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crackedweapon
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Apr 13, 2020
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Hi Everyone, Similar to @Bugfragged (commented previously) , I also purchased this from KPRepublic. See picture below. I got the SA Lime keycaps (just numpad) from Pimp My Keyboard. The numpad has a really nice weight to it, which I like. The stabilizers seem to be factory lubed. There were way too many screws and it seemed intimidating for a novice like me to take apart and re-lube so I did not. I put the zilents v2 67g on, and they sound/feel great. The return key is a bit louder (maybe due to the stabilizer), but it does not bother me too much. I have not tried wireless mode, but will start beginning today and see if it lasts more than 1-2 days and can report back. The software GK6XPlus is okay, but I honestly did not use it much. I installed it on my personal computer then changed the color and that was about it. I primarily use the numpad for my work computer and was able to connect to bluetooth very easily (FN+7, FN+8, or FN+9; dependent on work permissions for bluetooth of course). Lastly, to turn off, you hold FN+TAB (for me, it's the '=' since I did not have a FN key with the numpad kit). Hope that helps!
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Apr 13, 2020
TheRealDaniel
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Apr 13, 2020
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Please let us know how the battery life goes. Preferably before the drop has finished! 1 day battery life is a killer for me...
Apr 13, 2020
griponreality
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Apr 13, 2020
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It's not great. Probably has to scream to work its signal through the aluminum. Also a small battery. You could maximize it by turning off the lighting, which is next to useless next to a drop keyboard.
Apr 13, 2020
crackedweapon
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Apr 13, 2020
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Yes, the fact that I have an answer already is not a good sign. I had white lighting for 10 hours straight and did about light/moderate use today. My numpad died end of the day. Could be a defective battery and would like to give them the benefit of the doubt. I would say keep the numpad plugged in, and if you have a meeting, it'll last no problem should you go wireless. If you are comparing it to other wireless non-RGB non-mechanical numpads, it does not last near as long! That being said, I still very much enjoy the numpad for my purposes.
Apr 13, 2020
Liberty
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Apr 14, 2020
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I am sure that all the LEDs consumed way more energy than the BT chip. Would you mind retrying the test with LEDs switched off completely?
Apr 14, 2020
crackedweapon
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Apr 14, 2020
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Sure!
Apr 14, 2020
Liberty
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Apr 14, 2020
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Thank you mate, I appreciate your willingness.
Apr 14, 2020
crackedweapon
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Apr 14, 2020
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OK, so I turned off the RGB, and worked a moderate amount with the numpad for 9 hours. I do not do data entry, so I do not feel comfortable saying high usage. However, I did a numpad typing test a bunch of times, and so at a tracked minimum, did over 1,500 key presses on the numpad. The numpad is still working. For some reason, I cannot see the battery life by percentage (do not think it's an option), but I plugged it in briefly and noted the battery charging color is yellow (FN+.). That being said, my method is not very scientific. Unfortunately, we will not be able to know if the battery lasts 30 days before the drop ends. I will keep it unplugged and can report back EOD tomorrow before the drop ends for those still wondering if it can last more than 2 days. To those still reading: I really enjoy the numpad. For me, there are not many hotswap numpad options from what I can tell (never tried soldering). I really enjoy the weight as well. I do not really care for RGB, but it is there. If you are looking for a wireless solution with no RGB, I cannot conclude just yet if this product lives up to their claim and is worth it. If you are looking for a solid numpad, want to put in your own switches without soldering and may want to carry it to a meeting or two during the day wirelessly, then I would recommend easily. Hope that helps!
Apr 14, 2020
Liberty
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Apr 15, 2020
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Thank you for the test. I cannot estimate how power hungry the internal electronic circuitry was designed in general but I am sure that the number of RGB LEDs will consume a multiplication of what the BT 4 chip takes. However, I think I will get one for exactly the same reasons you have just expressed.
Apr 15, 2020
crackedweapon
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Apr 15, 2020
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Happy to hear! BTW, I left the numpad unplugged overnight and now it won't turn on. So even without RGB, wireless did not last more than 24 hours...
Apr 15, 2020
Liberty
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Apr 15, 2020
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So the inner circuitry must be misdesigned, because the consumption of the BT chip is next to nothing. Thank you for your effort.
Apr 15, 2020
Flashpass
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Jul 25, 2020
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Were you able to modify lighting for each layer? I can select different lighting profiles in the software, but after clicking save/apply it reverts back to the default.
Jul 25, 2020
crackedweapon
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Jul 25, 2020
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ya I can change lighting for each layer using the software on one computer, unplug and use a different computer and the layers do not reset for me.
Jul 25, 2020
Flashpass
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Jul 29, 2020
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Thanks for the reply. What version of the software are you using? And are you just following the same steps: select layer, click lighting profile on the right, click save, slick apply?
Jul 29, 2020
crackedweapon
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Jul 29, 2020
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I'm using 6.0.0.29. I downloaded from kprepublic. Use at your own risk. It's some random google drive link. Yes, exactly what you mentioned, select layer, use the right margin to select one of the presets, and then save.
Jul 29, 2020
FAbs101
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Aug 2, 2020
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I was having issues changing the lighting for each layer using the software as well. I was on 6.0.0.31 and recently they released 6.0.0.32 which fixed the issue for me.
Aug 2, 2020
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