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Reviving the magic of vintage clicky keyboards (Zeal Clickiez + NCR-80)

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

Welcome to another I/O Sam joint! Today we’ll give an in-depth look into Zeal PC’s new (and pricey!) clicky switch and see if it delivers on its promise to sound and feel as good as vintage Alps SKCM and Buckling Spring switches of the 1980’s and 90’s.


And to achieve that, we’ll install them in the NCR-80, a custom keyboard kit heavily inspired by old vintage boards, to see if a roomy plastic case can indeed improve the sound of clicky switches.


Join me into this interesting time travel experiment into the intriguing world of Vintage Mechanical Keyboards sounds!



Today we’ll review Zeal PC Clickiez switches and match it with the NCR-80 keyboard kit, to see if we can build a mechanical keyboard in 2022, that sounds and feels as good as old Alps SKCM based Vintage Keyboards.
 

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Zeal PC Clickiez (5% off through my affiliate link) 👉 https://bit.ly/clickiez


Drop + MiTo DCD Pegaso Keycaps:


Wowstick Electric Screwdriver:



I/O SAM SUBREDDIT (ask any questions about my videos):



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MY KEYBOARD TYPING SOUND RECORDING SETUP:



REFERENCE VIDEOS & ARTICLES MENTIONED:


I/O Sam - Should you care about switch stem wobble?👉 https://www.iosamfranco.com/post/switch-stem-wobble


Chyrosran22:

- ZealPC Clickiez switches review👉 https://youtu.be/W6yV-c5Sk0I

- Leading Edge DC-2014 review👉 https://youtu.be/sH2QmZPOM1I


ThereminGoat - Zeal 3-in-1 Clickiez Switch Review👉 https://www.theremingoat.com/blog/clickiez-switch-review


TaeKeyboards - Spray Painting a Mechanical Keyboard!👉 https://youtu.be/cOH5uVwAoi0


Blacksimon - NCR80 Kit + JWICK + Cheap PBT Full Review👉 https://youtu.be/oiy1BJRcLKQ




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