The reason why the new Eighty costs less is thanks to its new, softer isolated top mount system, which doesn’t require the PORON base; a compulsory part for the previous model. If you want a more muted, stiffer typing experience, you can get that base (for the stack mount system) as a $20 add-on, increasing the price to $479 (about RM2,015).
Compared to the Mode SixtyFive, the Eighty’s different parts are not quite as customisable, though you do have a fair number of colour options. You can customise the colour of the top and bottom case, a hotswap or solderable PCB, as well as plate material.
You can place your pre-order of the Mode Eighty – and configure the keyboard to your liking – right here. Fulfilment for the Eighty will begin as early as March 2022, so that’s only a four-month lead time – a very short waiting time in this hobby.