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The Idobao ID87 is a really solid TKL for under $200
« on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 00:41:40 »
Howdy everyone!

I got my hands on the ID87 which held a group buy earlier this year. It's back up for sale on the Idobao website and I highly recommend it for anyone considering their first TKL and wanting minimal build effort. It's a hot-swap pcb with white SMD lighting per key and RGB underglow that is hidden behind an aluminum backplate. It suffers from some of the same hollowness issues as the ID80, but nothing some foam won't fix in the future.

Here's a video review of it if you are curious, I put Durock Pink Linears and PBT future funk on it.

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Re: The Idobao ID87 is a really solid TKL for under $200
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 14:27:29 »
This looks like integrated plate though.. .. . . . so .. . not really that good value.
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Re: The Idobao ID87 is a really solid TKL for under $200
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 20:09:18 »
This looks like integrated plate though.. .. . . . so .. . not really that good value.

Whys that? I personally prefer a stiff typing experience so I really enjoy integrated plates.

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« Reply #3 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 20:12:52 »
It's not consistent feel. Or rather, it's very very stiff and no flex at all.
And the sound is definitely horrible without the foam.

It's not a fun typing experience compared to top/bottom/gasket/sandwich mount.  (This is all in my opinion)

I'd rather have brass top mount  than  aluminum integrated plate
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Re: The Idobao ID87 is a really solid TKL for under $200
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 20:33:15 »
It's not consistent feel. Or rather, it's very very stiff and no flex at all.
And the sound is definitely horrible without the foam.

It's not a fun typing experience compared to top/bottom/gasket/sandwich mount.  (This is all in my opinion)

I'd rather have brass top mount  than  aluminum integrated plate

That's fair, to each their own I suppose!

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Re: The Idobao ID87 is a really solid TKL for under $200
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 13:42:04 »
Since this is basically a bigger ID80, I'm assuming there's gonna be even more pingy-ness inside the case, so I'd say $200 for this is far from calling it well priced. I personally wouldn't be okay with putting $350 into a board and having to stuff it to death with foam for it to be bearable. I'm a big fan of linears on a stiff plate, but if I was in a market for something similar, I'd look elsewhere.