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Leopold NP900RBT Review — The Epee Has no Edge

Nowadays, there are not many requirements for keyboards in the peripheral circulation, such as three-mode connection, RGB lighting effect, hot-swappable shaft seat, gasket structure, wooden fish sound, etc. I’m a layman, and I have entered many mechanical keyboards with mainstream elements of this kind. But even if the delicacies of the mountains and the sea are always tiring of eating, I would like to have a good vegetarian meal. After all, a mechanical keyboard is a tool. What are its most basic functions? Enter! That’s it. Nowadays, not many brands focus on making keyboards that are not disturbed by messy elements. Leopold happens to be one of them. Today, I will bring you the NP900RBT Bluetooth dual-mode mechanical keyboard out of the box.

I have not bought many Leopold products, but each Leopold product has an individually designed outer packaging. The overall style of the packaging is concise and clear, but the information displayed is quite rich. Among them, the background of the Bluetooth icon on the NP900RBT model is particularly conspicuous.

The back of the package briefly introduces the information parameters of the keyboard.

I like to hear the family portrait: NP900RBT keyboard body, dust cover, manual, Type-C port data cable, two AAA (No. 7) batteries, plastic key puller, and two additional keycaps after swapping the Ctrl/Caps keys.

The color scheme of NP900RBT selects Leopold’s classic tenth-anniversary gray-blue theme, which makes people sigh at first sight: “It’s still a familiar taste.”

When the domestic key ring three-mode keyboard became popular, some big brands were much more conservative. Leopold also launched the first dual-mode wireless keyboard about a year ago, but the 66-key audience is relatively small; until today, it launched 104 The key full-size NP900RBT, it can be said that it is late but arriving.

Leopold’s two-color keycaps have always been the object of study in the industry, and it has always been difficult to surpass. Many peripheral enthusiasts are willing to pay a large price for a separate set of disassembled keycaps for Leopold keyboards.

The height of the keycap of the PD version is similar to that of the original factory.

The graininess on the surface of the keycap is also a major feature of Leopold, and you can feel a clear frosted texture on the touch.

The space bar is also filled with materials such as felt cloth to absorb and reduce noise.

Friends who have been in the pit a little longer should all remember the red axis artifact in the “Four Great Artifacts” back then-G80-3494. Another feature of NP900RBT is the use of a steel-free design. The design without a steel plate does bring a very different percussive feeling. After removing the steel plate, the bottoming feedback will be softer, without the force of the steel plate anti-vibration. The overall feel of the keyboard is more refreshing, and the main keypad is even a bit close to the popular “raindrop sound”.

When pulling out the keycap of a steelless keyboard, you need to pay attention. Don’t extend the key puller too far. Otherwise, it will be easy to buckle the corners of the lower edge of the shaft.

The satellite axis is fixed very stably without obvious shaking. The left and right sides of the large keys, except the space, are filled with silica gel strips, which can effectively reduce resonance and cavity sound. In addition to the obvious steel wire tone of the space bar, the adjustment of the other big keys of this keyboard is very good. The space bar can be improved by adding a little grease. In general, the Cherry red shaft (linear shaft) is matched with a steel-free design to play the advantages of steel-free fully.

The overall appearance of the NP900RBT is not much different from that of the FC900R, the same narrow bezel, embedded appearance, and standard American 104-key layout.

The biggest change is in the indicator area in the upper right corner, which has been changed from a slightly concave style to an inclined booth style.

In addition, the upper cover of the keyboard does not completely enclose the bottom case, so it is not easy to notice if you don’t look carefully.

The three-dimensional logo of the new technology.

The keyboard interface has been upgraded to become the mainstream Type-C interface, equipped with a three-way wire slot design. The surface of the keyboard shell is treated with a finer frosted process, and the texture and touch are very good.

The button position can be adjusted through the DIP switch. Generally, I use the default layout. Below is the power switch; and the Bluetooth pairing button, which needs to be clicked with a tool such as a pin.

One-stage foot support.

Use 2 AAA (No. 7) batteries for the power supply.

The Bluetooth pairing mode of the NP900RBT is relatively complicated. In addition to pressing the physical pairing button on the back, after the Bluetooth adapter searches for the keyboard, it also needs to use the keyboard to strike an identification code. In addition, to save power, the indicator light of the keyboard is not illuminated when dry battery power it. After half a month of using the Bluetooth mode, there have been no obvious delays and disconnections. In many cases, I thought that I was using the wired mode. The power consumption in Bluetooth mode itself is very low, and the current use time is still short; there is no way to give an accurate battery life.

Leopold has always insisted on using the Cherry axis. The linear axis is undoubtedly the best partner for a steelless keyboard, but the inevitable problem is the spring sound of the Cherry axis. I think NP900RBT has done a good job in noise control, and I don’t care about the subtle spring sound. Of course, different people have different opinions on this issue.

On the whole, Leopold boldly reused the steel-free design, bringing a different experiment and experience to this dull keyboard circle. From the perspective of molds, details, materials, and artistry, NP900RBT is a high-level mechanical keyboard. This keyboard abandons all impractical fancy content and earnestly achieves the extreme keyboard details and feel. Although low-key and restrained, you can’t deny its excellence as long as you have used it.

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