The Elusive Leopold FC660C Capacitive Keyboard

Source: TechPowerUp The Elusive Leopold FC660C Capacitive Keyboard

Typing Quietly With Electrostatic Capacitive Switches

The Leopold FC660C has a very classic look, with grey action keys reminiscent of old IBM keyboards however the internals are rather modern.  You can opt for standard Topre switches or if you are more adventurous you can purchase the model which uses capacitive switches such as on the model which TechPowerUp tested out.

The benefit of thiss type of keyboard is the fact that keystrokes are registered without the need for anything to rub against another component, as you see in traditional keyboards, which enhances the lifespan of the keyboard.  It also allows the Leopold FC660C to operate silently, which is a blessing for those around you that are not fans of the click.

The keyboard doesn’t ship with software, instead the key assignments and macro control are handled by hardware using a web-based TMK configurator.  Once programmed your settings are saved locally on the keyboard regardless of how many different systems you connect it to.  There is also a option to purchase a more advanced Hasu keyboard controller to expand the usefulness of the FC660C.

Leopold makes a grand debut on TechPowerUp with its most popular keyboard to date: The FC660C is a 65% keyboard using genuine Topre electrostatic capacitive switches, in the new silent version, paired with a classic two-tone PBT dye-sub keycap set.

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