NYM96 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
NYM96 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
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This 96-key mechanical keyboard strikes a perfect balance between a fullsize and tenkeyless board. It’s got everything you need—including function keys, arrows, and a numpad—but it doesn’t waste an inch of space Read More
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Mainer
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Aug 9, 2020
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Great for the price with a few issues
The case quality is outstanding & feels heavy and solid. PCB looks nice & fairly solid, no over excessive amount of solder anywhere. There does seem to be some issues with either Quality Control or Shipping:
  1. The case arrived with a bit of damage on the back, not enough to be dissatisfied, but it's there none the less.
  2. Plate was bent in the left-bottom corner, this could be because of shipping, as the plate isn't shipped inside the case, but rather at the bottom of it, so it can be exposed to shipping damage a lot more easily.
Now for the stabilizers that come with the PCB.. They're really not that great, at least not the ones that I received, they're more scratchy than anything I've felt in a long time, even after lubing, it was still VERY, both feeling & audibly scratchy; This resulted in me having to buy some new stabilizers, else I just wouldn't be satisfied with the typing experience. For a first time builder, that doesn't wanna fiddle too much with anything, and just wants a kit that is great, I wouldn't recommend it; But if you are up for switching out the stabilizers, then it would fit great. THIS IS ONLY IF THE PRODUCT ISN'T DAMAGED THO, which means I don't recommend it straight off the bat since the QC / Shipping was not up to par & a lot of other people seem to have relatively the same issues, the price is great for the kit, if it wasn't so damaged on arrival.
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AnthonyLipke
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Aug 2, 2020
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Chonky
It's everything it claimed to be. It's machined aluminum backing plate is substantial rigid and heavy the keyboard functions as intended. I'm not super attentive to switch press differences so I just know it's an enjoyable typing experience with a compact form factor I like. This was my first such keyboard purchase. I was surprised when it arrived without keycaps. I purchased a Keychron k4 when looking for keycaps and a set of knock off hyperx keycaps that have some wrong text and one undersized shift that are now my daily driver. I like white backlight while working and blue while playing. I'll probably never get around to modding the keys to read correctly. The NYM96 now sits next to my desk with the original Keychron k4 caps. I occassionally use it for reference or with and extra machine but the bluetooth on the keychron k4 means I often don't. Having high speed wireless and easier switching and of course an easier time getting keycaps for my prefered layouts are the main differences I'd like to see.
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Sandragm
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Aug 2, 2020
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At this price, the keyboard is hard to beat. It takes a little extra effort to fiddle around and improve its acoustics. But it's a solid board and it will serve you well. I would recommend it in a heartbeat if it weren't for one thing: poor QC. I've ordered a NYM96 on 3 separate occasions. Only one of them arrived well enough to keep. The first one arrived with a PCB that had a crushed USB-C port (barely allowing me to plug in a cable) that ended up detaching. The second one arrived with a case that had been significantly damaged on one corner. Both of these issues were plainly visible and would have been caught immediately if anyone had merely glanced at the contents of the package. Therefore, the wait combined with the hassle of having to return 2 damaged kits out of 3 make it hard for me to recommend this to anyone, despite how happy I am with my final unit.
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meta
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Jul 15, 2020
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Top notch kit with a little work
This was my first fully custom board. I got mine in the black finish, and it is gorgeous. It is seriously weighty and feels great to type on. Early on in my playing with the board I could tell it was going to sound pretty metallic with each keypress. I took some cues from Walker’s Keyboard Science on YouTube and his NYM96 build and added a lot of dampening foam to the back of the plate and inside the case. I also upgraded the stabs to the GMK screw in stabilizers, clipped and lubed. The basic stabs they came with aren’t really bad, especially if clipped and lubed. The PCB is a little Swiss cheesey in a few spots, but if you are using 5-pin switches you will be fine. Overall I love it and would recommend it.
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KentLeong
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Jul 10, 2020
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Nice build material and PCB. Hate the layout
Overall, the keyboard is really really nice, however the layout not very good IMO. I code a lot, and having to look for the arrow keys constantly is very frustrating
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JcOn
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Jul 4, 2020
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high quality
This thing is heavy. Solid metal case. Does not come with keys. I got the kailh box black switches. Good quality build and everything is assembled well. Did not include instructions on how to hot swap.
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maximusl987
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Jun 29, 2020
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Great keyboard for the price
For ~$100, I don't think you can get a better keyboard. The good: Looks wise, the base is solid aluminum with a good anodization job, the plate fits the switches perfectly and the PCB acutally looks pretty nice for being this cheap. Functionality is pretty good too, I haven't flashed it yet but the default layout fits almost everything I want and there is a hole drilled in the base to access the bootloader button. Fits my custom USB-C cable. Assembly was very straight forward - just a basic tray mount. The bad: LEDs are basically useless, they're buried in aluminum with no diffusers or holes, you can see barely see it from the right angles while typing but that's about it. The sound isn't particualrly special but definitely not bad. I threw away the stock stabilizers before I even built the keyboard with some GMK's - the stock ones clip mounted and were really scratchy - I don't think any amount of lube could help them.
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Suneiv
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Jun 15, 2020
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A good keyboard kit for the price
Good, no problems with damage or scuffs. A good keyboard for the price
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avocarde
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May 4, 2020
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Solid!
Had lots of fun building this one with Zeal Purple and GMK B&W. Great experience for me :)
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jasonk1229
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Apr 29, 2020
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Great Base, decent guts
The connection is not great for the usb c connection had to put some cardboard between connection and base. The base is an awesome, heavy sturdy feel, I like it better than the circuitboard. I ordered another version on amazon to replace theres a wireless version available as well. Not even sure why they bothered with the LED's. The price was the best part of this drop.
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