Leopold FC700r with MX reds arrived today from gmarket
I was very surprised when I opened the box to find a leopold badge, which I immediately put on the keyboard
Cherry ESC key and the Leopold PBT ESC Key
I own a few Filcos and it's been hard finding a Cherry MX board that I really like better. The Ducky keyboards I've owned have been great but they still haven't been up to par in terms of quality (although they seem to be getting better). This made me really curious to give the FC700r a try.
So far the typing experience has been very nice. The lower profile keys makes this keyboard really comfortable and easy to type on. It's already one of my favorite keyboards to type on along with my Realforce 87U. Of course the PBT keys feel great, but I've had tons of PBT keys lying around so they weren't a big surprise to me.
The rubber feet on the Leopold are great. This is one thing I wish more keyboard manufacturers would include. Using my thumbs on the front of the keyboard, It took a little more force to move the FC700r on my glass desk compared to the Filco.
As for the Cherry Stabilizers on the Leopold, I still prefer Costar Stabilizers. I had to pull out a Ducky keyboard right now to test, but the the FC700r doesn't feel mushy like it does on my Ducky Shine, possibly due to the lower profile keys? The Costar Stabilizers still have a more satisfying feel.
I feel that the Leopold FC700r is right next to the Filco in terms of quality. Both seem similar in weight and durability, and while the Leopold offers the low profile PBT keys right out of the box, Filco has Costar Stabilizers. As for the detachable usb connector, they never seemed to bother me; but we'll see down the line if it becomes a problem.