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Offline phinix

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1050 on: Thu, 31 January 2019, 18:16:18 »
Anyone know where I can get a batter looking USB C cable that work with Norbaforce. So far I try 2 other USB C cable none of them work.

I'm using this cheap USB-C cable from Ikea. It's been working flawlessly.


Ooh. That's a really nice pairing of cable and finish!

Any extras or leftovers???

I currently have a batch being coated right now, supposedly complete next week (but factory timeline promises are almost invariably wrong/lies). Once they're boxed and assembled, I put them into stock and send out an email notification on my list. There aren't very many, unfortunately, though. =\

Will these extras be also available via mykeyboard.eu or only via your shop?
Any news on those extras?
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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1051 on: Thu, 31 January 2019, 18:30:15 »
Anyone know where I can get a batter looking USB C cable that work with Norbaforce. So far I try 2 other USB C cable none of them work.

I'm using this cheap USB-C cable from Ikea. It's been working flawlessly.


Ooh. That's a really nice pairing of cable and finish!

Any extras or leftovers???

I currently have a batch being coated right now, supposedly complete next week (but factory timeline promises are almost invariably wrong/lies). Once they're boxed and assembled, I put them into stock and send out an email notification on my list. There aren't very many, unfortunately, though. =\

Will these extras be also available via mykeyboard.eu or only via your shop?
Any news on those extras?

Only my shop this time around. Powder coating is now complete on those extras, but I decided to order new back-plates because I wasn't happy with the ones I had left (anodizing defects). Those will arrive after Lunar New Year celebrations are complete in China, so unfortunately we're probably looking at late Feb or March.

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1052 on: Thu, 31 January 2019, 21:28:22 »
Anyone know where I can get a batter looking USB C cable that work with Norbaforce. So far I try 2 other USB C cable none of them work.

I'm using this cheap USB-C cable from Ikea. It's been working flawlessly.


Ooh. That's a really nice pairing of cable and finish!

Any extras or leftovers???

I currently have a batch being coated right now, supposedly complete next week (but factory timeline promises are almost invariably wrong/lies). Once they're boxed and assembled, I put them into stock and send out an email notification on my list. There aren't very many, unfortunately, though. =\

Will these extras be also available via mykeyboard.eu or only via your shop?
Any news on those extras?

Only my shop this time around. Powder coating is now complete on those extras, but I decided to order new back-plates because I wasn't happy with the ones I had left (anodizing defects). Those will arrive after Lunar New Year celebrations are complete in China, so unfortunately we're probably looking at late Feb or March.

Any update on the level of interest in the upgraded steel Norbaforce backplates? Very interested in those :)
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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1053 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 14:36:55 »
Anyone know where I can get a batter looking USB C cable that work with Norbaforce. So far I try 2 other USB C cable none of them work.

I'm using this cheap USB-C cable from Ikea. It's been working flawlessly.


Ooh. That's a really nice pairing of cable and finish!

Any extras or leftovers???

I currently have a batch being coated right now, supposedly complete next week (but factory timeline promises are almost invariably wrong/lies). Once they're boxed and assembled, I put them into stock and send out an email notification on my list. There aren't very many, unfortunately, though. =\

Will these extras be also available via mykeyboard.eu or only via your shop?
Any news on those extras?

Only my shop this time around. Powder coating is now complete on those extras, but I decided to order new back-plates because I wasn't happy with the ones I had left (anodizing defects). Those will arrive after Lunar New Year celebrations are complete in China, so unfortunately we're probably looking at late Feb or March.

