It dawned on me in the DTA stuff for "best switch" to check if we have ever had a "try before you buy" tour of a beamspring. I couldn't find one earlier. If we haven't, I would be willing to send one of my babies away for a while. Keep in mind though, shipping it to the "next patron" is likely more than other tours. Ideally we would just send it caseless/shell-less, and detach the controller in transit (safer since it just slips off) to keep the costs down and you can easily see the mechanics of it all. If not, I could send a smaller form factor one, but it wouldn't be usable with this controller and you are just clacking away in your mind's eye which is a little silly for a usability tour.
Let's be up front and honest though. The form factors and layouts of ANY beamspring are either rubbish or JUST manageable depending on your needs. I cycle through a random one as my daily driver 30-50% of the time because there is ZERO question this is the most amazing "switch" ever made... sorry to be that guy, but this is actually fact. But I have gotten used to it's feel, and used to compromised layouts. Most boards I have are mapped to some modified HHKB multi-layered layout via the xWhatsit. If I am strugglingly with one for a specific task, I'll temporarily grab another board from the bin, and then switch back.
Of all beamsprings, the most usable to me for an xWhatsit novice is the least desirable (cheapest) because it is common and it's shell is GARBAGE... the 5251. If you like navigation arrows, etc. (think TKL), you can map the 5251 with the xWhatsit into something special. Plus it's the "crispest" version of the beamspring switch I have encountered. Whether later production, more prevalent so the one that landed in my lap is mint... no idea. But this board is glorious. We will be making a custom smaller case for this one (PROMISE) in the near term because it is my fave and I want to love everything about it (case and key profile pitch in the junk case are the only hangups).
I would be happy to have a worldwide road tour (especially if someone threw something tiny about their country in at every stop?!?)... Let me know if that is interesting. I will put something out there in that forum for sign-ups if we express interest. It could be gone for a couple of years and I wouldn't skip a beat. I love it, but it should be shared.
This post has ZERO percent to do with this group buy mind you, but seemed relevant
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