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Offline zF_ScrambledEggz

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #50 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 10:41:25 »
 :thumb: Got some amazing news for you!

We just received the sample from ALF and man thats a beautiful board! The board looks sleek in real life despite the thicc top bezel :) will have some photos up soon!

Also, ALF will be offering 2 options for the top piece: One will have 3 indicator lights as shown in the pictures and one will have the Renova Logo engrave.  ;)

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #51 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 10:45:06 »
:thumb: Got some amazing news for you!

We just received the sample from ALF and man thats a beautiful board! The board looks sleek in real life despite the thicc top bezel :) will have some photos up soon!

Also, ALF will be offering 2 options for the top piece: One will have 3 indicator lights as shown in the pictures and one will have the Renova Logo engrave.  ;)
Awesome, thanks for being flexible on top piece design. Definitely in for 1 with indicator lights :thumb:

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« Reply #52 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 10:57:18 »
:thumb: Got some amazing news for you!

We just received the sample from ALF and man thats a beautiful board! The board looks sleek in real life despite the thicc top bezel :) will have some photos up soon!

Also, ALF will be offering 2 options for the top piece: One will have 3 indicator lights as shown in the pictures and one will have the Renova Logo engrave.  ;)

So good to hear! One with indicator lights for me please! Can't wait to see pictures

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #53 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 11:33:00 »
Any chance we can order multiple inserts to change up the accent color?
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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #54 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 15:14:36 »
Definitely interested. Love the k-miniesque layout, but the two-tone frame definitely gives this board its own uniqueness.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #55 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 17:17:59 »
:thumb: Got some amazing news for you!

We just received the sample from ALF and man thats a beautiful board! The board looks sleek in real life despite the thicc top bezel :) will have some photos up soon!

Also, ALF will be offering 2 options for the top piece: One will have 3 indicator lights as shown in the pictures and one will have the Renova Logo engrave.  ;)

This seals the deal for me. When you take pics of the sample try to get one of what the weight looks like from the bottom pls :)
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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #56 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 17:54:45 »
:thumb: Got some amazing news for you!

We just received the sample from ALF and man thats a beautiful board! The board looks sleek in real life despite the thicc top bezel :) will have some photos up soon!

Also, ALF will be offering 2 options for the top piece: One will have 3 indicator lights as shown in the pictures and one will have the Renova Logo engrave.  ;)

Looking forward to seeing the prototype photographs!  Great news about the 3-indicator light option being included.
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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #57 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 22:50:13 »
Any idea if this is a limited GB (lottery for spots), or open FCFS. Wondering whether to keep my hopes up or not - never been favored by the RNG god =p

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #58 on: Sun, 08 April 2018, 23:09:23 »
Any idea if this is a limited GB (lottery for spots), or open FCFS. Wondering whether to keep my hopes up or not - never been favored by the RNG god =p

Previous Alf runs through zFrontier haven't had a limit.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #59 on: Wed, 11 April 2018, 20:31:23 »
Very interested. Hopefully, we can stay below $300 including shipping.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #60 on: Wed, 11 April 2018, 22:53:45 »
Love the retro chunkiness. Iím totally in if the price is reasonable.

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« Reply #61 on: Wed, 11 April 2018, 23:13:10 »
Layout looks awesome as does the two piece top. The edges look a little sharp though.

I am interested in this even though I don't want to spend any more money on keyboards. Eager to see what pricing will be.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #62 on: Thu, 12 April 2018, 15:20:10 »
Saw this teased a while ago. I'm 100% in, that white (microarc?) and purple is perfection. I love the retro style
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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #63 on: Fri, 13 April 2018, 01:37:24 »
OMG this looks sooooop COOL!

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« Reply #64 on: Sun, 15 April 2018, 04:29:28 »
noice

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #65 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 01:35:44 »
GB live on the Chinese site, any updates?

https://www.zfrontier.com/m/3596

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« Reply #66 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 04:45:06 »
GB live on the Chinese site, any updates?

https://www.zfrontier.com/m/3596

Translated that page and it's saying it's Bluetooth, which wasn't mentioned on the original post, hmm..

Also says that it's limited to 40 sets - 10 of each colour - that must refer to the Bluetooth-specific version, surely?

