A DCX Review: Good Keycaps for the Price, Even Better on a Deal
With many, many more people joining the keyboard hobby, vendors have been stepping up with the availability of keycaps. Most notably, the rise of alternatives to GMK. Not just cheap clones, but also more premium sets to attempt to match the quality of the German GMK. In this case, Drop's answer is DCX, their form of doubleshot ABS keycaps. There's a few things that I want to note that are different from other Cherry profile keycaps. 1: Packaging While packaging doesn't affect the performance of the keycaps themselves, it definitely has an effect on how premium a product feels, especially in an unboxing experience. I'm happy to say that not only are the boxes clean and simple in jet black and few brandings, but also the keycaps themselves also come in nice plastic trays that enclose each keycaps securely. I've never been able to unbox a GMK set without seeing a mess of keycaps with their paper trays. While plastic isn't necessarily that great for the environment, I tend to keeps...
Jun 3, 2023
According to this document, keyboards are not exempt from verification, and penalties for selling unauthorized devices can be steep: o forfeiture of all non-compliant equipment o $100,000/$200,000 criminal penalty for an individual/organization o a criminal fine totalling twice the gross gain obtained from sales of the non-compliant equipment o an administrative fine totalling $10,000/day per violation
Additionally CISPR 22 certification may be needed if you are selling in Europe.
I hope olkb and massdrop are not putting themselves at risk.
...why bring it up? Are you concerned about emissions?
I bring it up because of my curiosity about electrical engineering and the challenges of brining a product to market.
Also, the pcb is probably the only item that would fall under fcc jurisdiction and it probably qualifies as a sub assembly so it would be exempt. Now if he was selling a fully assembled board that might be a different scenario.
Pertaining to subassemblies: 15.101(e)Subassemblies to digital devices are not subject to the technical standards in this part unless they are marketed as part of a system in which case the resulting system must comply with the applicable regulations.
From the explainer document: (Note, however, that circuit boards or cards that are connected to external devices or increase the operating or processing speed of a digital device are considered peripherals.)
From these descriptions it looks like this keyboard/kit/peripheral/subassembly would fit under the description of Class A digital devices and their peripherals which means it would be subject to FCC verification.
Don't shoot the messenger.