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Not sure if my keyboard qualifies as sexy, whoa! Some gorgeous boards here.

It is very comfortable to the fingers and hands working - typing long hours. Also extremely quiet with the HHKB custom noise absorption pad that sticks to the bottom.

Please excuse the mixed printed non-printed PBT keycaps, the gf uses the PC about twice a week and could not find certain seldom used keys like the tilde, so had to order a printed set and mount them until she learns all the strokes.

Realize I could dress the board up in some really nice colors and caps, but it's for getting work done and I'm a boring person. lol :p


Update: These last 3 photos are like 8months old, so much has changed since then, yet they show the HHKB Pro 2 noise absorption pad that adheres your keyboard to your desktop and protective keyboard cover much better. Cool pics.

Also the keyboard (last pic) that began my career from an old comedy film titled "Her Alibi". The actor's keyboard from the late 1980s looks a lot like my current board, white-gray blank keycaps. lol:D

The 6th photo is work desk setup 2017. Still dope. :p
 

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Not sure if my keyboard qualifies as sexy, whoa! Some gorgeous boards here.

It is very comfortable to the fingers and hands working - typing long hours. Also extremely quiet with the HHKB custom noise absorption pad that sticks to the bottom.

Please excuse the mixed printed non-printed PBT keycaps, the gf uses the PC about twice a week and could not find certain seldom used keys like the tilde, so had to order a printed set and mount them until she learns all the strokes.

Realize I could dress the board up in some really nice colors and caps, but it's for getting work done and I'm a boring person. lol :p


Update: These last 3 photos are like 8months old, so much has changed since then, yet they show the HHKB Pro 2 noise absorption pad that adheres your keyboard to your desktop and protective keyboard cover much better. Cool pics.

Also the keyboard (last pic) that began my career from an old comedy film titled "Her Alibi". The actor's keyboard from the late 1980s looks a lot like my current board, white-gray blank keycaps. lol:D

The 6th photo is work desk setup 2017. Still dope. :p
very classic looks, like from 1990's
before RGB take over the world :D
 
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Mouse Logitech MX Master 2S dark midnight teal blue and Logitech MX Vertical (both wireless)
Keyboard HHKB Professional 2 Silent Type-S white and gray PBT keycaps Topre switches
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Benchmark Scores Cinebench Multithread 1724 Cinebench Single Thread 236
The HHKB Pro 2 Silent Type-S with the noise isolated keycaps is the best overall typing experience in my humble opinion. Add on the noise absorbing adhesive mat to the underside about $40 to make it even less audible and more pleasant for long hours of work.

Yea, I'm always on the lookout for a brand new HHKB Pro 3 to launch or even an HHKB BT in silent Type-S, I'd keep it wired though, have (2) Bluetooth wireless mice, and I understand the benefits of wireless operation, a wireless keyboard? Doesn't help me much. It just sits there stuck stable to my desk in one spot, wired vs wireless? LOL :D

Only Razer component I'm using is the Invicta mousing mat in white. It's an extremely wonderful surface superslick, superfast and smooth, more glide than I've ever experienced before, so less effort for getting work completed faster over long hours. I'd say if you use your PC to feed your family, the $59.99 cost is easily worth it, pays for itself. :)
 

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It's been almost two years since I last built a board, and those Klippe parts were looking awfully lonely having sat on the shelf for 7 months, so I decided to get back into the game. It sure is nice to live in a country where 60/40 leaded solder isn't banned, although I definitely need a better 120V station.



Case is the tried and true FMJ that's already seen three boards come and go. My main B.face has taken up residence in the Klippe case, having needed the extra support of the centre screw hole to buttress its flimsy aluminium plate. I did only have three screws remaining to use on this board, which poses no issue thanks to the stiffness of the brass plate.

So far, I've taken a liking to MX Silent Reds. They work phenomenally quietly in my M-10B and now this board. Now to find some better equipment and Healios to prepare for the arrival of my X60-R, which I've been waiting on for nearly 3 years.
 

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It's been almost two years since I last built a board, and those Klippe parts were looking awfully lonely having sat on the shelf for 7 months, so I decided to get back into the game. It sure is nice to live in a country where 60/40 leaded solder isn't banned, although I definitely need a better 120V station.



Case is the tried and true FMJ that's already seen three boards come and go. My main B.face has taken up residence in the Klippe case, having needed the extra support of the centre screw hole to buttress its flimsy aluminium plate. I did only have three screws remaining to use on this board, which poses no issue thanks to the stiffness of the brass plate.

