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Smugmug
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Mar 18, 2018
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In summary, well crafted kit and a good buy. Canvas keycap quality is unacceptable even legends were correct. Zealio switches feels like B-stock when compared with group buy directly from zeal.
Final finish with zealencio clip, pmk keys (raise, space, and lower are from a grab bag), and sorbothane sheet.
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A short clip, actual sound was a little softer and less loud. https://youtu.be/purQ8sRo-eE
Switch: does not feel the quality of zeal - finish are rougher than r6/7/8/9 zealio direct from zealpc. Sticker does not make much difference on my other builds but make a big difference for this kit. They strongly stabilized the switch base. One faulty switch - great that massdrop provided one extra.
I would use my owner switches during group buy in future.
This keyboard is an average Joe even with lube. After replacing the canvas xda with PMK SA (or GMK cherry, any quality caps), it became awesome. Glad for people did not spent extra for the design. The craftmanship is way under taihao.
Specific complain on the XDA canvas caps: roughest finish for all PBT set I owned. Short stem cause they hit the plate. If I use this cap, there is no need to do any silencing work / resonance, no difference due to the noise above.
Use better keycaps is the key to make it better.
Always prototype one switch with SIP, lube, sticker, and check against pcb. SIP fit in well - lower than flush.
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Stickers: my first keyboard that they makes a difference.
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Lubed switches and put caps on - one faulty identified - metal clip broken.
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1.8mm led
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Warm yellow, retested keys.
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Put sorbothane sheet in case, assembled with SA caps and silencing clips.

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Mar 18, 2018
kakihara
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Mar 19, 2018
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What are the stickers for?
Mar 19, 2018
Smugmug
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Mar 19, 2018
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Reduce wobbling of key strokes - on this particular kit, make the switches more stable against the plate.
Mar 19, 2018
kakihara
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Mar 19, 2018
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Good to know, thanks!
Mar 19, 2018
VinS
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Mar 20, 2018
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Thank you very much for your detailed build log and pics. Worm yellow led lights match the orange case and canvas keycaps very well, sir.
Mar 20, 2018
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