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Leopold FC500R vs Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless

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Hi there,

I'm wondering if anyone knows what the differences is between the following keyboards besides the numpad missing on the filco.

Leopold FC500R (Cherry MX Red)



Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless (Cherry MX Red)



Is there a difference in build quality between these keyboards? Or are they basically the same besides the missing numpad?

Thx in advance for replies!
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Some reckon the build quality on the Filco is better, particularly in relation to stuff like the stabilizers on the large keys. AFAIK, the keycaps on the Leopolds are more durable. Of course, there are tenkeyless Leopold boards, and fullsize Filcos.
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post #3 of 21
Different companies, Filco is probably a little more sturdy but both are great keyboards.
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the numpad that is msising is the o so, called Tenkeyless.
Many people like it as your hands will be closer together while gaming.

it will make the keyboard cheaper in end customer price so thats also a good factor.

The difference is the companies, the Filco are more sturdy, but as Filco has its good points so does Leopold.
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post #5 of 21
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Thx for the replies everyone

So it's basically better stabalizers vs keycap durability?

Also I'd rather have a tenkeyless leopold but there aren't any with cherry MX red switches yet

Does anyone have any idea how the keycap surfaces are on this keyboard? Do they provide good grip or are they very smooth?
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post #6 of 21
IDK about the leopold but Filco is like frosted glass.
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So I have asked this question in another thread and got basically the same answer - Filco stabilizers are better (thanks Scrappy) but no one could tell me why. Just that people that have both, prefer the Filco.

The Leopold uses cherry stabilizers while the Filco uses a wire stabilizer. Are the cherry stabilizers not rated for millions of presses like the MX switches? Do they make the stabilized keys "stiffer" than the non stabilized ones? If pressed off center (space bar), do they not equally distribute the downward force?

Everyone seems to say the Leopold stabilizer isn't as good but they don't have any specifics.

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post #8 of 21
I like the Filco keys.

And stabilizers.

Good match. Thick wire with long wearing coated sweatproof keys.


Doubles shot 0. Filco Esc on left. Laser printed keys on right. After a solvent test.
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LOL!

Ripster, I have no plans on brushing acetone on my keys any time soon. I noticed you didn't show the 99% alcohol test where the Filco didn't fare so well.

Anyway, my question wasn't about keycap durability - pad printing and laser etching with infill both have their pros and cons.

I agree, Filco's do have the thickest and sturdiest wire stabilizer around. But my 3 earlier questions are still unanswered.

What about the wire type stabilizer makes it superior to the cherry type?
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I've read that with the Filco wire stabilizers you feel the "type" from the cherry switch more, like for example a tactile bump from cherry MX Blue, as for the cherrie stabilisers they tend to feel a bit more "mushy", allthough some people do say the cherrie ones tend to be more "durable".
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