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Tempted to grab one for my collection....not sure how closely these feel to genuine Topre though...and also a bit worried about getting warranty service should the need arise. Least with the CM Novatouch getting service is easy and with most Topre boards bought through reputable sites like EK they will take care of the process for you.
It's a Topre clone.
Reviews say 90% +\- 9% similarity.
Does Topre justify the 100% minimum markup and without RGB?
Only you have to decide.
Oh wait, super bonus, MX compatibility.
That right there negates all questions in my eyes.
Warranty? For this price, I will buy what I need to fix it if it ever breaks, that's the savings.
I agree to a point.
Except it's hard to impossible to find Topre repair parts.
I also wonder does it have the annoying rattle like the Novatouch does?
No rattle here.
I was talking about repairs in the LED department if ever needed.
As for getting Topre parts, it's possible but hard I guess.
I can't imagine this board going bad anytime soon.
It's feels and looks solidly built.
Like repeated numerous times, this is a fantastic deal for what you get, if the features it provides are what you want.
The rattle was my main concern...You have definitely given me something to think about thanks for the info. Debating between this and a RealForce and not sure i want to spend quite what the Realforce demands for my first Topre board not knowing if i like the switch yet or not.
i love my Realforce 55g, my Leopold 45g is very close, like the smaller size depending on need, mmo gaming or pure typing.
My Novatouch is lubed and silenced, but i usually only use it if i find myself in need to feel and look at other keycaps.
If you like to switch keycaps once in a while, like me, that is a really frustrating thing with original Topre mks and might be taken in consideration.
The stock RF keycaps might be some of the better stock ones, but i seem to be one of the few, who doesn't find them that good in comparison to other Cherry sets. But there aren't much alternatives besides the few widebasket offerings and artisans, which i find overpriced (not the artisans).
Just some thoughts :)
Edit: Have you guys seen this: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Plum84-electrostatic-capacitive-mechanical-keyboard-topre-clone-compact-gaming-keyboard-PBT-keycap-detachable-cable-84-mini/32598836635.html
You want Topre and MX compatibility?
Bam! Buy it.
You want Topre, MX and RGB?
Boom! Buy it.
You want Topre without all this stuff and you feel the need to hope a GB for a Topre stem keycap set comes out that are good or an artisian maker who makes Topre caps?
Booya! Don't buy this.
I can't be more clear than that.
A 75% capacitive board! Now I have seen everything, including seeing a man eat his own head