Wooting Keyboard Update

Wooting Keyboard Prototype V0.3 Wooting have continued to listen to the community about their upcoming keyboard. This will be the last prototype so if you are itching to give them feedback this could be the last chance to make a difference.

A couple of changes have been made since the last iteration, so have a look at the blog post to see what’s changed.

A couple of sales worth knowing about:

Mechanical Keyboard US Market Research 2016

This is almost interesting but it is not easily accessible. It is a huge report on the US mechanical keyboard industry, however the single user license is $3800 so I can’t tell you anything insightful.

If you are very serious about your knowledge of the US keyboard market, you can find the report here

Logitech Orion G610

Logitech Orion G610 with Brown Switches Logitech has brought out two new keyboards. I say two but it is actually one with two choices of switches.

It is:

  • Full-Size
  • Backlit
  • Media Controls
  • Featuring Some Programmability
  • Feet (if that appeals to you)
  • Not the most offensively designed
  • Available in Red and Brown cherry switches
  • GBP 104.99

Action Against Ivan

Enough has been had, and there is now some organised action against Ivan for leaving with all the GB money.

The situation is, Ivan collected the money for keysets and has not delivered. Even worse however, is Miami Nights a GMK GB hasn’t even entered production by GMK. Even though Ivan received the money, the order with GMK was not placed. This is of course everything you don’t want from a GB.

So to sum it up it is about time that there was a little more accountability for GB’s. There are many situations that could come up if you are running a groupbuy. But once you take peoples money you need to make sure everyone knows what is happening.

If you are a part of the undelivered Ivan GB’s, it is worth getting involved.


Keycap Kit I think this has been a long time coming, as there is always someone asking how they can make keycaps and where they can get materials. This just means you can buy a startup kit much easier than before.

There are 3 levels of kits:

  • Complete $93
    • 1 ComposiMold Original 20oz
    • 1 Clear Casting Plastic 16oz
    • 1 Mold Release
    • 1 Bubble Buster 4oz
    • 1 plastic syringe
    • 1 Packet of Delight Air Dry Modeling Compound
    • 3 sculpting tools (Note: Actual tools may vary from those shown).
  • Advanced $83
  • 1 ComposiMold Original 20oz
  • 1 Clear Casting Plastic 16oz
  • 1 Mold Release
  • 1 Bubble Buster 4oz
  • 1 plastic syringe
  • Basic $62
  • 1 ComposiMold Original 20oz
  • 1 Clear Casting Plastic 16oz
  • 1 plastic syringe

All of these seem like useful kits. Even if you can only afford the basic, you should be able to create something.

TechMattr Cable Restock These are the type of fancy USB cables you buy to complete your perfect keyboard.


Only a small update, but for those who bought Rama’s aluminium cnc’d keycaps. They have been produced and are on the way to Rama.

IBM SSK RAMA Poster The Rama.works store also has some really nice posters available.

RoastPotatoes has also made progress on his own Cherry MX Poster.

Typed on HHKB Pro 2

Thanks to everyone who liked my fb page. For those who did not, it is still there.

EmojiWorks on amazon.com

Emojiworks Keyboard If you needed another place to buy this keyboard you now have that opportunity.
The EmojiWorks keyboard is what it sounds like, a keyboard that makes typing emoji that little bit easier. It comes in two versions, base and pro. From what I understand the pro gives you more emoji and there are more printed on the keycaps.

LeandreN R4 Open

LeandreN runs great GB’s so it is always worth a mention if you are looking for parts.

  • Universal60 plates (JDCarpe Designed)
  • GON Nerd60 LeandreN edition (LeandreN Logo Silk Screened)
  • Stabilisers
  • HHKB and winkeyless plates (JDCarpe Designed)

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Masterkeys Pro L & S Released

This is a new Cooler Master RGB keyboard. From the Keychatter review it does seem to be a solid RGB keyboard with GUI configurations of the RGB function.

1upkeyboards Get’s Everything

That is a little bit of an exaggeration, but 1upkeyboards is now stocking Gaterons. It’s always good to have another place to buy switches. The other part of the everything, is the restocking of fleece. So this means a more sleeves.

Jelly Key

Jelly Key Jelly Key is a big thing this week and has been featuring prominently all over /r/mk and leaking into gh. I’m not a huge fan of the galaxy aesthetic but they look really nicely made and I love the hand branding. They are also undeniably eye-catching.