Any update on the level of interest in the upgraded steel Norbaforce backplates? Very interested in those :)

33 survey responses so far. I'll likely order a batch of roughly that number as soon as my preferred machine shop for steel parts comes back online after Lunar New Year celebrations this month. I'll just have these in limited numbers in my shop at some point when they're done/ready. I'm trying to avoid group buys going forward just to make life a bit less stressful for me. :)

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1054 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 19:57:47 »
Any update on the level of interest in the upgraded steel Norbaforce backplates? Very interested in those :)

33 survey responses so far. I'll likely order a batch of roughly that number as soon as my preferred machine shop for steel parts comes back online after Lunar New Year celebrations this month. I'll just have these in limited numbers in my shop at some point when they're done/ready. I'm trying to avoid group buys going forward just to make life a bit less stressful for me. :)

Awesome.

Just built my royal wrinkle black Norbaforce incidentally. Hypersphered, lubed, dome-swapped with BKE Redux Extremes. It's lovely!

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1055 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 20:06:53 »
Any update on the level of interest in the upgraded steel Norbaforce backplates? Very interested in those :)

33 survey responses so far. I'll likely order a batch of roughly that number as soon as my preferred machine shop for steel parts comes back online after Lunar New Year celebrations this month. I'll just have these in limited numbers in my shop at some point when they're done/ready. I'm trying to avoid group buys going forward just to make life a bit less stressful for me. :)

Awesome.

Just built my royal wrinkle black Norbaforce incidentally. Hypersphered, lubed, dome-swapped with BKE Redux Extremes. It's lovely!

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Oooh. Love that Royal Wrinkle black. That keycap and cable pairing is perfect.

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1056 on: Sun, 03 February 2019, 12:20:52 »
The survey didn't ask how many you wanted.

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« Reply #1057 on: Sun, 03 February 2019, 17:02:18 »
Where's that survey?  ;D
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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1059 on: Thu, 21 February 2019, 23:41:21 »
Considering the costs and difficulties involved, I don't know if this would be run again. But if it was, I really hope the retro refrigerator color is included. It looks gorgeous.

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1060 on: Sat, 23 February 2019, 00:46:49 »
Not sure if anyone notice but there were some Norbaforces in Havard Square colour last night. And now they're all gone  :p :p :p

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1061 on: Sat, 23 February 2019, 08:52:42 »
That's a norbatouch not force

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« Reply #1062 on: Sat, 23 February 2019, 11:37:03 »
No, Laughing is correct, there were some Harvard Sq Norbaforce available. That link is just the color sample. He can confirm if he bought one. Now I know why he calls himself theLaughingMan...
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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1063 on: Sat, 23 February 2019, 16:07:38 »
I got my black royal wrinkle and have to say that this product is out of this world! Quality is freaking amazing.
A rewal beauty.
I have mounted in it my 55g modded standard bottom orw Realforce with SA Carbon and it looks stunnig.


One thing - does anyone would prefer to have the case a bit higher?
I have used to use my RF on its feet and have a feelign that I could have it raised a bit more, like maybe double the height.

What do you guys think?
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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1064 on: Sun, 24 February 2019, 10:19:01 »
I got my black royal wrinkle and have to say that this product is out of this world! Quality is freaking amazing.
A rewal beauty.
I have mounted in it my 55g modded standard bottom orw Realforce with SA Carbon and it looks stunnig.


One thing - does anyone would prefer to have the case a bit higher?
I have used to use my RF on its feet and have a feelign that I could have it raised a bit more, like maybe double the height.

What do you guys think?

One solution I've been working on for this sort of thing is leather desk mats with CNC machined inserts at different angles so we don't have to rely on risers. I still haven't worked out all the details yet, but I did make a prototype myself I was pretty happy with. I still want to do it, but I haven't yet found a factory that is proficient both at CNC machining hardwood and also doing really high-end leather work. Quest continues.

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1065 on: Sun, 24 February 2019, 12:59:49 »
I got my black royal wrinkle and have to say that this product is out of this world! Quality is freaking amazing.
A rewal beauty.
I have mounted in it my 55g modded standard bottom orw Realforce with SA Carbon and it looks stunnig.


One thing - does anyone would prefer to have the case a bit higher?
I have used to use my RF on its feet and have a feelign that I could have it raised a bit more, like maybe double the height.

What do you guys think?

One solution I've been working on for this sort of thing is leather desk mats with CNC machined inserts at different angles so we don't have to rely on risers. I still haven't worked out all the details yet, but I did make a prototype myself I was pretty happy with. I still want to do it, but I haven't yet found a factory that is proficient both at CNC machining hardwood and also doing really high-end leather work. Quest continues.

oh this is very interesting

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1066 on: Sun, 24 February 2019, 17:34:29 »
Anyone know where I can get a batter looking USB C cable that work with Norbaforce. So far I try 2 other USB C cable none of them work.

I'm using this cheap USB-C cable from Ikea. It's been working flawlessly.


Ooh. That's a really nice pairing of cable and finish!

Any extras or leftovers???

I currently have a batch being coated right now, supposedly complete next week (but factory timeline promises are almost invariably wrong/lies). Once they're boxed and assembled, I put them into stock and send out an email notification on my list. There aren't very many, unfortunately, though. =\

Will these extras be also available via mykeyboard.eu or only via your shop?
Any news on those extras?

Only my shop this time around. Powder coating is now complete on those extras, but I decided to order new back-plates because I wasn't happy with the ones I had left (anodizing defects). Those will arrive after Lunar New Year celebrations are complete in China, so unfortunately we're probably looking at late Feb or March.
Were these the recent ones put out?

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Re: the Norbaforce: after-market housing for RealForce TKL keyboards — SHIPPING
« Reply #1067 on: Sun, 24 February 2019, 21:24:49 »
Anyone know where I can get a batter looking USB C cable that work with Norbaforce. So far I try 2 other USB C cable none of them work.

I'm using this cheap USB-C cable from Ikea. It's been working flawlessly.


Ooh. That's a really nice pairing of cable and finish!

Any extras or leftovers???

I currently have a batch being coated right now, supposedly complete next week (but factory timeline promises are almost invariably wrong/lies). Once they're boxed and assembled, I put them into stock and send out an email notification on my list. There aren't very many, unfortunately, though. =\

Will these extras be also available via mykeyboard.eu or only via your shop?
Any news on those extras?

Only my shop this time around. Powder coating is now complete on those extras, but I decided to order new back-plates because I wasn't happy with the ones I had left (anodizing defects). Those will arrive after Lunar New Year celebrations are complete in China, so unfortunately we're probably looking at late Feb or March.
Were these the recent ones put out?

No. The replacement plates are still being made, so the bulk of NF are still several weeks off.

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« Reply #1068 on: Mon, 25 February 2019, 08:59:08 »
No, Laughing is correct, there were some Harvard Sq Norbaforce available. That link is just the color sample. He can confirm if he bought one. Now I know why he calls himself theLaughingMan...

Exactly like you said, Harvard square was available for both Norbaforce & Norbatouch.  The link was attached to both listing to demonstrate the colour. I didn't buy one but I check the shop every time Ryan sends out an email just for fun :)))))

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Finally got this bad boy all put together and on the desk. It could eventually use some sorbothane (and a fix for the left control key being a bit wonky), but I'm extremely happy with the case. Thanks a million Ryan!



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Finally got this bad boy all put together and on the desk. It could eventually use some sorbothane (and a fix for the left control key being a bit wonky), but I'm extremely happy with the case. Thanks a million Ryan!
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Very Noice! Which finish is that? Did you use Novatouch Sliders? I am going to build mine with a 91u with Hasu USB.

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I missed the GB and am now (im)patiently waiting for extras to be up for sale. Checking my email and shop site several times a day has become more and more habitual  :p.

Any update from Mr. Norbauer himself? Last time I checked, we are still waiting on replacement plates.

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I missed the GB and am now (im)patiently waiting for extras to be up for sale. Checking my email and shop site several times a day has become more and more habitual  :p.

