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Very nice budget TKL
This is the second budget high-profile TKL in my collection (after the Skyloong GK87). and this one has it's place as a daily driver for me. This TKL checks many "got to haves" for the modern budget keyboard (5-pin hotswap with south facing LEDs). I have mine fitted with the Everglide Crystal Violet Custom switches (stock) and AKKO Psittacus PBT keycaps.
With any budget product, there are many tradeoffs. This includes:
Overall this is a fantastic starter TKL kit, and one that I would have no reservations recommending (particularly over the Skyloong GK87) for those going into the hobby.
- The stabilizers were very rough to work with at the beginning, particularly the space bar which got stuck. I haven't tried disassembling/cleaning/lubing it yet as after some repeated use it no longer sticks for me.
- The case uses both some very small screws and clips to hold the top shell in place. This doesn't seem be too hard to open up and get into. I was able to get into it without any issues but I am always worried about breaking the tabs whenever dismantling to access it.
- This keyboard uses USB-C but with some very odd choices for where the USB connections are (front and on both sides). The side ones are very deeply recessed and covered with a rubber cover. The front USB-C also has a very shallow but narrow recess meaning custom cables may have trouble connecting to it. I have been using it with the cheap rubber USB-C thus far.
- With any budget keyboard, only the manufacturer's software is supported. I have not been inclined to install/use it yet.
Would recommend to a friend.