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Ouch. My wallet hurts.

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MGK64 Update - Smooth Criminal
I tried thinking of a clever title but my brain kinda be lethargic today. :derpdorp:


MGK64 + Durock Lavender Linears
…I got these back in mid-June, from Den.
I’M SORRY I TOOK THIS LONG. I HAVE NO EXCUSES. :sob:


MGK64 + Gentleman Blank XDA Keycaps
$26.90 from KPrepublic (Aliexpress). Received them early-September.
KPrepublic’s email marketing worked, heh.

Lavender Linears + Gentleman Keycaps = Smooth Criminal.
Or something.


MGK64 - Durock Lavender Switches + XDA Keycaps (Fast)

MGK64 - Durock Lavender Switches + XDA Keycaps (Slow)


65g?

Toooooooooo light. The switches are waaay too light for my tastes.
It’s so light, it’s a little bit fatiguing to type on?! :rofl:
(This is a 'Chew thing – I’m fairly certain 65g won’t be an issue for other people.)

Other than its almost featherlight weight (to my fingers), the Lavenders are a’ight. No need for any filming, IMO. Perhaps could use some lube (re-lubing?). Definitely needs a spring swap, if I’d even consider daily driving these. :sweat_smile:

The transparent housing works very well with RGB. :partyparrot:

Hm. Though, for $0.70-ish per switch, unless the colorway is particularly attractive to someone’s tastes, I’d maaaybe suggest picking Tangies or Gateron Inks over the Lavenders.

As they are currently, I like 'em well enough. They’re just, visually distinct, but fairly mundane / decently “safe” in feel.

The Blank XDA keycaps, I think, uh, I ordered them intending to use them with the NIU40. :thinking:
…That I also received a lifetime ago and haven’t played around with yet. :dedbodi:
But hey! Finally some color in my keyboards, lol.

Very happy that I bought the black Tofu60 case. Matte black on matte black is always so satisfying. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Now, it’d be really great if someone, somewhere, decided to make some blank black, OEM / XDA / non-Cherry profile, PBT keycaps with lime green modifiers. I’d totally buy it in a heartbeat.

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’Chew’s Switches!
FINALLY GOT RID OF THE ZIPLOC BAGS. :tired_face:
Most of them, anyway.

Switch Inventory (Top to Bottom, Left to Right)

Linear Column 1

  • Springs Box
    • Gateron Ink Black Springs
    • Gateron Silent Ink Black Springs
    • Gold-Plated Springs (150g)
    • Two-Stage Long Springs (150g)
  • Modded Silent L7 (TS-150g) Switches
    • + Durock L7 Springs
    • + Durock L7 Stems
    • + Gazzew Silent Linear Stems
  • Modded Silent Ink Black (150g) Switches
  • Modded Ink Black (150g) Switches
    • + Gateron Ink Black Switches
    • + Mangled Modded Ink Black (150g) Switches

Linear Column 2

  • Durock Lavender Switches
  • Modded BOX Light Gray Switches
    • + Kailh BOX Ancient Gray Switches
  • Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches

Tactile Column

  • Zealio V2 Switches
  • Halo Clear Switches
  • Modded Hako Royal Clear Switches

Clicky Column

  • Kailh BOX Navy Switches
  • Kailh BOX Jade Switches
  • Kailh BOX Glazed Green Switches
  • Kailh Speed Gold Switches

Boxes are these 16-oz Plastic Containers I nabbed off Amazon.

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Retro Apple Font Keycap Set (Aliexpress from KPrepublic)

  • Dye-Subbed PBT
  • DSA Profile
  • Hiragana (Sub?) Legends

Neato clean keycap set that caught me eye. :eyes:

For folks that are interested, try using code 503KRKB3J4T1 (Aliexpress) during checkout.


Will probably hold off on keeb purchases for a while. Currently possessed by a weeb mood swing, kek.
Also, GMK this, new switch that, deskmat the other thing – nothing’s really caught my eye. Tch. ¯_( ᓀ 3 ᓂ)_/¯

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Scrolling thru Amazon for anything interesting and touchscreen keebs caught m’ eye. :eyes:


Logitech TK820

Low profile, claustrophobic laptop-like layout, and oddly-shaped, slim (read: fragile?) frame – but!
A hybrid drawing tablet + TKL keeb seems like an interesting concept.

Like, stylus + large drawing pad, not an Apple Touch Bar or awkwardly placed screen like the FICIHP Multifunctional Keyboard.
I imagine trying to fine-tune the touchscreen sensitivity + tracking would be a bit trying, tho.

Currently trending in custom keebs are rotary encoders, QMK compatibility, and hot-swappability. Mini OLED screens pop up every now and then, dunno if they’ll gain any traction – a bit lacking on the pragmatic use / interactive front, methinks?

Otherwise, haven’t really seen anything particularly innovative. Tho, I also don’t check DIY circles.

(By DIY, I mean keebs like the mini_cardboard and eLiXiVy – starting / designing from the PCB upwards.)

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Aura Mech - PSA / Cautionary Tale
Didn’t feel this topic was current / newsworthy enough for https://keebvendorlist.com/ (Vendors List Thread), though it does concern a #KeebWeeb vendor. Not a fan of mixing up drama with actual news.

So instead I’ma dig up receipts and just hand out the popcorn here, kek.

