Build Log #1: Rama U-80A
I bought this board because I bought SA Olivia. GMK Olivia was one of the most sought out sets back in 2019 and at the beginning of 2019, there were only rumors of its second round. SA Olivia was ran through Novelkeys and was released on Pi Day (3/14) at exactly 1:59 PM (EST). I remember having finished a midterm and jumping on my laptop and clicking as fast as I can to grab a spot. I was fortunate enough to grab one.
I started doing some digging because I had no idea which board to put this on. I wanted something unique and something that I won’t get tired of. When I had first joined the hobby, Rama Works and their M-65A was one of my favorite boards (along with the Retro Refrigerator Norbatouch). As I journeyed down the rabbit hole, I saw the release of the M60-A and the KARA and chose to pass on them. With the tease of doing a TKL-sized board, I knew that this was the one to finally pull the trigger on and buy a Rama Works board for myself.
The original plan was to get a Dusk (Mauvy Pink) colored board to match with SA Olivia. However, they didn’t release that color again. As luck would have it, Rama Works released, in my opinion, the best color they have released yet: Port. Port is deep red color reminiscent of the type of wine associated with the name. Along with the deep red, it has purple undertones that makes the board so unique. I also find that it reminds me of the Mauvy Pink color that I love as well!
Now the wait begins!
I chose to make the board heavier with the internal weight! the U80-A also has a daughter board.
the U80-A is the first of Rama Works’ boards to feature the Mute mounting method. In between the PCB and plate there is a piece of Non-conductive Silicon to mute the vibrations of the plate.
The mounting method is unique. I guess it really is gasket mounted, but not really. The PCB/Plate/Mute just sits on the bottom half of the board, only touching where the Mute rubber is exposed. In that sense it is gasket mounted and I find that the acoustics of the U80-A are better than Rama Works’ previous boards. However, unlike my other gasket mounted boards, these don’t offer the same amount of flex.
I had the hardest time figuring out which switches to put in this board. At first, I was thinking of using Zealios, but I never liked them. I thought of using Okomochis as well, but didn’t like those either. I finally settled on Pinokos V2, which are JWK switches. They have a nice pink color to them.
Next time, I’ll take more pictures of the process!
Board: Rama U-80A With Internal Weight
Plate Material: Brass
Switches: Pinoko V2 (Lubed with 205g0, Deskeys Filmed, 65g)
Keycaps: SA Olivia
Stabilizers: C3 Olivia Stabs (Band Aid Modded and lubed with Dielectric Grease and 205g0)
Deskmat: Rama Works Canvas 2 XL
Typing Test: Rama U-80A With Pinoko V2 Typing Sounds - YouTube
I like to name my boards: This one’s name is Rosé.