I bought a G80-1000 recently with an intent to harvest vint blacks and keycaps from it. Now that it has arrived it turns out it’s one of the older ones (1990), says ‘made in west germany’ and I am now unsure if I should just gut the board for switches.
What should I do?
Option 1 – I could harvest vint blacks from it, retrobright the caps and use them on a TKL that is about to ship from GB. I don’t care much for ISO/QWERTZ, but the board was 40 euros, so it’s a great deal overall.
Option 2 – Keep the board and try to use it. I must admit it has a certain charm, but it’s too huge for me (I currently use a 60%). I either need to turn whole body left to type, or have my mouse alll the way to the right and extend my arm in a weird way. I’m sure it’s just a matter of a week to break a habit though. Even if I do get used to the layout I would have to figure out a way to clean the PCB right under the swithces because it’s filthy and smells terrible (isopropyl on a toothbrush maybe?). I would also have to stpring swap, because the way the switches are right now is a no go for me. Some are light, some are heavy, and all are pingy as hell. This would then require me to open switches in place (soldered in), springswap, lube, re-assemble. Or I would have to desolder and resolder them. I would also need to clip the stabs because they sould like ass. And probably will have to mod the case to get a decent sound out of it, right now it’s really resonant which I do not like.
Option 3 – sell the board and re-invest into something else, like hyperglides?
Now this whole thing rests on one question — are vint blacks worth it?
I already have them, but is there going to be any real difference to hyperglides? I saw every youtube video comparing the two, and they all have a terrible audio quality to be able to discern what is happening there.
There are youtubers, like Andy V Nguyen that say vint blacks are very different and sound better, and that they use a slightly different blend of nylon that is slightly less scratchy, and even if you break the hyperglides in, there will still be a difference.
Did anyone here actually compare the two in person to be able to draw conclusions?