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Title: Stepped Caps Lock question about mounting
Post by: benfrain on Fri, 10 January 2020, 12:21:46
Im curious. It seems most key sets come with a stepped caps lock and offset stem mount.

However, most keyboards *seem* to have a centered switch for the caps lock key.

If youre someone who wants a stepped caps lock do you need to look for boards with a specific plate/PCB or just look out for key sets with a center stem stepped caps lock?
Title: Re: Stepped Caps Lock question about mounting
Post by: Riverman on Fri, 10 January 2020, 12:23:58
Stepped caps lock key caps are generally only there for Cherry G80-3000 series keyboards.  If you want to use those, you'll have to get one of those boards.  I'm not aware of any other keyboards that use off-center caps lock switches that require a stepped caps lock key cap, but they probably do exist.
Title: Re: Stepped Caps Lock question about mounting
Post by: mountainblocks on Fri, 10 January 2020, 12:34:00
Im curious. It seems most key sets come with a stepped caps lock and offset stem mount.

However, most keyboards *seem* to have a centered switch for the caps lock key.

If youre someone who wants a stepped caps lock do you need to look for boards with a specific plate/PCB or just look out for key sets with a center stem stepped caps lock?

A lot of modern PCB's for custom boards give you the option of using stepped caps lock by having footprints placed for both stepped and non-stepped. I prefer the aesthetic and practicality of stepped caps lock and always go with that when I have the option.
Title: Re: Stepped Caps Lock question about mounting
Post by: Tactile on Fri, 10 January 2020, 13:02:46
As mountainblocks said, some PCBs have two choices for that switch location. This is my GH60:
[attach=1]

And here on the PCB you can see how you are given a choice where to put that switch:
[attach=2]
Title: Re: Stepped Caps Lock question about mounting
Post by: Findecanor on Fri, 10 January 2020, 15:31:08
Some Leopold keyboards come with a stepped, centre-stemmed keycap with the legend "Control" instead of "Caps Lock". The area that you can press is 1.5u, not 1.25u like original Cherry/GMK stepped keys.

Pad-printed or blank Leopold keycap sets that included that key used to be available to buy separately, but I have not found them for some time. New Leopold keyboards don't have keys with pad-printing: it has been replaced with higher-quality dye-sub or double-shot moulding.