Any update from Mr. Norbauer himself? Last time I checked, we are still waiting on replacement plates.

Still waiting, alas. I got the pre-production sample earlier this week and it looked fine, so they're underway now. Chinese New Year always grinds everything to a half for like two months. =\

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Finally got this bad boy all put together and on the desk. It could eventually use some sorbothane (and a fix for the left control key being a bit wonky), but I'm extremely happy with the case. Thanks a million Ryan!
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Oh man, what an excellent keycap and finish pairing!

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I missed the GB and am now (im)patiently waiting for extras to be up for sale. Checking my email and shop site several times a day has become more and more habitual  :p.

Any update from Mr. Norbauer himself? Last time I checked, we are still waiting on replacement plates.

Still waiting, alas. I got the pre-production sample earlier this week and it looked fine, so they're underway now. Chinese New Year always grinds everything to a half for like two months. =\

Thank you for the update! I totally get the CNY effect so delays are understandable. Do you mind sharing the color availability for the extras? All the powder-coated finishes are lovely but I do have some personal biases  ;)

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Finally got this bad boy all put together and on the desk. It could eventually use some sorbothane (and a fix for the left control key being a bit wonky), but I'm extremely happy with the case. Thanks a million Ryan!
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Very Noice! Which finish is that? Did you use Novatouch Sliders? I am going to build mine with a 91u with Hasu USB.

The finish is Galaxy Console. I used a few NT sliders for this build (leftovers from a Singularity Black build that I could post some pics of too), but mostly this was put together with KBDFans sliders. Your board sounds like an interesting project, good luck with it!

Finally got this bad boy all put together and on the desk. It could eventually use some sorbothane (and a fix for the left control key being a bit wonky), but I'm extremely happy with the case. Thanks a million Ryan!
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Oh man, what an excellent keycap and finish pairing!

Thanks! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I have a few other keysets (nuclear data, SA Chocolatier) I'll likely put on the board when I get too familiar with this look.

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Hope I haven't missed out yet on the extras. I need a Norbaforce in my life!
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I really really really hope that I can get an extra board since I wasn't in this hobby when this was going on.  Will you send an email out on your mailing list when you put the extras up?  Thanks in advance!  ;D

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I really really really hope that I can get an extra board since I wasn't in this hobby when this was going on.  Will you send an email out on your mailing list when you put the extras up?  Thanks in advance!  ;D

Yes, absolutely. Still impatiently waiting on those replacement back-plates ("any day now", according to machine shop) but these are otherwise ready to go.

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Any day now! I'm still patiently holding my funds for the Norbaforce amidst this GB heavy season.  :thumb:

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Does anyone know why my Norbaforce won't work on my desktop but will on my laptop (both Win10)? Is this some sort of USB driver issue?

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Does anyone know why my Norbaforce won't work on my desktop but will on my laptop (both Win10)? Is this some sort of USB driver issue?

How odd. RealForces can behave strangely on Macs sometimes, but usually it's plug-n-play on Windows. What cable are you using?

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Just snagged a Royal Wrinkle Norbaforce!  :cool:

Also where did that mysterious rose gold version come from though? :D
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TheMnBN Thank you for your post~~
I just realized Norbaforce was restocked.
I got myself a Tactical Black Norbaforce.
I have been waiting for the restock for a long time >< Cant wait@@!!!!
 

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TheMnBN Thank you for your post~~
I just realized Norbaforce was restocked.
I got myself a Tactical Black Norbaforce.
I have been waiting for the restock for a long time >< Cant wait@@!!!!
 

Glad it helped! I've waited quite persistently for the extras also.

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Thanks for the post TheMnBN, my order was completed before Ryan's email about the extras hit my mailbox.  Snagged a Galaxy Console, which was the colorway I was hoping for.  Made my weekend!

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So I guess there have been people constantly refreshing that page for the past six months. TheMnBN posted like three minutes after I quietly put those units into inventory. :o

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If anybody is interested in a second round, by the way, please fill out the survey.

