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it's actually pretty nice, but $200? common...
the case is one piece aluminum. brand new custom switches are offered. rgb in switch and underlighting. fully programmable.
It's not a bad price for what you get.
considering it's roughly $260 cdn, plus shipping and potentially duties, you're looking at a $350 keyboard. no single keyboard is worth that much, unless of course it has diamonds embedded on the keys.
The keyboard is worth that much if you can improve your productivity (wpm) or intend to use it for more than possibly a decade. And it wont get boring after 2 years, because you can swap the switches with new emerging mx switches in the future instead of buying a whole new board again. Or maybe custom cases in black alu/wood/whatever will appear.
The keyboard is basically a steal for what it is.
if you're willing to pay $350 for a keyboard. steal, steal away, my friend.
tou che. but you'd have to be into modding if that were the case
It's $200. I have no idea how you are getting $350, but it's incorrect math.
The whole point of the keyboard is you can literally just pull switches out and put them in at will. No soldering required. It seems you didn't even bother to read about what features it has before you go bashing on the price. There are more expensive versions of every object in your home that would probably make you appalled for no reason, and good reasons for the extra expense.
This keyboard is a great deal as far as I am concerned. I have been considering building a custom (DIY) KB, and this keyboard has all of the features that I was going to go build a DIY board to get:
1: fully open source hardware/software
2: hot swap switches
3: RGB backlighting
4: white/silver color scheme to match my PC case
5: solid aluminum case (I've fallen in love with the heavy CNC aluminum case of my IKBC MF-108)
Now, I didn't need the underlighting, but I think it is a cool feature, so I don't mind if it costs me extra. I don't know that I will be happy with the Kaihua/Kailh switches, but this gives me a chance to try out the speed switches, and I can always get a set of Cherry MX RGBs later if I don't like them.
When I looked into building a DIY MKB, the pricing was up in the $300+USD range without taking shipping into account, and I was still having a hard time even finding any PCBs that were bigger than 60%, let alone having all of the features I want.
Now, maybe you can go buy a Cherry MX switch RGB backlit TKL for $150, but you won't ever really own your keyboard. You will always have to put up with Corsair or Cooler Master or whomever else's software, and you will never be able to really fix your favorite keyboard. You will just have to go buy a new one next time one of the keys wears out or when you find a new switch type that you would rather have. If that is cool with you, then you are not part of this keyboard's target market. I am willing to pay $200 for the end-all be-all (as far as I'm concerned, anyway) of mechanical keyboards.
Exchange rate... It seems you didn't even bother to read the rest of the thread before you chose to share your very own ignorance.
you can buy a TKL with cherry mx switches and RGB backlight for $100 usd ($140 cdn). you make some fair points nonetheless. i wasn't aware you could change the switches without soldering etc
Don't get into hobbyist keyboards.... some kits are 500USD+. This is great value, and you're supporting the great open community of keyboard enthusiasts who helped design this board. I'm looking forward to the sharing of colourways and keycap schemes with lighting on this board :)
currency conversion. This keyboard will cost me around 300 AUD
i love the fact that the firmware is opensource. that's pretty cool