Originally Posted by WuMyster
Fair enough, I wasn't aware that the CM range was garbage but the QFR was put on display with other TKLs so I did test it with a ducky TKLs.
If weight doesn't matter, then why does flex? You're only going to be keeping it on a flat surface and it's not like your going to be flexing it every now and again? All the plastics them selves shouldn't allow the keyboard to flex when typing on it so I've always been confused when people talk about how much flex a board gives. Am I missing something? If so, feel free to tell me.
Yeah, a lot of people prefer costar stabalisers but I was completely fine with the cherrys! Each to their own!
I never said weight doesn't matter, I said it isn't an indicator of quality. Weight certainly matters. Lighter is better, all other things being equal. Some people travel with their keyboards, others use them on their laps. Generally speaking, if you can make something lighter without compromising any other qualities, it is generally a superior product.
Weight isn't an indicator of build quality however as you can increase weight without increasing any other quality. An infamous and dramatic example would be fake PSUs and external HDDs that contain cement in an attempt to hide the fact that components are missing. A more relevant and practical example would be using an iron plate when an aluminum plate or would be functionally identical but weigh less. You can also use cheaper plastics with a lower strength-to-weight ratio.
Unrelated to weight is the actual precision and design of construction. Even with superior materials, a keyboard can be structurally weaker, have sloppier tolerances, have a poor controller, or have poorly soldered circuitry. Using a block of POM and a chisel, I can hand carve up a casing for a keyboard that weighs roughly the same and is the roughly same size/shape, but will wobble, creak, flex and squeak more. It will also break easier if misused. Again, dramatic example, but it conveys the point.
So.. why does flex matter if you aren't constantly TRYING to flex it? That's simple. The more rigid the keyboard, the more solid it will feel when weight (your hands) are applied to it, and the crisper the keys will feel while typing. If well designed, stiffer boards will also produce less creaking and squeaking noises. It drives me up the wall how just typing on my Ducky YOTD produces constant squeaks and creaks from the casing of the board. It makes it sound like i'm hammering a stack of CD cases. No, you aren't going to SEE much flex on any decent keyboards from just typing, but the same structural properties that give a board more or less visible flex also give them more or less subtle flex, vibrations, and other inconsistencies. The visual deliberate flex test is just an easy way to indicate that (as well as simple structural build quality).
Sometimes it's also just nice to know that your keyboard is just structurally superior, even when comparing two models which are functionally
equal. This is a similar to buying real jewelry over costume jewelry, exotic cards over high quality "normal" cars for non-racing, or a rolex instead of a timex.
Oh, and I forgot to mention earlier. The QFR is a mere $75 new with sales often driving it into the 50s, sometimes even 40s. I've never seen a new TKL Ducky for under $100. So even if they WERE identical quality wise (which I argue they aren't, the QFR is superior), the significantly lower cost of the QFR gives it a greater value per dollar.