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Tada68 Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard

Tada68 Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard

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Verified Purchaser
I love my Pok3rs but this kb is a step above for the following reasons:
  1. Solid. The case is solid, it feels like a brick. This kb easily weighs twice what a Pok3r weighs. I would not use it as my portable kb. The stabilizers also seem more uniform and the spacebar does not chatter like the Pok3r.
  2. Style. The case has high profile sides and the backing plate has a satin stainless sheen to it that gives it a finished look.
  3. Using the QMK software I was able to configure it without much hassle (although I did use my Windows box instead of my Mac for simplicity sake). The big win over the Pok3r is that if I get another kb, I can just load up my settings and go. See this https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/tada68
I programmed the right side 4 buttons for the lighting and left the arrows even though I'll probably never use them. I can't speak to the keycaps, I never used them. All that said, this was $60 more than my Pok3r RBG and $75 more than my Pok3r (no lighting), although I then went out and got new cases for them, so the spend ends up the same or more so consider that when purchasing as well.
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Verified Purchaser
It's a beauty and it feels amazing. The only thing that should be better is the way to reprogram the keys. A small program that changes the config and saves the file without the need to go to a web and download a file and then copying it to the keyboard. That feels lazy.
Verified Purchaser
Really nice keyboard! Unfortunately, like others have said, the soldering job is pretty shoddy. I would never have noticed but the "R" key mysteriously repeats randomly when depressed. So instead of a single "R" I get "RR" and end up sounding like a pirate. I'm going to try resoldering that switch to see if that solves the problem. I did pull the board and took some photos. There are solder flakes all over that could lead to shorts or other reliability issues. If I wanted a poor soldering job I would have bought a kit and done it myself ;)
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Ouch!
twaddington
This is so unacceptable. I had the same kinds of issues and I'm returning mine.
Verified Purchaser
After an almost three month delay in delivery time, I wasn't going to leave a bad review because I know how drops sometimes delay like this. But when I plug the board in, one of the keys won't activate unless I press all the way down. Took the board apart and saw that the soldering job is absolutely terrible. One of the leads of a switch is missing, and the manufacturer didn't bother to solder a good switch on. Instead, they just left it like this.
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Had to fill the hole with solder so that the plate and the switch can make contact. I'm fine with the absolutely terrible delivery time, but the quality of the product is absolutely disappointing.
Verified Purchaser
Update number 2: Returning both boards I bought and just buying the kit from kbdfans to solder myself. What a joke, glad I waited half a year trying to save myself a few bucks just to end up buying it full price anyway. Update: Keyboard is not fine. Took apart to put in preferred switches and the soldering on it was so bad, one of the tab key connectors just isn't there on the pcb. Keyboard is fine. Massdrop customer service is the absolute worst. I paid for this keyboard in May, expected it in August, and just now received it at the end of October. Drop was delayed by 2 entire months with absolutely no communication publicly, and very vague responses through email support tickets. Massdrop needs to do a better job of communicating with their suppliers and then also to their customers, there is absolutely no situation where it's acceptable to have that long of a delay and no idea of when the product will actually ship.
Verified Purchaser
sometimes at the boot of the computer FLASH.BIN got corrupt and i have to reset the keyboard (reset the file)
Verified Purchaser
Super fun to type on, I can't recommend enough. I've had it for about 9-10 months, and it really just keeps getting better. It was my first mech, and it's a great starting point for getting into the whole QMK deal. Plenty of videos that are great when you're first figuring it out. I got mine with MX browns and I am deeply in love with the thing. Beautiful sound with the aluminum base, and the lights are super fun to mess around with. If this isn't your first keyboard, it's still a beautiful addition to any collection, and even though it's just a keyboard it can be a great conversation starter. 5/5, perfect quality, sound, and feel.
Verified Purchaser
Great keyboard, and a great one to start off with if you're just getting into the hobby at this price point. I bought mine earlier this year with the standard plastic case and was surprised with just how heavy and sturdy it was. Knowing I like to bang away on keyboards, I opted for Gateron Black switches for a little more weight. The red/brown are just too light for me. So happy I went with the blacks.
Programming the board could be easier, and I would have loved to have a USB C connector, but for the price that's OK. I will say that the quality of my switches are great. I don't have issues with sticky keys. The micro USB port/cable connection isn't very tight. It's very easy to insert and remove. It won't fall out because it's too loose, but it's also not super snug.
Overall, fantastic keyboard at a great price.
Verified Purchaser
Got this keyboard a few weeks ago, it was worth the wait... By far my favorite keyboard yet.
Verified Purchaser
Quality product, as expected. But like a few other reviewers, I have had difficulty with certain keys getting "stuck" and not resetting properly. Namely, the RT Shift key fails to return to it's proper position unless released at the proper angle. Regardless of this, the keyboard functions as it should. Solid product. 4/5
Verified Purchaser
Wanted to love everything about the keyboard, but the spacebar is constantly getting stuck! It did arrive quicker than expected.
