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I decided to give the Noppoo Choco Mini MX Red a shot. I've heard nothing but good things so far. I figure I can settle for the Fn+ media keys and add some of my own if needed--assuming it's capable of linking other standard keys to the Fn modifier? If not, there's always Ctrl+arrow keys. I was also pleasantly surprised by the Switch Lock feature. At first I couldn't quite figure out what the hell it was meant to do, until I saw the corresponding lettering on the caps/ctrl keys. I make extensive use of Shift+keys in most games and the left control is just out of my pinky's "comfortable reach," where I have to shift my whole hand to make use of it, temporarily losing my footing [handing?] on the ESDF core keys. Switch lock gets me 10+ extra binds/hotkeys inside said "comfortable reach" territory. I never really considered that before. A drastic reduction in size with a drastic increase in utility--good stuff. In general, there is something about the super-compact layout that just seems right, but we'll see if that translates to actual use.
I might have to pick up a Clackfactory skull or two as well.. thumb.gif How are the WASD custom keycaps, quality-wise? I noticed they let you upload pictures as well, but I imagine you probably want to keep it as simple and clean as possible for best results--vector art and such?

good luck finding a clackfactory keycap lol
i recently joined geekhack and those things are as rare as the Darth Vader keycap lol

i myself am thinking of picking up this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Noppoo-PRO-Mechanical-Gaming-keyboard-Cherry-MX-Red-NKRO-PBT-Caps-/290635703817?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D4866902612679630999

to replace my Adesso MX Blue Mechanical.
post #32 of 34
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The Choc Mini arrived today, to my complete surprise; and I just realized that I've been calling it the Choco this entire time... anyway I've only had a couple of hours in The Old Republic to get a feel for it, but so far it's been instant gratification and no regrets by far.

The package was a bit beat up and a couple of the keys were popped off when I opened it, but it looks to be a pretty resilient board overall. The size is perfect for my long fingers. It feels a little odd at the moment since I'm adjusting to the switches, layout, and dimensions all at once; but I don't think I'm doing too bad. smile.gif I've used the ESDF layout since I can remember and it always felt weird trying to use Ctrl, like doing the equivalent of a leg split with my hand. So the tougest part for me is actually having the use of the Ctrl key on my pinky now, which was never the case previously in my gaming history. Sometimes I hesitate and use Shift instead or vice versa, activating the wrong ability, but I think that will sort itself out in time.

As expected, I'm already in love with the "hair trigger" actuation on this thing, it's perfect for my tastes. It's a little louder than I was expecting, but the deep clicks are actually pleasant to hear--not that I get to enjoy them that often since Sennheiser has a monopoly on my ears. biggrin.gif The keys feel pretty solid and are appropriately textured under my fingertips. I'm hoping Noppoo sells sets of replacement keys. I would like to be able to replace them with originals if the need ever arises.

I'm struggling to be critical here.. but to be perfectly honest I don't have anything negative to report right now, other than my terrible typing skills. I might update this down the line after I put some hours into the board. Meanwhile if anyone has any questions I'd be happy to oblige.

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Edited by Druz - 12/19/11 at 7:09pm
post #33 of 34
Thanks for the review. I've got one coming as well, and am looking forward to trying out the red switch.
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I have a choc mini with reds on the way too, cant wait!
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