 light steps from off to full.  The cable is a bit stiff but it doesn't bother me that much. 

 

Typing on it feels really nice and the board doesn't move while typing.  Even tho those blue outemu are quite annoyingly loud I think they sounds a bit quieter in the gmmk than they were in their original home, the redragon k552, while using the same keycaps and o-rings I'm using now.  

 

I can't wait to receive my kailh speed copper and try them out.  I also ordered some dsa profile keycaps cause I feel the oem profile is just a bit too high for my taste. 

 

Well that's bout it for my first impressions.  In short if feels quite solid and I like to type on it.  It's the best feeling I had while typing with mechanical keyboard.  I still think that my old membrane keyboard is easier to type on probably cause of the lower weight of the keys and lower height of the keycaps. 

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16 gig of G.Skill DDR3 at 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24

Asus Z97-A USB 3.0

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Noctua NH-U12S with a second noctua NF-F12 fan
Antec 302 with stock antec 120mm and 140 mm as exhaust

1x Noctua NF-A12x15 as side exhaust

2x Noctua NF-S12A as intake

TeamGroup L5 3D Lite 1 Tb SSD

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GMMK tkl barebones with kailh speed copper and blank pbt dsa profile keycap. 

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8 hours ago, Yodhan said:

Let us know how you like it. 

I can second @Dr0y's statements for an impressed first look at the GMMK's materials and accessories (note: my switches haven't arrived yet, so I can't make any comments about typing experience... yet!).

 

Included with the GMMK are: a hot-swappable PCB, a sleek black aluminum faceplate bordered with chrome, 2 ABS keycaps, pre-installed stabilizers, a braided USB 2.0 cord (non-detachable for full size, detachable for TKL and compact), a 90° adapter, four extra rubber feet, one keycap puller, and one switch puller -- all included for $59.99, mind you (barebones, no switches or keycaps). Note that only plate-mounted switches will fit in the PCB, but you can convert PCB-mounted switches to plate-mounted ones by snipping off their plastic leg things.

 

GMMK Assembly (Timestamp: 6:00 - 22:25):

The video above showcases the main appeal of the GMMK -- the entire assembly process is tool-less.

 

If you'd like a more critical look at the GMMK, however:

The title is uninformative and clickbait-y, but the video raises a few good points (IMO), and you're getting the opinion of someone that's used the keyboard for a couple of months.

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11 hours ago, Eschew said:

all included for $59.99,

Here in canada it's 129$ on newegg plus 15% taxes cause I'm in Québec.

 

 

So my comments about the second video ... those seems like really big issues for him but might not be that important for a lot of people.   Still those are some thought to consider.  So in response to that video which I find quite interesting.  

 

Well my stabs are just fine and it can be lubed and also they are way better than those on the redragon k552.

There's plenty of plate mounted switches and I'm pretty sure most people will find something adequate without having to snap the 2 pins of those pcb mounted.  If it happens that the perfect switches one person want is pcb mounted I'm pretty sure that person won't mind to do the work and cut those extra two pins.  Also the resale value is down for people that want to use them on pcb mounted board but it's still good for people that have a plate mounted keyboard and want to try them without having to do the cutting themselves.  But I agree that it would probably not be that hard to make the gmmk compatible with both type of switches. 

I don't use the lighting on the keyboard so ...

The keycap puller is indeed not that good ... I'm waiting on a wire style puller from amazon.

I have the tkl version so I don't have the issue about the fn arrow and it was indeed the reason I went with the tkl version.  If I did want to have a nice arrow key implementation on a 60% I would have bought the anne pro 2 and forgot about the swapable switches. 

The usb port is indeed disappointing not being usb c ... and the cable is stiff and I feel like any false move might damage the micro usb connector in the keyboard.  I wish that the connector in the keyboard would be recessed in the board, something like what they did for the durgod taurus k320.  

 

All in all I quite like it and I'm really eager to try the kailh I ordered.  I just hope I will like them. 

 

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16 gig of G.Skill DDR3 at 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24

Asus Z97-A USB 3.0

Corsair HX 850 gold semi-modular PSU

Noctua NH-U12S with a second noctua NF-F12 fan
Antec 302 with stock antec 120mm and 140 mm as exhaust

1x Noctua NF-A12x15 as side exhaust

2x Noctua NF-S12A as intake

TeamGroup L5 3D Lite 1 Tb SSD

Toshiba DT01ADA200 2 Tb 7200 rpm 64mb cache

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GMMK tkl barebones with kailh speed copper and blank pbt dsa profile keycap. 

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I know the feeling of waiting for something.  I got that gmmk like 2 or 3 weeks ago and didn't realize there was a switch puller included and I was waiting for one to arrive before trying to strip the switches from my old keyboard just to type on the new one ... It happened that there was one included with the gmmk ... now I feel dumb ... I did the stripping and I'm now waiting for some gateron yellow and kailh speed copper to arrive.  always waiting ...

 

keep us posted on those switches.  I don't like clicky switches that much but i'm curious to read how they perform. 

