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The sum of the substance and the style do not equal $149. Maybe $109 before a drop. I mean, keyboard prices haven’t seemed to drop reasonably in time with all the variety and availability of switches, no shortage of materials, dwindled difficulty in implementing more features as industry standards...
get reasonable. Add media keys and a variable volume control until they’re an industry standard, and charge a premium for those.
Do you actually believe a solid aluminum case, solid build/finish, per key RGB, and fantastic stabs (clipped, lubed, silent like Leopold's implementation) should be the same price as a plastic cased keyboard? Most aluminum aftermarket cases cost more than this whole keyboard.
Absolutely not. And I don’t think that cheap keyboards with the same aesthetics (not materials, but just looks, from body to lighting) should be as expensive as they are. I say the entire price floor needs to drop, and everything comes down proportionally.
Except maybe novelty keyboards that take some unique processes. The typewriter keys and that one keyboard that looks like a retro plane wing... Yeah, those habe an artistic premium on them. Those are clearly not the standard keyboard experience. But most key caps generally have the same shape, finger bowl, and Other similar features.
Power to art being made by engineering, yo. But for the others, drop the price before a mass-drop.