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Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Nice.

As for a diy section, I'm in the process of finishing up a board I designed and just need to handwire it so I'll post a write up on that at some point if anybody is interested in doing it the hard and expensive way (in my case, but it can be much cheaper).

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Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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well, if they like pink https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/sho...t_detail&p=1635

or https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/sho...t_detail&p=1434

topre clones are labeled as electrocapacitive switch boards. I've never used one so ymmv.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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chippy posted:

OK, so a bit of research seems to indicate that everyone hates this coating and it makes the caps feel horrible. Yet Tao Hao caps are pretty popular in this thread and I don't remember seeing anyone complaining about the coating. What's the deal here? Is it not as bad as everyone makes out?

The coating is crappy but not a big deal for me. They just get dirtier faster. I believe you can remove the coating with soap and water but not 100% on that. I don't know if they do it on all sets anymore as a lot of nerds complained so some searching around may turn up a set without the coating.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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The input club people apparently beat kalih over the head with improving their qc and the dude behind it is a neeeeeeerd that built his own switch tester so the switches are probably just fine.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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dat forehead

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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well goddamnit now I have to buy that set so it goes with my normal miami set and my pending miami dolch set.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Keycap drop pushed back to end of October. Why do I even loving bother?

Oh right I'm dumb and I have a problem.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Not me I'm high level. Ergodox infinity is technically two independent boards chained together so I dual wield that poo poo like the mall ninja I am (just part time though I take classes at the college during the day)

Edit: Planck also delayed now.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Generic Monk posted:

Has anyone got any experience with flashing the firmware for keyboards that use firmware from input club? I have a whitefox and am pretty content with it, except whenever it's power cycled the LEDs default to 100% brightness. Why anyone would put LEDs on a keyboard with completely opaque keycaps (with non-standard sizing, so it's not as if you can easily swap them out) is beyond me and I think it looks gently caress-ugly, hence I've bound a key combo to turn the lights off, but I have to do this every time they come on. The only information I have on defaulting them to off comes from [url=https://input.club/forums/topic/have-leds-default-to-off/[/url]this post[/url], which points to a file to edit and mentions 'compiling your own firmware'. I can't find any mention of how to do this on google - does anyone know how I'd go about doing this?

https://github.com/kiibohd/controller/

github should have everything you need.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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WIP board.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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namaste faggots posted:

Anyone got some cool anchor keys?

http://www.maxkeyboard.com/custom-a...mx-keycaps.html

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Go to a best buy and try out some of the boards there. They typically have the 3 main cherry switches (red, blue, and brown) on various boards on display. Everything else can be compared to those in some way (smoother, heavier, more bump, etc than [cherry switch]).

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Horizontal Tree posted:

I have a horrible craving for an ErgoDox but I do not want to wait for MassDrop and then have to pay $200 and wait months

there are some other options but not exactly cheap

http://shop.profetkeyboards.com/products

https://ergodox-ez.com/

euro: http://falbatech.pl/prestashop/index.php

I think most parts can be found here: https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/sho...ct_detail&p=537

you can also troll the /r/mechmarket subreddit and try to snag one that somebody wants to sell.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Megalixir posted:

Is there anywhere still stocking the FC660C which doesn't have ridiculous shipping? I want to get one for around the $200-220 mark if possible, just to try.

https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/sho...t_detail&p=1495 ?
https://www.amazon.com/Leopold-66-k...d/dp/B00EI52VCS

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Megalixir posted:

Thanks but neither of these ship internationally at sane prices.


The closest I can think of is buying a preassembled Tada68 on Aliexpress with Zealios switches in 78g, it will run you $145 for a standard board or $215 with an aluminum one. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Tad...sAbTest=ae803_1

I have a Tada and they're great.

oh you're in new zealand. that's rough. you could try taobao.com but it may be hard to find a reputable seller.

superbuy is a proxy service which is usually the easist way to order from sites like taobao.

I found this link: https://www.superbuy.com/en/page/bu...1950222811.html

The site (jd.com) is basically like taobao. This appears to be leopold's official online store in the area.

this is a direct link to their listing

https://item.jd.com/11950222812.html

price is $225 USD

I've never used them or really heard of them but it's all I could find.

Nondescript Van fucked around with this message at 03:27 on Aug 14, 2017

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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blugu64 posted:

Thinking of canceling my ergodox order and getting a refurb advantage2 for $40 more. Good idea/bad idea? I want layers, programmability, and comfort. The more poo poo I can stick on an alternate layer and hit one button for the better.

https://mehkee.com/collections/feat...ant=46981199311 ?

