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LevelSteam
Mar 11, 20178680 VIEWS
There's currently a group buy going on over on a different site for a set of SA profile keys manufactured by a company called "Maxkey" in China. They're supposed to be thick doubleshot ABS plastic just like SP's SA profile keys, but I've never actually heard of anyone else manufacturing that profile before. Does anyone else have any experience with this brand of keycap? And if so, how does the quality compare to SP's caps?
Edit: Here's a direct link to the GB if anyone is interested- https://en.zfrontier.com/products/sa-max-ashen
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Starius
688
Mar 10, 2018
Looks like this set has sold out already.
LevelSteam
Mar 10, 2018
I originally posted this in March of 2017. There's actually been a round two of this set since then, with fixed legends. Could be a round three eventually though :)
Starius
688
Mar 10, 2018
Ah, I imagine so. Always a matter of time, with these things! :)
Macclack
372
Mar 9, 2018
I purchased r2 Ashen and it was near perfect. Can't find any flaws, and I think they're getting close to rivaling SP in terms of quality. Interestingly, the sound different than SA's from SP.
LevelSteam
Mar 9, 2018
Glad to hear it! I got in on the Maxkey Calm Depths group buy and I'm hoping to have my set of those sometime this year.
Prkns
43
Jan 29, 2018
Can't fault Maxkey really... There's a couple of little issues with the font/typeface on a couple of the keys in the sense that the kerning is a little off, but for the quality of the caps, i can see past those little issues. Plus, from what i've heard, these have been fixed in the more recent sets that they've been releasing.
This is Maxkey Dolch which is currently sitting pretty on my MF62 👍🏻
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coffeeshopcoder
278
Aug 29, 2017
I just got an SA set from MaxKey , and since I did not get much info on the interwebs - I decided to write up my thoughts - https://medium.com/@thecoffeeshopcoder/keymaxkeys-sa-o-b-key-set-review-b692a17f048 I'll do a video for how they sound a bit later.
yanfali
1526
Aug 21, 2017
My first SA and maxkey set arrived today. Aside from a missing > key and the known Kerning/text issues I'm pretty happy. Potato quality photo. It feels good on kailh pro purples.
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PigmonkeY
1069
Aug 20, 2017
I picked up a ninja SA as well. I have it on my white VB87M. There's also a MAXKEY Miami SA buy going on.
Maxkey is fixing their keycaps and doing 1-1.5m turnaround times on group buys. Meanwhile, SP is backed up over a year and just swears they can't add more production capacity. Their monopoly via artificial scarcity will be over soon.
SP is trying to take the Nintendo Classic approach to keycaps, except they don't realize they don't have any IP to stop people from making their own.
superdon
152
Aug 19, 2017
I have Maxkey SA Ninja keycaps, bought from kbdfans' MyShopify site. Quality is good. Haven't tried Signature Plastics keyset yet so can't really compare quality between the two. Only downside is 'BACK SPACE' key legend. Didn't notice any off-center labels myself which may imply problems were fixed but then question is why would they not correct BACK SPACE problem at the same time?
What did really impress me was that I received it (in California) just 3 days after ordering it. This will help waiting for GMK Nautilus keyset more bearable.
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LevelSteam
Aug 20, 2017
Yeah I'm probably going to pick up a few Oblivion kits when it drops too; I've been waiting for it for a looooong time now. I do have GMK Oblivion on the way in white though, so I'm not sure what I'll be picking up yet.
Starius
688
Mar 10, 2018
I actually quite like the look of "BACK SPACE" on the key visually. It kind of feels retro. (I don't know if there was ever old keyboards that spelled it that way, but I've seen plenty of crazy looking keys in terms of wording on old keycaps. My wordprocessor has a 'XXX' key for example.)
TelFiRE
603
Jul 30, 2017
The quality of the caps as far as feel and color is very good. They started out with SP's old molds.
The legends, however, are awful. Lots off center, SHIF T is a thing, and BACK SPACE. And RETURN is a smaller font. And some of the 1s are one font and some another. And the whole number row is off center.
TelFiRE
603
Aug 21, 2017
Yes they are fixing the issues now. At first they were only going to fix specific issues such as SHIF T but SA Lime and I think a couple others insisted on a lot more fixes so it seems they are fixing basically all the issues! Very excited :)
yanfali
1526
Aug 28, 2017
I wish there was some way to just buy the fixed replacement keycaps. I noticed that mechsupply over in the UK has opened a group buy for a fixed SA Portland. I would love an option to buy just the fixed keycaps, notably the mods, ESC, DEL and Backspace.
chisong
121
Jul 29, 2017
Do you have any idea to contact the gmk hydro designer to make sa hydro? I want you to pre order the sa hydro.
LevelSteam
Jul 29, 2017
Sorry but I'm not affiliated with GMK or any of the set designers. I'm just a hobbyist myself, so you might have better luck asking about it over on GeekHack where a lot of the designers hang out.
Kennui
157
Mar 13, 2017
Did you buy from a site called zfrontier.com? That's what comes up in google.
LevelSteam
Mar 13, 2017
Yeah. Sorry, I should have just linked directly to the group buy over there.
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