A Gateway Drug To The Mechanical Keyboard Market?
At $155 the NlZ Plum x87 35g is not exactly cheap, until you compare it to other keyboards with electro-capacitive switches. In this case the keyboard uses 35 gf tactile NIZ switches similar to those from Topre. They are rubber dome switches with a spring, however they contain a sensor which detects the keystroke before you bottom out, unlike your bog standard membrane keyboard. The keyboard also sports high quality doubleshot injected PBT keycaps with top and front legends.
TechPowerUp could feel a difference between these switches and authentic Topre switches, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as they did not emerge with a clear preference, both types of switches were uniquely good under their fingers. The keyboards features are fairly extensive for a non-RGB’d keyboard, allowing you to swap layouts to Dvorak or other alternative layouts and to adjust the actuation point between three levels.
It even allows you to replace the springs to increase the actuation force to 45 gf, though the process is a little more involved than with mechanical switches. IF you are looking for something a little different and don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars only to find out you despise your new purchase, perhaps the NlZ Plum x87 35g is within your budget.