Keyboard of the Month

This is something that I kept overlooking and even forgot when I was entirely aware of it. So I have missed the boat ever so slightly. The last keyboard of the month was in fact the keyboard of the year, which does make sense because it is of course a new year.

The Keyboard of the Month was started by katushkin on geekhack and it’s a good to celebrate some of the extremely interesting keyboards that people have assembled.

Winning this year’s title, is E3E’s Duck Eagle With Hotswappable Alps.

Granite R4

Tengwar Granite R4 Beta1 My favourite addition

Granive R4 is looking as though it will be running in the near future (possibly a couple of days), and the current designs are looking excellent. Also, note that this might be the last time Granite is run.

The images are of the beta stage so things can change and input is welcome.

Sentraq S60-X on Massdrop

Sentraq S60-X keyboard on massdrop This has been in waiting for a long time and it has now come to massdrop. Despite the interesting lead up, there does not seem to be an overwhelming amount of interest. This seems to be mostly up to the price of $129 + shipping. But it could also just be a factor of the large amount of 60%’s that have been on sale recently.

What does make the S60-X stand out is the fact that it is a DIY kit. If you are looking for a kit this looks to be a solid community designed 60%.

Interview with Eitti Wada

For those who don’t know Eitti Wada is the creator of the HHKB. This should interest you enough to read the interview. It was also conducted and written up by Andy (livingspeedbump) of keychatter.

K-Type Prototypes

K-Type Prototype Angled

The K-Type is a tenkeyless made by Input Club who created the Infinity Ergodox and the Infinity 60%. For this reason there is a fair amount of belief that this will be a nice keyboard.

There is not much new information, but nor is there much information needed. The price is really going to be the important factor. The pictures do look fantastic and I am very happy to see a usb-c connector. See the forum post for additional images.

The K-Type is currently at CES so if you want to see it in person you will have to find a way to get there. See the Forum post for addition information.

K-Type Flat

Topre Keyset

It was not much of a surprise that the Massdrop was not successful. It just wasn’t making up the numbers these past few weeks. But it is not completely dead. And I am happy to see that the original thought is still there. This was entirely brought about by peoples interest and I still think with some tweaking this could be a future possibility.

The Latest update from Massdrop employee.

Hey everyone, we are currently still talking to Topre about this drop and we are bringing up a lot of points that were made here in the discussion.

Topre is checking things out now but with the holidays coming up we probably won’t have an answer until next year in January. So in the mean time we will let this drop end. Once we are ready we will bring this back!

The Katana Keyboard Prototype

Katana custom symmetrical keyboard ergononomic I would like to mention this as it is an interesting custom keyboard from the community. It has a very interesting description “a tilted, rotated, symmetrical custom keyboard” which certainly caught my eye. The inspiration for the design Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 which is a keyboard I hear a lot about.

I am working on an Artisan Roundup for December and something else. I am just a bit slow.


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Topre Keyset Given Extra Life

I was awake one night and thinking about keycaps when I realised this should have finished by now. That is the case however it was extended by a week. What’s also notable is the further behind the scenes negotiations that could potentially make this more enticing. There are no changes yet, but I do feel hope for this project.

Possible Movement for Uniqey

uniqey concept I saw this posted on reddit but nothing was sent out on the official newsletter or updated on the gmk website. From what I understand these are just concept images for advertising purposes. Despite that, they do look quite nice. I’m not too sure about some of those colour combinations but the blue and white is excellent by itself.

I’m assuming these were created by Grau Wild. Find more of these concept images on their website.

Mechanical Keyboards For Noobs

This was a live event by skiwithpete a little bit of introductory things and many keycaps. This is a nice video if you are looking for keyboard stuff to watch.

POK3R RGB

RGB POK3R lit This is again nothing new. The announcement was a photo of a RGB POK3R with no release date confirmed.

Nonetheless, they are closer than they previously were.

GMK SNES on MD

GMK SNES Keyset

This is the GMK SNES themed keyset (shock!) now on Massdrop. I have to say that for me this is one of my favourite themed keycap sets. It captures the colours and also looks very nice in the mockups.

With the base set at $119.99 and including 146 keycaps you are getting a nice amount of keycaps with a nice amount of layout support. The additional ‘Super FX Chip Pack’ you get some darker modifiers and a colourful WASD.

To get this to happen the MOQ is set for 500 Units

SEALWoodworking on Massdrop

SEALWoodworking is inanis on gh. These are 60% cases handmade out of wood. For this drop you are given the choice of Black Walnut, Purpleheart and Tigerwood. Although I have not had one of these cases, from my interaction with inanis they are a very nice person.
If you are looking for a wooden 60% case this would be a good community person to support.

New F62 and F77 Prototype Photos

F62 Case prototype 2015 dec This has been long awaited and these photos are proof that this is an excellent project. Although these won’t be here for christmas the project has been moving rapidly.

Be sure to look at the thread to see all the photos as it is incredible to see these IBM style cases made again. Also be aware that these photos are possibly not too accurate to the colours you will see with your eyes.


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60% Acrylic Case

Early render of case Early Render

I thought this was quite a nice project as the custom cases are becoming harder to come by than the PCB’s. Especially one as competitively priced as this one. The current estimation is £35 for this acrylic 60% case. Other options are being explored and aluminium could be a possibility but at a higher price.

This project was started by xondat on geekhack.

HKP Christmas Sale on the 16th

The sale is not yet live so no link to the form. Looks to include some very nice colours.

WhiteFox Probably a Success

I say probably, but there is really no question about it. The first batch of 1000 sold in no time, now the maximum number has been extended to 2000. If you missed out on the first 1000, then you are in luck.

For those not in the know, the WhiteFox is a 65% keyboard created by matt3o.

Matt3o Topre Keyset

skull squadron topre keyset Although this was a very interesting idea, it seems that it is not too popular. Currently the Skull Squadron colour way is on Massdrop but is shy of the 200 $139 price point. With 1 day to go, it does not look like this will be a huge success.
Although this is a real shame it seems that the strict constraints of the project, the price and the MOQ have just put people off. Hopefully this is not the end of the Topre keyset resurgence. A lot of work went into this set so it’s a shame to see it flounder like it is.

XC Cable Debut

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A new cable has been put up on the tgr.my store. These seem a little different to the traditional braided cable as the individual wires are wrapped and braided.
This debut colour comes in a number of patterns.

New KeyboardCo Website

keyboardco website december 2015 For those in the UK the KeyboardCo is a fairly good source of mechanical keyboards. For a long time the website had a very distinctive design, that might not have been the most aesthetically pleasing. It now looks quite nice, but if you are feeling nostalgic for the old look it is still available at the click of a button.

QMX Clip Giveaway

For those interested I am giving away a set of QMX clips (-1). The only requirement is to have a board you can use them on. So a photo of your board is required.

A little more info


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