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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I just finished my fully custom board and layout. I have a build log here: http://imgur.com/gallery/NF2RE

Here are some finished shots:




Nondescript Van fucked around with this message at 03:23 on Aug 21, 2017

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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This was my first keyboard build. I knew the basics of wiring it up but I did some trial and error along the way as I noted in the log. There are other guides to building keyboards that do a good job and normally its pretty straight forward. All diodes in a row are soldered together in a single line, then the columns are put in and everything goes back to a pin.

The biggest pain is the firmware, since I have no idea how to parse the keymap that is made for this matrix so I can't easily identify how to change it. I'm working on though.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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The Unlife Aquatic posted:

That's a drat pretty keyboard, could you explain the layout though? Is it pure flash or is there some sort of ergonomic logic?

EDIT: Would you like it in the OP?

I took all the keys from a standard 60% and lined them up like a planck board. This had the effect of giving me those even angles for the keys on each side. Pretty much everything is in easy reach with little used things out of the way (my Fn key is far bottom left).

SymmetryrtemmyS posted:

I think you can just use this tool to automatically make a firmware file for you.

I did use that, it's in my build log link. I meant actually reading the keymap for a 5x16 keyboard that is written in 8x8 is hard to follow.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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surebet posted:

while i don't agree with all of the design choices, the execution is pretty good and it's always a treat to see hand wired keebs.

i have to ask though, what's up with the f row? the way it's delineated with the darker keys creates a mid group of f6-f9, which is odd to me.

good work!

Black on numbers 5 and 0 as a quick visual reference. I'll probably change it since numbers on an ortho layout are pretty easy to nail down. I don't intend to keep these caps on here, but until the Miami dolce set starts to exist this is the best option I have.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Eric the Mauve posted:

I fully expect my Unicomp to outlast me

I must be the unluckiest person in the world because I bought one, used it for about a month before I bought other things to play with, stuck it in a closet, and when I went to use it a year later, 2 columns were dead and it was out of warranty.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Ducky Pocket. Its cool, I have one at work.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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I think you mean $329 because you need the Venice Beach one.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Megalixir posted:

Does anyone know if the GH60 CNC cases will fit into a Poker 3? These things: https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32540926035.html

they do. the gh60 was designed with poker compatibility in mind.

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34959.0

quote:

If you want to use an existing case, our goal is that this PCB will fit in any current Poker/Pure case. Including the aluminum ones made by imsto, treble318, oneproduct, and Duck.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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astral posted:

Thanks! Is there anything about the WASD Keyboards wire puller that would make it worth the extra two bucks outside of the convenience of being able to buy it locally?

literally nothing. when you remove a cap, get the wire under the corners and wiggle back and forth. doing that even bent paper clips work just fine.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Modus Pwnens posted:

I'm having a little trouble with a keyboard and am looking for some advice. I'm posting this here because I don't necessarily trust what I'm hearing from the company.

I ordered a wireless bluetooth keyboard direct from a manufacturer, and out of the box it would only work when connected to USB, as if the battery wouldn't hold a charge. As long as the keyboard is drawing power from USB (whatever the source), it works over bluetooth, but unplug the USB, and it powers off immediately.

The manufacturer sent me a replacement battery to swap myself. Upon opening the case, I saw this.





I did go ahead and replace the battery, and the problem has not resolved. Interestingly, the keys in those pictures, as well as their LEDs, work properly. They also are nowhere near any of the components that would be involved in charging the keyboard.

I sent these pictures to the manufacturer, and their response is that they don't use water near the keyboards during the manufacturing, and it never would have passed QC like that, so this is 100% not caused by them. But I know that I have not spilled anything on the keyboard myself.

So, I have two questions:

1) Could anything else have caused that damage?

2) Is that potentially related to the problem I'm having with the keyboard?

I'm kind of in a bind here because my Specific Keyboard Needs are only met by this keyboard.

do you have a multimeter? plug in the keyboard and test the battery connections to see if there is any power going to them. The charging circuit may be dead if the battery is new. Also, gross.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Like many people, I'm probably gonna avoid massdrop from now on if I can. The savings typically aren't that great and they have some big supply chain and communication issues.