I'm working to develop a design that is compatible with the 87U family of Realforces and the new R2 models, along with a few other minor tweaks/improvements.

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Also, FWIW, as of this moment I have a couple WKL models left as extras from last time in the Aperture finish, which wasn't part of the GB. I don't think I'll be able to do WKL again, so if this is a particular feature you wanted, now would be the time. :)

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Does anyone know why my Norbaforce won't work on my desktop but will on my laptop (both Win10)? Is this some sort of USB driver issue?

How odd. RealForces can behave strangely on Macs sometimes, but usually it's plug-n-play on Windows. What cable are you using?

I tried both cables that came with it, none worked on my desktop but both worked on my laptop. I can't understand this at all. It shows up on my desktop as Realforce 87U in device manager but just refuses to work.

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Does anyone know why my Norbaforce won't work on my desktop but will on my laptop (both Win10)? Is this some sort of USB driver issue?

How odd. RealForces can behave strangely on Macs sometimes, but usually it's plug-n-play on Windows. What cable are you using?

I tried both cables that came with it, none worked on my desktop but both worked on my laptop. I can't understand this at all. It shows up on my desktop as Realforce 87U in device manager but just refuses to work.

Ah, in that case your issue may reach into Windows internals/configuration, which is a bit beyond my realm of familiarity.

Do other external keyboards work on your desktop? Does the same RealForce work when plugged directly into the desktop using the native RealForce cable, bypassing the Norbaforce breakout PCB?

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So I guess there have been people constantly refreshing that page for the past six months. TheMnBN posted like three minutes after I quietly put those units into inventory. :o

I was actually checking out the TKL bag on your shop site and somehow, unconsciously scrolled the page all the way down. Well, before long I'm one step closer to being a Norbaforce owner. :cool:

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So I guess there have been people constantly refreshing that page for the past six months. TheMnBN posted like three minutes after I quietly put those units into inventory. :o

I was actually checking out the TKL bag on your shop site and somehow, unconsciously scrolled the page all the way down. Well, before long I'm one step closer to being a Norbaforce owner. :cool:

Haha. OK, that makes more sense.  :cool:

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oh man did i miss out on stainless steel backplates??

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oh man did i miss out on stainless steel backplates??

No, those come later. :)

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oh man did i miss out on stainless steel backplates??

No, those come later. :)

much excite  :thumb:

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Does anyone know why my Norbaforce won't work on my desktop but will on my laptop (both Win10)? Is this some sort of USB driver issue?

How odd. RealForces can behave strangely on Macs sometimes, but usually it's plug-n-play on Windows. What cable are you using?

I tried both cables that came with it, none worked on my desktop but both worked on my laptop. I can't understand this at all. It shows up on my desktop as Realforce 87U in device manager but just refuses to work.

Ah, in that case your issue may reach into Windows internals/configuration, which is a bit beyond my realm of familiarity.

Do other external keyboards work on your desktop? Does the same RealForce work when plugged directly into the desktop using the native RealForce cable, bypassing the Norbaforce breakout PCB?

Yeah it worked when it was a stock Realforce. I’m going to buy a new USB-C cable off the “Benson approved” list and try with that one.

Offline ninjapirate

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Just got my Aperture finish case in, gorgeous!


Offline typischt

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Just got my Aperture finish case in, gorgeous!

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Wow, this looks gorgeous! Love the texture of the board and also how it looks with the black keycaps!

In hindsight, I think I would not go with the "regular" silver again. Don't get me wrong, it is still super nice, clean and of nice quality (and the pictures of it were the reason why I decided to buy one in the first place. They looked so good! And actually, now that I think about it, I even think these photos were the reason why I hunted down a grey realforce in the first place, I think month before this buy actually started XD). But the all those special colors are just too nice to buy "just" a silver one (even tho I didn't want to have a black one with white / grey keycaps anyways).