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The KBD67 Lite Round 2 group purchase was held on KBDfans from the 10th of March through the 10th of April. The waiting period for my item was around three months since it did not arrive until July 16th. Although the shipping and import costs cost me an arm and a leg (welp! ), the price of $109 is fairly affordable, and this is one of the most attractive choices available in the entry-level market. This board utilises the well-known gasket-mount design, and it comes with an ABS plastic shell, a polycarbonate plate, and a PCB that can be swapped out quickly. The fact that the R2 version does not arrive preassembled is, in my opinion, an advantage, given that I want to take it apart anyhow. The construction set is packaged in an attractive carrying container that conceals all of the included components.
In comparison to the R1, the R2 comes with a wider selection of case colours, including grey and white, translucent tiffany, and pink. This is one of the most notable differences. The R2 comes in a wired and a bluetooth dual-mode version. There are a few changes between the two PCBs, the most notable of which is that the RGB capability is absent from the bluetooth version. The Cherry screw-in stabs have been replaced by the KBDfans screw-ins, and the R2 comes with an injection moulding plate rather than a CNC’ed PC plate. Additionally, the R2 comes with a KBDfans screw-in.
In the beginning, I’m going to run this board with my Gateron Black Ink v2s. These have had their springs switched out and are lubricated with Krytox 205g2. I do have some intriguing switches on the way, including the Durock Lavenders and the Alpaca Linears, so you can be sure that I’ll be testing them out in the weeks to come. We are striving for a sophisticated and modest appearance, therefore the Akko Silent keycap set should blend rather well with the white casing.
I had trouble deciding between the white case and the clear case, but in the end, I went with the white one. This is a two-piece ABS casing that has eight screws coming up from the base to hold it all together. Because of its rounded edges and its narrow bezels, the casing is quite easy on the eyes. It has some KBDfans branding on the underside and a blocker in the bottom-right corner of the design. The build quality as well as the appearance of the casing are both quite impressive to me.
Because the gaskets are truly integrated into the silicone sheet, there is no need to adhere any additional material to the casing. Additionally, the top section of the case requires the addition of eight silicone bumpers to complete the assembly.
This is the KBD67 MKII v3 PCB, and it has Kailh hot-swap connectors with per-key RGB lighting. As a result, it is compatible with any MX type switch. The printed circuit board features a layout that faces south and provides support for 5-pin switches.
The assembly process is quite simple. To begin, we will install the screw-in stabs that came with the KBDfans. You have the choice of using some sound-dampening material, or you may put your own band-aid or Holee patch to the hole. Due to the fact that the stems have a level surface, it is not essential to trim these protrusions. I added lubricant to the casing and dielectric grease to the wires of the device. After that, we get started on preparing our assembly, which includes the printed circuit board (PCB), mute silicone, and a polycarbonate plate. These three components are joined together by nine screws coming from the bottom of the PCB. As soon as we are completed, we may start taking the case apart in order to put our assembly inside. Don’t forget to include the silicone bumpers in your order!
The final product exceeded my expectations, and at just $109, it is an excellent deal for what you get. A stunningly elegant and modest appearance is achieved with the Akko Silent keycap set. In addition to having an appealing appearance, this keyboard has an incredible thocky and bassy sound. The keyboard has a surprising degree of firmness considering it is gasket-mounted, but the polycarbonate plate is very pliable and accommodating. I used my Black Inks and NK Creams, and I got fantastic results with both of them. The sound profile that the Creams produced on the PC plate was very impressive to me. The KBDfans stabilisers were really very good, and with a little bit of adjustment, they were completely free of rattles. Definitely an improvement over the GOAT stabs seen on the GMMK Pro. I had a backup alternative in the form of Durock v2, but I won’t be need them.
QMK and VIA support are included in the KBD67 MKII V3 PCB. To get VIA up and running, all you need to do is follow the instructions in the flashing handbook. I used the keymap that I use most often, which consists of substituting Caps Lock with Delete. After that, I think it’s important to have separate volume controls and keys for the home and end positions. Because there is no MO key in the default keymap, you will need to assign MO1 to Layer 0. This is the Fn key on your keyboard. The F-row, RGB controls, Nav cluster, and Media functions are all included in the default Layer 1 configuration. The only thing I changed was the mapping for the Play and Pause buttons, since it was absent before.
In conclusion, the KBD67 Lite is an exceptional build kit for beginners that provides an outstanding value for the price of $109. In comparison to other contenders such as the NK65 and the GMMK Pro, it presents an extremely compelling argument. I’m even considering going for the R3 GB version just to get my hands on that clear casing.