I priced out my 'endgame' keyboard and it's getting to $680
Why? The experience can't be that great. I prefer the logitech K800 butterfly switches to my logitech mech.
Instead of full sized keyboards, it might be interesting (and cheaper) to go for an ergonomic 40 or 60% with a split space bar. I’m pretty enamoured myself by the idea of programmable layers.
Topre or bust.
I can enjoy many headphones. Swithing out keyboards is not as easy and switching out keycaps even worse. I have 3 and that is still one too many between 2 computers.
I admit that 75% of the cost is looks. There are some stuff that matter like brass plates and damping, but most of the costs is aesthetic.
That being said, sometimes I just want to try a different form factor and they don't exists in any form except with mechanical switches. Cheapest ergodox is going to cost me $100 to build.
Recently got into the hobby myself.. Maxed out a topre and am about to max out a custom MX board. Help
I'm digging low-profile mech keyboards these days. Is there a Topre low-profile option? I had a Realforce some years ago but I think it would feel too high profile for my current preferences.
I've looking at low-profile switches too. Mainly for a personal project for a portable typewriter.
The Cherry switches don't seem available for DIY use yet, so I'll need to go with the Kailh switches.
The additional expense for a premium keyboard doesn't seem like a waste either. Keyboards are probably the one piece of hardware that can last for decades. IBM keyboards from the 80s can still find use today
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