tl;dr [long mechanical keyboard story short, I dipped my feet and liked it,went further and hated it]
Some months ago, my A1048 (apple) keyboard let me down. Used it for more than 10 years, fine.
What can I get that is as compact as the late white keyboard ?
Maybe something mechanical, that seem all the rage with youth today ?
I end up buying a sharkoon “purewriter”. Because if I don’t like it it’s not huge money threwn in the bin.
And I like it A LOT. Kailh red low profile switches, low profile, small footprint.
Well, now I realize I like the experience of mechanical (quiet) switches a lot. A lot a lot a lot.
And maybe the sound is a bit pingy. And maybe I can buy a better one than the entry level sharkoon and give this one to my better half.
Maybe build one ?
Well, a 3dprinted sort of tkl is in progress, but that’s another story.
I need a kit, with something hot swappable if my taste changes.
Here comes the gmmk thingy, full size keyboard, with gateron clear switches (best available thing).
Received it today.
I surprisingly did not enjoy assembly at all, it’s like lego, but boring and it hurts fingers.
During assembly I noticed a unpleasant soud from the backspace stab.
Pressed on, completed the assembly, and plugged the thing.
And I don’t like it at all.
It’s a smidge too high, but I can cope with it. The racket this thing makes is awful. Stabs rattle a lot (but I hear there are ways to go around it thanks to household items), but the keystroke sound is very bright.
I thought I could have a better experience by using a better quality keyboard(and it is, it’s way sturdier than the entry level sharkoon) but the experience is really unpleasant to me.
So I plugged back the sharkoon to type this message, and am looking forward to finding a way to get the gmmk experience closer to the muted sounds of the low profile choc kailh reds on the sharkoon.
I’ll need to keep cherry style keycaps because ISO, but I’m after a more muted/soft sound.
Any advice to salvage my ill-fated purchase ? or was it 200-ish euros spent in vain ?
(and I had to resolve to use software to set the backlight on a solid whit, too bright even at minimum setting, and it bleeds light like crazy).
Many thanks !