So far, I've taken a liking to MX Silent Reds. They work phenomenally quietly in my M-10B and now this board. Now to find some better equipment and Healios to prepare for the arrival of my X60-R, which I've been waiting on for nearly 3 years.
If you don't mind what's about cost to build one ?, like it for the nice space saving and the correctly made caps lock :p.
 
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If you don't mind what's about cost to build one ?, like it for the nice space saving and the correctly made caps lock :p.
Surprisingly, not much......but you get what you pay for, although your mileage may vary especially with switch choice. Just choose your components wisely.

1st board: ~$425 excluding caps. B.face PCB + alu plate + MX Red + Klippe. My joints were okay, but the alignment of the switches is poor due to the poor quality of the cheap plate I bought. I'm still using this board though, it's a real trooper. It currently resides in the Klippe case, so I factored in the price of that (minus the parts that came as a package).


2nd board: ~$230 excluding caps. GH60revC + alu plate + Gateron Yellow + Tex low profile case. I tried to see how cheap I could go without resorting to questionable Taobao GH60Satan kits. The GH60 rev. C board is available from techkeys.us for about $35, and is a good board. You do need to configure and flash the firmware though. My handiwork did improve significantly, but multiple switches became unusable within a year so I retired it. The Tex 60% case is of good quality (far better than most mainland Chinese alu cases, Tex is Taiwanese) and is a versatile choice for both builds and off-the-shelf boards like the Pok3r; the Tex cost about $120, not sure if it's still available today.


3rd board: ~$550 excluding caps. Mekanisk/NerD60 + brass plate + MX Silent Red + FMJ. Most of the cost comes from the FMJ, which cost me $350 back in 2016. As for the rest, they are pretty cheap due to coming as a package with the Klippe (which I gave to the B.face instead). I swore off Gateron because of the poor reliability of my second board and my later KBD75 (dead as well), and I needed a quiet board so Silent Reds work great. Dunno what the meta is regarding switches in 2019, but r/mk probably covers that.

If you really want to push the limits, there are probably still kits out there similar to the GH60 Satan (not related to the GH60revC) that'll be around $100 or less for the whole shebang. Bigger boards like TKL and full-size generally don't exist outside of really prohibitive group buys with prohibitive prices, but there are 65% and 75% kits out there.
 
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So far, I've taken a liking to MX Silent Reds. They work phenomenally quietly in my M-10B and now this board. Now to find some better equipment and Healios to prepare for the arrival of my X60-R, which I've been waiting on for nearly 3 years.
I also like Cherry Silent switches, I currently use Silent Black stem in a Zealios housing with 72g spring on my KIRA EXS.
I use Zealios housing because I found that the default housing (Cherry RGB silent housing, milk bottom, clear top) were too scratchy and inconcsistent even when lubed. In a Zealios housing it's noticeably smoother (even when it's unlubed) and of course it lacks of Zeal signature high pitched clack because of the silent stem.
 
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I also like Cherry Silent switches, I currently use Silent Black stem in a Zealios housing with 72g spring on my KIRA EXS.
I use Zealios housing because I found that the default housing (Cherry RGB silent housing, milk bottom, clear top) were too scratchy and inconcsistent even when lubed. In a Zealios housing it's noticeably smoother (even when it's unlubed) and of course it lacks of Zeal signature high pitched clack because of the silent stem.
I might be the only one who doesn't mind MX scratchiness. Part of the MX charm, I guess, lol. And to be honest, I have a 3700 with vintage Blacks and there really isn't that much of a difference to new Blacks. It's a bit better on retooled MX, goes away the longer you use the board, and I've never had a MX switch die on me. Gateron, on the other hand......even with a spring and stem replacement and some lube, the sticky Yellows still ended up sticky in less than a month, and died shortly thereafter. Maybe the tolerances were too loose and gunk kept getting in, I dunno.

My Silents aren't the RGB type. They're just the usual black opaque housing that I bought in bulk. As for Zealios, apparently the Gateron housing has been retooled to be less wobbly (a notorious Gateron problem), but I can't remember if my 65g Zealios were of the old or new type. For that matter, I can't even remember when or why I bought the Zealios...they are smooth, but way too tactile for my liking and way too loud. Too heavy, too. I only use Reds now because they fit my RSI-ridden hands perfectly.

That EXS is a very nice board. Unfortunately, I'm too invested in 60% and G80 numpads to have any need for a bigger board anymore.
 
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X60R arrived Monday - built it today. My last build for the foreseeable future, and I've been waiting more than 2 years.




I used Tealios on this one; they were restocked only yesterday. Crisp and smooth - I'll keep them stock for now, they don't need lube like the Silent Reds do. Now to wrap my head around QMK...
 
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