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

Nightcaps

collection of nightcaps I have to say these are pretty spot on. The sculpting all looks really clean and awesome. The castle in particular has a very nice looking texture and the turtle shells have some very nice colours.

I would be interested in getting some of these. And on the 13th of February you have a chance. As, that is when a giveaway is taking place.

I’m pretty jazzed on these. Not only are there some excellent sculpted caps there are also some nice looking blanks.

Bad News

I saw these last month but I thought they were still worth a mention as there is a bit more of an introduction on geekhack.

Rama

A new maker has appeared with an aluminium milled keycap. The design is quite something and they also come in some snazzy vacuum packed packaging.

Sparkle Loft

This is the new name for the maker who created the reactor keycap. It’s a bit pricey but it is a unique keycap. You can currently purchase the reactor cap alongside some other backlit keycaps on massdrop.

Tp4

This was a nice surprise as I was not expecting tp to be involved in any keycap production but here we are. The design is in the image of the Gurren Lagann drill. I’m fairly certain it’s a keycap but there are still no photos of the underside.

KeyKollectiv

Key-wala artisan KeyKollectiv is still going strong. This month saw 3 rounds of key-walas

Suited Up by Bambino

keybuto Bambino has started off very strong with three designs, the keybuto, Duke and Spartan. The duke is the standout with some excellent colour use.

Whizzard

Whizzard had another assorted sale featuring the new Space Race helmet and some quite striking colours for the abductor.

Flehrad

R.A.G. Caps is still going strong and even with some successful spacebar casts. My new favourite would be the celtic.

HiddenPower

A lot of new caps have been shown on instagram most of them in a Star Wars theme.

Hunger Works Studio

The Polar Ice Sale happened incredibly quickly but featured some very nice keycaps, as you have guessed it was an icy theme.
Sadly there are none left but you can browse what you missed out on the techkeys.us store.

Snowcaps

A sale been and gone but /u/TINYMONKEYT has been seen before with these designs.

I like the snow peaked mountain but it might benefit from a smoother texture which is often hard to get right.

Krytone Year of the Sheep

Although this sale was postponed, the keycaps still look awesome. I would be looking forward to this sale in the future.

Gloyz

Gloyz have been continuing to make their creature keycaps and a couple are still left. The use of multiple colours is very skilful and there are some very intricately designed creatures.

Keypress Graphics

Giza keycap Keypress graphics is known for painting keycaps. And I do think some nice things have been created.

A lot of keycaps are currently available on the Keypress Graphics website.

Cozmosis

Some interesting designs here, my favourite would be the hands on the bars.

AvidOxid

Not the most complicated of design but I do think the simpler keycaps can be quite striking. I like the character and think this is a good start.

TeaForMyMonster

TeaForMyMonster keycap selection Certainly some nice sculpting here but the shark and the hooded skull are a bit close to existing designs.

Bro

The Jolly Rodger a new pirate keycap was shown with the date 2/15/2016 attached. Whether that is still happening or not I’m not sure. I can’t seem to find that image.

There was also a TR8-0R sale featuring a stormtrooper coloured reaper.

I would also guess a good sized sale might be coming soon.

Bro’s twitter is a good place to see what is happening.

ImpendingxDoom

impendingxdoom wasd cluster I have been loving ImpendingxDoom’s recent swirly colour combinations. These latest arrow clusters are also quite spectacular.

KatzenKinder

There was an assorted keycap sale from katzenkinder. Everything again looked very nice. I do like katzenkinder.

And if it means anything the KatzenKinder OP has been updated with:

Channel for Big Success Plan!

As always, I am looking forward to the future of KatzenKinder.


Typed on HHKB Pro 2