UHK Meets Goal

UHK Press Image The Ultimate Hacking Keyboard has been successfully funded on crowdsupply with around a week left. This is a very nice keyboard and I am quite happy to see it succeed. It is a bit different from a lot of other offerings at the moment and is executed really quite well.

At the time of writing there are 8 early bird UHK’s left. This gives you a discount of $50 so if you are looking to pick one up, do so fast.

Leandren HHKB Plates

HHKB JD designed plate This has been around a little more than a week but it has been slowly picking up steam. The idea behind this GB is simple, simple HHKB layout plates in both MX and Alps variations.

This plate is also designed by jdcarpe so you can expect a nice level of thought in the design. Although it is not running yet it will be running after Leandren’s last GB, these are very swift so it’s not too far off.

Deskthority Community Calendar

A nice little idea if you like keyboards. There is a wealth of beautiful photographs that come from DT members so I can foresee this as being a very nice looking calendar.

Currently it is in the thinking about creating a calendar stage. But if you are interested I suggest you put in a vote.

Ducky Realforce Edition

Ducky Realforce edition with red wasd This fairly interesting but not really for what it is. What it really is, is a full size Topre board in 30 and 45 gram variants. With Topre silencing. The facebook post suggests silencing but neither the mk.com or inpad listings mention the silencing.

The reasons I think this is interesting is the fact there is some collaboration with Ducky, although I’m really not sure of the nature of this relationship. But also the fact that it is showing up at a few more retailers. Notably mechanicalkeyboards.com. This combined with the fact they have been showing up on massdrop a bit more and the matt3o keyset. Topre does seem to be doing a little bit more in the area of their keyboards.

If you are looking to purchase this I think, mk.com is quite a good option.

Zeal who is on top of Topre things also posted that there will be a black on white version in the future.

The WhiteFox 65%

The WhiteFox Keyboard I forgot to mention this last week but this is with all current indication a very nice looking keyboard. Designed over a long duration by matt3o this is a well thought out highly refined design.

Read the thread for the whole story. But shortly summarised it is a complete package of a 65% with a custom keyset with custom dyesubs as well as some very nice packaging.

Sentraq/SentrantPC Keyboard Updates

In summary both keyboards are very close to completion. The keyboards in question are the affordable 60% and the 60% with a numpad.

Dactyl Source Released

The Dactyl keyboard is a “parameterized, split-hand, concave, columnar, ergonomic keyboard.” you are now able to make yourself. Created by Adereth this has been in development for quite some time.

If you are looking to build one now, you will be a bit on your own as this is a new release. Don’t let this stop you if this seems like your dream keyboard.

RoastPotatoes Posters

Topre Poster

A good couple of Topre posters are still available and I will try to get some HHKB posters for this week.

I am fairly on top of these orders, currently one still needs to be shipped and a few still need to be invoiced.

I completely forgot Friday existed last week. This week I would like to do a giveaway of the QMX clips after I post my review.


Typed on SSK

Not a huge amount of much this week.

Backlit POK3R on Massdrop

For those who want a backlit 60% this is a good option. The standard POK3R has been around for a while and has been quite well received. In general this is thought of as quite a nice stock 60%.

Possible New Vortex Board

There isn’t a lot too this as you never know if this will make it into production. This is a 40% ish prototype from Vortex.

Hmm...A brand new series coming soon!!!

Posted by Vortex Keyboard on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

New F62 and F77 Prototypes Slightly Delayed

This is not a major setback or anything. But at this stage everyone is patiently waiting for the full prototype so delays like this can be the most frustrating. Prototypes could be still a week or so away.

RoastPotatoes Fancy New Domain

It’s happening. blog.roastpotatoes.co All previous links should still work. Potentially this opens up the possibility of store.roastpotatoes.co

I also managed to miss my deadline of Friday newsletter. It will happen this week.

Other RoastPotatoes

RP poster disappointment My posters were going excellent up until today when I really looked at them. They are OK, but maybe not where I had quite hoped the quality would be. Reprint is coming on Thursday so they are slightly delayed. I will see what happens from there.

Designs for 4704 keyboards have moved along quite a bit and I am quite interested to see what I will settle with. I have designs wish legends and without and the relegendeble keycaps.

