Pros: Compact 82-key layout, Backlit, Build quality, Good Key caps
Cons: 2-KRO, Tall, Short cable, Flat key cap orientation
Below is the information tag on located on the back of the keyboard as well as pictures of the internals and metal plate of the housing. The housing is joined together by 9 screws. The weight of the keyboard is 2 lbs. and 3.6 oz.
The BL82 that I purchased was most likely a special order. It uses Cherry MX Clear switches which is out of the ordinary for this board. Usually they are equipped with MX Black switches. The switches are plate mounted which provides a solid feel and no PCB flex.
This BL82 uses PS/2 interface and has 2-KRO.
One of the things that bothered me about the TG3 82 key was the cord, without stretching it out the cord is ridiculously small. It is a little over 1 and 1/2 of the keyboards longest side when the expandable part is compressed in the packaging sleeve. It did not reach from my keyboard rack to my PC PS/2 port and the PC is partly under my keyboard rack. If taken out of the plastic it would be able to be stretched longer but I don't like to stretch my cords.
The key caps of the keyboard are "unique 2 shot and sublimated" according to TG3. It is very misleading because they are not doubleshots the top of the keycap is one piece of plastic and the sides are another. You can see the separate pieces of plastic in the pictures where one piece is white and the other is black.
The TG3 BL82 also has the key caps aligned in a flat slant rather than the more ergonomic style most keyboards use. In order to get an idea this is the side view of the keyboard.
These are standard Cherry key caps on the sides of a TG3 key cap. The Cherry "~" is on the left then the TG3 "H" in the middle and Cherry "H" on the right.
Overall it is an excellent keyboard. The quality of the board and key caps are great. The main complaint I have is the 2-KRO.
On mine the red back lighting does not work due to a lack of power from the PS/2 port on the PC. Most of the BL82s however have working back lighting it is only a known problem on the model with MX Clears, which I only know of 18 in existence. Some of the ones with MX Blacks may also require more power than a desktop can give it from PS/2 or USB but these aren't as common, just be sure to confirm that yours does work before buying. It would be easy to get the power from somewhere else if you wanted to take the time to mod it.
The bottom of the keyboard to the top of the caps is very tall compared to other keyboards and I would personally get a wrist rest if I was going to use it as a daily driver.
BL82 next to a Noppoo Choc mini
The price range can vary a for the BL-82. You can find them with a touch pad on ebay for a little over $20 sometimes and the TG3 without the touch pad in the $40-90 range most often. The TG3 version is easily one of the best keyboards for the price.
The Deck version costs $145 from their site. It has a few differences. The back plate of the case is different, it has 6-KRO via USB, and has a different font and the back lighting comes in blue rather than red.