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SA and GMK: What’s the difference?

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I’ve been looking at Dolch-colorway keysets lately so I can pimp out my keyboard. (fashionkeeb is the true endgame, screw typefeel /s)
The only place I could find GMK Dolch was on Originative Co. , who sells a full set for $180. Before shipping.
On the other hand, KBDFans sells Maxkey SA Dolch for $75. (TaoBao storfront) Since I live in Hong Kong, shipping raises the total by a mere $5 to $80, less than half the price of the GMK set.
I think I’ll be going SA if my parents ever give me the green light (which is probably never), since it’s way cheaper and I like the centred legends more.
But what am I missing out by chosing SA over GMK? What are the differences in feel and quality between GMK caps and Maxkeys SA? I understand that my experience will vary from yours, but I’d like to hear about your as-detailed-as possible comparison/description of SA and GMK so I have a better idea of how the two may compare.
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GMK is made in Germany, the quality is better than Maxkey SA, like you say Endgame = One More Keycap Set, so you can buy both :P Give you some gmk maxkey sa pics...
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Because they are different profile, so you must choose one, if you like cherry profile, the GMK is the best, if you wanna try SA, I think MAXKEY is a good start :P I have a lot of keycaps, I don't think smooth or rough touch is better than others, we don't konw which one is good for ourself before try them each, so if you can't make decision, you may buy both and try them, then you can sell dislike one on market :D
LevelSteam
Nov 7, 2017
It's worth mentioning that Maxkey claims to have fixed the SHIF T and BACK SPACE issues among other things. I'll know for certain when I get my Calm Depths caps next year.
LevelSteam
Nov 7, 2017
It's just preference really. I personally LOVE the look of SA profile, but I hate typing on it. It's too high for me, and it feels like the caps don't have enough surface area. GMK's Cherry profile caps the other hand feel like pure bliss under my fingertips.
If you want to try a high quality Cherry profile keycap without dropping $100+ on a GMK set, Varmilo makes some really nice sets of Cherry profile PBT caps.
The biggest difference is the profile. SA is high profile and sculpted. GMK is cherry profile. Based off your question is it safe to assume you don't know about keycap profiles?
Zenix
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Nov 6, 2017
I know a bit, but I only have experience with cherry profile and OEM.
I personally don't like the look of SA profile