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 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

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 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


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.


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