Flesports F12 Polia-Edition Bluetooth 65% Keyboard

Flesports F12 Polia-Edition Bluetooth 65% Keyboard

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Crafted in the popular 65% layout, the F12 Bluetooth keyboard cuts the cord and cuts down on desktop space. This particular model is the Polia Edition, complete with Kailh Polia switches and a crisp white and blue look Read More

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trissbisss
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Mar 31, 2021
Having a hard time between this and the Keydous NJ68: https://drop.com/buy/keydous-nj68-bluetooth-hot-swappable-rgb-mechanical-keyboard#overview Both seem to be available on Aliexpress, and they seem pretty comparable (I actually thought they were the same keyboard at first). Anybody have any opinions about which is the better buy? Also, anybody know what the plate is made out of for the F12?
trissbisss
0
Mar 31, 2021
Just realized Duckferd mentioned the plate is probably made out of plastic. The NJ68's is apparently made of steel. Not sure if this is better, or if it's just a matter of preference
Duckferd
35
Apr 16, 2021
EDIT: Actually, the plate is white painted steel. Confirmed with a magnet. They do seem comparable. The main difference is doubleshot PBT vs. dye-sub PBT caps (and I can't speak to the quality of the Keydous caps), and the specific switches (IMO the Polias are better than the Kaihl box and Cherry options, and especially compared to tactile browns witches, but this is still 100% your preference). I also have no idea on layout reprogramming on the Keydous. If you want other alternatives, there is the "non-Polia" edition of this FLesports keyboard but I can't seem to find any active listings on Aliexpress at the moment. Plate: It's a matter of preference. Plastic is a bit softer on bottom out, makes the keyboard feel softer on bottom out, dampens the sound of the switches a bit and changes the pitch. It makes the overall keyboard lighter of course.
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Duckferd
35
Mar 29, 2021
I got this keyboard off Aliexpress. The keycaps are definitely the highlight here, very nice quality doubleshot with imo a great colorway- I wish they were offered for sale separately. The case is ABS plastic, similar to GK61 style cases but in 65% layout; the plate is also white painted steel. The PCB is a North Facing 5-pin hotswap. Stabilizers are plate mounted, lubricated (pretty well actually) and have white housings with pink stems. There *is* software included for this but Drop doesn't have it listed- I had to get it off the KPrepublic product listing. It's pretty limited though- you can select 3 different profiles, configure lighting and add macros. The profile setting allows you to reconfigure keys, but I was unable to find a way to reconfigure the FN layer (please let me know if there is a way to do it). You also can't configure lighting in different zones in software (for example, highlighting the rightside function keys and arrow keys the way you want). Without being able to reconfigure the FN layer and customize lighting there isn't much point to the software imo. As someone else had mentioned on Drop's Polia switch listing, these are actually Periwinkle colored Halo True/Clear switches with lubed 67g springs. To me this is actually the best version of the switch, as Halo Trues are too heavy bottoming out (if you're not used to the bounce) and Clears are just too heavy and pingy in general. 62-67g springs puts this switch in the sweet spot imo and the switch colorway is a nice bonus. What I also noticed is that on my batch at least, there is a bit less stem wobble compared to my Halo Clears, though these switches can still benefit from rail lubing and filming. These are not quite as tactile as Gazzew U4Ts (my favorite switch) and a bit higher pitched in noise profile, but they are still pretty good especially if you would rather a "medium" level of tactility. And you can use these to make Holy Pandas if you want. Bluetooth functionality- it's similar to the GK61 in that it allows for 3 separate devices, and battery life also pretty similar as it lasts between 3-5 ish days for me with RGB off and depending on use. What's nice is that you have a physical toggle switch on the bottom of the keyboard so you don't have to use hotkeys to switch modes, or risk the keyboard accidentally turning on in transit. RGB- kind of pointless as the keycaps are not shine through, but they are actually pretty bright and cycle pretty smooth. I just leave it on soft blue backlighting or straight off. As an entire package, this keyboard is actually pretty good. The 65% aspect already makes this better than boards like the Anne Pro in my opinion. But with 5-pin Hotswap, this gets even better as a solid beginner board to explore different switches (and lubing techniques for stabilizers and such), and adding on the Polia switches and keycaps and this is a no brainer recommendation.
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CyanDuck17
8
Mar 7, 2021
For anyone that's bought the keyboard from here or on aliexpress, what's the battery life like? How long does it last?
zhouharvey
169
Mar 10, 2021
Yes. Everything has it's lifespan.
Duckferd
35
Mar 29, 2021
To give you some actual info, it seems to last around 3-5 days with all-day use... as long as the RGB is off. It's pretty similar to the GK61 etc. in that respect.
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Jubi
0
Mar 7, 2021
Is the case plastic or alu? Also, if it is plastic, are there any alu cases that fit it?
zhouharvey
169
Mar 9, 2021
Plastic, and I do think you can try your luck on kbdfans
Teenam
1
Mar 6, 2021
is the led south or north?
Teenam
1
Mar 6, 2021
also are there any color option other than that super sick looking white?
Cymmetry
17
Mar 10, 2021
LED's are North. Not sure about color selection, I only saw the white as an option.
yzil
0
Mar 5, 2021
Is FLESPORTS F12 POLIA-EDITION programmable for different layouts?
zhouharvey
169
Mar 29, 2021
Yes.
Duckferd
35
Mar 29, 2021
If you have any documentation sources or even just a how-to, that would be great, thank you.
RoDilla
122
Mar 4, 2021
This or Anne Pro 2 or Kemove 61 Snowfox keyboard?
zhouharvey
169
Mar 4, 2021
Of course this one. Anne pro 2 and such are 60% keyboards designed for those who don't care for dedicated arrow keys (what kind of people are like that, ew, i can't even imagine).
Soundtoxin
144
Mar 3, 2021
What MCU is used in this? Any chance of ZMK or similar support?
wallkeeper
0
Feb 10, 2021
Does anyone know how to change the RGB on this board? Having trouble trying to figure it out..
Lamassu
0
Feb 14, 2021
fn + shift
CaptainB
3
Feb 9, 2021
Anyone have success getting the bluetooth to work on non-windows machine?
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