Currently all sold out on the store, but I imagine we will see a lot more of these.

JTK Sophmore

CtrlAlt has a lot more of JTK goodness to offer my favourite being the valentine set.

JTK valentine

There is a lot of nice set’s on offer so have a look if you are interested in a new keyset.

Typed on HHKB Pro 2

I also made a facebook page if anyone would like it.

CODE 60%

CODE 60% POK3R This came out of nowhere, unless there was some hype I was unaware of. From WASD Keyboards in collaboration with Vortex this is a 60%.
The collaboration with Vortex makes sense since it is strikingly similar to the POK3R, maybe even comically so. The difference lies in the “CODE minimalist design aesthetic” that has been applied to make it stand out from all the other POK3R’s.

It is hard to see a huge need for this, but at the same time the POK3R is a great 60%. Available in Cherry MX Clear, Brown, Blue, and Green switches for $130-138.

LY092-MINI A New Split-Mechanical

LY092-MINI keyboard I found this to be the more interesting news this week as split keyboards are less common. It is a split mechanical keyboard around the 75% form factor.

It is not the most premium product but it does seem to be quite nicely put together. Aluminium housing and acrylic cut-outs do make it appealing. While it is said to be fully programmable I would be more interested to put the TMK firmware on it, but I was unable to identify the Microcontroller it uses.

You can buy the two halves together, or buy the halves separately. I believe the idea behind this is that they can be used independently, which would give you a small configurable keyboard.

Switch choices are limited to kailh and maybe one gateron. But I’m not quite sure if that is what “White Shaft” refers to. The keycaps don’t look to be special, but you can always bring your own.

It is available on TaoBao which means it is accessible, but if you aren’t in china you will need a proxy.

I am having a hard time making out the different listings on the store. Do note that there is a membrane version which is the one with the larger chassis.

The prices as far as I can tell:

Equally interesting, an ortholinear smaller version.


JD45 HHKB style honey The JD45 is still available to preorder and is a fantastic project. If you are looking for a smaller keyboard this is worth having a look at. JD45 Hack'd

Phantom Kits

The Phantom is the community member designed TKL which was a bit before my time. Generally this is the PCB you will likely use if you want to build a TKL.
The reason for mentioning this is a new group buy run by roostrc0gburn is offering complete kits (minus stabilisers) for nice prices.

Calm Depths at Originative

coming soon ⌨ #mechanicalkeyboard #keycaps #cherrymx #saprofile #calmdepths #originativeco #keyboards

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This was the first keyset that really caught my eye and made me curious about SA. It was a shame that it was also notoriously hard to get after the original run and sets were going for increasingly large sums on ebay.

And it seems that Originative will have Calm Depths available some time in the future. This is coming from an instagram post with the only information that it is coming.

Keyboardio Delayed

This is sad news but not fatal. It seems like the Keyboardio had some bad luck and have been dropped by their manufacturer. Hopefully this is only a minor setback and this it not the beginning of their descent.

Aluminium Novatouch Case

Aluminium Novatouch Case It’s what it sounds like and it looks incredible. That said I would be interested in finding out what it sounds like.

By gh user norbauer this is an aluminium case for the Novatouch. Due to the nature of the Topre switch it can be quite hard to completely replace the case with aluminium. So it is similar to the Digilog Realforce case.

Aiming for a $250 price point it’s not too bad for what it is.

RAMA MX/Topre Stem

RAMA TMX RAMA has been doing some nice things and this seems like no exception. Currently in the prototyping stages this is an injection moulded stem that supports MX and Topre switches. It is not finished yet, but it does seem to be heading in the direction of success. The Latest iteration is slightly different and more like Nubbinator’s MCS. This is different as it allows for swapping the stem on the cap instead of having a one stem fits all.

Modular Gaming Keyboard

I thought this was an interesting keyboard due to its modular nature but also its relaxed appearance. From the top down it does look like a Cherry G80 which from a full-size, is most agreeable.

It might not be the best keyboard and it does come with Epic Gear switches but for the right price it could be nice.

890 TWD on newegg.com.tw Importing one is probably more trouble than it’s worth.

GH-122.2016 Revival PCB

GH-122.2016 Revival PCB An interesting project to revive the GH-122 project and create the PCB. I don’t think it needs much explanation. It’s a big keyboard.

MOQ 20 at $50

Read the thread for full feature set.

Typed on HHKB Pro 2