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Hello. Does any one know if this is really a good deal? Like $160 for anodized aluminum?
you're not going to find a better aluminum case that works with a filco board for anything close to this price.
It's slightly more expensive than other options (Only slightly). The Tex case and the case on Aliexpress are extremely generic. Tex is $150, and Aliexpress is $135 after shipping. So the Lambo isnt much more at like $170 after shipping. It's also the nicest looking one by far. I recently bought a case from Doyu Studios for $150 after shipping, as I wasnt expecting this to be back so soon.
If you're willing to spend like $20 more than the average TKL aluminum case, then this IMO is the best one. It's really aesthetically nice looking.
So there are alternatives? What makes it stand put from the rest?
You are roght, the price difference is not that big. I agree that it is nice looking. Do you have it? I'm wanting to make my own keyboard from scratch and I knew it's more expensive than buying from a brandname. Though it is really expensive now that I see it. I would not waver though. Thank you for answering!
I dont have one. I bought a case a week ago because I didnt expect to this this back on here any time soon. They put up remaining stock a few weeks ago (Like 15 cases, almost all were red), so I figured they were just liquidating what they had. I really like the case I bought, but aesthetically, the Lambo is my favorite.
Making your own is WAY more than buying prebuilt. Even more so for TKL, which is unfortunate. After keycaps and everything, my build will probably be around $400. But you get a sense of accomplishment out of it. And once you know how to do it, that board can last you nearly forever, as you have the ability to make repairs/replacements on your own. You dont have to just buy another.
If you build smaller, like 60% or a tada68 size, it becomes a lot cheaper. Everything in those sizes have standard sizes. TKL does not. Different pcb makers have different specs of how they space like the F1-12 with ESC, or the arrow cluster and nav keys. So case makers either just dont bother, or just make a case for one specific. The closest to standard would be the filco size. Like this one, youll see a lot of TKL stuff say it's filco compatible. Since the smaller sizes have one global standard, case makers can just mass produce one size knowing the screw holes, etc, will all be correct for any pcb.
And TKL basically needing a two piece shell style case makes it cost more, too, as it's more expensive to produce. Sucks cos I prefer TKL, at least for my daily driver at home.