Author Topic: Best hot swappable PCB on the market  (Read 801 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Los Angeles

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 11
Best hot swappable PCB on the market
« on: Wed, 06 January 2021, 10:17:27 »
Can somebody drop links to the best Hot Swappable PCB's on the market right now, and thats available to ship to Europe.
By best I mean compatability,  sustainability and design.
Thank you.

Offline suicidal_orange

  • * Global Moderator
  • Posts: 4039
  • Location: England
Re: Best hot swappable PCB on the market
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 07 January 2021, 06:29:54 »
Hotswap means fixed layout so no compatibility, it is what it is.  By mentioning Europe I guess you're looking for ISO layout (fat enter, small left shift)?  Would 'best' to you need RGB?  Do you want a numberpad and/or dedicated arrow keys?
120/100g linear Zealio R1  
GMK Hyperfuse
'Split everything' perfection  
MX Clear
SA Hack'd by Geeks     
EasyAVR mod

Offline Leslieann

  • * Elevated Elder
  • Posts: 3425
Re: Best hot swappable PCB on the market
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 07 January 2021, 21:59:24 »
Compatible? Hot swap is locked in.
Sustainable? Ummm.... It's a computer part, not much has long term sustainability.
Design is personal preference.

Nk65 you can buy replacement pcbs and it's considered to have a decent PCB.
GMMK doesn't offer just a pcb but the barebones is cheaper than many pcbs and darn nice for the money. Just think of it as a really nice disposable keyboard.
Yes, I have one of each so you may say biased but I practice what i preach, I bought them for those exact reasons. I don't believe in long term hot swap, they will never be the next model M no matter how well built (while maintaining hot swap) so I refuse to spend a fortune on them. Those two options also cover most size formats, which you should have mentioned (along with any specific layout options).

There's not much that's "sustainable" because things change. higher end stuff is usually 1 time group buys. Hineybush could be an option but those are usually limited supply and group buy and no guarantees anything in the future will be compatible. Drop has had some issues but it's hit and miss on availability and cost is higher than those mentioned and there's no replacement parts. There's a few Chinese companies but you need to worry about incompatible revisions, quality control, looooong ship times and in many cases sold out. To say nothing of availability due to the pandemic.
Filco MJ2 L.E. w/hand milled Vortex case, custom feet/paint/winkey blockoff plate, HID Liberator, stainless steel universal plate, 3d printed adapters, Type C, sound dampened,  Thick PBT caps (o-ringed), Cherry Jailhouse Blues w/lubed/clipped Cherry light springs | GMMK TKL | Magicforce 68 | YMDK75 | KBT Race S L.E. | Das Pro (Costar model) | GH60 | IBM Model M (x2)