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Offline Baionlenja

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[GB] Bias - Invoices sent
« on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 10:29:10 »
Bias R2 Group Buy by Baionlenja



Years of work and 7 unique prototype rounds later, Bias is ready to be made public.




Raffle Info

620 USD
VAT included for EU buyers

Raffle on 16th of November 2021
Raffle form opens tomorrow at UTC 12:00 and is open for modification for 48 hours
Ships from Finland Q3 2022 or before
Bias will be retired after this group buy

Raffle form will be posted here
Shopify invoices will be sent to winners by email on 18th
Payment window is 24 hours after invoices have been sent
Contact me if you need a bit more time to pay
Otherwise unpaid invoices will be swiftly re-raffled in my Discord






Raffle is closed
Invoices have been sent

Stand by for updates



More detailed information at the end of post






Bias

OG Bias group buy was ran invite only in 2020 and I have been getting tons of requests from vendors and fans of my designs to sell it publicly.
Instead of just using the original design to cash out, I wanted to improve Bias as much as I could to make it worthy of your consideration.
Thus began a wild ride of endless prototype rounds, thousands of hours of testing, development, sourcing and learning.
And finally here we are. I sincerely hope you will appreciate the passion and commitment I've put to every single millimeter of Bias.








Photos & Renders







Main Features

Fixed WKL TKL layout
17.5mm front height
7 degree typing angle
"Seamless" HHK+B Sides
M3 Hex screws flush to the surface
All this and the mounting system fits inside the classic bezels without dodgy thin walls
Very grabbable sides
Recessed USB-C port angled to the table
Bumpon cutouts
40$ more expensive than Bias R1, but with significantly upgraded features and materials




Evolved grommet mount

I wanted to make a mounting style that had the isolated plate and softer typing feel like gasket mount, but without the faffing around with foam stickers, misaligned plates or trying to get the stickers off when swapping plates.
In 2020, I started experimenting with rubber grommets and made a couple projects around them (WB for example).
With what I learned I decided to continue improving the design and this is the result.
These custom injection molded silicone grommets easily snap onto the plate and automatically align the plate assembly to the center.
They're removable, and you will receive two sets of different softnesses for more customization.




Leaf spring cuts

Additionally I experimented with leaf spring cuts on the aluminium plate.
I included them in several projects (Bias 1.5 and 2.0) but with Ophanim and WB I combined the milder leaf cuts with the custom grommets which yielded excellent results.
What you are seeing in Bias is the result of all this work. The polycarbonate plate option does not have leaf springs as it would be so flexy it would be unusable   ;D



BAION WAVE TM (patent pending) /s

These distinct waves on the case floor allow the pcb to flex more without the switch pins contacting the case.
It's among the many interesting machining details for those who enjoy exploring the insides of every keyboard.




PCB Film

Another thing I've been working on for a while. I'm a big fan of offering built in sound customization options that do not affect typing feel.
It's a glossy film with a thin poron layer which goes on the pcb and under the switches.
It creates a more firm connection from switch to PCB and results in an interesting sound profile without muting the entire distinct sound of the board.
It's extremely tough which lends to good durability when redoing builds, and it's completely optional, not affecting typing feel with or without.


I recommend trying it! I personally like it with Gateron switches, but prefer to take it off for Cherry switches.




Two colours

Radiant sunshine battery acid eggplant atrocity  Black
Emerald sugarplum starshine cerebrospinal fluid  Silver




Click here for more renders
Click here for more prototype photos





Many of the features in this keyboard are to address my personal grievances


  • JST cable channel is widened for ease of building. (You'll thank me when you're building it.)
  • Screws are thick and flush to the surface. No more deep screw tunnels that end up in you scratching the sides of the screw hole because your screwdriver is too short.
  • All case internal geometry is extra thick and robust.
  • No glue involved in the mounting system.
  • Grommets can be replaced with standard grommets found in mcmaster catalogue.
  • Case and plate align themselves.
  • Screws and mounting points are very carefully placed to minimize bezel sizes.
  • PCB has some very specific design features which increase longevity such as spare diodes.
  • Case is very easily liftable because "someone" dropped their Ikirouta on their finger once and vowed for such tragedy to never happen again.

