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Out of curiosity, can someone explain to me why so many seem to like these keycaps? (Over thousands of people have joined), is it because of the texture, style, color, or the nostalgic feeling of old mechanical keyboards?
I'd say people may give any one of those reasons you mentioned. Personally, I'm in for the colors and retro-inspired layout, I think it'll look and feel nice on one of my current TKLs.
EDIT: profile, not layout.
I'm in it to try the new profile.
For me, its because they are 1). high profile 2). thicc PBT with dye sub legends 3). Beige 4). Beige and 5). Beige
Basically I have a huge retro beige/high profile keycap boner and these look (and hopefully feel) like the perfect match.
It's the second coming of Jesus
the designer is very famous ,whose works are exactly what I am looking for !
I'm new to this hobby so I haven't tried all of various profiles, but it's my understanding that it's rare to have non-standard profile keycaps made from PBT. I'm not even familiar with vintage keyboards, but to me, objectively, the aesthetics are spot on and really attractive. When they ship, it'll give me an excuse to try a new keyboard, probably a 60%.
You always pay a premium for uniqueness, details, and quality in anything, and from my newb observations the price seems fairly reasonable, especially considering the totally custom nature of this keyset. I might grab a couple of extra sets to sell near the end of this drop if I can afford it.
I also kind of just want to be part of the moment. From context, it seems to be an important event within the community and reading Matt3o's blog post about the genesis of this project and all the care and work that's going into it would have convinced me to join if I hadn't already.
You are right, I am also a mech newbie but the community reaction really does draw attention and your comment is a perfect explanation.
For me it is retro style on current tech. The tech world is moving so fast, to have a old style typewriter like keyset on a new tech keyboard kind of has a steampunk like vibe to it. I think it will make a neat and usable conversation piece.