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Offline kawaiicheung

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[IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 17:36:22 »
    Hello, we are Xikii Studio from China. Last year we finished an 1800mini GB and today weíre going to introduce Master98. Master98 GB has been run several times before in Chine and please let us know if you have any suggestions.

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Design:
    Different from the previous 1800mini which is an extension of 40% keyboard inspired by classical CHERRY G80-1800, Master98 is based on the 1800 layout and has a complete alphabet area and numpad area.
   Just like 1800mini, Master98 can be arbitrary programmed up to 8 layers no matter wired or wireless, has featuring customizable RGB backlighting and underlighting.
   The sunken design of plate makes the hotswap switches more stable, and this time is unlike integrated 1800mini, the plate is positioned by several O-rings to make typing feeling better and sound better.
   You neednít solder any switches and just pop them in and ready to enjoy it.

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Specifications:
*Layout: Compact-1800 layout
*Material: Aluminum 6063 and polycarbonate
*Mount: Top mount with O-ring, 4.5mm plate
*Stabilizer: Pre-assembled with Everglide Panda Gold-Plate Mounted Stabilizers
*Price: $600 + shipping
*Quantity: 100
*Estimate GB date: TBD and production underway
*Estimated delivery time: Three months after GB date
*PCB:
  Type-c
  Fully programmable via ydkb.io(based on TMK)
  Hotswappable(pre-assembled with Kailh hotswap sockets)
  Full RGB LEDs
  Dual mode(usb cable/bluetooth4.0)
*Battery: 3800mah
*Color offerings: TBD


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Discord:
https://discord.gg/x3GTCeE

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/xikiimaker


3.20 Update(Mounting Structure):
    There is a rubber ring on the screw hole above the plate and two on the bottom. There are 14 screws and 42 rubber rings in total.

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« Last Edit: Fri, 19 March 2021, 14:19:10 by kawaiicheung »

Offline Gavzers

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 18:24:09 »
Looks Cool! Plate mount stabs are kinda meh, but that's whatever. I think the limited layout options aren't for me, as I enjoy stepped caps and split backspace, so maybe support through a solderable pcb would be a good option to look into. I also am kinda meh on wireless as I like centered usb with daughterboard, but I know that wireless will be appealing to many. Interested on the front height, and also would be interested in a thinner plate, but it looks like a pretty sick board. GLWIC!

Offline super_tu

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 18:27:31 »
Looks great! Wish that the GB was unlimited. Good luck!

Offline valen_c13

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 00:33:51 »
im bit tired. yet another cheap piece of clone-art with keycaps from taobao. And here u can sell it for $$____$$$$
« Last Edit: Thu, 04 March 2021, 00:35:46 by valen_c13 »

Offline cabeggar

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 03:10:52 »
Will it include the battery? As some other keyboards from China they donít include batteries because they havenít figured out how to ship them internationally.

What do you mean by several O ring? If thereís more than 1, how are they positioned? Canít really tell from the images.

I understand that this is quite a successful keyboard in China. Is it possible to get typing test videos from previous Chinese group buys?

Offline Raptor_N60

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 03:15:21 »
im bit tired. yet another cheap piece of clone-art with keycaps from taobao. And here u can sell it for $$____$$$$

Sure looks like you're tired. Making conclusions without proper research ;D

Offline kawaiicheung

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 20:38:56 »
Looks Cool! Plate mount stabs are kinda meh, but that's whatever. I think the limited layout options aren't for me, as I enjoy stepped caps and split backspace, so maybe support through a solderable pcb would be a good option to look into. I also am kinda meh on wireless as I like centered usb with daughterboard, but I know that wireless will be appealing to many. Interested on the front height, and also would be interested in a thinner plate, but it looks like a pretty sick board. GLWIC!

Thank you for your suggestions and we will consider them. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

Offline Extra-Cwispy

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 11 March 2021, 14:28:43 »
definitely interested, not many boards above TKL have hotswap support. GLWIC!

Offline angelax

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 11 March 2021, 22:49:39 »
I like the look of this! But I agree with a previous commenter. I would want split space support (which I assume can only be done with a solderable PCB instead of hotswap). I also would prefer PCB-mount over plate-mount stabilizers.

Offline IBMweMissU

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 12 March 2021, 02:50:08 »
+1 for a soldered pcb with pcb mount stabs, split space bars, stepped caps and split backspace.

Offline kawaiicheung

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 19 March 2021, 14:12:46 »
3.20 Update Mounting Structure

Offline Anaes

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 25 March 2021, 09:31:43 »
Best 98 key keyboard.
Hotswap looks very stable :thumb:

Offline rouzhizha

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Re: [IC]Master98 - An 1800-compact keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 25 March 2021, 10:46:50 »
Great keyboard, especially positioning board!