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JDL Topre board

A JDL Topre posted by TeeN_TetriS.
Published June 26, 2021

For those who love unfamiliar layouts.

[...] being Topre they already have a pretty nice feel despite them being probably around 2 decades old. Was thinking I’d have to give this thing a deep clean but looking behind the keycaps it seems to be near spotless aside from a bit of dust here and there

Published on Sat 26th Jun 2021. Featured in KBD #32 (source).

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