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  • linuxgeex
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    An unfortunate side-effect of their decision to make the keys identical other than 3 sizes and the silkscreening - the keys all face directly up. That's exceptionally poor ergonomics for a $285 keyboard. If they're going to have all the keys in a single plane then they should have constructed this with the new short-travel half-height mechanical/optical switches from Cherry or Gateon. The negative impact of these poor ergonomics is reduced with a keyboard that has less key travel, and is why it's possible to type all day on a laptop keyboard despite its crappy ergonomics.

    Or they need to offer a set of sensible keycaps with it. Because dropping another $80 for a replacement set with the appropriate inclination per row makes this a $365 keyboard and that is pure Gonzo.

    I'm also a little disappointed that they didn't use something like the ESP32 WROOM for the SOC, because that would have given them bluetooth connectivity. Then they could have offered a bluetooth model, and there's only a small handful of players in the RGB Mechanical Bluetooth keyboard market, and the price is high, so they could been much more competitive and accessed more market, improving their economy of scale.

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  • stiiixy
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    Why not get a rechargeable/USB directional lamp...? Can use it for more than just laptop use in the dark, as well.

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  • Sonadow
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    Can't stand mechanical keyboards. IMO they are the worst thing ever. My preference is for laptop-style scissor switches on a split ergonomic keyboard.

    Have been using this for three years and can no longer imagine using any other keyboard: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/acce...ew%3aprimaryr2



    Not even Logi's new K860 can compete with it.

    Only downside is it has no backlighting, so I either have to try typing blindly in my siblings are sleeping in the same room, or turn up the display to have it illuminate the keyboard.

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  • Sonadow
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    Originally posted by Quackdoc View Post

    Nah. it is to look cool, you shouldn't be on a PC in a dark room anyways. so back lights are actively a bad thing in that regard.
    I share a room with my younger sister and brother. Turning on the lights is not always an option, so backlighting is the next best compromise. Useful when I am on a laptop as the keyboard has backlighting, but not much when on the workstation my keyboards don't have them.
    Last edited by Sonadow; 13 May 2021, 09:25 PM.

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  • Sonadow
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    Originally posted by extremesquared View Post

    Lights on expensive keyboards never made much sense to me anyway. Are there a lot of people who can't touch type but still spend almost 300usd on a keyboard?

    One such person here.

    Touch typing is quite a pointless skill to have anyway, imo. Every keyboard differs slightly in key placement and size, even if they all use standard QWERTY or AZERTY layouts. All touch typing does is to provide a false sense of confidence that immediately disappears as soon as the keyboard is switched out.

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  • Quackdoc
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    Originally posted by ThoreauHD View Post
    This is very cool, but isn't the point of keyboard backlighting to see the keys at night? They look like solid caps.
    Nah. it is to look cool, you shouldn't be on a PC in a dark room anyways. so back lights are actively a bad thing in that regard.

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  • stiiixy
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    Well, it might have an immediate market in Australia and NZ, as we both use the US keyboards.

    Personally, I'm finding this keyboard underwhelming, and at AUD$500, it's be selling a landslide to a Swiss.

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  • elatllat
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    If it were cheaper, thinner, and visible in the dark... It's like a low end Optimus Maximus keyboard.
    Last edited by elatllat; 13 May 2021, 04:59 PM.

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  • extremesquared
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    Originally posted by sandy8925 View Post

    I guess you've never had to type in low light/darkness.........
    I regularly do that. Spending a few weeks learning the position of every key by touch is an extremely good investment if you use computers as part of work. Then learn the keyboard shortcuts of your DE and most used programs. Though I am embarrassed to admit that 90% of vim still confuses me.

    Regarding insert, I believe most of these boutique keyboards put Insert, Print screen, and Scroll lock on the function key layer, and let the user customize it back into the main layer.
    Last edited by extremesquared; 13 May 2021, 04:51 PM.

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  • isantop
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    Originally posted by sandy8925 View Post

    My membrane keyboard lasted 5 years and cost $45.............pretty sure my $100 mechanical keyboard will last much longer than that.
    The nice part about Launch is that the wear items (switches) are swappable, so if one fails, you can easily replace it. And the durable construction would help it last longer.

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