Leopold fc750r pd review: a worthy endgame?

     

Introduction

The keyboard enthusiast community has grown exponentially in the past few years, & every new wave of enthusiasts means that more and more people will eventually be looking for their endgame keyboard. Usually when the term “endgame” is mentioned, expensive sầu custom builds, ultra-rare vintage keyboards and/or certain overpriced rubber domes come lớn mind. However, if an endgame keyboard is simply a keyboard we enjoy using và looking at every day, and not something that’s just really expensive sầu, the Leopold FC750R certainly makes astrong argument that it can be an ‘endgame keyboard’.

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About the Keyboard


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The FC750R is designed & manufactured by a well-respected Korean keyboard br&, Leopold. It is tenkeyless(TKL), lacking a numpad for extra space on the right-hvà side, and has a standard ANSI layout. Like most modern keyboards, it is equipped with Cherry MX switches. The build unique of the keyboard is great, the switches are mounted on a sturdy steel plate inside a dense and durable feeling plastic case, making the board feel rigid. It barely flexes when I try lớn twist it & weighs in at a respectable 1kg(2.2lbs). The board has a veryminimalistic, industrial-lượt thích kiến thiết, with sharp, boxy corners & a slight taper from top to lớn bottom. Unlike many modern keyboards like the Corsair K70 or the Razer Huntsman Elite, the Leopold does not have exposed switch housings, there is a plastic top case to cover up the switches & mounting plate. This gives it a little more protection against drops from the side.

The case has a lot of useful features built-in. On the bottom, it has four rubber pads on each corner that prsự kiện the board from sliding around when in use. There are two spring-loaded feet, also tipped with rubber pads, that allow you lớn increase the angle of elevation of the keyboard. Leopold also designed the case lớn have sầu a three-way cable gutter, allowing you lớn route its removable mini-USB cable in any direction. You will also find a ngân hàng of DIPhường switches that allow you lớn alter the layout và compatibility of the keyboard. One last notable feature is that the board has a sound-dampening mat that reduces vibrations when typing, a nice touch!


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Overall, the FC750R feels like a keyboard built for function. Its construction is solid, & its features are handy & provide noticeable benefits to the user. The simple, understated kiến thiết means that it does look a little dull on your desk if you’re the type that likes a little more flair in your keyboards, but I personally enjoy the professional look of productivity it gives.

The Typing Experience

The FC750R is available with the following Cherry MX switches:

Linear – MX Red and Silent Red, MX Blaông chồng and Silent Black, MX Speed SilverTactile – MX Brown, MX ClearClicky – MX Blue

I chose MX Reds for my board as I prefer the linears when it comes to the stoông xã MX switches. Overall, it is a rather typical stochồng MX typing experience, with the standard pros and cons:

Pros

– No binding or noticeable difference in feel on off-centre keypresses, leading khổng lồ a more comfortable and consistent typing experience.

– Cherry’s opaque blachồng housings produce a thicker, fuller sound upon bottoming out, I feel that this sound is more pleasant than the sound of other Cherry style switches like Gateron’s that have sầu a clear or translucent housing.

-The retooled switches are smooth & pleasant to type on.

– Stoông xã Cherry switches have less wobble than their clones.

Cons

– Unless your keyboard comes with the newer retooled Cherry switches, you will find that Cherry switches are scratchy & unpleasant khổng lồ type on. This is especially noticeable on the pre-retool linear & tactile switches.

– The tactile switches, MX Browns and Clears, have weak tactility that disappears when typing. If you’re a tín đồ of sharp, svào tactile bumps, the stochồng tactile switches the board comes with will not be to your liking.

– MX Blues produce a very loud, rattle-ly & high-pitched ‘click’ that I, và many others, find unpleasant. Furthermore, unlượt thích other clicky switches lượt thích ALPS or Kailh cliông chồng bar switches, the sound of the MX Blue’s cliông xã does not seem to change no matter what case material, plate material or keycaps you use.

– Many people find stock Cherry switches to lớn be poorly weighted, either too light or too heavy.

