Realforce 87u On Massdrop

This is a nice package for those wanting to get a nice Realforce as it comes with a PBT spacebar. Like before there is a real limited availability in what boards are available.
Currently you get the option of:

  • 55g Black Case (sold out)
  • Variable Weight Black
  • 55g White
  • Variable Weight White

I also find it interesting that Topre themselves still haven’t made the PBT spacebars despite acknowledging its existence.

Update on the Wooting Keyboard

The Wooting Tenkeyless Keyboard From the new renders I think I am slightly more interested in this keyboard. The new design is much simpler and does inspire hope for this keybords future. As yet this keyboards key feature has not been revealed, but it is certainly worth watching. The key feature or features are going to be revealed soon.

THKB Update

Tiny hacking keyboard ne0phyte is back working on the THKB which is a 40% (39 key) HHKB esque keyboard. Another prototype has been assembled and things are looking good. For those interested you may still be able to get a prototype PCB. But it seems this has been quite popular. But I wouldn’t worry if you really want one. This is great groupbuy material and I imagine it could be quite successful. This is a custom keyboard with Atmega32u4 so it will have no problem running TMK giving you a completely customisable keyboard.

3d Printed Cases by /u/Ziptyze

3d printed 60% keyboard case I thought this was interesting and something I have not seen a lot of. If you are looking for a 60% case that is slightly different, then I think this is a good option. But they are currently available at 1upkeyboards for $50.


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3D Modelling and Rendering Services

You may have seen some 3d renders appearing for some recent GB’s. Such as Troubled minds Troubled minds keyset render or Alpine Winter Alpine winter alps keysest

These renders are done by a community member thesiscamper who is now offering these type or renderings as a service.

The prices are:

  • $50 for the first render
  • $10 for each additional render/image

Although the renders are very impressive and do look great it would add another cost to a GB. So I don’t see a problem with this pricing as there must be a considerable amount of work going into make them look like this, but it will be up to the individual if they want to get these nice renders for their GB.

UK Meetup

For those of you in the UK who want to attend a geekhack meetup the current plan is the 24th in Brighton. I have not been to one before and I don’t think there has been a great many in the UK. So this may be an interesting opportunity.

Nashville Meetup 10/20

I thought I should also give this a mention as not everyone lives in the UK. But everyone does also not live in Nashville. So this may or may not be relevant to you.

The Monarch Alps 60% With Left Numpad

The Monarch Alps keyboard groupbuy m This is not only a GB for a new alps keyboard, but it also features a semi unusual layout. It is a 60% with the addition of the numpad on the left side as opposed to its usual position on the right. The idea behind this is that you are able to have your mouse slightly closer on the right without sacrificing the functionality of the numpad.

This is a full keyboard kit minus the keycaps. For the current price of $250 you will get:

  • Top Plate
  • Bottom Plate
  • Center Spacer
  • PCB
  • 12 Machine Screws
  • Rubber Feet (4 small and 4 large hemispherical)

The idea is you can get the keycaps and stabilisers from an Apple Extended II to easily cover this keyboard.

Alpine Winters Keyset

Alpine Winters Keyset Diagram Continuing with the Alps theme this keyset is worth a mention. I believe this is the first custom Alps keyset that is community designed and It has been in planning for a long time. Whether we see more alps sets like this in the future, is also unknown. So if you are a fan of alps and you like a nice keyset this is a good opportunity.

Comparisons have been made with the Triumph Adler keyset and I can see some similarity in the colours. But I really think this is a nice combination.

Orders close on October the 24th

Zealios Update

Zealios are getting closer to shipping and will begin to ship to Zeal on the 8th.
You still have the opportunity to purchase them at GB price until Oct 9-12 ish.

PMK is Back in Some Form

The relaunch brings support for mobile devices and everything looks a little better. It does not seem to be without issues as there have been plenty of issues with links going nowhere.

There are a couple of sets available such as deep space and eve. But both of these are available in limited quantities and limited kits. Hopefully this website continues to improve.

Unicomp Website Updated

It has been due for an update for a while and it is finally here. With cosmetic changes and responsive design, this doesn’t bring any new products, but maybe this change was made in preparation for the imminent release of the Unicomp SSK (most definitely conjecture).

New Renders of the K-Type

The K-type The K-Type is the new tenkeyless made by the Input Club who previously made the Infinity ErgoDox as well as the Infinity. I did an announcement post for it here if you want more information. side angle K-type

Vortex Shows POK3R

This is coming from the Vortex Facebook page.

The video is worth a thousand words!

Posted by Vortex Keyboard on Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Coming from Vortex this will likely be a solid RGB 60%.

Artisan Sales

I thought these were worth a mention as these are time sensitive.

Bingecap Now HungerWorkStudio

Binge who is transitioning into creating HungerWorkStudio still has the hyperfuse raffle available. This is a good opportunity to get a bingecap as well as some nice stickers.

HotKeysProject October Sale

Halloween Orange Raven MX HKP Artisan Keycap This sale is only featuring MX keycaps in a small variety of colours. My current favourite is the Halloween edition Raven. All the orange caps look incredibly vibrant and I will certainly consider either a Trooper or a Raven

Green Tea is Back

Green Tea Green and Grey Keyset I haven’t seen too much interest in this yet, which I though strange because of how popular the previous set seems to be in the aftermarket. Green Tea Lite is the new iteration. I am guessing that although it is named lite it is in fact lighter. I really like this set but much prefer the previous look. It is currently in the interest check stage so a little open to suggestion. I believe the render above is SA profile whilst the previous iteration was DCS.

