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kevinq
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Sep 28, 2020
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I'm new to custom keyboards and quite like this design. Do I need RGB switches or will the pcb LEDs suffice? Should I get plate mount or PCB mount switches?
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Sep 28, 2020
Kiefofpolice
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Sep 30, 2020
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(If it were me, I would go ahead and get PCB mount switches for better stability, then if you ever need plate mount switches in the future you can just clip the two plastic legs off...but plate mount will work just fine too..it's ALL preference 👍) Literally any switches (PCB mount or plate mount switches will work with this. Or I guess I should say any MX stem (+) shaped will work except for optical switches. So any switches sold on Drop will work fine. Kailh, Cherry, Gatereon, JWK, Zeal, etc. SMD LEDs are soldered to the PCB (Drop ALT, CNTRL, Ducky one 2 mini, etc) So if you are hardcore about getting every ounce of RGB light shining through your backlit keycaps then just look for switches that have a line cut out from them like the ones in the pictures, or the holy pandas here on drop, or basically any switch that is sold on this website is SMD compatible. Which just means the switch has a little cut out to let the LED shine upwards illuminating the legends on backlit keycaps a little better. As far as RGB switches....I'm assuming you mean do you need clear housing switches for the RGB SMD LED on the PCB (say that 10x fast). Or do you mean switches that have an LED bulb on top of the switch (see picture below)
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No, that would be counter productive to have a switch like shown above that covers up the SMD LED located up under the switch on the PCB (and as far as I know not even possible on this keyboard since you have to solder those LEDs to the PCB after manually placing them in each switch. All you need to do is simply use a switch like the one located below, pick it up and push it down in place while making sure not to bend the two wires on the bottom and that's all you have to do. (Notice the line cut out of the top of this Halo True switch to let SMD LEDs shine through, but no you don't have to have a clear housing like this switch. It can be any color...but usually the clear housings let a little more light shine through. But with keyboards like this that have LED underglow, and individual LED backlit keys...it's really not a big difference between using something opaque like a holy panda and a switch with a clear housing. Long story short, it would be extremely hard to find a switch that would NOT work with this keyboard /PCB.
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Edit: My apologies my dude. I had way too much coffee this morning, and I just received my NK65 last night and put half NK creams and half Tangies switches with a holy panda for the spacebar...and I just want to type and type....and type. It feels so good. I think I added an extra like 4 scoops of coffee when I was half asleep and turning the coffee pot on. My fingers can't sit still.
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