Please follow the RoastPotatoes Poster Thread if this interests or concerns you.


Typed on HHKB Pro 2

ImpendingxDoom

Impendingxdoom cherry blanks Excellent photo & excellent keycaps.

To me these were the most eye catching keycaps I saw this month. These are cherry profile blanks in quite incredible colours. The sale is currently over but I imagine these won’t be the last to make it into production. A stellar example of what makes artisan keycaps appealing.

KatzenKinder

Katzenkinder rGB Sale KatzenKinder is mildly back and had a RGB sale. I mentioned it a week or so ago when it happened and it had some very nice looking keycaps. This sale emphasised the simpler colours and the improvement that can be seen Katzen’s casting.

I really do admire KatzenKinder and appreciate their work.

Small note on KatzenKinder in Week 23

GirlDC

GirlDC has been maintaining the increased activity and shown new colours and new keycaps. It doesn’t look like these are available just yet. But I would keep an eye out on girldc.com

Also, watch /u/girldc for more photos and updates.

ZorbCaps

Zorb is doing something quite interesting with a giveaway raffle type thing, but I’m not sure I entirely sure what is going on. As I understand it there are 25 entrants and 25 days of free keycaps randomly given away to those who managed to get in.

HiddenPower

I was quite surprised to see a new Darth Vader cap this soon, but this is modelled after the Force Awakens Vader helmet seen in the trailers.

XX7

XX7 MEGATRQN XX7 was on massdrop with the MEGATRQN design. It was available in Topre and MX with 3 colour schemes.

If you missed out, then you can still purchase one in xx7’s store.

KeyKollectiv

KeyKollectiv Alien Skull KeyKollectiv has been teasing the new design which is some sort of alien skull thing, but its name is Furt. I’m not sure what it is but it seems to be technically impressive. Having translucent surrounding the sculpt is probably not an easy process.

Carbonman24

As a new maker this super meat boy keycap looks remarkably nice. It seems to be shaped quite well and the colour is strong and it does indeed look like super meat boy.

Super Meat Boy Keycap

Pyrolovesmoney

Pyrolovesmoney is a new maker who has started painting 3d printed keycaps. I do think there is something that can be added to some keycaps through a bit of paint. I am particularly fond of what Bosk has done with some of mine.

401626283

hydro dipped keycap The name you have to copy and paste has been experimenting with hydro dipped keycaps. The main concern here is will they last under even a small amount of duress. I do like some of these off the wall colour combinations.

Monty20python

Monty20python is known for creating the most unwieldy keycap ever is back with bold designs. It’s nice to see the tenacity in their continued work.

Gloyz

Gloyz has quickly appeared and maintained their detailed high quality casts. These are photos from the upcoming Christmas sales which I’m sure will be along sometime in December. My favourite out of those would be the holly. It makes use of their superior sculpting ability but in a simpler design.

Brocaps

A small update from Bro was posted in the official sales thread on geekhack. Read the full thing here.

The main points

3 All future sales will not require a post count.

4 There will be some Bro-related products for purchase in the CTRL ALT store soon (could be swag, caps, etc).

5 MX Gamer keys are undergoing a re-design and will be released soon-ish.

6 Your favorite keycap design will be coming back in its new form.

I was hoping the favourite design was the Brobot V3 but I have no idea.

Krytone

A Krap sale is slated for this Saturday the 5th it is a Topre sale so will probably include Topre caps. Krytone has been teasing some very nice new skulls and cluster sets so this could be very interesting.

Official Closure of Bingecap

This is a fairwell to the front of everything Binge as Bingecaps. After the year is up Bingecaps is officially Hunger Work Studio. This isn’t bad or anything but just an evolution of what binge has created. I imagine it will be quite interesting.

RoastPotatoes

New RoastPotatoes Keycap I have been mostly making posters this month. But I did make some keycaps at some point. I have made new moulds for Heart Hugs as that is one of my favourite keycaps. The Heart Hug should be reappearing in new MX, Topre, and buckling springs.

RGB is not dead, but on hiatus until I can make them again.


Typed on HHKB Pro 2