Cooler Master Topre to MX Sliders

This really was quite surprising, as I had never thought Cooler Master were going to do something like this. A full set of Topre to MX sliders, the same as from the novatouch, were available to purchase. I think they were only available to purchase for a short time as this was testing the waters for possibly putting up more.

Hopefully this does mean they will be available soon.

Photoshop Keyset

From feng of geekkeys.com this is a gateron PBT set with photoshop legends. If this interests you, voice that interest in this thread

Last Day for Zealios R2

If you are still wanting some zealios you can still order them as of today.

KeyKollectiv X Booper

The collaboration between these two makers has culminated in the Kosmonavt. It is a combination of the GiD style of furt and booper’s cosmonaut.

It is a raffle style sale and will be open till 8PM PST March the 2nd.

Clack is Once Again Back

This was a surprising event that happened out of the blue last night. For the first day only people who posted in radnelac thread get a chance of a keycap, but future days will likely be more open.

More information to follow tomorrow.

UKKeycaps & Devlin

Previously mentioned in Week in Keyboards #12 there is some movement on this project.

To catch you up-to-speed, Devlin is a UK manufacturer of keycaps. They have their own profiles and have been around for a while.

The original plan was for dolch sets and the teaser image still indicates this.

I am certainly interested to see where this goes, and maybe they become a viable UK keycap company.

RoastPotatoes Posters

I still have HHKB Posters. They are A3 and really quite nice. MX switch posters are up next.


Typed on HHKB Pro 2

JD45

I almost forgot, but this has been a long time coming. The JD45 is now available to pre-order. Starting at least 2 years ago this has been in development for a long time and looks to be a high quality 40%(ish keyboard). Designed by jdcarpe who you might know from the community (lately the designer behind Leandren’s 60% plates) and Wilba who has designed a lot of PCB’s (planck).

It is also being manufactured by TEX which is yet again another reputable name in keyboards. With the people that are involved it is one of the safer GB’s to participate in.

It can be bought assembled or as a kit, and supports both alps and MX switches. The case also offers a couple of options, my favourite being the HHKB style with blocked corners.

Brocaps Sale (Closing Very Soon)

There are currently (at time of writing) two bro sales happening right now. These are raffle sales so do not guarantee a cap.
They feature the new Reaper in a collectors edition, that is an optional pack that includes a t-shirt, sticker and a poster. But the cap is also available to buy by itself.

Brocaps reaper and gamer sets The other caps available are the ‘classic’ reaper, and some gamer sets. The classic reaper comes in IBM, Topre and MX variants whereas the gamer sets only come in either IBM or MX.

Sky Dolch

This was a GMK set run on Massdrop that did not seem to be too popular. However, Sheraton from Originative Co bought a load and they are available to buy from Originative. The Sky Dolch is a variant of Dolch (surprise) with cyan legends.

The Clack Crate

Clack crate

“a subscription box for mechanical keyboards.”
At this point I think you can only speculate on whether this is a good idea or not. I have never really thought of the subscription boxes in a good light and I don’t know whether you could make an affordable box with things you would want. Mechanical keyboards is not always the cheapest hobby so I don’t quite see it happening in such a good way.

But you never know, it could be good.

Wooting Keyboard

The Wooting keyboard has been known about for a while but last week brought the announcement of what made it special. If you missed that, it features analog switches. This allows you to sense how far the keys are depressed, opening up some potentially interesting possibilities.

What Wooting seem to be doing right, is responding and listening to feedback. So if you want to say something, now would be a good time.

KeyKollectiv and Booper

Something is happening between these two.

Widgie Pidge’s Prints

From HWS (Binge is a part of this) comes these very nice prints. Not directly keyboard related but HWS is a popular entity in the community and I really like them myself, so I thought they were worth mentioning.

$12 for some HWS art seems good to me.

RAMA

KingRama has seemingly come out of nowhere and has started to produce some very nice looking things. The first which I have mentioned before is a machined aluminium keycap. Everything about it seems quite nicely designed. The packaging and the design of the keycap itself all come together.

More recently I noticed the addition of some really beautiful keyboard prints on their shop. I like the colours, the limited edition markings the choice of keyboard. Might be a little bit expensive for me but I am certainly tempted.

RoastPotatoes Posters

Just promoting myself here. I still have HHKB Posters. They are A3 and really quite nice.


Typed on HHKB Pro 2

KatzenKinder Sale On

KatzenKinder Blue Purple This is a limited event so it’s good to mention it while it’s happening.

The Amazing Chocolatier Set

This set caught my eye. It’s not visually contrasting but it just seems very nicely put together. I was also equally impressed by the site. I just left thinking it was a very nicely put together set.

Uniqey Test Site Appears (then disappears)

So this is sort of what was wanted, and not too far from what it was expected to cost. Whilst not cheap, this is the custom GMK keyboard that people want. The base price for a keyboard seemed around 250 eur. You can get GMK caps, clips and customise the case, but whether it is actually worth it I’m not too sure. I’m disappointed in myself for not taking any screenshots and there is nothing on the wayback machine. But from what was there it seemed like a good online configurator for a keyboard.

Wooting

Up until now the wooting keyboard has been a fairly standard TKL. It seemed like a well built keyboard but there was always the teasing of a ‘special’ feature that would make it stand out.

That feature is analog switches. And that means the switches are not just on or off but have measures of how on they are. There are some applications for this (any example of movement in games) but whether you will find this a useful feature of a keyboard, I’m really not sure.

MaxKeyboard Custom Backlit Keycaps

This is an interesting service and something I haven’t seen before. You are able to upload your artwork and get a custom backlit cap. As this is from maxkeyboards, this is certainly legitimate.

The price of $7 is also quite reasonable for a custom product.

Azolt Half Mechanical

On the surface this appears to be a standard keyboard with the ‘gamer’ look. But the selling point of this keyboard (maybe?) is the fact that it is half-mechanical. This both effects the price and the feeling. I felt it was worth a look because the diagram sort of looks like the Topre switch arrangement, but without the spring. The spring however, is quite important in Topre switches so I really don’t know if there is anything good here. It could feel nice but I have no experience. But in the end I think the gamer aesthetic removes anything good this keyboard had going for it.

Another hybrid mechanical is the cougar 450K.

azolt.com is just a clicking game so there was not a lot of information there.

Infinity 60% On Massdrop

This is a tried and tested 60%. I believe there were some issues with pcb’s in the early runs but this is the latest revision. Notable features are led support, MX and Alps support and support for the KLL keyboard firmware.


Typed on HHKB Pro 2