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Just got it right now from qtan over at GH and here's my quick impression with it.

Link to the product page (in Chinese):

http://www.iceteel.com/product.asp?id=1402

The packing by qtan was excellent as usual. There were lots of layers and bubble wraps were used around the actual keyboard box.

Picture of the box:

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Pictures of the keyboard:

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Close-up of the key cap:

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Yellow switch (Cherry MX black clone?)

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It feel very similar to Cherry MX black when it comes to typing. There's no tactile bump at all so it's perfect for those that prefer black switches. Here's some info on the yellow switch found by VW_TDI_02:

"1 yellow axis, rapoo independent development machinery, single-shaft life up to 50 million, as with cherry Hei axis, 2mm trigger travel, 50g triggering pressure touch, freely, let you in a long time in a competitive game against nor fingers ache."

Source

It also came with a CD but I haven't loaded it yet.

There are 2 rubber strips on the bottom of the board so it tends to slide around a tiny bit (especially if you pound at your keyboard):

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For $75 shipped, this is to be expected. At least the keyboard doesn't flex and the quality seems decent (dare I say better than Ducky 1087? =P ). Also there's no PS/2 adapter inside, just straight USB.

If any of you guys are interested, here's a thread over at GH. Just post there or PM qtan here.

Also if you have any question, please let me know. smile.gif
Edited by reaper~ - 8/3/11 at 7:54pm
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Nice mini review Reaper... couple of questions:
  • Can you tell if its plate or PCB mounted?
  • The red exposed where it says "pro mechanical keyboard" is that metal or shiny pastic?
  • Would love to see what the acutation force on it is? Is it between a red and black to you?
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Well you can always just start stacking nickels. each nickel weighs 5 grams so you can figure it out from there, lol.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jpm804;14455131 
  • Can you tell if its plate or PCB mounted?
  • The red exposed where it says "pro mechanical keyboard" is that metal or shiny pastic?
  • Would love to see what the acutation force on it is? Is it between a red and black to you?

- Feels light but not wobbly, plate mounted? Since it's showing that red plate underneath
- It feels like painted plastic
- Actually, after typing on it more, it feels a bit lighter than reds

Quote:
Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02;14455152 
Well you can always just start stacking nickels. each nickel weighs 5 grams so you can figure it out from there, lol.

I found only 6 nickels around the house and that didn't do it. lol

Also all the function keys work without any software support (volume control, mute, win lock and there's an "M" key which I have no idea what it does lol). The numlock and scroll lock light isn't very bright and that's good because it's less intrusive.

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Well for the price it doesn't look too bad. Are there any options when it comes to the switches?

[Edit]
Turns out the switches are 50g so just heavier then reds. I like that force range because it doesn't hurt your fingers and allows you to get a pretty affordable linear and quiet switch unlike the reds which are harder to find.
Quote:
1 yellow axis, rapoo independent development machinery, single-shaft life up to 50 million, as with cherry Hei axis, 2mm trigger travel, 50g triggering pressure touch, freely, let you in a long time in a competitive game against nor fingers ache.

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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02;14455460 
Well for the price it doesn't look too bad. Are there any options when it comes to the switches?

Nope. Just the yellow switch which is the Chinese clone. The feel is very light and closer to red than black.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by reaper~;14455469 
Nope. Just the yellow switch which is the Chinese clone. The feel is very light and closer to red than black.

Check my edit above^^ Found a little bit more information.

[edit]
Sorry for another edit but can you tell how the key caps are made? i'm assuming just printing on top?
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^ Cool. I'll just add that to the OP then.
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Sorry for another edit but can you tell how the key caps are made? i'm assuming just printing on top?

I believe they're pad printed ABS (the least expensive kind).
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post #9 of 18
Thanks Reaper and VW for the feedback / additional information... for the price I guess you get a decent linear board
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wow, looks cool stuff.
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