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Looking for a small (40%) mechanical keyboard I can take with me anytime I use my laptop at a LAN. Was trying to decide between a KBC Poker and a Noppoo Choc Mini (both with blue switches).

I already have a Filco Ninja and love the quality of the board. I suppose I could just take it with me, but I want another excuse to try a different brand of board.

I've read some reviews over at GeekHack, but am just looking for some more input, etc.

Thoughts?
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If you'll be using Linux (of any flavor) or OSX; then avoid the Noppoo as it doesn't work well in those OS's without using a complex work around.

The KBC Poker also has better keycaps (in terms of contrast) so in low light it may be easier for you to use if you're ridding on a plane.

Layout wise, some like on (Choc) many like the other (Poker.)

Personally, I'd look at the layout's and features and think about which one you'll like more.
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I think the Poker is a little bit smaller than the Choc Mini.
    
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Loved my Poker till I sold it for a Maj2
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hysteria~ View Post
I think the Poker is a little bit smaller than the Choc Mini.
Yep


Filco on top
Choc in the middle
Poker on the bottom
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post #6 of 20
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Thanks for that comparison shot Tot.

I can say I am not a fan of that row of function keys on the end of the Choc. I dont think those dedicated arrow keys on the Choc would get much use from me either. However, I do like that color scheme on the Choc, a bit different then the typical white on black.

On a related note, anyone ever purchase through this seller: weipim87
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Originally Posted by HometownHero View Post
Thanks for that comparison shot Tot.

I can say I am not a fan of that row of function keys on the end of the Choc. I dont think those dedicated arrow keys on the Choc would get much use from me either. However, I do like that color scheme on the Choc, a bit different then the typical white on black.

On a related note, anyone ever purchase through this seller: weipim87
Bought an MX-Red version for a friend from him/her.

Shipped quickly and just fine.

Many people don't find a use for the extra keys on the Choc which is why they like the Poker's layout more.
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post #8 of 20
Here is another comparison shot with just the Noppo and Poker:



The poker does feel alot smaller than even the noppo but side by side its not that much smaller. I do like the size of the poker, I first thought it would be too small but once I started using it got use to the size.

I would have to say at least for me the dedicated arrows key come in handy but getting use to using the FN key to use then now. I would say it just a matter of getting use to it.

also I ordered both the noppo and poker from weipim87 and received them with no issues. I would have to say he had the best pricing for both the boards at the time.
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^ Thanks for the input. I will probably end up ordering the KBC Poker from weipim87. Qtan has lower prices but the shipping is what kills it.
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post #10 of 20
Depending on the genre of game that you're playing I would imagine it to be pretty annoying if even possible at all to use the Poker on a MMO or RTS.
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