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RK96 vs K98: work & play on a 96% layout

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

Welcome to this “face-off” between two 96% layout budget keyboards from two popular brands in the sub-$100 segment: the RoyalKludge RK96 and the Womier K98.

As usual, we’ll go through their design, features, quality, software and sound. Then, we’ll make a few quick and easy mods to both boards to see how we can improve their sound and typing experience.

In the sound test chapters, you’ll be able to hear how much of a difference these relatively simple mods did to them (spoiler alert: a lot!).

Can you get the same practicality of a full size mechanical Keyboard in a more compact layout with these 96% boards? Can you get good quality in this $80 to $90 USD value oriented segment of the market?

Join me on another I/O Sam “chill-out voyage" into the ever expanding world of MechanicalKeyboards!



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Royal Kludge RK96:

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Womier K98:

Wowstick Electric Screwdriver:

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- ePBT (PBT & ABS) keycaps sets: World » | US (Divinikey) »

- Krytox XHT-BDZ:

- Micro Brushes (for lubing switches):

- Nylon Hair Brush Set:

- Hakko Flush Cutter:

- Aluminium Switch Opener - Kailh/MX Type:

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- 1.5 mm Silicone Baking Mat:

- Nashua Stretch & Seal Silicone Tape:

- Othmro Black Nitrile Rubber Sealing O-Rings (6mm x 2mm x 2mm / 500pcs):

- Scotch Delicate Surface Masking Tape:

- Silicone Adhesive Non-Slip Grips:

- Xool Tweezers Set:

- Jeweler Pick-Up Tool:

- Cutting Mat:

- Wiha Scisors:

- Gazzew Boba U4T:

- Razer Viper Ultimate Hyperspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse:

- Glorious Model D Wireless Gaming Mouse:

- Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse:

- GK21S RGB Hot Swap USB-C/Bluetooth Aluminium Numpad:

- Razer Tartarus Pro Gaming Keypad:



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