Leopold FC980C White Dye Sub PBT Mechanical Keyboard

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$259.00
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SKU: FC980CEW_
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Leopold FC980C White Mechanical Keyboard

Available Switches

Topre 45g thumbnailTopre 45g
FC980C/EW
$259.00
Topre 30g thumbnailTopre 30g
FC980C/EW30
$259.00

Keycaps

Features

  • Classic space-saving 1800 layout
  • Dye Sub PBT keycaps
  • Genuine Topre EC switches
  • Two-tone beige colorway
  • Dip switches for customizing layout

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Details and Specifications

BrandLeopold
ModelFC980C
SizeFull Size
Switch StemsTopre
Physical LayoutANSI
Logical LayoutUS QWERTY
Primary LED Colorn/a
Control LED Colorn/a
Hotswap SocketsNo
USB Key Rollover6
Switch Mount TypePlate
Built in Audio PortNo
Built in Mic PortNo
Interface(s)USB
Windows CompatibleYes
Dimensions5.72" x 15.22" x 1.48"
Weight2.43 lbs
Cord Length70 inches

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  • I was not prepared for how much of a difference Topre switches make. I was looking to upgrade from my Alloy FPS Pro (MX Reds) and decided to just go all of the way and take a $260 chance. I WFH, and the way I see it, I'm investing in my job to make myself more efficient. That's my excuse to make myself feel better, anyways.

    If you're looking for tactile feel with a super satisfying, but not loud or annoying sound, this is it. Everyone describes it as typing on water or bubble wrap or whatever; I don't know if I'd describe it like that, but they're not too far off. It's like it's a gentle, yet firm and satisfying sort of tactile, and I can't get enough of it. WAAAYYY different from MX Browns IMO. Hell, I'm rambling on right now just to hear those sweet sweet T H O C K S. I've been finding excuses just to type stuff.

    A user mentioned seeing unfiled portions keycaps; they're not wrong, but at the same time I think it's a non-issue. I didn't notice it at all until I actually read that review. It's down in the lower back of the keys, so you have to lean over and actually LOOK down into the board to notice it. Could they have filed them down? Sure, but I think it'd be similar to reducing the mold marks on the inside of the caps. It's not something you'll see in the day to day use. He might've also just been unlucky, because I haven't noticed any crooked keycaps or off sounding key presses on my board.

    Overall: 1000% worth the $260, especially if you're typing a ton on a day to day basis. I haven't gotten too much mileage yet, but even for gaming I think it's an excellent board. Worst case, if you end up not liking it, you can resell it for like 90% of what you paid. Topre boards hold their value extremely well. Think of the sunk cost as a rental fee.

  • First time using topre switches (45g) and i wouldn't change back to cherry for the world.
    Instead of annoying anyone around you with a clicky keyboard, this one will have people want to listen to your typing.
    Cant recommend this keybaord enough for typing and gaming alike, i've got no issues gaming with these switches as another review warned about.
    The switches are very smooth to press but you definitely feel them bottom out lightly for feedback.

    Also shipping took no more than 4 days to germany.

  • Ever since purchasing a Topre keyboard, my first being the Leopold FC660 45G silent, I love Topre.

    This keyboard is excellent, however I wish it was 45G instead of 30G. But 30G still feels great. Having a somewhat full keyboard is very useful for productivity and I use this with my work computer. I would not recommend for gaming at all-- it's terrible for that.

    The biggest downside is that it uses some kind of proprietary micro USB. It's bad enough they aren't using USB-C, but having a proprietary is really, really terrible. Otherwise, a great keyboard.

  • Leopold Topre for life.

    I already own an FC660C 65% with silent 45g switches (amazing, btw), and got this board to try the 30g switch. Needless to say, I'm keeping this board.

  • I am in love with this keyboard, sounds fantastic right out of the box. The color of the keyboard is a lot lighter irl compared to the photos, which I actually really like. I like the keyboard so much I am thinking of buying the tkl version. Also, kudos to mechanicalkeyboards.com for FAST shipping!! I wasn't expecting it to arrive just two days after placing the order, on a Sunday!! Thank you so much.

  • Excellent feel and sound and I immediately was typing faster than a similar layout with Cherry MX Browns. (Something about their resistance and activation point made my fingers kinda stumble over the browns; I typed faster on my Logitech rubber membrane K380 - which is a fantastic keyboard for $30, by the way, check it out if you need something slim and portable. Rubber membrane can be good.)

    It looses a star for fit and finish. For a keyboard that is nearly $300, I'd expect the Return key to not be crooked on the board, for some keys to not be significantly louder than others, and for the keycaps to not all have frayed plastic on them from where they were popped out of the mold and then NOT filed down.

    It looks like I'll have to do some tinkering to make this board look as good as it feels. I love tinkering, but it's always unfortunate when I have to do it straight out of the box.

    The key caps do feel high quality. The key pard is heavy and the key feel is amazing. If you close your eyes, it feels like a $300 keyboard. But when I look at it I see a $30 knock-off of a $300 keyboard.

