Leopold FC750R Grey/Blue PD TKL Double Shot PBT Mechanical Keyboard

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$119.00
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SKU: FC750R_EGBPD
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Leopold FC750R Grey/Blue PD Mechanical Keyboard

Available Switches

Cherry MX Black thumbnailCherry MX Black
FC750RL/EGBPD
$119.00
Cherry MX Brown thumbnailCherry MX Brown
FC750RN/EGBPD
$119.00
Cherry MX Blue thumbnailCherry MX Blue
FC750RC/EGBPD
$119.00
Cherry MX Red thumbnailCherry MX Red
FC750RR/EGBPD
$119.00
Cherry MX Silent Red thumbnailCherry MX Silent Red
FC750RS/EGBPD
$124.00
Cherry MX Clear thumbnailCherry MX Clear
FC750RW/EGBPD
$124.00

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Details and Specifications

BrandLeopold
ModelFC750R
SizeTenkeyless
Switch StemsMX
Physical LayoutUS QWERTY
Logical LayoutANSI
Frame ColorBlack
Primary LED Colorn/a
Control LED Colorn/a
USB Key RolloverFull
Multimedia KeysYes
Switch Mount TypePlate
Built in Audio PortNo
Built in Mic PortNo
Interface(s)USB
Windows CompatibleYes
Dimensions5.51" x 14.25" x 1.29"
Weight2.20 lbs
Cord Length60 inches

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  • Would buy just for the keycaps, 1.5mm PBT, doubleshot which is almost unheard of on PBT, and little to no warp on larger keys. Every key but the spacebar has no warp, and the spacebar has less warp than enjoyPBT spacebars.

    Oh, the general build quality is pretty good too.

  • TL:DR:
    I have been using this keyboard at work with Red silent switches and it is the absolute best bang for the buck I could find! Internal dampening pad to quiet things down, plate mounted switches for a solid feel, feet to bring the angle up, double-shot PBT keycaps for looks and durability, removable USB cord, genuine Cherry MX switches; this keyboard has it all and for a little over $100, it just can't be beat!

    Story time:
    When I started my search for an 80% tenkeyless keyboard I could bring to work, I knew there were at least two requirements that had to be met.
    1. It can't be expensive (relative to the higher end of the market)
    2. It can't be much louder than a membrane keyboard
    I didn't care about back lighting or RGB, in fact I kind of preferred not having any LEDs at all. If the right keyboard came along and it had lighting, I knew I wouldn't have been upset though.

    At home I have an 80% TKL with Gateron Red switches which are wonderful for gaming, but I find they are on the side of too light for my typing duties at work. With that in mind, I initially leaned towards finding a switch with a heavier press like black switches. Nevertheless, I had thought that getting some red, black, or brown switches would satisfy both of my requirements, but while they are fairly cost effective and readily available, none were quiet enough for how I type. I thought about going with O-rings or QMX clips to dampen the sound, but my own experience with O-rings were not not wonderful. O-rings seem to either give you a mushy feeling with a much quieter down-stroke or only a slightly softer feeling with not much dampening (depending on thickness), but no O-ring will quiet the up-stroke. QMX clips, on the other hand, seem to do a good job of dampening without making the feel "mushy", but cost too much and could possibly not even fit on the switches (depending on the plate and switch housings). That pushed me into looking at the various dampened switches that are available.

    Search after search I kept finding word that the Zeal PC Zilent V2 switches were pretty much the best all around, but costly and hard to find. Sure enough, I couldn't find any TKL keyboards readily available at a reasonable price point. Many reviews found that the Matias Quiet Click and Quiet Linear switches were really quiet and had good feeling overall, but I found too many forum post about longevity issues for my liking and started looking elsewhere again. Topre switches are known to be a wonderful blend of mechanical feel with membrane quietness although the cost shows as I couldn't find any TKL keyboards at a reasonable price. Cherry MX Red silent switches were fairly easy to find and at reasonable prices, but knowing how light my Gateron Red switches are and wanting something heavier meant I had to look for Black silent switches. After finding only a few manufacturers that offered Cherry MX Black silent switches in an 80% TKL format, my options were pretty limited and little bit over the budget I had aimed for. This is when I started looking into modding.

    While modding switches means you can start with nearly any keyboard or DIY kit and build it into something you could consider "perfect for me", the time it takes, the money spent on trial and error, and the numerous things that could fail to please along the way meant I really had to really commit if I were going to do it. I did thoroughly consider it; getting some generic Red switch based keyboard, throwing in some stiffer springs, adding lube, creating internal dampening, etc.; but at the end of the day I did not want to de-solder 87 switches (including any LEDs) from a PCB just to open them up for modding. Back to looking at off-the-shelf switches I went.

    With all of the other aforementioned switches taken off the list, I was down to the Cherry MX Red silent switches. Lots of different manufacturers, lots of different 80% TKL offerings, lots of different looks. That is when this grey and blue beauty showed up in my results and I was instantly in love. The specs, switches, price, looks, reputability, and format were all to my liking so I went ahead and ordered it! After using it for a few weeks now, I can safely say that Leopold nailed it with the FC750R!

    Everything about this keyboard has impressed me in terms of quality and durability; it simply feels like any good mechanical keyboard should. There is no flex when typing, the key caps feel incredibly well made, the removable USB cable is no frills and routes through the embedded cable channels with ease, the legs are sturdy and offer the slight height adjustment you have come to expect, the plastic housing is surprisingly solid; it is overall a high quality, no frills keyboard! Speaking to the Cherry MX Red silent switches, the keyboard's internal dampening pad in combination with the silent switches makes this the quietest mechanical keyboard I have ever used, barely louder than the cheap Dell membrane keyboard it replaced! The springs definitely feel heavier than the Gateron Red switches I have in my other TKL (I'd say maybe 5-10g heavier), the actuation and feel of the travel is also much better, and the dampening is great with being quiet without making the feeling "mushy", not only when bottoming out but also when returning the key to the top! It is always a pleasure to type with!

    I only really have a few small gripes. First, the manual is certainly a bit rough being translated from Korean but gets the point across. Two, one thing I did not see mentioned in the manual and had to find online was the "Fn" key layer which includes media controls, repeat rate adjustment, and key-rollover mode switching. Third, the hardware based key remapping is limited and does not help if you would like to have a right-hand Windows key instead of the menu key.

    Overall, if you are looking for an 80% TKL keyboard that has all of the core features you need, none of the extra frills that drive up cost, a high standard in build quality, a great aesthetic that doesn't compromise functionality, and a price point that screams value, look no further than the Leopold FC750R!

    PROS:
    Internal dampening pad
    Sturdy mounting plate
    Thick plastic housing
    Feet to bring the angle up
    Double-shot PBT keycaps
    Removable USB cord
    Genuine Cherry MX switches
    Included a few extra key caps for when using the hardware-based key remapping

    CONS:
    Limited hardware key remapping
    No right-hand Windows key
    Manual is poorly translated to English

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