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Anybody know a cheap full set of plain black, lightly textured (NOT slick), ABS keycaps for as cheap as possible.
i don't think there's anay ABS that's not "slick" as you say.
The cheapest texture caps i think would be Massdrops PBTs.

Cheap ABS doubleshots that are "slick" would be the Tai Hao GB ones that are like $20.00 a set.

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Well the ABS Tao Hao I got in this group buy were textured:
http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=43745.msg899289#msg899289

And not blank.

The ABS keycaps I got on my Filco MJ2 Ninja (front facing keys) also have a "rubberized" feel to them--definitely not slick.

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I love how alcohol has gotten mixed in with the keyboards here...the only time this would be a good thing!

I just wanted to pop in here and give you all an update on my troubles with Ducky (and the keyboard that has been gone to RMA for 5 months). Yesterday I emailed Ducky corporate, explained the situation and that I had not been able to get a response from the tech, etc...This morning I woke up to an email explaining that they are in the process of replacing their North American tech and they were told he didn't have any more keyboards for repair, so obviously something has happened to mine and they would be happy to replace it. They asked for the switch type and LED color and said they would let me know if they still had an exact one to send me, if not they will work with me to correct the issue. I emailed them this morning, but of course, they are in Taiwan, so I probably won't here back until tomorrow, but this at least gives me a bit of hope!




Also, on the topic of mechanicals at work, I ended up purchasing a QF Pro with MX browns for work. I work in an insurance office, so noise would be a concern, so I did put o-rings on it before I brought it in, but now it has become my favorite keyboard. I have a Ducky Shine Zero at home (a replacement I bought for my Ducky Shine II while it was sent for RMA) which is MX blues. I love the blues at home, but for work I couldn't get away with it. I've never tried any other switches, so I can't comment on them, but I love both the MX Browns and MX Blues, just depends on the situation.

Glad to hear you finally got a response! thumb.gif

Hopefully they include something extra to make up for the gigantic hassle you dealt with.
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For those that are so into painting their cases and customising so heavily, have you considered making a keyboard from scratch? Probably expensive I presume, which is funny because it audio, it's the cheaper way and nets you higher performance.

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For those that are so into painting their cases and customising so heavily, have you considered making a keyboard from scratch? Probably expensive I presume, which is funny because it audio, it's the cheaper way and nets you higher performance.
Well the closest way is just building on by buying a custom pcb and adding things to it, that is what I am in the process of doing actually.

I got a pcb that is the size of the poker keyboard I have and I was able to choose from 4 colors, white black red or blue(I chose black, black pcbs are the best looking imo), it is going to have a 4mm thick aluminum plate colored lime green with a 1mm thick acrylic plate below that, it will have green leds. The switches are going to be cherry mx clears with 67g springs swapped in, they are going to have lime green switch stickers, it will be lubed and it is going to have clear top halfs of the switch. Then it is going in a custom aluminum case that I bought + I am going to buy those toxic keycaps when that groupbuy takes off. And I am going to get a custom coiled cable made for me redface.gif
 
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This is the closest I have seen to 100% custom keyboard

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For those that are so into painting their cases and customising so heavily, have you considered making a keyboard from scratch? Probably expensive I presume, which is funny because it audio, it's the cheaper way and nets you higher performance.

i've looked it to it, aside from KMAC or phantom kits, which typically are just an allum case and a pcb, you add the switches, caps, and have to solder everything together, and they typicall run $400+

I wanted to try to have a custom case made.

As a designer I had the software to draw up the plans, and was going to send them out to shop to be machined, but even then the quotes I was getting was pretty insane. the raw supplies alone ( for a block of alluminium to be CNC'ed to become a case ) were pretty high.

My design is to have a low profile mech keyboard. where there isn't a bottom to the case, pretty much the PCB is held in place by the solder joints and the switches moutned to the place ( well, the plate is part of the case a-la corsair k series style )

I like the idea as its one solid part, nothign to assemble the case together or anything. also it being raw allum the cost to have it anodized is pretty high as well. easily over the $400 range a kmac would run me.
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i've looked it to it, aside from KMAC or phantom kits, which typically are just an allum case and a pcb, you add the switches, caps, and have to solder everything together, and they typicall run $400+

I wanted to try to have a custom case made.

As a designer I had the software to draw up the plans, and was going to send them out to shop to be machined, but even then the quotes I was getting was pretty insane. the raw supplies alone ( for a block of alluminium to be CNC'ed to become a case ) were pretty high.

My design is to have a low profile mech keyboard. where there isn't a bottom to the case, pretty much the PCB is held in place by the solder joints and the switches moutned to the place ( well, the plate is part of the case a-la corsair k series style )

I like the idea as its one solid part, nothign to assemble the case together or anything. also it being raw allum the cost to have it anodized is pretty high as well. easily over the $400 range a kmac would run me.
There was photekqs tek80, it cost 500 pounds to make, which is roughly 800 dollars lol

http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=41202.msg1047846#msg1047846
 
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For those that are so into painting their cases and customising so heavily, have you considered making a keyboard from scratch? Probably expensive I presume, which is funny because it audio, it's the cheaper way and nets you higher performance.

Plenty of people doing that on Geekhack. It's ridiculously expensive at a minimum of ~$300 and the only real benefit from it IMO is programmable keys, which I imagine most people don't really care about.

As for audio, I've never looked into it but does that apply to headphones as well?
     
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No. There's too much engineering involved with headphones. You can't simply buy a nice driver and stick it in a custom enclosure. The effects aren't always great. The enclosure is just as involved with the sound as the driver.

 

DACs and amplifiers are you what you can and should design yourself.

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Hopefully they include something extra to make up for the gigantic hassle you dealt with.

I'll just be happy to get a keyboard back at this point. Anything above that would be nice, but I really just want the dang board back!

I'll keep you guys posted on what I hear.
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i think the best off the shelf as close as you can get to a custom keyboard would be one of the limited edition ducky shine 3's with the metal cases, I think they only produced 1000 units though.
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