As for the engineer dudes, well I wouldn't be surprised if they just don't know how to read contracts.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Well, for Massdrop surprises: the Miami Dolch set is ahead of schedule and should be on the way to their warehouse for shipping soon. Over a month faster than estimated. Doesn't make up for a planck that is 3 months late to ship and a keyset that is still MIA.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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VostokProgram posted:

Keyboard thread people, we can't let ourselves get styled on by this penchat! Who among you has a $1,000 Hall effect keyboard and is ready to defend our honor?

I have a $110 hall effect keyboard but I have no honor to defend.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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I just got my massdrop planck with the aluminum case. It is much better quality than I was expecting. Excellent fit and finish. Granted, the only thing I have to compare it to is my original planck with a bent steel case and the aluminum pok3r case that is on that.

Constellation I posted:

Hey, it's a KBD75 from KBDfans https://kbdfans.myshopify.com/

Do it. Having a full aluminium board feels great.

Also, I want that drat hex case even though I have nothing to put in it.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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forkbucket posted:

So there are a lot of people here with way more knowledge than I have about keyboards! Does anyone here have any experience with ortholinear keyboards? The layout appeals to me, and it looks like there are some non-soldering diy options from China available on aliexpress. I'm basically looking for a compact keyboard that has iso nordic with arrow keys, and I think an ortholinear would be easy to fenagle into something optimal.

I'm on the fence about ordering a vortex race 3 or looking into some sort of ortholinear setup. Interested to hear about any insight into how awesome and/or dumb ortholinear keyboards are!

My primary usage would be home for video games but the keyboard would see quite a lot of usage to type word documents as well.

Edit: this is the diy kit I am talking about btw

ortho is cool don't let anybody tell you different. That's a fairly popular kit from china. The other option in a similar form factor but a bit smaller is the preonic from olkb.com. No idea when it would ship though as they may still be working on their massdrop orders.

Both of the boards are fully programmable so you can have any keys anywhere you want. If you're looking for keycaps that are not just blanks you may have to search around a bit for ones you like and that have the right letters in the right profile (DSA profile caps are all the same height so they can go anywhere on the board and not look out of place or feel odd).

In other news, I got my Miami Dolch set.



please ignore my desk it's awful.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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No it's not. I snort all my dandruff, I don't leave it laying around.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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sharktamer posted:

Found this thread and now I definitely want a fancy keyboard. Was ready to buy the mk disco after seeing it in the op and finding a lot of extremely satisfied reviews but of course the shipping to the UK from the US is obscene. Does anyone know anywhere I can buy it for decent price including shipping or perhaps something comparable I can get in the UK?

perhaps this place. I don't know what's obscene with exchange rates and whatnot. https://www.cclonline.com/category/...nical-keyboards

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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What have I gotten myself into?

I gotta say though, the PCB design on this is genius. All 4 are identical, but completely reversible for left and right. The switch mounts pop out so 2 of them are used as a plate that sandwiches the battery in them. I have no idea when I will put this together but I like it. Makes up for me needing to remove the bluetooth from my own custom because it was just too lovely and fussy.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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If you're looking for an expensive Win key-less TKL board, now is your chance

https://kbdfans.myshopify.com/produ...al-keyboard-kit

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Set up some macros (do it right in qmk if you use it) for multi desktop. Fn+arrow and away I do. Wanna move poo poo between desktops? Win+Tab.

In short, it's a hipster nerd thing, not a function thing. A lot of boards have a winlock option so the whole gaming thing isn't even an issue.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Should I get a 4th planck? I feel like I should get a 4th planck.

I'll get a hipro one with a brass plate when that becomes a thing

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Megalixir posted:

When did Leopold start making FC660Ms with unique PBT colorways in MX Clear? I liked my FC660M with MX Reds (now with GMK Plum) a lot, especially the silenced padding they use, so I ordered another.



That's a good lookin' board right there.

Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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Got my Cartel Contra. As far as custom things go, it's a pretty good kit for $30. It includes everything except switches and caps. If you don't mind soldering it's an easy build and quite a bit cheaper than a planck.

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Nondescript Van
May 2, 2007

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I've had to install pcb mount stabs after i soldered all the switches. You probably will not be able to bend the plate and pcb enough to slide that one out and a new one in without unsoldering the few switches around each stab to get enough flex to make that happen. Keep in mind the stabilizer part on the pcb needs to be lifted up off of it.

It's a pain in the rear end but it can be done.

You might be able to push the bar out of the housing and put in a new stem with the legs clipped off through the top then slide the bar back in but I've never done that.

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