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The stabilisers on this keyboard are good, they come factory lubed, và it is well done. On the stabilised keys lượt thích ‘Backspace’ and ‘Shift’, there is no rattling or mushy bottom out feel. Even the spacebar stabilisers don’t rattle!

The one large drawbaông xã I feel the Leopold has is its mediocre sound. The sound-dampening mat in the case does a great job preventing vibrations, but that’s about it for the positives. The board has a really average, boring và unremarkable clack when you type on it. The plastic case, which I hoped would have given the board a thicker, fuller sound, does not really impact the acoustics of the board. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing to write trang chủ about.

As the keyboard is plate-mounted(on a plate made of steel, a rigid material), the bottom out feel is very stiff. If you prefer the softer, more ‘flexible’ feel of bottoming out on a PCB or plastic plate, this board’s typing feel likely won’t be comfortable for you.

Keycaps

Let’s just get khổng lồ the point, Leopold’s double-shot PBT keycaps are the best stock keycaps I have sầu used so far. They are so good that I wouldn’t be afraid lớn say they are as good, or better than GMK’s double-shot keycaps. And that’s really saying something.

The keycaps on my board are White on Blaông chồng, but Leopold produces various colour schemes lượt thích a grey/beige one, green/white one và many others. They are made of 1.5milimet thick PBT that will last for years và years without discolouring or shining – even when heavily used. The fantastic thickness of the caps also means that they give the switches a lower pitched sound when bottomed out.


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The legends are of fantastic quality. They are printed with a pleasing & professional looking phông và are wonderfully crisp and sharp. Not only will they never wear out or become smudged as they are double-shot, but there are also no alignment issues khổng lồ speak of. There are some very slight inconsistencies with the legkết thúc thickness on a couple keycaps, but they are incredibly minor and are impossible to lớn notice in normal use.

Leopold also uses their own keycap protệp tin dubbed ‘Step Sculpture 2’. They are very similar khổng lồ Cherry protệp tin, just a little shorter overall và with very slightly different angles. I’m a huge bạn of the Cherry protệp tin and find it the most comfortable profile to type on, so the Step Sculpture 2 protệp tin felt excellent lớn me. I did not need any time to adjust khổng lồ it and was typing at full speed right from the get-go.

Comparisons

The FC750R can be found on mechanicalkeyboards.com for $119USD, putting it in the mid-kết thúc price range for prebuilt keyboards. This is fantastic value for money, especially when we put it against other more popular TKL keyboards in the same price race like the Corsair K70 RGBand theRazer Blackwidow Chroma Tournament Edition.

Although the FC750R lacks the cool looking RGB backlighting found in the Corsair and the Razer(the Leopold only has LEDs on the lochồng keys), it blows them apart in every other category. The solidly built FC750R with its steel mounting plate and its dense plastic case makes the brushed aluminium plate of the Corsair feel cheap, và the thin plastic case of the Razer feel lượt thích junk. The thin, laser ablated ABS keycaps on the Corsair và Razer simply cannot hold up next to lớn the beautiful thichồng double-shot keycaps on the Leopold in terms of unique. Not khổng lồ mention, the font on the Leopold keycaps look 100x more tasteful than the ugly game thủ fonts used on the other two boards. Unless RGB is extremely important lớn you, I’d say the FC750R is clearly the better keyboard.

Final Thoughts

The Leopold FC750 is a great board. While the keycaps are the only area it excels in, it doesn’t possess any significant flaws and is enjoyable and fairly pleasant lớn type on in its stochồng form. However, what makes this board so exciting for me is its potential khổng lồ transkhung into something much better. With just a few modifications like soldering in new switches, switching up the keycaps & vinyl-wrapping the case, I believe sầu I can turn this widely available consumer hàng hóa into lớn something that feels much more exquisite và enjoyable lớn use.

Soon, I will be rebuilding my FC750R inlớn my vision of a better keyboard. Whether or not it will be ‘endgame’ is a mystery, but what I can say for now is that the Leopold FC750R is a hàng hóa I can recommkết thúc lớn anyone looking for a reasonably priced keyboard that is built well and provides a good user experience straight out of the box.


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