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The wireless unibody Duet is Evgenii Vilkov's latest keyboard project and travel companion.

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Published January 18, 2024
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Evgenii Vilkov aka zzeneg shared his Duet, a wireless, portable unibody split that can be taken apart into two halves for portability.

I'm proud to finally release my latest keyboard - duet (I really hope the name is better than the previous one) – zzeneg.

Features

  • 40 keys, 6x3-ish (-1) with three thumb keys per half
  • low-pro, Choc V1 switches
  • unibody that can be disassembled into two parts for traveling
  • reversible PCB
  • wireless (nice!nano controller)
  • 1 rotary encoder and 1 five-way switch
  • 3D printed case
  • nice!view support

Despite its unibody nature, the Duet can be taken apart for traveling. What's more, splitting the unsplit is a way to turn it off (!). :) Halves are connected with magnets and a 12-pin connector.

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It uses one MCU (nice!nano) and the PCB is reversible so it's pretty cheap, but if you want to spend more you can always add nice!view to it.

I really love split keyboards but the concept (implementation?) of wireless split just doesn't work for me. I know for many of you it's totally fine but personally I can't stand the fact that master/slave discharge at a different rate so it actually two more chargeable devices that I need to take care of (also without accurate way to know battery levels).

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So while avoiding wireless splits, Evgenii wanted something portable for office visits at the same time. That's when he remembered magnetic connectors he bought for another project.

Well long story short, I decided to combine split design into a unibody, throw in some magnets, a display - and here we are.

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Published on Thu 18th Jan 2024. Featured in KBD #151 (source).


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