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Behind the scenes #155

Keyboard projects, quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendors and discount codes!

dovenyi
Published February 16, 2024
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Hey, what's up everyone!

I was too busy this week but don't want to waste time and also would like to get back to Friday posts. That said, this post may be incomplete, I'll update it with more info, send out the newsletter, etc. tomorrow.

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Welcome back for another weekly recap and behind-the-scenes write-up.

If you are new to kbd.news, you can read how this started out and what this is all about nowadays. If you like what you see, subscribe to the newsletter (free) and donate some bucks to keep this otherwise free and ad-free project alive.

Posts I thought are worth sharing

Pic: Ergohaven Velvet 2 reviewed

Ergohaven Velvet 2 reviewed

  • My thoughts about the Velvet 2, a small 40% prebuilt split by Ergohaven – with hotswap switches and keywell.
  • I'm a bit late with these Ergohaven reviews. By the time I get to the Velvet, the K:03 is already being released (review later).
  • DDC is a new cylindrical keycap profile for Choc switches – designed by LowproKB.

Pic: DDC keycaps

DDC keycaps

Pic: Cardinal

Cardinal

  • The Cardinal is a wireless low-pro split by Painterman, supporting a roller encoder and 5-way switch.
  • Keyboarddweeb's Alex Miller shared the source files of the Octoplus Trio, a 11-key one-handed keyboard.

Pic: Octoplus Trio

Octoplus Trio

Pic: Peacock

Peacock

  • Peacock is a big standalone QMK trackpad shared by George Norton.

  • AWKB by wj-zhe is a 36-key split keyboard with trackball, driven by a Xiao RP2040.

Pic: AWKB

AWKB

Pic: Steam Deck Dock

Steam Deck Dock

Pic: HaloPad v2

HaloPad v2

Pic: ThumbsUp! v9

ThumbsUp! v9

  • ThumbsUp! v9 by ak66666 – with an extra thumb key (optional).
  • "Fullsize ortho split" anyone? FOSK by Sparky5869 aims improving ergonomics by splitting the layout and moving the number pad to the center.

Pic: FOSK

FOSK

Pic: Hotswap encoder

Hotswap encoder

Keyboard art

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  • A one-off custom komorebi board with some interesting details:

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  • Cat:( is "a fun 60% keeb based on our love for cats" – by CtrlFrek:

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  • This heart-shaped macropad by Qlavier is just a prototype/idea/Valentines creation and no electronics are inside:

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Hmmm

I'm glad you like kbd.news, but grabbing the whole site.. and messing up your code while attempting it? :D

That's what I can think of seeing somebody opening the very same page 250,000 times… You can always surprise me.

Donations

For all the donation options check out the donation page!

In the mailbox

Pic: Universe keycap set by Aihey Studio

Universe keycap set by Aihey Studio

Before going on CNY holiday, the kind ladies at Aihey Studio sent me this Universe keycap set. The stencil style fonts may target a specific user group and may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like the concept with all the celestial bodies and stardust reference. Excellent compatibility thanks to the sheer size of the set: 142 keys, Alice-ready with convex spacebars, 2xB, 3x CapsLock, etc.

Will try these out in an upcoming review for sure…

Pic:

Pic: LYNXware CAT

LYNXware CAT

…but not in the Lynx CAT review, because this beast sports mouse switches. :D

It will probably take some time to get accustomed to this input device, but when I'm done I'll get back with a review from a coder/writer's perspective – originally it was designed for 3D modeling, but I went with the "typewriter" configuration, with a mouse in the right half.

First impressions? Very carefully packed, the CAT looks jaw-dropping, and I was afraid of the mouse switches for no reason.

OK, I couldn't wait for a new review and put the Aihey caps on the Weikav Alice:

Pic: Weikav Alice dressed in Aihey Universe

Weikav Alice dressed in Aihey Universe

Meetup database

Some upcoming and recently added events in the meetup database:

Upcoming meetups

Recently added

As always, this meetup database is both a calendar and an archive so feel free to send me upcoming events or even ones from the recent past to make this collection as comprehensive as possible.

Vendors & Discounts

You can now use the KBDNEWS discount code in 137 shops! New shops and updates to the database of keyboard vendors this week:

  • Keygem (Germany) offered you a 5% discount on in-stock products (code: KBDNEWS).
  • KeyboardCo (UK) offered you a discount too (5%)
  • KeyTok added.
  • I ended up adding Apos too. While their main focus is audio, they offer more keyboards/caps/deskmats than many keyboard shops.

I continue checking who's alive and kicking, finished shops with names starting with K this week.

Some vendors marked as closed in this round of attempt to make the list up to date: Keebord.nz, KeebSource, Keebz.net, Kenik/Acropolis Studio, Keyboard Lube, Keycables, KeyPlus, KeyPop, Keys.my, Kimdi Keys, Kwertiekeys, Kyo Industries. :(

Developments

  • I rolled out a small tweak in the background: Earlier, shop links were displayed according their performance. For more relevant suggestions, the weights are now adjusted based on the shop's location in relation to the visitor's country. That means seeing stores closer to you, or at least in the same region/continent, should be more likely.

I thought this makes sense, and then exchange an email with an Australian vendor telling me most of his customers live in the US.

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That's all for today. Thanks for checking by. As always: Keep learning and building!

Until next time,
Tamás

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Published on Fri 16th Feb 2024. Featured in KBD #155.


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