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Mechanical Keyboards
« on: March 30, 2016, 01:56:20 PM »
Is anyone else overly interested in mechanical keyboards and buying/modding/making them?

I discovered that there was a difference quite by accident.  I've been using a logitech k811 to connect to my laptop while it's docked and still have the keyboard in front of me- just in case multiplicity isn't responding, or I don't want to switch screens (gaming and such).  I realized that the size felt better to me, after typing on it for a prolonged period.  And I never took the time to program my Orion Spark or indeed, any of my massive keyboards before it.  Nor did I really care about the lighting patterns.

I was going to begin with the infinity 60% on massdrop, but got cold feet, and instead started with a Poker 3 (MX Brown).  Shortly after that, I ordered a Poker 3 (MX Clear) for work, and haven't looked back!  I just got a Qisan 68-key (MX Brown) to replace that k811, and it's working great.  Still haven't decided if that's better than using the function layers to get to the additional keys.  Now I'm looking at trying a planck or preonic keyboard- but those have to have the switches soldered, and my soldering days were long ago, and not sure if I want to get to that point.  I'm also negotiating for a Race2 on Reddit.

If you're interested, and not already in on it, the best communities I've found are at deskthority and geekhack and reddit (mk and mechmarket).  I've bought all of my goodies from massdrop and amazon, though I did delve a bit into AliExpress and Store Uni.

Anyone else caught this particular bug?

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2016, 12:21:20 AM »
Luckily have not caught that bug, as such.
Have the same old filco tkl for years, and finally payed enough attention to actually get in a groupbuy (round 5) on deskthority so I'm set, at least until round 7 unless I'm not interested in those keys.

Only board I'm still interested in is a 60% iso, for which I unfortunately still would have to buy keys for since no one makes a DK version.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2016, 12:07:00 PM »
Luckily have not caught that bug, as such.
Have the same old filco tkl for years, and finally payed enough attention to actually get in a groupbuy (round 5) on deskthority so I'm set, at least until round 7 unless I'm not interested in those keys.

Only board I'm still interested in is a 60% iso, for which I unfortunately still would have to buy keys for since no one makes a DK version.

How do the 'rounds' work on Deskthority?  I surmise that they're group buys, and the ones left over are from the minimum production run and cancellations, but I haven't actually seen it spelled out.

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2016, 01:08:33 PM »
basically that, at least that is also how I understand it.
It's definitely worth keeping an eye open and get in before the deadline of a group buy so you're certain to get what you want, that is unless there's not enough interest in one of the kits you've selected.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2016, 03:38:09 PM »
I loved the original Model M of a IBM PS2 Mod. 80 I have spent some time with, and then a Trust -something- of some years after that was very similar.
I'm missing the feel of a mechanical keyboard from when I started typing to late hours with people around expecting to be able to sleep! :D

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2016, 11:58:58 PM »
Since that first post, I've spent way too much on this new hobby.  I now have my plank, and jd45 besides.

But I just got back into soldering, and what I'm most proud of is the fact that I just built one from parts!

http://i.imgur.com/QUO1d2i.png
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2016, 03:09:39 AM »
Looks like a solid piece of work, but where did the numeric keys go :o

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2016, 04:03:20 AM »
Looks like a solid piece of work, but where did the numeric keys go :o

I was wondering for a moment there how it was soo small lol

Looks great wraith --
how much soldering was involved?
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2016, 06:17:03 AM »

 I just built one from parts!


It's  a good-looking item.  Are you about to enter space?

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2016, 11:26:46 AM »
It's a 40% keyboard.  I've gotten into them for writing, as it focuses me.  I've actually considered making one of them my daily driver... you access the other keys in layers.

So the standard layout (which I tweaked a bit in the firmware)



Then the first function layer



And the second function layer



So, they're still accessible, and I get a keyboard that I can carry, and just like distraction free editors for writing, I consider this a distraction free keyboard for the same.

Looks like a solid piece of work, but where did the numeric keys go :o

I was wondering for a moment there how it was soo small lol

Looks great wraith --
how much soldering was involved?

I have a build log:

http://imgur.com/a/KQCt4

The only problem I had was in building the firmware.  I ended up using an online configurator to get the hex file to flash it.  I installed the toolchain, and mingw, and the programmer... but I was having problems with the references.  Still want to figure that out... but the soldering, it was just two contacts for 40+ switches.  The board already had the other components on it from the factory.


 I just built one from parts!


It's  a good-looking item.  Are you about to enter space?

Ouch.  That really hurt :)

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2016, 01:40:38 PM »
Since that first post, I've spent way too much on this new hobby.  I now have my plank, and jd45 besides.

But I just got back into soldering, and what I'm most proud of is the fact that I just built one from parts!

http://i.imgur.com/QUO1d2i.png
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http://i.imgur.com/moEnUeT.png
Mechanical Keyboards


I would not be able to go under a 60% board, but that is pure porn.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2016, 09:27:14 AM »
I have lots of mechanical keyboards. My favorite switch is now Matias alps, but it used to be cherry blacks.