Glorious PC Gaming Race, the company behind the GMMK, have announced that they’re going to be releasing a new holy panda clone next month. They’re undercutting Drop’s price at $0.69/switch and, most notably, cloning the Halo stems instead of just the housings. This cuts Drop and Kailh out of the production completely, something we haven’t seen in any of the HP clones released thus far.
For context, here’s the tweets Glorious have put out on the subject:
But wait, there’s more! Apparently it really is impossible to get new holy panda news without a decent dose of drama. It seems that Kailh has something to say about all this, but they’re (mostly) holding their tongues for now:
On its face this seems to be about the fact that the halo stems have been cloned, but a couple of people on reddit pointed out that supposedly Glorious had previously approached Kailh to get cream switches directly, snubbing Novelkeys. When Kailh declined, they requested that Kailh clone the cream switches but make them plate mount. And when Kailh declined that, they requested Kailh clone Zealios for them, which was again declined. With that said, the only evidence of all that is this out-of-context screenshot:
So, what are your thoughts? All I can really say is that the holy panda drama train just keeps chugging along far longer than I ever expected it to last. I would welcome a new tactile switch since there’s so much variance possible with them, but yet another HP clone just makes my eyes roll at this point.
Edit: Glorious have posted a thread on Reddit to respond to the various criticisms as well as the Kilh/Novelkeys controversy here: