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EPOMAKER GK68XS 68 Keys Hot-swap RGB Bluetooth5.1 Wireless/Wired Mechanical Keyboard with Split Spacebar Module, 1900mAh Battery, Dye-subbed PBT GSA Keycaps—$63.50

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Epomaker via Amazon [amazon.com] has EPOMAKER GK68XS 68 Keys Hot-swap RGB Bluetooth5.1 Wireless/Wired Mechanical Keyboard with Split Spacebar Module, 1900mAh Battery, Dye-subbed PBT GSA Keycaps for $105 with 30% off limited deal and $10 coupon = $63.50. Shipping is free.
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Gateron Blue Switch, Grey White Color Only

damn, i want the black switch, but its $89 - $10,
not $73.50 - $10
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Be aware of the way the keyboard is formatted. The Tilda (~) key is on the right side pushing the backspace further away from a normal keyboard format.
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I use this keyboard in my work from home setup everyday (typing from it now!), feel free to AMA. I paid $100 for it, I think this is a decent price but if I could do it over again I'd try to find a more established brand with a standard layout (or just go TKL cause 68% is hard to accommodate with cases and stuff).

Pros:
- Nice build quality. I have the plastic case and it's good.
- Stock keycaps are very nice
- LED diffusion is excellent compared to Keychron models
- Very active Discord community around EPOMAKER keyboards
- You can split the spacebar key into 3 separate programmable keys. I have mine set (from left to right) to spacebar, F2, backspace
- RGB options are very nice, provided you figure out how to tinker in the software
- Super easy to open up and mod the keyboard

Meh:
- Keyboard follows slightly modified format with the backspace and tilde key swapped
- Upgrading the case to the acrylic or aluminum options is prohibitively expensive (~$100). 68% keyboard don't follow a standardized structure so you can't buy random cases of AliExpress for cheap upgrades (you can do this with the 60% or TKL formats)
- Battery needs to be charged every 3-5 days (less with RGB on)

Cons:
- Bluetooth connectivity can be spotty
- Included software is not very good. Bit difficult to use, kind of sketch looking
- Does not follow USB-C to USB-C standard for charging, only can use USB-C to USB-A cables
- If you use the split keyboard setup, finding replacement keycaps for the split keys is difficult
- keyboard sometimes glitches out when wired in. I think there's some weird issue with the bluetooth chip that interferes with usage.

Modifications:
- added neoprene padding for sound deadening and weightiness
- trimmed stabilizers
- replaced Cherry MX Brown with lubed Durock T1 Switches
- recently replaced keycaps with a random offbrand XDA profile set (i didn't prefer the red accents of the keyset I received)
- (todo) upgrade battery. should be pretty easy if i get the dimensions right
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Last edited by rcalorie July 28, 2021 at 08:16 AM.
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Quote from rcalorie :
I use this keyboard in my work from home setup everyday (typing from it now!), feel free to AMA. I paid $100 for it, I think this is a decent price but if I could do it over again I'd try to find a more established brand with a standard layout (or just go TKL cause 68% is hard to accommodate with cases and stuff).

Pros:
- Nice build quality. I have the plastic case and it's good.
- Stock keycaps are very nice
- LED diffusion is excellent compared to Keychron models
- Very active Discord community around EPOMAKER keyboards
- You can split the spacebar key into 3 separate programmable keys. I have mine set (from left to right) to spacebar, F2, backspace
- RGB options are very nice, provided you figure out how to tinker in the software
- Super easy to open up and mod the keyboard

Meh:
- Keyboard follows slightly modified format with the backspace and tilde key swapped
- Upgrading the case to the acrylic or aluminum options is prohibitively expensive (~$100)
- Battery needs to be charged every 3-5 days (less with RGB on)

Cons:
- Bluetooth connectivity can be spotty
- Included software is not very good. Bit difficult to use, kind of sketch looking
- Does not follow USB-C to USB-C standard for charging, only can use USB-C to USB-A cables
- If you use the split keyboard setup, finding replacement keycaps for the split keys is difficult
- keyboard sometimes glitches out when wired in. I think there's some weird issue with the bluetooth chip that interferes with usage.

Modifications:
- added neoprene padding for sound deadening and weightiness
- trimmed stabilizers
- replaced Cherry MX Brown with lubed Durock T1 Switches
- recently replaced keycaps with a random offbrand XDA profile set (i didn't prefer the red accents of the keyset I received)
- (todo) upgrade battery. should be pretty easy if i get the dimensions right
Would you happen to have a video/sound clip of a type test for your current setup?
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Quote from yesMallard :
Would you happen to have a video/sound clip of a type test for your current setup?
Don't know if this site is allowed but I uploaded a snippet here [file.io].

If that doesn't work try this [ufile.io].
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Don't know if this site is allowed but I uploaded a snippet here [file.io].
nvm I got it. Thanks!!! Sounds really smooth
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The front picture is more like a Keychron K2, not EPOMAKER. If so, the pic should be removed in case of misleading.
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Outstanding deal! Although I already have 43 keyboards (including 7 Epo models) I will also be taking advantage of this deal and picking on up, so thank you OP - Great Deal, Thank You For Posting & Duly Repped!
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The front picture is more like a Keychron K2, not EPOMAKER. If so, the pic should be removed in case of misleading.
Sorry No, you are mistaken (although yes it does appear KeyChron "looking") this is epomaker and that photo is the black variant ~ Colors aside, look closely and you will see the differences and know hands down that photo is not a keychron product, rather only sharing the colors commonly seen on the K1 & K2 models.

or if I may, perhaps this is the keychron you are thinking is shown above?https://www.amazon.com/Keychron-B...NSR5&psc=1
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Last edited by BPRO77 July 28, 2021 at 02:48 PM.
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or these keychron lookalikes....notice the price difference between options! Also make sure you receive the actual board that you ordered! For example, I ordered a Yunzii SK64S and received a Skyloong GK64S.... that was a fun CS chat!

https://www.amazon.com/K6-White-B...W5FP&psc=1
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https://www.amazon.com/Keychron-B...NSR5&psc=1

looks the same, but the board pictured above in the listing is Epo
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Quote from BPRO77 :
Outstanding deal! Although I already have 43 keyboards (including 7 Epo models) I will also be taking advantage of this deal and picking on up, so thank you OP - Great Deal, Thank You For Posting & Duly Repped!
thats a lot of keyboards! thanks for your input worship
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seems gone...
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I've had this for several months and I would pass if I could do it over again. As others have mentioned, the software is pretty awful. I also ordered a wireless version but received a wired only unit. Epomaker customer service leaves a lot to be desired as well.
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