Summary
Back around Apr / May 2020, Aura Mech hosted a Group Buy for the Bloody Thirsty Wrist Rest:


Bloody Thirsty Wrist Rest
Product Page Image.

Unfortunately, it seems the Group Buy never delivered for many. Customers claim they never received any communication from Aura Mech until the Group Buy was cancelled, and after the cancellation, no refunds, store credit, discounts, or any other forms of reimbursement were provided.

Another customer seems to have received the Wrist Rest, but it’s starkly different from what was advertised:


Bloody Thirsty Wrist Rest
Source: r/mechmarket Listing by u/Mc_Eggroll.

Read More: Caution against ordering from AuraMech from r/MechanicalKeyboards (Nov 11, 2020).


Now, fast forward 1.5 year(s) later, in Aura Mech’s Discord:


Thread Title:
Anthony is a SCAMMER he ripped of multiple 100 of customers with his blood wirst rest GB.

For context, Anthony is Aura Mech’s founder, owner, whatever you call it.

I haven’t seen a response to this thread-spam, or other customer inquiries, in the Aura Mech Discord.

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Wow, this looks like they cast some resin, it turned out terribly, then they just chopped it up and shipped it w/o any finishing work. The literal least they could have done was finish out the pieces.

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I bought a Cablemod coiled cable.

tl;dr: It is definitely a cable and does cable things.

Super detailed review:

It is definitely a cable and does cable things.
The Type-C connector fits well and isn’t jank like others in its price class.
The paint job on the connector is merely okay. Not the best I’ve seen, not the worst.

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Did some long overdue keyboard chores this morning. Deadeye over on keebtalk lubed some Boba U4Ts for me way back in October. I gave the board and keycaps a good cleaning and swapped in the new switches. They feel absolutely wonderful. There’s a good deal more meat to the thock than the T1. Though those were plenty tactile.

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20220320-2L1A4554

The Heavy-9 is finally complete!

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Drop is running a limited GMK sale!

GMK Laser, White on Black, Red Samurai, Hennessey, and Pixel are discounted and in stock if y’all are interested:
(Local keyb bud’s affiliate link, FYI: https://dro.ps/vinexi-gmk-sale)

Not too many memorable sets, but I’m definitely tempted to pick up Laser: We shall see.

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I purchased the Feker IK75 to replace the LK67 I literally just got.
What was wrong with the LK67? The mode switch didn’t stay in place, so it ended up killing itself in my bag a lot. I’m sure I could fix it with minimal effort, but I get bored easily lol.

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I am most excited to try the new Mute Cotton feature this board has. :rofl:

Pulled it apart to swap in the polycarb plate and replace the stabs. They are kinda skinny and the space bar falls off. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of the lower end boards coming with multiple layers of foam. Sure, it’s a crutch to make cheaper stuff sound better, but it’s better to have it then not.

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Done! I had to grab some other snap-in stabilizers because the stock ones did not want to hold my space bar. I lubed the housings with Krytox, balanced the wires, and lubed them with dielectric grease. I thought about Holee modding the housings, but then I remembered I don’t hate myself. They feel very good even without going off the deep end with mods. I also recommend swapping in the PC plate. It adds a bit of a lush quality to the typing feel that I can’t quantify other than that word, but I like it.

All-in-all, it’s about 89% of the experience of my main MX board.

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And that’s the setup in its final form!
I really really really really like this setup.

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Fuck it I’m gonna ruin everyone’s day: My new favorite keyboard might just be the MX Keys I picked up (specifically I got the Mac variant). If Logitech made a gaming brother to the it with the same “switches” (maybe a bit less force required to actuate), a similar key shape to the ones on my G Pro (but still chiclet style), per-key rgb, and made thicker for more battery with adjustable feet… Boy I would spend unreasonable amounts of money on that.

Don’t get me wrong, overall I still prefer my G Pro for gaming, mainly just because of per-key RGB I can set up to remind me of what all the controls are, but the fact that the MX Keys has a nice and quiet sound is great. No more sounding like I’m trying to burrow my way through the core of the planet typing.

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Another year, another keeb roundup.

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The Tiger80 in Silver
Lubed Gazzew Boba LT
GMK Shoko Keycaps
TX Stabilizers - Krytox 205g0 lubed housings, dielectric greased wires
3 layers of painter’s tape on PCB

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PolyCaps Code PBT Keycap Set (Kinetic Labs)
…There’s no image of the full keycap set, but the site lists it as a 147-keycap set.

  • Double-Shot PBT
  • Cherry Profile
  • ANSI Layout, 147 Keycaps
  • Bright Green-on-Black Colorway

Freaking. Cherry. Profile.
[Shakes fist.]

Would’ve been perfect – and would’ve been the first legended keycap set I’d buy – if it were OEM. :weary:

YOU WERE SO CLOSE TO GREATNESS. AAAAAAAAAARGH.
(ノಠДಠ)ノ︵ ┻━┻

I know TKC had a run of Infinikey Portico Terminal Green keycaps that were also bright green-on-black, but that set only had enough keycaps to outfit their compact Portico keyboard. Can’t remember whether it was Cherry or OEM profile, but knowing TKC’s trash taste, it’s probably Cherry.

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That looks cool.

And again something prevents me from buying new keycaps.

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