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Issue 153 / Week 5 / 2024

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard enthusiast's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

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There are 9+6 entries in this issue:

Editorial

Behind the scenes #153

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


Projects

P60

Pabile published the files of the P60, a 5x12 ortholinear keyboard with RGB and encoder.


Compaq'ed

BFB_Workshop's Compaq'ed is an ortholinear replacement PCB for the Cherry G80-11800.


Rasti Computer

Penk Chen's Rasti is a retro-futuristic laptop inspired by the iconic GRiD Compass – with his custom mechanical keyboard and keycap set.


Goshawk

Zach Taylor shared his goshawk, a 3D printed, handwired split with only one controller and battery.


Unibody Corne case

SirFodds created a gasket-mounted unibody case for the Corne keyboard.


Community

The story of Signature Plastics

President Bob Guenser sums up the history of Signature Plastics, creator and manufacturer of keycap profiles like SA and DSA, on occasion of preparing for retirement and searching for buyer candidates.


Review

Weikav Record Alice review

The Weikav Record Alice is an ultra-affordable kit if we consider the anodized alu case and the neat leaf-spring suspension.


Tips & Tricks

THT: Tai-Hao low-profile keycaps

Taiwanese keycap manufacturer Tai-Hao is about to roll out a new family of low-pro caps – for both Choc and MX switches.


Quick news

Art: @maxvoltar designed an aluminum+polycarbonate artisan.


Project W came up with 1U platelets for plateless gummy oring and PCB-mounted builds. As of my understanding, this way you can alter the sound on a per-key basis.


Going columnar but keeping the rectangular shape? The yet noname layout of Tschibo00's upcoming Chaotist PCB is something pretty original.


WIP: Ambitent by Cerbekos. A tented monoblock split with the ambidextrous numpad put in the middle we know from some Japanese models.


Moeetech came up with an integrated shell / gapless sheel / drawer-type structure for the GLITTER 65 (assembly video), so not the usual two-piece top-bottom case.


Tomy is a cute (commercial) macropad by u/mikethetiger_.


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