I finally did a few builds on it to get a feel for the quality, toughness, & ease of use. So I figured I’d do a little review for anyone who may be looking into getting one.
Overall a very nice PCB that seems to be well thought out for enthusiasts needs as well as beginners needs. Some of the HS sockets needed touched up with extra solder as a precaution, but those joints could’ve held up fine for all I know. I’m just a stickler for all my PCBs having clean & proper solder joints on all of them. No issues out of the box, all keys registered upon first test, all LEDs functioned properly, & while like I said before I preemptively touched up some joints the soldering was honestly pretty decent out of the box. Probably the biggest draw for me though, was all the switches other than Esc & 1 are designed to properly face north (the USB connector keeps Esc. & 1 from being north facing) a huge plus in my book!
Building with it:
Building with it was a breeze. I found popping switches into the plate’s four corners & couple in the center before putting it on the PCB was the easiest way to keep the plate from pushing down when installing the remaining switches. Other than that not much to be said, it’s a HS board, there would have to be something hugely wrong for it to be difficult to build LOL! Also the Instant60 is VIA compatible so programming is just as easy as building!
While definitely pricey at $60 for either the ANSI or Tsangan one I think the pros of this PCB makes it well worth it. I had been looking for a 60% HS PCB for some time so I could set up a switch test bed that I could actually hook up to a device. The 1UP HS60 caught my eye, but then I realized it was all south facing switches. The HS60 V2 did have north facing switches & check all my boxes but, it was priced at $85 dollars & no VIA compatibility to boot. Not really a huge deal as with us now having the QMK configurator site & the QMK Toolbox app, QMK is easier than ever to use. Although at $85 for a PCB I’d be expecting every top end part & feature to used with it.
So after all the research & thought I put into 60% HS PCBs. I would honestly say the Instant60 is the best out there & best value to make the deal that much better. I’ll definitely be recommending this as the go to 60% HS PCB to anyone who asks me!