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There is a copy error in this drop's specs:
"PBT keycaps, ABS spacebar
Integrated tenkey numberpad (outputs true 'Num' keycodes)"
It should be "ABS keycaps, PBT spacebar."
Also, the description is confusing to me:
"the full n-key rollover lets you press up to 20 keys at once with no system complaints."
N-key rollover should allow you to press every single key on the keyboard and all of them should register. If only 20 keys register, it's 20-key rollover. I mean, not that 20-key rollover isn't basically the same thing as n-key in practice... I can't think of any situation where I would need 20 keys to register simultaneously, but I still think n-key rollover should actually mean "any number of keys" can be registered simultaneously, not just 20.
I believe with the stock keyboard, the caps are PBT while the spacebar is ABS. However, this drop comes with additional PBT spacebar caps. That could be the cause behind the confusion. Most Realforce keyboards come like that at least, along with a lot of other Topre keyboards.
Ahh, ok. I didn't realize the keys were PBT. Why in the world would any sane company use an ABS spacebar with a PBT keycap set? That has to be the strangest design decision of all time. The spacebar is ALWAYS the shiniest key after using a keyboard with ABS keycaps for a while. If I had the choice of only one key that could be PBT vs ABS, it would be the spacebar, which is why I thought the spacebar and other keys' plastics had been swapped.
In any case, the spacebar is definitely supposed to be PBT in this drop.
Yeah it seemed strange to me as well originally. I believe it has something to do with Topre compitable PBT spacebars warping, therefore the companies are forced to use ABS. It does leave the unfortunate shining though. There are different websites that sell topre PBT spacebar caps that occasionally suffer from warping as well. Just has something to do with the mold and material I suppose.
Oh, I didn't know about the warping issue. I wonder why Topre-compatible spacebars warp vs Cherry-MX-compatible ones. I've only been looking at the Topre drops after the hype surrounding the feel of the K-type's Halo True key switches. Now I'm curious about the feel of Topre switches. So, I'm completely new to the world of Topre.
It's not specific to Topre. All PBT spacebars are MUCH more prone to warping. To make them correctly is apparently way more difficult than making correct PBT regular size keycaps.