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Epomaker AK84S

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Epomaker decided the 80% keyboard form factor needs more love and goes the Kickstarter route with the all-new AK84S that adds some nice quality-of-life improvements to existing 84-key units. It has more switch, case, and keycap options than fingers on my hands, including novel new switches and silicone keycaps.

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Will you post updates to TPU if the full set of European/US.International silicon keycaps come out?
I'd definitely be keen to build a keyboard based on those after reading your verdict on them.
 

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Will you post updates to TPU if the full set of European/US.International silicon keycaps come out?
I'd definitely be keen to build a keyboard based on those after reading your verdict on them.
Definitely, I am quite keen to see if that happens too.
 
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Will you post updates to TPU if the full set of European/US.International silicon keycaps come out?
I'd definitely be keen to build a keyboard based on those after reading your verdict on them.

Grippy silicone does seem like a nice idea for key caps
 

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Grippy silicone does seem like a nice idea for key caps
It's not that grippy, but comes down to your typing style. If you slide fingers from key to key, I suspect you will absolutely hate this.
 

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lack of two year warranty should also be a thumbsdown.

Coolermaster, corsair and many other manufacturers offer a 2 year warranty
 
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For me it's about the durability. I like the rubberised finishes on mice and keyboards but it's usually just a thin coating that wears off. In the case of silicone keycovers, it should last indefinitely.
 

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lack of two year warranty should also be a thumbsdown.

Coolermaster, corsair and many other manufacturers offer a 2 year warranty
Funny enough, I used to consider warranty period in the pros/cons list before several people said it should not be considered at all :D

For me it's about the durability. I like the rubberised finishes on mice and keyboards but it's usually just a thin coating that wears off. In the case of silicone keycovers, it should last indefinitely.
These are very durable, I even tried to deliberately scratch them earlier today with a pair of tweezers and it's very hard to do so. The legends are also separately injection molded, so durability is a non-factor here compared to the average keycaps as you hypothesized.
 
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It's not that grippy, but comes down to your typing style. If you slide fingers from key to key, I suspect you will absolutely hate this.
Sometimes my fingers slide and I get typos, or drop items when in a game lol
 
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Benchmark Scores I once clocked a Celeron-300A to 564MHz on an Abit BE6 and it scored over 9000.
These are very durable, I even tried to deliberately scratch them earlier today with a pair of tweezers and it's very hard to do so. The legends are also separately injection molded, so durability is a non-factor here compared to the average keycaps as you hypothesized.
That's good to know, if they ever release a full set.
I'm a blank keycap user but IMO if you haven't learned the layout by the time legends wear off you aren't the target market for a mechanical keyboard ;)
 
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To be crystal clear: if I choose optical switches, my keyboard's PCB will be compatible/hot-swappable ONLY with other optical switches and not mechanical ones?
 

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To be crystal clear: if I choose optical switches, my keyboard's PCB will be compatible/hot-swappable ONLY with other optical switches and not mechanical ones?
Yes
 
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