So as you can see my personal obsessions experiences over the years have influenced this keyboard's smaller features heavily.
I hope that you will appreciate them as much as my poor fingers do!
Additionally I have gathered tons of feedback and suggestions from other hobby veterans.



Layout

  • Winkeyless only
  • Fixed ANSI with optional stepped caps lock
  • Optional fixed ISO plate with optional stepped caps lock
  • Plate files for more layouts will be released before Bias is shipped so that you can get your own plates made ready

Typing test




Pre-Order Information

  • Group buy format: Raffle
  • Group buy date: 16th of November, 2021, 12:00 UTC time
  • Raffle window: 48h
  • Ships from Finland

Raffle form, updates and future projects will be posted in Geekhack and in my Discord

Estimated shipping date: Q3 of 2022 or earlier
Extra units available after shipment

Base kit includes

  • Bias Keyboard
  • Stainless steel multicolor weight
  • Custom PCB by Yiancar (case is also h87 compatible)
  • Aluminium plate
  • Two sets of custom grommets at different softnesses
  • 2 x Custom molded poron PCB film
  • Carrying case with custom molded interior
  • Hardware and stickers
  • 2 Year standard European warranty

Pricing


Bias Kit

  • 620 USD


For EU buyers price includes VAT. For those outside EU, check your local tax rates for importing.
All orders are shipped from EU

Shipping

DHL Express Worldwide
  • International 45 USD


Extra parts

  • Extra PCB with daughterboard: 60 USD
  • Extra aluminium plate: 50 USD
  • Polycarbonate plate: 60 USD
  • Misc Kit (2 sets of grommets, 2 extra PCB films, stickers and extra bumpons): 20USD
 



I will be stocking replacement parts such as PCB's grommets and PCB films.
Additionally I will provide a 2 year warranty for the buyer with quick and easy replacements.
A keyboard such as this is a big investment and I want to make sure you can find spare parts whenever you need them.




Additions after IC

I've sneakily increased the prices for shipping by a few euros in hopes of purchasing a second yacht  :cool:
But for real I got a quote from DHL and I decided to go with them instead of the very slow Finland Post.
I've also very slyly removed the notion of how many raffles spots there are. Time for another private jet  :cool:
If there's a gargantuan amount of raffle entries, I will dispense some extra spots to not dilute the chances of the who have been exited and following this project from the start. I now have some able extra hands to help me with the soul crushing task of QC and packaging  :cool:
Since Shopify does not offer multiple currencies for Finnish stores, EU people will have to be paying in USD. Don't worry, VAT is still included in price. Downside is that you are now in the mercy of exchange rates.  :-X

Thank you for reading my IC and GB posts. The kind words mean so much to me and I never thought I could get a reception like this. It really has inspired me to pass on the kind words and try encourage others as well.
And here's one for the lurkers, yes you. The valiant heroes of the forum and Discord server bandwidth, those who simply observe. Thank you for blessing me with your eyeballs. I will do my best to make my keyboards equally available to even those who do not engage in the community verbally.

Thank you for considering HHK+B

edits:
Added two more irl pics
added raffle link
« Last Edit: Thu, 18 November 2021, 13:01:33 by Baionlenja »
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Ikirouta
Bias OG Bias BE Bias 1.5 and 2.0
WB Larva Ophanim

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Bias R2

Offline Baionlenja

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 10:29:25 »
Boing
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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 10:45:25 »
I wasn't very vocal about it, but being following this for sometime, and really like the improvements over the R1. Glad finally time has come :) Hopefully I can snatch one.

Offline treeleaf64

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 11:03:03 »
What's your Bias?  ^-^ Good luck with your group buy Mr Baion!!!!
May display immature behavior
Does not understand simple things (Treeleaf moment)

Has stopped talking in third person

treeleaf KB concoctions: https://discord.gg/wEueaf8BaV

Offline BouncyChillups

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 11:10:15 »
Quote
Thank you for considering HHK+B

Good times :)

Offline speedycake

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 11:27:50 »
my bias is bias

Offline L4ll1g470r

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 11:58:57 »
Mmm, the tension is rising, itís almost time  :eek: :p

Check out Damen yachts, btw. The new Seaxplorer range is just the thing after running a limited gb.