I7 4770 non K

Sapphire nitro+ RX 590 SE

16 gig of G.Skill DDR3 at 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24

Asus Z97-A USB 3.0

Corsair HX 850 gold semi-modular PSU

Noctua NH-U12S with a second noctua NF-F12 fan
Antec 302 with stock antec 120mm and 140 mm as exhaust

1x Noctua NF-A12x15 as side exhaust

2x Noctua NF-S12A as intake

TeamGroup L5 3D Lite 1 Tb SSD

Toshiba DT01ADA200 2 Tb 7200 rpm 64mb cache

Logitech G305

GMMK tkl barebones with kailh speed copper and blank pbt dsa profile keycap. 

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My GMMK Compact should be here for on Friday. Snatched one up when they had their one day sale. I got it with Gateron Browns because they are the switch I have liked the most out of the ones I have tried. I would love to try some Zealios 65g, but haven’t gotten any yet. I also ordered a KBD67mkii and case from KBDFans, but I know that isn’t coming for a while. 

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1 hour ago, Yodhan said:

My GMMK Compact should be here for on Friday. Snatched one up when they had their one day sale. I got it with Gateron Browns because they are the switch I have liked the most out of the ones I have tried. I would love to try some Zealios 65g, but haven’t gotten any yet. I also ordered a KBD67mkii and case from KBDFans, but I know that isn’t coming for a while. 

Well at least you will have some fun with that gmmk.  Honestly for now, even with the outemu blue from my redragon, I really like it ... I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed. 

I7 4770 non K

Sapphire nitro+ RX 590 SE

16 gig of G.Skill DDR3 at 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24

Asus Z97-A USB 3.0

Corsair HX 850 gold semi-modular PSU

Noctua NH-U12S with a second noctua NF-F12 fan
Antec 302 with stock antec 120mm and 140 mm as exhaust

1x Noctua NF-A12x15 as side exhaust

2x Noctua NF-S12A as intake

TeamGroup L5 3D Lite 1 Tb SSD

Toshiba DT01ADA200 2 Tb 7200 rpm 64mb cache

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GMMK tkl barebones with kailh speed copper and blank pbt dsa profile keycap. 

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14 minutes ago, RollinLower said:

Added some new caps (the red ones).

Also changed the PCB out for an Anne Pro 2, so now she's completely wireless!

I did solder in my Kailh box blacks tough. I know this is probably a keyboard sin but I really don't like clicky switches. :/

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What cap set is that? The grey ones.

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13 minutes ago, geo3 said:

What cap set is that? The grey ones.

to be honest i'm not too sure myself. i bought them a while ago for cheap on aliexpress.

i'll see if i can find them again.

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22 hours ago, RollinLower said:

to be honest i'm not too sure myself. i bought them a while ago for cheap on aliexpress.

i'll see if i can find them again.

It looks very similar to dev/tty (the set in my avatar) but that is MT3 profile where your's is SA profile. 

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Question.

I'm getting into the rabbit hole of custom keyboards, after all, they can look so damn nice compared to the store bought alternatives. However, why aren't full sized more common? Are custom keyboard enthusiasts the hipsters of the PC world and care more about asthetics than function?

 

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Just now, SeriouslyMikey said:

care more about asthetics than function?

A lot of proponents of small boards find them more functional.  Layers let you do everything a full size can and more while not requiring you to move your hands too far from home row.  It's a learning curve but once you develop the muscle memory it's actually faster.   

 

Another advantage is ergonomics when using a mouse and also more desk space.

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7 hours ago, geo3 said:

A lot of proponents of small boards find them more functional.  Layers let you do everything a full size can and more while not requiring you to move your hands too far from home row.  It's a learning curve but once you develop the muscle memory it's actually faster.   

 

Another advantage is ergonomics when using a mouse and also more desk space.

Cheers, definitely seems to be preference then.

I'm not too bothered about the ergonomics and really enjoy having my numpad, so I don't think I could go without.

Definitely going to keep looking into custom keyboards, but for now I'll be sticking with my trust, dusty Filco.

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I have my numpad on a separate layer of the keyboard.  I find it more efficient to use that than using a numpad on the full keyboard since I can switch from letters to numbers without moving my hand position. 

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Ordered a Ducky Mecha Mini with Cherry Browns.  Should be here within a few weeks.  I'm excited but I recently became aware of the Drop Alt as well and now I'm thinking about buying one of them as well.  Maybe the high profile. 

 

I have access to like a full legit professional wood shop and I'm considering designing and making some custom keyboard cases for myself or getting a 3d printer from Micro Center to prototype some stuff.  

 

Damn this is going to get expensive fast.  

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12 hours ago, geo3 said:

People like this often go with a separate numpad as full size customs aren't really a thing. 

Shame. I'm all down with investing into a custom board, but I like full size.

 

11 hours ago, smug_lisp_weenie said:

I have my numpad on a separate layer of the keyboard.  I find it more efficient to use that than using a numpad on the full keyboard since I can switch from letters to numbers without moving my hand position. 

Sounds like we're getting into deminising returns for efficiency if I'm honest.

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