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Offline kaiserreich

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« on: Tue, 24 April 2012, 07:05:27 »
Ever since I saw the pictures of the Korean metal/aluminum keyboard it has been on my to get list. Finally I got a chance to obtain this brilliant work of art from Korea. While it wasn't cheap, I think it is worth every cent I paid for this piece. Looking back, it has certainly been a long journey since the day I started out roughly 1 year ago. From reaper's review, he quoted a man saying that you would throw away all the other keyboards. It's not the case for me. I still love all my other keyboards, but this thing is definitely a cut above the rest.



This keyboard originally sold for $275 including the SoWaRe keycaps and switches. The person I got from decided to use blue switches with it, and that is the current configuration of this keyboard. However, he did missed out one part. This spacebar switch has to be heavier. When used with the Cherry Corp Space bar, it does not come up. I have since modded it to a heavier spring.

The SoWaRe keycaps itself, to paraphrase sixty's description, was a SP order for the WYSE keycaps. But the color scheme got mixed up, and it ended with this, which looks brilliant. However, I do not like the RGB letterings. There is little contrast between the RGB and the Grey color.




I don't know who started out with the special feet, but it looks really nice. Without the feet, you'd definitely need some sort of a slope to the case, or something similar to litster's solution to obtain a nice slope on the keys.




A view of what's underneath the keys. It says "Powered by OTD", but the full view is obstructed by the metal plate. To the most right, there's a DIP switch. I do not know what it does, but based on what I read/look around, it's to switch between PS/2 or USB soldered onto the PCB. Looking at the metal plate, we can see some holes being cut in between the keys. This is said to reduce the plate resonance.






Teardown of the keyboard was done. Nothing special with the plate except the anodized color. But if you noticed, there are special edges at specific places around the metal plate. This will be explained later.





The PCB view.




Keyboard feet



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The usage of the bumps on the plate is presumably to hold the plate with the outer case. An elegant solution to hold the plate in place.






Finally, this is the view of the individual shell parts. 3 Aluminum pieces milled to achieve this. No special designs on the shell, except the curves on the shell and the locking tabs to hold the metal plate in place.


That's the end of this review.

Offline ekw808

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« Reply #1 on: Tue, 24 April 2012, 07:28:43 »
Wow, very nice keyboard, and I really want one of those, but I like many things I want, I doubt they are even available and if they are there is probably a hefty sum attached. I assume this is also your video??

[video=youtube;IvYD8UCTjlA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvYD8UCTjlA[/video]
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« Reply #2 on: Tue, 24 April 2012, 08:13:08 »
You should order a
RETRO/SYMRGBYTKL
to get RGBY symbols for the modifiers,
or the
RETRO/RGBY
to get RGBY modifiers.


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« Reply #3 on: Tue, 24 April 2012, 10:15:25 »
LOL 7bit with his crazy advertising
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« Reply #4 on: Tue, 24 April 2012, 10:18:43 »
Damn you 7bit. Now you make me want one.

@ekw808
That is not my video. I didn't make any videos.

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« Reply #5 on: Tue, 24 April 2012, 10:22:19 »
I'm requesting video now please!
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« Reply #6 on: Tue, 24 April 2012, 11:06:49 »
Love the board! The SoWaRe Keycaps are my all time favorite!
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« Reply #7 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 10:12:05 »
Quote from: tsangan;580834
I'm requesting video now please!

I should've lied. :laser::scared:

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« Reply #8 on: Sat, 19 May 2012, 10:57:18 »
Just got mine yesterday and this thing is beautiful!  Every curves, every attention to detail, etc.  Like I mentioned in another thread, this thing is like a Ferrari of the keyboard.



More pics to come. =P
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« Reply #9 on: Sat, 19 May 2012, 22:03:20 »
How do I get these key caps?

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« Reply #10 on: Sat, 19 May 2012, 22:16:06 »
Where can we get a keyboard like that!

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« Reply #11 on: Sat, 19 May 2012, 22:30:24 »
Quote from: Drew Baumann;596164
How do I get these key caps?

Round 4..  oh wait, too late.  Wait for round 5. lol

Quote from: tobr1an;596168
Where can we get a keyboard like that!

Move to S. Korea and maybe you can get one there.  =P
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« Reply #12 on: Sat, 19 May 2012, 22:44:46 »
Round 5... When was round 4?

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« Reply #13 on: Sat, 19 May 2012, 22:49:41 »
Here's the link to round 4.  Might wanna ask 7bit if he has any left.
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« Reply #14 on: Sun, 17 February 2013, 16:50:16 »
what a beauty.

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« Reply #15 on: Sun, 03 March 2013, 09:51:33 »
Awesome keyboard. I also like the HKKB pro 2 in the background. I can take that off your hands if you want for free ;)
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