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First impression of Leopold FC200RT/AB

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This is my own early impression. For more in-depth review please see sixty's thread here. Everyone else, please feel free to include your impression in this thread as it may help others in deciding whether or not, this is the keyboard for them.

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Leopold's website

I just got mine today and this thing is heavy.. it feels even heavier than the Filco. The keys also feel stiffer compare to Filco browns. I had to remove the keycaps to make sure that they aren't black switches down there. lol

The build quality is nice but the round edges make the keyboard seems "fatter" compare to Filco's sharper corners (which isn't a bad thing but it just seems bulky tongue.gif ).

Also there's no Leopold logo anywhere except on the bottom which is a plus for me.

Price is $109 plus shipping (and tax if you're in California). Here's the link to product's page at Elitekeyboards.com for tenkeyless model with Cherry MX Brown switches.

Specs (from EK):

- USB interface with PS/2 compatibility (PS/2 must be used for full N-key Rollover, adapter included)
- 87 Key US ANSI Layout
- Cherry MX series 2.1oz actuating force keyswitch with tactile feel and silver/gold contacts; aka "Cherry Brown Switches", 4.0mm travel, 50 million actuations
- Lasered English key legends w/white in-fill
- Dimensions: 362 x 140 x 33mm (14.1 x 5.4 x 1.3in)
- Cable Length: 1.8m (5.9 ft)
- Weight: 0.9kg (2lbs 1oz)
- 3-direction cable channels for cable management
- Blue in-key LEDs indicators (CapsLock & Scroll Lock)

What's in the box?

- FC200RT/AB 87-key Keyboard
- USB Cable (Type A to Mini-A)
- Form-fitting clear plastic keyboard cover
- USB to PS/2 Adapter (passive)
- No Leopold sticker in the box (so you won't go looking for one lol)

Now on with some newer pics:

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And here's a shot next to a Filco tenkeyless w/ red switches (on top). When you compare them side by side, Filco seems a bit smaller and sits lower than the Leopold. Also when I lift up both, Filco seems a tad heavier (maybe due to that attached USB cable?). Leopold is definitely a little more bulky.

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Another thing that I noticed while playing around with the Leopold is that there are visible markings in the back of each keycap whereas on the Filco, the markings are less visible (not as bright) and the keycaps are more recessed.

Well, according to ripster (one of the keyboard gurus on Geekhack & Deskthority), they are sprue molding marks. It's normal and there's nothing to worry about. tongue.gif

Back of the Leopold:

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Back of a Filco:

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Leopold has an English site up and running for their full size keyboard so I'm sure EK will get them soon (link).

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Edited by reaper~ - 5/5/11 at 12:46pm
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I have not yet got my email. Well, post pics when you get it!
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Ok, I'll try.. if FedEx doesn't get here too late. tongue.gif
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just got my shipment notice:)

edit: ninja edit
Edited by soilentblue - 3/29/11 at 11:11pm
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when did you pre-order yours?
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so jealous of you guys tongue.gif

I wanna get a leopold tenkeyless!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hoth17;12926793 
when did you pre-order yours?

somewhere around like 10am the day they started preorders.
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I got the shipping email too. If I was still back in Southern Cali, I'd have it tomorrow, but what's one more day of waiting after waiting for months?
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I haven't gotten anything, but I ordered Otaku on the day of the pre-order release date and I ordered a Tactile Click last week and that keyboard is on backorder. EK is terrible with email responses as well. I know they are probably busy, but you'd think there would be a better way to communicate expected dates and backorder dates, etc.
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Ok, just received mine... pics & impression in OP. smile.gif
Edited by reaper~ - 3/30/11 at 7:00pm
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