Everyone's expectation is different. Although I have high hope for Holy Panda, I tried to keep my expectation in check. I have not tried all the switches under the sun nor do I have all type of key caps at my arsenal; but I do have quite a few to compare. I used to like clicky heavy switches and Cherry MX Blue were my go to switch. Four out of eight keyboards I currently own came with Cherry MX Blue out of the box. Two are Gateron Blue and one was Cherry MX Brown. I don't like liner type switches, but I like tactile switches.
I grew tired of Cherry MX Blue after I started comparing tactile feedback and sound signature against different type of keycaps, and numerous other switches. In my option, Cherry MX Blue performs better than all three Gateron switches (Blue, Brown, Green) I tired. There is one thing that Cherry MX Blue really irritates me. That is the ringing sound I heard across all keycaps on Cherry MX Blue when I bottom out. Every time after I press down a key and release it, it gives me this subtle ring that keeps getting louder the faster I type. But none of the switches I tried came close to overall feel and sound of Cherry MX Blue until I tried Hako switches. Only Hako Royal True sounds better than Cherry MX Blue, but it was too heavy compared to Cherry MX Blue.
When I compare Cherry MX Blue to Hako Royal True, it gave me the tactile feedback and sound signature I was looking for. I want something that sound like Hako Royal True but with lighter tactile that is closer to Cherry MX blue. I knew if I can get a switch lighter tactile than Hako Royal True, but a similar but more subtle feel than Cherry MX Blue, I can retire from this hobby. At least from the key switches and PCB layouts. Then, I read about Holy Panda switch that combined two switches into one to give unique sound signature. I listened to typing tests around the Internet and checked their tactile signature against all switches. I blindly pull a trigger on 110 switches twice on Drop. One set for Kira keyboard at work and another for my GK 84 at home with some switches to spare.
I have never been happier to type and hear the Holy Pandas with either SA or DSA profiles. My search for perfect switch has ended. I found my holy grail. I am more than happy with my purchase. Holy Panda has stretch the itch I was having for 5 years.
I'd like to preface this with I did not open these switches up and lube them. These are stock. Everything feels fine to me, not sure why people are so upset.
While I was waiting for these I ordered some yok housings with some halo trues and 68g sprit springs + 3203 lube and figured it would be the same. These were totally different and more tactile. Maybe it's the 68g sprit that made them not the same I'm not sure.
I also bought some 67g zealios v2 and I don't understand how people say these are more tactile than holy pandas. Holy pandas were much better than zealios v2 for sure.
I have shared my these 3 different switches with my coworkers and we are in agreement that the holy pandas were the best out of the 3. They are endgame switches for sure and I'll probably have to buy more than the 180 I bought on the first drop
With a name like Holy Panda, these switches had to be epic. Made with stems from Halo Clears or Halo Trues, with the housing found on Invyr Panda switches, Holy Panda switches combine the best of two worlds. The result is a snappy, tactile switch that is satisfying to type on. This time around we won't be pre-lubing the switches. As the original tooling is too damaged to make a new run, this batch will be made with updated tooling. It’s also worth noting that due to the opaque housing, they won’t let as much per-switch lighting through as some switches.
Add-on KBDfans x ai03 2-in-1 Aluminum Switch Opener
Like a little metal briefcase on your keychain, this two-in-one aluminum switch opener goes anywhere you go in style. Secured by magnets, it has two sides: one for Cherry MX switches, the other for Kailh BOX switches. To open a switch, just press it into the prongs on the corresponding side and watch as it opens up.
Optional Add-On Everglide Panda Gold-Plate Mounted Stabilizer Set
Take your PCBA one step closer to a completed board with a set of Panda Gold-Plated Stabilizers from Everglide. True to their name, these stabilizers feature gold-plated alloy wires, which have superior hardness and oxidation resistance compared to traditional metal wires. The stabilizers themselves are made from a lightweight and durable polymer and manufactured in a high-precision mold to minimize noise when typing.
Optional Add-On Everglide V2 Screw-In Stabilizer Set
Strong, smooth, and see-through, Everglide’s first stabilizer set was a big hit in the mech keys community. Now, the second generation has arrived with updated housings and two additional colorways. Like their predecessors, the V2 stabilizers work with MX-compatible PCBs and drastically reduce typing noise. Where they improve on the first generation’s design is in their pop-out resistance: each stabilizer features updated housings that do an even better job staying put during custom builds. Gold plating provides excellent hardness and oxidation resistance, while colorful components add extra flair to any board. With "pre-clipped” inserts to eliminate the need for feet clipping, plus specially shaped outer casings to prevent threads from stripping, these stabilizers are ready for easy installation and sustained use.
Add-On LOOP Mechanical Switch Puller
When it comes to mechanical keyboards, half the fun is swapping switches, keycaps, and components. Hotswappable keyboards are convenient ways to audition new switch types without the need to solder, but some PCBs have really stiff sockets and pins—so having a high-quality switch puller can save you a lot of time and effort. This high-quality puller from LOOP has a rubber coating for grippability and comfort, meaning you won’t have to worry about stiffness when pulling lots of switches. And the hooked, inward-curving claws reach safely and snugly around your hot-swappable or desoldered switches to give you leverage without doing damage.
Produced by Drop
Halo switch stems
Polycarbonate top housing
Nylon bottom housing
Stem color: Salmon
Per-switch LED compatibility: SMD and through-hole
Unlubed from the factory
RETURNS—NO QUESTIONS ASKED
We get it. Sometimes what you ordered just doesn’t work out. If that’s the case for you, don’t fret! All customers (both US and international) may return this item in new, unused condition within 30 days of delivery.
Estimated ship date is Feb 7, 2023 PT.
Payment will be collected at checkout. Cancellations are accepted up to 2 hours after checkout for in-stock items, or up until pre-order ships.
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