Planck Sets Available on PMK

This news was quite cool as it cements the planck’s position as a popular keyboard choice. This comes in the form of a base set and a modifier set. All these are DSA PBT with a nice range of colours.
The set’s includes:

Planck base set:

  • 32 1u
  • 2 1u deep dish
  • 1 2u

Planck mod set:


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This post continues to be interesting and I am impressed by the community for all the recent developments.

Zorborema

After the first successful sale 1, Zorb conducted a b-stock sale featuring slightly less polished templars. Both of these are documented here. All profits that were not spent on packaging and materials has been donated to help refugees from Syria.

There was also a new photo of The Entling! Zorborema Entling Cap

Adamski

Adamski created a good introduction with a keycap giveaway featuring the T800 design in both Topre and MX variants. Adamski Artisans and WASD set I have been a particular fan of the T800 design since I saw the creation photos on reddit. Also, notice the very nice looking WASD set. This is a design that I have not seen been done before. The colours here are also incredibly vibrant and look really good in this design.
I managed to win a Lava cap and I am very excited to get it.

Brocaps

Bro is someone I always have trouble keeping track of as there is often more activity than you would think. It can be quite easy to miss a small giveaway or sale.

Tru-Bro ID

The biggest news it the introduction of the Tru-Bro ID system. This is a unique identification system to ensure that future brocaps have the ability to be identified and recognised in trades. It is also going to be integrated into a trading system, the Bro Depot, that allows a brocap to become a once redeemable ticket for Bro Points. You will then be able to redeem these points for something such as swag or possibly brocaps (conjecture).
This sort of brought about controversy over the ability to track users by the Brocaps that they purchase. I think this is a bit of a non sequitur and should not be given too much credence. With your Brocap you can choose to redeem it to have that bro tied to your name. No more information is gained.
Your Future Brocaps will come with a serial number embedded into the cap as well as a unique identifying card.

Initially I was excited at how this would affect the bro trading scene. Bro has always stated that he wants his caps sold for their original price. I believe if you are openly doing so you are banned for future sales. Of course something like this is impossible to restrict. But this new trading system does make it easier for people to have more approachable trades. Possible more bro for bro trades than money changing hands.

Key Points From thread:

  1. Embedded serial in each key, with matching product serial card.

  2. Each serial is tied in to your CTRL ALT account, and is redeemable (one-time only) for 5 Bro Points.

  3. You can choose to not redeem the points if you plan to trade the cap.

  4. You know it’s an authentic Bro Caps product.

Nominate A Bro 2.0

The nominate a Bro format is where you commend a member of the community for what they have done and this gives them a chance to win a Bro. As giveaway formats go, I think these are nice to see.

New Designs

The Rustler

Seeing this design is why I like artisan keycaps so much. It is an interesting and nice design that would be an interesting feature on any board.

The Bro Fist

This was teased a little while ago but there have been some better photos taken of the prototype. This is without a doubt one of my favourite keycaps I have seen in a while.

Lycan

Like the Rustler design I think this is very well sculpted and really shows bro’s quality. It also reminds me of another similar keycap. I could not find too much about this as I saw the photo on reddit and can only find a relevant tweet. The eyes in particular give this a strange look of intensity. With Bro’s new hand-sculpted range I think this is my favourite.

Random Sack Giveaway

This was a cool giveaway for many as it was another opportunity to get the resigned Brobot V2 design You where able to choose from a list whichever caps you would like. With 300+ replies to the thread it is safe to say this was a popular giveaway.

Binge

Binge has not left any time since the last sale and has started a new giveaway of the hyperfuse themed Bingecaps. The giveaway is in the form of a raffle all held around the purchasing of stickers. You are able to buy as many stickers as you want but the maximum keycap win is 2. The entry fee is $5 and any additional sticker is another $1

I imagine this raffle is going be quite popular. There are a huge number of caps available and it has been open for a long time. The raffle closes on 10/10/15 so you still have 9 days to buy as many stickers as you want.

Binge has also started an official trade thread where you are able to trade your existing bingecaps for other peoples bingecaps.

Krytone

Krytones activity this month was contained to the Pre-Batman sale. This happened on the 4th of September. It featured a multitude of different colours and designs. My favourite being this Krytone Krap Multi coloured Hopefully the batman sale is coming soon after this.

Retro

Retro has created a new design SHARPEI BÉRET! The detail on this is very nice and even the colour of the sculpt looks great. I will be interested to see how this turns out. Voice your interest and see what happens. I am very much looking forward to having one of these.

Flehrad R.A.G Caps

Flehrad's translucent keycaps In the past I have said I really like these caps so of course I managed to miss the sale. This was quite a large sale that took place on mechmarket There was also an update with an incredibly nice evergreen keycap. Evergreen R.A.G cap

KeyKollectiv

KeyKollectiv are getting themselves away from the Mod set scene and are starting a new series SnacKeys. These are definitely up to the same quality of the mods and have an effect I have not seen before. There is however a question mark on whether these will be sold.

Booper

Cosmonaut cap I am very excited to see some movement from Booper. The photos in their adventures thread were the main inspiration for making my keycaps. I also think the cosmonaut design is something quite special.
Luckily for me and many others a sale could be on the horizon. After removal of wisdom teeth and sticker delays, the sale may be soon.

RoastPotatoes

Roastpotatoes RGB modsets keycaps It almost had to happen. I am now including myself in my roundup. My current project is RGB mod sets for the HHKB and Topre in general. This is also coming with a couple of pink sets. I have closed orders for now but potentially could make more in the future.

Girldc

Girldc seems to be having more of a presence lately. I have noticed more activity on geekhack and reddit. I am not familiar with these characters but they are of a very particular style. Girldc is also very good at translating them to keycap form.


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