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verstandinvictus
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Oct 6, 2017
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Be aware this does NOT use MX-type switches, and thus cannot be used with custom keycaps other than what comes on it. They're using their own center-lit switch type: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AZIO/Retro_Classic/images/disassembly-7.jpg
Damn shame. I'd have loved to put SA Oblivion or SA 1965 on this.
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Oct 6, 2017
diggergig
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Oct 6, 2017
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It does look bloody nice, though. I mean, popping typewriter keycaps onto any other board just wont feel the same now I've seen this.
Oct 6, 2017
Elrick
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Oct 8, 2017
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OOOhhhh, these could be another version of Romer-G switches.
Wish I knew who the manufacturer was because they are the very best at only focusing light through the Legends, without any extra light spillage around the switch.
Oct 8, 2017
verstandinvictus
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Oct 8, 2017
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They're Kailh/Kailhua. Generally considered among the worst MX-type manufacturers.
Oct 8, 2017
Elrick
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Oct 8, 2017
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You're sprouting old rhetoric here.
They have indeed picked up their quality just like all of them in China, to help compete against others in a very crowded field. Also Kailh have developed some very new switch designs as of late not touched by others, so now they are pushing the boundaries of old Cherry switch design and adding something extra.
You have to give them that, whilst most others are content in copying these guys want to produce something new and unique. Whether they achieve it is too early to say.
Oct 8, 2017
verstandinvictus
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Oct 9, 2017
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Hey, I run Outemus or Gaterons depending on the board, and I can't tell the difference between them and actual Cherry switches. Never used Kailh, can't speak to them, but people who swear they can feel a difference think there is one, so *shrug* Just providing information for anyone who might want it.
And yes, these are innovative as hell, though I'd have much preferred if MX compatibility had been maintained somehow (like, maybe the through-light circle could have matched the outer profile of the MX key stem, with a lip halfway down to set depth?)
Oct 9, 2017
Elrick
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Oct 9, 2017
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What has happened is that the old Cherry patent had finished and simply disappeared hence we are all getting these little companies jumping onboard to produce a variety of new Cherry-styled switches.
Great for us but some of them have decided to push the envelope of design and they are trying to pursue a different course. It also means we now have an opportunity to use a huge variety of switches, never before experienced when dealing with the traditional Cherry-like design.
I'm still trying to find out more about these new switches installed inside this keyboard but I suspect, I shall buy one keyboard to find out how they work and whether or not they will last.
Oct 9, 2017
djpr
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Oct 9, 2017
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Oh, wow, they've obviously changed the type of switch. My AZIO has cherry compatible stems.
Oct 9, 2017
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