Offline whirlwind

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 12:59:45 »
That's it, chief

Offline fishbiscuit13

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 13:22:42 »
Bias is the best board

so happy to see it's made it to this point

Offline baka jiken

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 16:06:21 »
Chief called

Offline Baionlenja

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Re: [GB] Bias
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 16 November 2021, 02:59:59 »
Added link for raffle form

Raffle live!
« Last Edit: Tue, 16 November 2021, 06:26:06 by Baionlenja »
Keyboards I've made
Ikirouta
Bias OG Bias BE Bias 1.5 and 2.0
WB Larva Ophanim

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Bias R2

Offline gunchi

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 16 November 2021, 06:30:53 »
Stunning board! Good luck with the GB :)

Offline brownie

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 16 November 2021, 19:08:00 »
man, this is truly beautiful.

Offline Liub

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 17 November 2021, 02:23:23 »
Good lucknot everyone!

Offline maximize

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 17 November 2021, 08:19:51 »
Insane board, very nice work Baion! I have seen these on Youtube and wondered where in the heck they came from! Fingers crossed.  :D

Offline L4ll1g470r

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 17 November 2021, 11:13:35 »
Insane board, very nice work Baion! I have seen these on Youtube and wondered where in the heck they came from! Fingers crossed.  :D
Yeah that video by Lighning in particular is so good it should be marked NSFW  :p

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 17 November 2021, 11:45:25 »
smexy

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 17 November 2021, 16:00:50 »
NE Split Backspace support?

Offline carlouws

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 17 November 2021, 18:36:17 »
I love hhk+b

Offline Surefoot

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Re: [GB] Bias - Raffle closed
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 18 November 2021, 12:49:26 »
Secured one :) Quite interested in plate files too.

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Re: [GB] Bias - Invoices sent
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 18 November 2021, 17:14:09 »
 ;)

Offline Baionlenja

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Re: [GB] Bias - LIVE
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 19 November 2021, 05:47:36 »
NE Split Backspace support?

Sorry! Not for this keyboard.

However, I'm releasing multiple plate files with multiple layout options for those who wish to get one made.  :thumb:
Keyboards I've made
Ikirouta
Bias OG Bias BE Bias 1.5 and 2.0
WB Larva Ophanim

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Bias R2

Offline SolidCactus

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Re: [GB] Bias - Invoices sent
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 19 November 2021, 07:20:42 »
I struck out on this one! Congrats to the winners  :thumb:

Offline cadrev

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Re: [GB] Bias - Invoices sent
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 20 November 2021, 07:13:10 »
Hello! Just wanted to ask if are there going be issues with fulfilment time with the increased units?

Offline mr_fro2000

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Re: [GB] Bias - Invoices sent
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 20 November 2021, 12:02:28 »
Hello! Just wanted to ask if are there going be issues with fulfilment time with the increased units?

nope

Offline namidettje

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Re: [GB] Bias - Invoices sent
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 20 November 2021, 13:49:12 »
Sad since got double L but congrats to the winners.

A very well thought board with some pretty distinct features. Looking forward for your next projects!

Offline cadrev

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Re: [GB] Bias - Invoices sent
« Reply #26 on: Mon, 22 November 2021, 06:29:19 »
Hello! Just wanted to ask if are there going be issues with fulfilment time with the increased units?

nope
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Thanks, wasnít able to get back at this but I paid the invoice already!

Offline Baionlenja

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Re: [GB] Bias - Invoicing complete, Order changes close on 28th
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 25 November 2021, 04:26:10 »
Last minute colour changes are available until Sunday 28th!

I took pictures of the silver prototype and added to the photos album
Keyboards I've made
Ikirouta
Bias OG Bias BE Bias 1.5 and 2.0
WB Larva Ophanim

Current Projects

Bias R2

Offline rikercd

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Re: [GB] Bias - Invoices sent
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 26 November 2021, 12:19:13 »
Are US buyers going to get VAT refunded, or does the statement "(VAT is already included for EU buyers)" mean that you are covering the VAT on your end?