Well, my spur-of-the-moment was much longer than yours but ended up ordering a black WK one with extra EC plate and PCB. Turns out this combo is $10 cheaper than EC build with extra non-EC plate and PCB. That said, I’m not sure if I actually saved money or will be short some parts.
As to the badge, hope 3D printing one will rescue my taste. A badge with long extended edge to use as pen holding ledge maybe?
MTNU legends have significantly improved both in size and font style and are now on par with AFSA.
However, it is the overall lower keycap height and the PBT material that convinced me to pull the trigger on a first group buy. I like low typing angles and every bit to help achieving this counts. Hopefully, I will not be disappointed the way I was with MT3.
Nonetheless, I am still sceptical about the inclination angle of R1, which has been much reduced compared to SA. This reduces legend visibility and probably also typing comfort. As with MT3, Matt3o persists in sinning against this. Anyhow, The proof of the pudding will be in the eating.
On boards with typing-angle on the high-side, I found SA R1 incline too aggressive and Cherry R1 slightly lacking in incline such that bottom lip of the keycap is what you end up hitting. So I like that MTNU R1 is mid-way between that of SA and Cherry profiles.
To make good use of the included numpad keys, I also ordered a FreeBird Numpad Lite Black. Unlike the Stellar12, this numpad has the usual 17 keys, of which I intend to reprogram the Num key in a BS key.
There are many 21 key numpads around, but the keycaps to populate those extra 4 keys are rarely included in base sets.
Thought about MT3 Operator. But I feel like a lot of GMK sets are about to be out for extras. So I’ll wait. Not like I need keycaps when I have a few hundred extra sets around.
It’s really delay tactics. I will probably end up buying the MT3 set, but I have to have a way to stop my impulse buying. So telling myself to hold off in case something more attractive becomes available and THEN I can impulse buy THAT thing instead. BRILLIANT!
What worked best for me is finding a off-mainstream niche. Split-Backspace alone rules out most TKL GBs. 60%, south-facing, minimum 6.5 degree typing angle, full 4mm key travel, on and on. More direct rules like not waiting for more than one or two items before order more are harder to adhere to.