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    Thumbs up Show us your Mechanical Keyboard and share your experiences!


    This thread is all about sharing and reviewing your mechanical keyboard.

    The aim is to share your experiences with certain brand/switch/keyboard layout to our fellow istoryans who have yet been awed by the feeling of type heaven(which is actually a name of a mechanical keyboard).

    Check out the thread created by @andz for more information about mechanical keyboards.

    Cebu Mechanical Keyboard Enthusiasts is a group created by Michael Brian Tiņa where cebuanos can discuss/share/buy/sell their mechanical keyboards.

    Review Format:

    [ img ] atleast 1 photo of your keyboard here [/ img ]

    Brand & Model:
    Reference Link:
    Price: Here (PHP)
    Switch Type:
    Switch Mounting: (i.e. Plate)
    Keycap Printing: (i.e. Dye Sublimation)
    Keycap Profile: (i.e. cherry, oem)
    Interface: (i.e PS/2 or USB)
    Layout: (i.e. US ANSI)
    Extra Features: (i.e. RGB lighting, lighting effects)

    Pro:
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    Con:
    *
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    Overall:
    Last edited by akomao; 04-14-2016 at 08:14 AM.

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    There are more photos here.

    Brand & Model: Varmilo VA87MN
    Reference Link: Massdrop Link
    Price: 5,800 Group Buy direct from company with shipping fee direct to Cebu
    Switch Type: Gateron Brown
    Switch Mounting: Plate
    Keycap Printing: Dye-Sublimation
    Keycap Profile: cherry profile
    Interface: USB
    Layout: US ANSI
    Extra Features: Ice Blue led

    MADE IN CHINA

    Pro:
    *Minimalist design
    *Customization options when ordering (i.e. Color of case/Switch Type/Keycap Color/Keycap Printing Options/Led Color)
    *PBT keycaps
    *Lower Height(IMO better than ducky's height)

    Con:
    *Warranty is available but you have to ship the item at your own expense to china and back to PH
    *Nothing follows

    Overall:

    This keyboard simple,bang for the buck and aside from the comic sans logo, might be the best deal out there! The basic price for gateron switch is around 5,200 while cherry mx switch come at around 5,800 which includes shipping from mainland china and local shipping(to cebu). Its the best keyboard option for enthusiast who have the balls to buy directly from the company(varmilo in china). In my own experience, I waited no longer than 2 weeks to get my item, which is really fast compared to PH post. What separates this brand from its competitors is the endless customization options they offer. Im really interested in buying another varmilo keyboard with gateron red switch. If you have questions just PM me or if you know me, just msg me on Facebook.
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    Brand & Model: Varmilo VA87M
    Reference Link: Massdrop Link
    Price: 7,900 Group Buy direct from company (+365 for LBC Shipping)
    Switch Type: Cherry MX Clear (rare switch hence the somewhat steep price)
    Switch Mounting: Plate
    Keycap Printing: Dye-Sublimation
    Keycap Profile: Cherry Profile
    Interface: USB
    Layout: US ANSI
    Extra Features: Blue LED (with 2 different modes; non-programmable)

    Pro:
    *Minimalist/low-profile design
    *Tons of customization options (i.e. Color of case/Switch Type/Keycap Color/Keycap Printing Options/Led Color)
    *PBT keycaps

    Con:
    *Warranty is available but you have to ship the item at your own expense to china and back to PH
    *LED is at the bottom side of each switch so typical backlit-capable keycaps aren't 100% compatible because the lighting doesn't directly come out where your legends usually are.

    Overall:

    Being the same model as the one @akomao has, I'd just have to reiterate his initial sentiments. This board has nothing too fancy going on for it. Just the basics at a quite impressive build quality, plus the nice addition of having LED backlighting. Mine having MX Clears, it's not surprising for it to be on that price because when you compare it to other boards with the same switches, they're at around the same price, but you still have to add on the international shipping, and remove the great customization options that Varmilo offers so it's probably on of the best deals you can get for a board out there. It arrived in our country around 5-7 days after it was shipped from the factory, then another day after the groupbuy organizer shipped it here in Cebu from Luzon.

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    Since mingaw mn, posting this budget friendly keyboard that we just got from the latest GroupBuy.







    Brand & Model: Rantopad MXX Mechanical Keyboard
    Reference Link: Review
    Price: 3,300 Group Buy direct from Manufacturer
    Switch Type: Gateron Blue
    Switch Mounting: plate
    Keycap Printing: UV coated(i have to confirm)
    Keycap Profile: OEM Profile
    Interface: USB
    Layout: US ANSI
    Extra Features: White Leds with 7 lighting modes (RGB coming soon)

    MADE IN CHINA

    Pro:
    *Cheap
    *Works without drivers (updated firmware allows you to turnoff the logo's leds)
    *Compact TKL design
    *Bright LEDs

    Con:
    *Loud Keys even by MKB standards (especially the longer keys i.e. spacebar)
    *Height/tilt are non-adjustable
    *very light (for my standards)

    Overall:

    The Rantopad MXX gives you the right satisfaction at a low price point. The build quality is great, having aluminum plate and sturdy plastic shell gives the keyboard good rigidity that also saves on weight, which makes this keyboard more portable than other TKL keyboards. The single led color options isn't a major issue because the brand compensates by offering lighting profiles without the need to install fancy softwares. They are also working on the RGB version with will come out very soon along with new colors for the plate. This is the ultimate budget mechanical keyboard that comes with rising gateron switches w are IMHO better than cherry mx switches in all aspects.

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