New Cherry Switch Leaked

You would think this would be exciting, but it’s not. This seems to be a common occurrence when you hear about a new cherry switch. However, I will preface this by saying it might not even be final. This is the rare occurrence in the keyboard world where we have a leak. I almost thought I had dreamt the entire thing up, as the promo images have been deleted.

The idea behind this one is that it is ‘faster’. But everything else about it suggests it is a cherry red.

I can’t say that it is the same switch, but really the differences are entirely negligible. Or are not going to change the game.

Specs:

LUSTRO

Lustro 60% mechanical Keyboard Another 60% project with a unique looking case. The above photo is of the production sample. Not much to go on but these are the likely kits:

  • Minimal kit: side pairs + body.
  • Basic kit: minimal kit + carbon fiber plate.
  • Full kit: basic kit + pcb (bface) + switches + leds for who don’t wait.

Price TBC

RAMA x Bro

TMX bro rama keycap RAMA previously announced that the TMX stem was being discontinued, but here it is. And it looks awesome on this BroCaps collaboration. I love stamps in general but this looks incredible. Nothing more on this but I’m excited to see where this goes.

RAMA has also opened up pre-orders for a M10-A t-shirt

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TK78 Now on Massdrop

TK78 Mechanical Keyboard The TK78 is a 60% with a numpad on the right. If this goes well, then you could potentially see a left-handed version in the future.

You get the choice of Cherry or Gateron switches and also the option to upgrade to dyesub keycaps.

Zealios on mechanicalkeyboards.co.id

This is just another place you can get zealios. Both 78g and 65g tactile versions are available.

Specialeemade Sale

Specialeemade Keyboard Sleeve The lowest price is now $25 but I’m not sure how many are available.

Mech27 by 27 (formally xx7)

Mech27 keyboard This is a cnc aluminium milled TKL by 27. I always like this type of groupbuy and these type of designs. It is similar to the TGR Jane and has the general aesthetic of a korean custom.

It is usually hard to go wrong with cnc’d aluminium, (unless you are making a hhkb case) so I am excited to see where this will go.


Typed on SSK

Thanks for the continued support. I appreciate all those who continue to read these.

Two things came out of nowhere this past week which were things I thought I’d never see.

HHKB Professional BT

HHKB Professional BT Profile The first one. I’m sure this hasn’t flown under the radar at all, but if you didn’t know, there is finally an official bluetooth HHKB. Ripster’s yearly keyboard predictions have always included the hope for a HHKB 3 and I’m not sure if this counts but, it is close.

Nearly everything seems good with this latest HHKB iteration. The only complaint I can think of is the bluetooth addition has ruined the aesthetic of the keyboard. I have always thought of the HHKB as meticulously designed and a very aesthetically pleasing product. As you can see from the images, the bluetooth addition culminates in a protruding monstrosity to put the batteries.

HHKB Professional BT Reverse

Important Information:

  • 3 Months Battery Life with battery saving on. 1 to 1.5 with battery saving off (allegedly, but probably not a lie)
  • 2 AA Batteries
  • Cross platform support (Mac & Windows but I would imagine you could get it to work on anything linux)
  • Any colour if it’s black
  • Available to Pre-order releasing 22nd of April
  • ¥29,700 - £192 - $274

Differences from The Pro 2:

  • Uses a Micro USB on the keyboard for when bluetooth is not in use
  • Additional rubber bumpers beside the feet
  • Logo says “HHKB Professional BT”

Buying one is going to require living in Japan or a proxy.
The other option is hasu’s bt controller. The advantage with this controller is that it is not going to portrude from your HHKB. However, you will get significantly less battery life.

The Textblade

The second thing I thought I’d never see. The Textblade has been a keyboard in production for a long time. The short brief is that it is a small keyboard designed to be portable but retain some nice typing feeling. It has been notorious for not being shipped to those who pre-ordered it but at least some people are getting theirs. I am not entirely sure if this is a wide release or they are just being released to testers.

Typing Video:

I wouldn’t quite buy one of these just yet as I really want to know a bit more about how it is to type on.

More Specialeemade Sleeves

Specialeemade 60% sleeve These seem to be some very nice hand made sleeves. I don’t have one myself but I think they look awesome.

Prices:

  • Fabric 60% sleeves with no vinyl - USD$25 + Shipping
  • Vinyl 40%, 60%, 65%, TKL pre-made sleeves - USD$30 + Shipping
  • Custom orders - USD$35 + Shipping

  • Specialeemade Web Store

Typed on HHKB Pro 2

M10-A Macropad Prototype

A photo posted by @ramaworks on

The Macropad is a small keypad (macropad) designed by RAMA, who you may recognise as the person behind these aluminium keycaps.
It’s small size means it isn’t for everyone but with the ability to program it to anything you want, you can use it for whatever you desire. It’s not out yet but I am keeping an eye on this. So I will definitely post about it on release.

Hunger Work Studio TMX

HWS TMX Smiling jack This is a working example of a Topre and MX stem hybrid. Many attempts to do this have been in the works for a long time, but this is a very good example of it working.
It’s possible that this Deal with It Jack could be the possible massdrop collaboration.

CoolerMaster Wrist Rest

Cooler Master are thinking of making some wrist rests and are looking for community feedback.

They are only doing TKL and full-size rests at the moment, as they do not make any 60% keyboards themselves.

Planck on massdrop

It was only a matter of time, the planck is back on massdrop. After a very successful first run, it is back with the newest iteration of the pcb. Most notably in the latest iteration is the speaker.

It is also worth mentioning that another ortholinear keyboard is also on massdrop. The preonic is similar to the planck except it has an additional row in top. This makes it closer to a 60% and might be more suitable for those who don’t like the planck’s size.

TK78 Launching Soon™

TK78 60% numpad This is not the greatest announcement as the actual keyboard is still not available to buy. However, it is said to be finished, so that would indicate that it is coming soon.

If you couldn’t tell from the picture, the TK78 is a 60% with the addition of a numpad. From all the photos it looks to be a solid product and the aluminium case is similar to the POK3R.


Typed on HHKB Pro 2