OR you can see it via manofinterests youtube channel:
Thanks! 1.5 hour of keyboard-geek goodness (although, dudes, you really
need to antialias your headshots on your black title screen, LOL). After knowing José so long, it's fun to see and hear him as a real person.
I've been so busy, my XMIT HE board has been sitting unboxed on our kitchen counter for the last few days. The anticipation was fun, but today I resolved to finally sit down and open 'er up.
I'm surprised no one's mentioned XMIT's elegant box. That was a very nice touch! The foam corners secure the board very well, and there were air pillows around the box itself... So while I'm sorry to hear that some people found damage, it seems like reasonable precaution was taken. (In addition to being shipped to New Jersey, like all the rest, mine was then sent clear across to Canada's west coast.)
So, here I am, typing on HE switches! In one word: fantastic. The initial comparison with MX Reds is inevitable, but these feel more substantial. There's a certain feeling of authority to them, like the difference between Topres and RDs.
I was a bit dubious about the bamboo case—but I wanted a 104 with 70g springs, and that was the deal. I'm glad, because the bamboo's gorgeous. With the snow-white keys, it looks so artistic, like something that'd be at home in an art gallery.
I opted for a set of 50g springs, but I doubt I'll bother with them, as the 70s feel great. The switches themselves are so smooth, I'm not finding it an effort at all to type quickly and accurately.
I have to agree with some others here that the spacebar is unusually noisy. It's tolerable, but has anyone found a way to quieten it?
And whoa, this is an RGB!
I was so captivated with the switches, I didn't notice that in the feature list. I have a couple of backlighted boards, but I sheepishly admit this is the first RGB I've owned. :?)
While the animation effects are fun, I'll just be using one of the static single-colour modes. Given that these LEDs can produce millions of colours, it'd be great to be able to specify some. Is there currently no way to do that? (Does this require "programming"?) Any idea when that'll be possible?
I'd also suggest that when cycling through the animations, it seems unnecessary to turn off the LEDs between each of them... Why not just go from one to the next? Not dramatic enough?
To sum up: Despite the rattly spacebar, I'm quite pleased with XMIT's creation. It's thrilling to be using such legendary—and until now, possible only under the geekiest conditions—switch technology.
We've all been using MKs of one kind or another, any one of which was likely to last till we got too old to type anymore. But now this
... There's no stopping us! Buh ha ha!! Okay, I'll restrain myself now and imitate a civilized person.