I never thought this day would come! If you have read my review of the Varmilo MA87M, I had mentioned how there were three companies on my keyboard wish list at the time. That included Varmilo, and the other two were Topre and Leopold. Leopold has always been notorious about marketing, to the point of barely being cognizant of the larger market potential even with first-party marketing itself. It's often frustrating, especially as someone who has had hands on the company's keyboards at trade shows, left impressed, and then struggled to show people how good they can be. Thanks to a generous TPU reader sending their personal unit in as a loaner, I now have the opportunity to do so.
What I have here is the Leopold FC660C, and in its retail packaging still since it arrived unopened. I also had it long enough to do everything I wanted for the review and then some. You see, the FC660C is a 65% keyboard using Topre electrostatic capacitive switches (hence the C at the end), so I suppose you can say I am indirectly ticking Topre off the list, too! It's no doubt a popular keyboard in terms of demand outweighing supply in many regions, but everyone will agree that the keyboard is lacking in its potential as far as functionality goes. This led to a community-driven alternative controller board referred to as the Hasu, based on the guy who drove most of the process and is also responsible for the retail product, which has since branched out to cover multiple such keyboards. This review will talk about the FC660C as it comes out of the box, and I have the low noise version here, as well as the feature add-ons from the Hasu mod. Let's begin with a look at the keyboard specifications in the table below!
|Leopold FC660C Electrostatic Capacitive Keyboard|
|Layout:||65% form factor in a modified US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate|
|Weight:||0.7 kg / 1.54 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Dimensions:||111 (L) x 328 (W) x 34 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Topre 45g standard or silent electrostatic capacitive switch|