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I thought it was 17.99 for all of them and thought they're kinda ugly with the stem showing through but OK, went to buy.... $17.99 PER 1u CAP??? WTF
They don't even look like a good visual match for Laser anyway, and the Laser sets aren't available in Topre either. This is a very blatant (and underwhelming) cash-in on the Laser hype, nothing more. At least their other caps fit the theme and are reasonably priced.
They cost so much because they are hand made and they were commissioned by MiTo so they aren't just a "cash-in" as he asked them to do these.
HKP caps arent new. These are not injection molded ABS, but rather hand cast and FINISHED.
These are NOT just blank mass produced keycaps.
also, you can say the colors don’t match, but by my understanding MiTo is shipping all the people making addons for laser sets of sample caps to color match against sooooo...
People love the stem showing through. Matter of opinion, hardly a revolutionary concept.
Furthermore, you can MX slider topre boards and leave WASD (or QWERDF for mobas) stock if you like, that way you can preserve the most used keys if you play games that require a lot of keyboard movement for example. The space bar being offered in topre also saves you going through the trouble of having to 3D print the housing for the stabilisers if you MX slider the rest of your board.
These are useful whether you like it or not, despite them being fairly expensive. Lastly, HKP has been making artisan caps like these for longer than you've even been a member on Massdrop, I'm sure his colour matching is fine regardless of whether or not you think so through your computer monitor.
The Topre 6u spacebar is the last thing I want for my novatouched HHKB to use GMK Laser keyset. The last piece of the whole picture on the Laser theme keyset on my HHKB.