"SFF" Keyboards

What's the smallest you'd go with a keyboard?

  • 100%

    Votes: 20 7.5%
  • 80%

    Votes: 27 10.1%
  • 75%

    Votes: 51 19.0%
  • 60%

    Votes: 125 46.6%
  • 40%

    Votes: 21 7.8%
  • Electrodes implanted into brain, effectively 0%

    Votes: 16 6.0%
  • Something else

    Votes: 8 3.0%

  • Total voters
    268

jmarin

Airflow Optimizer
Mar 8, 2018
258
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My grab bag came yesterday and I got a decent haul. Missing a few keys but enough to get by, and they gave me a ton of blanks as well. Only downside was that the spacebars were 7u only 😔 I fit my current keyboard with some SA profile keycaps to test out that profile and see if I like it. Most of what I have dealt with before was cherry/OEM/dsa styles, so this is a big difference. The keys definitely changed the sound of the keyboard, too. Anyways, here's a pic of my eclectic mess



I also got my 1up keyboards Super16 kit and assembled that. I 3d printed a case from thingiverse and installed it in that. I used DSA caps for that one. Made it a numpad. This was more frustrating than it had to be, as I did not solder the LEDs 100% on a couple and had to redo them. The big issue was that one of them was directly under the controller. Which I had to desolder to get to. NOT FUN. Took me forever, and I ended up finishing with a heat gun which then led to a couple of things falling off the controller. Thought it was busted but was able to fix the functional pieces and now it is good to go.


And today I got a notification that my KBDfans order has shipped and on its way, so super stoked about that.
 

DrLeroy

Noob Saibot
Bronze Supporter
May 15, 2020
144
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Been using my Akko 3068 for a little while now, need a wrist wrest, as its mugh taller than my last KB, otherwise I love it.
ignore the charge cable that is connected at the moment.
using this with a Razer Atheris mouse, I can't stand changing mice, or keyboards for that matter, so i have two Atheris mice, one for work and one for home, planning on a second 3068 for work too.
 
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jmarin

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Mar 8, 2018
258
177
So my kbdfans order came in yesterday and between last night and during the day today, I was able to assemble my keyboard. And I think I am in typing love. Lubed and filmed all the switches and lubed and clipped the stabs. Foam between the PCB and case. My previous posted PBT keycaps from Mistel (amazon special buy!). I am happy with all the choices I made. The Kailh pro purples are not quite as tactile as I am used to, but for the price and how they feel with lube and films, I am quite happy. I love the sound I am getting from this build and I just want to type type type! Thanks everyone for their help here.

 

ignsvn

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Apr 4, 2016
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So my kbdfans order came in yesterday and between last night and during the day today, I was able to assemble my keyboard. And I think I am in typing love. Lubed and filmed all the switches and lubed and clipped the stabs. Foam between the PCB and case. My previous posted PBT keycaps from Mistel (amazon special buy!). I am happy with all the choices I made. The Kailh pro purples are not quite as tactile as I am used to, but for the price and how they feel with lube and films, I am quite happy. I love the sound I am getting from this build and I just want to type type type! Thanks everyone for their help here.


Glad you got yours built! Kailh pro is quite tactile, at least reading from the force curve (if I remember correctly). What do you compare it to?

Btw I really don't understand the purpose of switch film. Can help to explain?
 

jmarin

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Mar 8, 2018
258
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Glad you got yours built! Kailh pro is quite tactile, at least reading from the force curve (if I remember correctly). What do you compare it to?

Btw I really don't understand the purpose of switch film. Can help to explain?
Perhaps it's because they are lubed, but Outemu Brown on my Drevo Calibur seem to have a more pronounced bump.

The films help with key wobble between the top and bottom halves. Some switches don't need it. For example the Gateron Milk Brown switches I got on my 1UP pad were very tight with no movement at all. The Kailh had some movement, not a lot, but I ordered the films so might as well use them lol
 

neoberg

Cable Smoosher
Dec 18, 2020
11
2
Hey, just saw this topic. I've built and using a handwired 30% keyboard:
Gallery:
 
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ignsvn

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Apr 4, 2016
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Perhaps it's because they are lubed, but Outemu Brown on my Drevo Calibur seem to have a more pronounced bump.

The films help with key wobble between the top and bottom halves. Some switches don't need it. For example the Gateron Milk Brown switches I got on my 1UP pad were very tight with no movement at all. The Kailh had some movement, not a lot, but I ordered the films so might as well use them lol

Ah I see. Glad I never feel the need to open (lube) my switches :)

Quite sure Brown switches generally have the weakest tactile bump. So yeah perhaps because The Kailhs are lubed.