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VERY expensive pcb, but it does have some tweaks like full switch RGB support that make it stand out in the market. Honestly, the price is pretty high still for what you get, but at the same time if you are building a custom and really want RGB you have no reason not to get the best available, which is currently this PCB.
there's some PCBs that have per swith led support on taobao for about $50
When this PCB first came out, it was priced at $100.
The main difference being the cheaper chinese PCBs are rarely programmable, and typically only on a 3rd party software level, and do not offer a universal layout. That being said, a Pok3r RGB would be an easier cheaper alternative to buying the chinese PCBs if you plan on using basic cherry switches and a standard 60% layout.
Indeed. It all just depends on what your wants/needs are. I would never advocate against getting top quality, just know that you will often pay a huge premium for it like in this case.
Like $120 before shipping and tax
I ain't really into lights on keyboards, therefore, there is no reason to get a PCB over 100 bucks that does the same as any other under 40 bucks one.
Me neither, but what are some other 60% PCBs in the market that also have perfect fit with the Holtites receptacles for a hotswappable mod and also QMK support?
There are a few out there, truth be told, Holtities are designed to fit in most pass thru holes and most sixty PCBs are based on QMK's compatible CPUs, so again, I do not think those features are unique, still, only you rule on your money and you can put it wherever you want.
I agree with you that the Zeal60 is quite (fiercely) overpriced because of its unique lighting features.
For the Holtite compatibility, I have been keeping myself abreast of what PCBs can have a good fit with the hotswap mod, and I only have two other options with good fit which will cost also around $80 (GON Nerd60 and Sentraq S60RGB)
And you are correct about QMK compatibility for almost all of the 60% PCBs out there, most of them have TMK support but for many of them QMK has yet to be ported.
What admire the most about this product is the effective marketing strategy to sell it at this price and, of course, its color.
The assumption that high price equals high quality is just not true, universally, particularly with electronic components whose reliability is quite high even for the low cost products, of course, high priced products have a wider margin that gives manufacturers more room to put more features, but there is no need to expend a fortune to get what you need, nowadays, in the PCBs for sixty keyboards market there are many quite good options. I wonder where this PCB is actually manufactured, it would not be a surprise if it is made by a Chinese manufacturer.
I tend to agree. And I'd be quick to assume it is Chinese as well.