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Drop + Invyr Holy Panda Mechanical Switches
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$85

Drop + Invyr Holy Panda Mechanical Switches

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It Lives Up to My Expectation
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.
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Better than I thought
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
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best of tactile switch
best of tactile switch,but price is too high(i know it's used two switch to constitute)
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melrnk
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Nov 26, 2022
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Just what I wanted
straight out of the box it’s a little rough and keys are sticky but just a little bit of lube and I love it.
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Arker_1
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Nov 26, 2022
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Buttery smooth
Very nice switch, enjoyed the feel and sound way better than the V2's.
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nice tactile switch
really nice tactile switch, love the thocky sounds, but the spring sound is hard to eliminate even after lube, it's top tier tactile switch but it's definitely overpriced IMO, they're many other much cheaper similar alternatives in the market.
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Top tier tactile
Still be in a top tier tactile switch for me
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Nanaieu
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Nov 22, 2022
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Good Switches
Great feeling switches that are almost buttery smooth
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spartangalo00
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Nov 21, 2022
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Super !!!!
Love the feelling
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michsky
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Nov 18, 2022
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Cool switches
Lube it a little bit and you get a really nice creamy switch.
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Popular for a reason
Despite the crazy lore and popularity of these switches, you will be disappointed if you put your expectations on an unreachable pedestal. These are a great switch, but at the end of the day it's still a keyboard switch. It isn't guaranteed to be the best switch you've ever tried and it's not going to magically fix all of your problems in life; but it will be consistently provide a good experience (after you lube them of course). I feel like $1/switch is roughly the highest price tag average consumers are willing to pay. For that range, I think it is a really great tactile offering, and it definitely helps that it has cemented itself as a staple within the tactile switch discussion. It definitely is overhyped, but that isn't to say that all of the hype is undeserved either. These are very good tactiles. They don't get glowing reviews and thousands of videos for no reason. However, at the end of the day, keyboard switches are a PREFERENCE, no matter what anyone might tell you. Some switches are definitely more common than others (heck there's a reason why the basically linear MX Browns are some of the most sold switches ever), but that isn't to say you will 100% like these Holy Pandas. I personally prefer even heavier tactiles, so these are not my favorite switch of all time (especially with frankenswitching - but that's a whole new rabbit hole TT), but they are still great switches that I come back to using a couple times a week. 5/5; don't think these are magical, but they are pretty darn good tactiles. (Boba U4T's are still better though IMHO)
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Vallancian
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Nov 3, 2022
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Very nice but needs to be lubed
These switches are amazing and do live up to the hype that has been placed on them. Stock they are decent but lubed they are amazing
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