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Mistel Q75 Keyboard

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Mistel continues using its own custom keycap sets on a new form factor, and the Q75 is a compact 83-key, 75% keyboard supporting multiple languages and typing layouts. It adds 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity on top of good build quality and programmability, as well as two color options.

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Kind of a steep price when you take into account that something like a Royal Kludge Rk84 which has more features is cheaper..
 
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Kind of a steep price when you take into account that something like a Royal Kludge Rk84 which has more features is cheaper..
I would assume the "steep price" is due to Mistrel delivering the Q75 along with a set of quality double-shot PBT keycaps, while the backlighting-compatible ones on the Royal Kludge RK84 are much thinner and include laser-etched secondary legends which are non-translucent and will wear off after some usage (On the Ducky One 2 SF, for instance, the secondary legends are also shine-through).
Otherwise I would agree with you that the Q75's feature set leaves something to be desired (no backlighting, no aluminium bezels, no flip-up feet, one keycap less than most other competitors in the 75 percent keyboard market such as the RK84 or Keychron K2). Still, the Q75 is not a bad board and will draw some interest from people who dislike the aforementioned keycaps on the RK84 or the horrible cheapos on the K2. One of the Q75's strenghts alongside the keycaps, foam dampening and the small footprint in my eyes is its implementation of eco-friendly replaceable AAA batteries.
 
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I cant help thinking about childrens toys, it looks almost like something i would give a baby for playing with.
 

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I would assume the "steep price" is due to Mistrel delivering the Q75 along with a set of quality double-shot PBT keycaps, while the backlighting-compatible ones on the Royal Kludge RK84 are much thinner and include laser-etched secondary legends which are non-translucent and will wear off after some usage (On the Ducky One 2 SF, for instance, the secondary legends are also shine-through).
Otherwise I would agree with you that the Q75's feature set leaves something to be desired (no backlighting, no aluminium bezels, no flip-up feet, one keycap less than most other competitors in the 75 percent keyboard market such as the RK84 or Keychron K2). Still, the Q75 is not a bad board and will draw some interest from people who dislike the aforementioned keycaps on the RK84 or the horrible cheapos on the K2. One of the Q75's strenghts alongside the keycaps, foam dampening and the small footprint in my eyes is its implementation of eco-friendly replaceable AAA batteries.
Yeah, it's a mixed bag that appeals to some and not as much value to others. I can certainly see this selling well though, especially given the first batch is already sold out.

I cant help thinking about childrens toys, it looks almost like something i would give a baby for playing with.
Then you are playing with the wrong toys.
 
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Kind of a steep price when you take into account that something like a Royal Kludge Rk84 which has more features is cheaper..
RK is a tiny bit crap though. Yeah, I understand, the price goes disproportionately higher the more quality you want and diminishing returns kick in, but it is what it is. Neither RK nor Keychron offer the quality and the build, though they are indeed excellent on features.
 
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RK is a tiny bit crap though. Yeah, I understand, the price goes disproportionately higher the more quality you want and diminishing returns kick in, but it is what it is. Neither RK nor Keychron offer the quality and the build, though they are indeed excellent on features.
Nobody in this thread claimed that the RK84 or K2 were as good as custom keyboards or builds. Both are good quality, feature-rich mass-produced keyboards at a reasonable price point and can be modded or otherwise upgraded on the cheap. Plus they receive a lot of support from their producers. Calling these keyboards "crap" in my eyes betrays an ivory tower perspective on mechanical keyboards.
 
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I don't know man.. I mean, if I were to choose between an expensive tray mounted or a gasket mount like: https://epomaker.com/collections/all/products/epomaker-akko-acr75-kit


the latter looks like a more good buy. I feel like Mistel need to step up their game. Also a lot more better switches than Cherrys for the price nowadays.
I've talked about that very kit before: https://www.techpowerup.com/review/...t-asa-low-profile-keycaps-cs-sponge-switches/

It's got its own issues, but ultimately hard to compare a kit with a keyboard.
 
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Nice read. I am checking the market to change my 7+ year old Ducky one (blue switches), and on the fence of getting a new board. That is one build I am looking to do! :) XDA keycaps and Akko CS switches..

Good review nevertheless
If you are looking at gasket mount keyboards/kits, I have three others on the way (two Akko MOD aluminium kits and an upcoming 60% keyboard itself).
 
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