  • Overall solid experience. I originally ordered standard shipping and decided to go with 2-day shipping. I reached out to the support team and they simply gave me a link to to add the additional amount for updated shipping. Support team replied and updated shipping in the same day. I ordered my keyboard on Sunday and received the product Tuesday. Overall an excellent customer service experience. Although great support does matter, the reason your forking over $250 is for this majestic looking keyboard. Note: My previous keyboard was a Fnatic minstreak TKL with brown switches. I went down many reddit rabbit holes saying how great Topre was and really needed the TK for work purposed so decided to go with this condensed layout as it is only slightly larger than my current TKL. The first experience was sort of a let down. You spend a whole arm and leg for this keyboard and at first glance I was kind of underwhelmed. This is it!? After reading all the enthusiast reviews it sort of put this keyboard on a deity alike pedestal. I was considering returning the keyboard because I thought it would be much more, but I told myself I would give it two weeks. And for the next two weeks I cranked on every typing website you can think of. I have 45g browns on my mech and these 45g topre switches do feel much heavier than the mech. I would put them around 50g. This took some time to get used to. However, after weeks of use I began to fall in love with the board. Now, typing on this feels like cutting a knife through a cake. But when I first started it felt kind of weird, but like all keyboards, they take some getting used to. After about 3-4 weeks of typing I don't want to type on any other keyboard. I find my self craving typing test because of how good the keyboard feels. It didn't start this way though. The first week I kept switching back to my brown because of how uncertain I was about the topre. This review is getting a bit long so I will go ahead and wrap it up with this. You will read reviews online written by enthusiast that these boards are a godsend. However, when you first get it you might be underwhelmed and I understand that this board will not be for everyone. I spent the first two weeks of contemplating whether or not I am going to return it. Mechanicalkeyboards.com has a return policy of 30 days, so I would say give it 2-3 weeks and if you don't like it return it. But give it a chance because I have never been more obsessed with a keyboard.

  • Top-notch construction. Beware that, unlike FC980M, this keyboard is not PS/2 compatible.

  • Wow. Wow. Wow. Everything about this board is near-perfect. I haven't used Topre switches in years, but seconds in and I'm remembering how satisfying typing really can be.

    This is my 4th mechanical board, and just exactly what I was hoping it would be. It's a huge splurge, but worth it for me.

  • Une position sur ce magnifique clavier dans la langue de Molière pour les éventuels français qui passeraient par là. Effectivement, il n'y a malheureusement aucun opinion sur ce clavier avec les switch topre sur l'internet francophone. J'ai changé mon Vortex Race 3 avec des switch MX Blue au profit de ce Leopold 980C. Ma conclusion est sans appel, c'est juste impressionnant, les interrupteurs topre sont exceptionnels, je ne fais plus aucune faute de frappe, tout en augmentant ma vitesse de manière très significative. L'apparence vintage donne un charme inimitable à ce bijou de technologie, la finition est parfaite et ne souffre d'aucun défaut. Malheureusement, toutes ses qualités ont un prix, autant dire qu'il faut bien réfléchir avant d'investir dans ce clavier. C'est très certainement les meilleurs interrupteurs que j'ai testés, très loin devant n'importe quel cherryMX. J'ai aussi un model M, mais je préfère largement topre.

  • If you were like me trying to find what color Cherry switch was to your liking, but never really finding one that could do it all, then you owe it to yourself to try a Topre board. The price tag alone will certainly turn many potential buyers away, but for those who can treat themselves should at least give these type of keyboards a try. I currently own an HHKB, the black version of this model, and of course this model. That's certainly overkill, but it's better than all the Cherry boards I was going through that never quite impressed me. If you even came to this listing odds are you know what you're looking at and Leopold makes the best Topre boards in my opinion. The layout is just genius, saving space but losing almost no functionality. My only complaint might be lack of media keys, but honestly it's not a deal breaker. This board has that wonderful retro look too, and it's gorgeous in person with the white and gray contrasting. Aside from typing, which this board absolutely excels in, it's also wonderful for gaming and does better than any other switch you'll try. If you have the money and want to experience one of the best keyboards out there, then buy this. You won't regret it. Only problem can be finding them in stock.

  • If you're seriously considering buying this board, then I probably don't have to tell you much about it.

    You know that Leopold makes fantastic boards. You know that this is pretty much your only option if you want a topre numpad without sacrificing a ton of space. You know that it costs an arm and a leg.

    I can't say weather it's worth the $260 for you. It's an expensive board by any measure. If you're looking to buy it, then you know this is exactly what you want

    I've owned mine since the time it was released, and it's been nothing but a pleasure. It's not just that I know I won't have to replace it for a decade or more, it's that I'm unlikely to want to either.

    It is my endgame board for the office. If you need the functionality of a numpad, and are willing to pay what it takes for the best one, then look no further.

    This is not a board for everyone, but if it suits your needs, then there is nothing better.

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