Verified Purchaser
My tada68 was delivered 3days early. But couldn't reach it until today (No fault of the company). I love this layout, very mid to late 90s look to the caps. I got mine with blue text keycaps and Gateron blacks. I also ordered the aluminum case. It came made in the plastic case but the aluminum case makes this thing SOLID.
I would give this 4.75 stars if I could only because I wish it could be delivered in the aluminum case. But, replacing the case is minimum effort, and pretty easy, so more 5 star than 4.
Fantastic board would recommend to anyone looking for a programmable 60%
Verified Purchaser
Got this keyboard today. Super fast shipping after the drop ended. By far my favorite keyboard yet.
Verified Purchaser
I love this keyboard, especially with the aluminum case. The aluminum case is more like a solid metal brick and it stablizes the board very nicely.
Verified Purchaser
It's not the most flashy keyboard out there for casual users like myself. I don't program my board or bother with modding the switches or case, but I love this keyboard to bits. The gateron browns are a perfect balance between tactility, control, and 'lightness.' And the keycaps feel incredibly well made with a nice matte surface and a thick chunky feel to them with very neat legends that don't have a crappy gamer font. I highly recommend this product if you're looking for a 'normal' non-rgb 60-ish% sized keyboard that comes with fantastic keycaps.
Verified Purchaser
Pretty low quality tbh. Paid the extra 30$ for zealio 65g switches, those work great. Connector and cable that come with the board are actually trash??? Why is this?? The micro usb port alone on my keeb broke within a month of receiving it. The cable is just a basic micro usb cable, I swapped it out with a different one as it had a lil wiggle, but that's nothing too bad. The plastic case is fine, you really don't need to shell out the extra cash on a aluminum unless dire need. You could even replace it with a homemade wood/3Dprinted one if it breaks on you too. The keyboard alone comes with no instructions on how to switch layers on the factory layout other than a simple 4inchx5inch piece of paper that tells u how to drag and drop the configuration file and how to open the editor in your browser. So if you accidentally switch the layers by mistake you have to press the reset switch every time just to revert back back to the default keyboard layout. Overall it seems like they wanted to cut some corners with the build of the board. I suppose it's a good board if you buying in USD but this was nearly 160$ CAD after shipping and conversion, and this product is not worth 160$ in any world. Specially when the damn delay that occurred from the manufacturer that extended the wait-to-ship time to 3 months. Then I think it took around 2-3 weeks to be delivered. (Classic Massdrop)
Verified Purchaser
The Tada is my first 68 key since my FC660C.
I bought it cause it's hard to find Gat Yellow switches on boards and was looking for switch consistency between my work and home board.
It was worth every penny.
Verified Purchaser
Arrived exactly as expected, love the Tada68. It's nearly the perfect sized keyboard for me! Beautiful in Al with these Zealio switches.
Verified Purchaser
I have some very particular preferences and this keyboard is a 98% fit once a couple of keys were reprogrammed. Would love some customized keycaps, maybe translucent ones as well.
Verified Purchaser
The USB port was faulty and doesn't sit the plug well.
Verified Purchaser
#dailydriver
Verified Purchaser
is good
Verified Purchaser
I purchased the Tada68 after getting the bug from a few "entry-level" mechanical keyboards. This has been the first one that I've replaced keysets, re-mapped keys via the firmware, and so on. It's been a blast, and the board is performing fantastically. It's become my daily driver at work, and I think probably always will be.
Verified Purchaser
I forget which drop I got mine - but with the 67g zealios it’s wonderful. I found that with a 60 key I was missing the arrow keys, so the tada with arrow keys 3 others to be whatever works great.
I have it running QMK with space cadet shift keys (tap is left or right parentheses, hold is shift), caps lock (tap, hold for function), numbers are F keys when function is held, page up/down are also Home/end with function. I may invert that last one - as a programmer I use Home/end more frequently.
Verified Purchaser
The Tada68 is an excellent quality build and solid aluminum case is great. Having the arrow keys is a nice feature, and I've also programmed mine to use the letter keys "J,K,L,I" in conjunction with Caps lock as arrows. The physical arrow keys are great for scrolling up/down on a website, but if I already have both hands on the keyboard I prefer the letters. You can have it both ways.
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Verified Purchaser
Wow such awesome. Flashed with qmk and a custom layout this thing rolls.
Verified Purchaser
As my first mechanical keyboard this is fantastic. The Al case dampens the clicky sound a bit so it's not overly loud. The cherry browns, as an entry switch, are nice and light, and suit my typing style and force. All in all I'm glad I made the decision. Programming it was a bit annoying with poor UI, but I managed.
Verified Purchaser
Love it caps lock doesn't work but pretty sure it's a glitch i havent gotten around to fixing