I hope that's the case anyway cause I really want one, and ALF X2 was ran on the English site like a regular GB
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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #67 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 04:47:29 »
GB live on the Chinese site, any updates?

https://www.zfrontier.com/m/3596

Translated that page and it's saying it's Bluetooth, which wasn't mentioned on the original post, hmm..

Also says that it's limited to 40 sets - 10 of each colour - that must refer to the Bluetooth-specific version, surely?

I hope that's the case anyway cause I really want one, and ALF X2 was ran on the English site like a regular GB
Yeah the limited to 10 per colour is a bummer if true, don't much care for bluetooth.

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« Reply #68 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 10:48:42 »
zF,

Any update on this groupbuy, relative to the new info on the China availability? Really looking forward to this design, any info would be really appreciated.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #69 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 11:03:02 »
GB live on the Chinese site, any updates?

https://www.zfrontier.com/m/3596

Translated that page and it's saying it's Bluetooth, which wasn't mentioned on the original post, hmm..

Also says that it's limited to 40 sets - 10 of each colour - that must refer to the Bluetooth-specific version, surely?

I hope that's the case anyway cause I really want one, and ALF X2 was ran on the English site like a regular GB
Yeah the limited to 10 per colour is a bummer if true, don't much care for bluetooth.

Also looks like its going to cost around 440 USD. Going to be way out of budget if the price is kept

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #70 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 11:24:26 »
GB live on the Chinese site, any updates?

https://www.zfrontier.com/m/3596

Translated that page and it's saying it's Bluetooth, which wasn't mentioned on the original post, hmm..

Also says that it's limited to 40 sets - 10 of each colour - that must refer to the Bluetooth-specific version, surely?

I hope that's the case anyway cause I really want one, and ALF X2 was ran on the English site like a regular GB
Yeah the limited to 10 per colour is a bummer if true, don't much care for bluetooth.

Also looks like its going to cost around 440 USD. Going to be way out of budget if the price is kept
If that's the case, regarding the pricing, then that's unfortunate. The X2 was very competitively priced and I was hoping this would be the same too.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #71 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 12:45:09 »
Yeah quite expensive.  Could be because of the low number of units (only 40 total), but still could be lower.  I was hoping for under $300, then I would definitely join for white/purple version.
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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #72 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 13:18:24 »
Its closer to $500 (converted from RMB) if you select the weight option.

Might be a pass for me as well. Such a shame. Rama m60 is $360 base option. Puts things into perspective.

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« Reply #73 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 16:03:39 »
Its closer to $500 (converted from RMB) if you select the weight option.

Might be a pass for me as well. Such a shame. Rama m60 is $360 base option. Puts things into perspective.
Agree with this. It sucks because the white/purple looks really good with Hyperfuse. Between this and Rama m60, gonna go for the latter.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #74 on: Wed, 18 April 2018, 01:19:57 »
zF,

Any update on this groupbuy, relative to the new info on the China availability? Really looking forward to this design, any info would be really appreciated.

Would like to get an update too, sitting here constantly F5-ing zfrontier haha
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[IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #75 on: Wed, 18 April 2018, 10:25:08 »
Damn... close to $500? Definitely out of my range, sucks, I had a good build planned with it.

alice killed my budget tho, iíll be in if itís $300




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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #76 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 01:25:31 »
Looks like the kits on the chinese zfrontier have sold out, any idea when it's gonna run on the international site?
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« Reply #77 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 02:57:36 »
Wonder why that was limited to 40, rather odd quqntity.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #78 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 08:31:29 »
im all bout this. bluetooth-dont care; light indicators-dope; top bezel-no preference bc they both look noice!


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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #79 on: Wed, 25 April 2018, 08:44:58 »
 :thumb:

Hello fellas!

Some more specs are up for you guys:

Yes, this board will support bluetooth, the chip will be MDBT40, powered by a lithium battery

Multiple backlight effects

Side weights will be mirror finish brass, the bottom insert will be default aluminum, upgradable to brass

finalizing the sample and testing on the PCB, will be there soon ;)

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #80 on: Wed, 25 April 2018, 13:45:39 »
Sorry if i've missed it somewhere in the post. Will there be split backspace support?

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #81 on: Wed, 25 April 2018, 16:44:30 »
Can we have an ďofficialĒ price estimate though? Rough estimates linking to the Asian GB say about $500 but Iíd like to hear it from the IC host here :)

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #82 on: Fri, 27 April 2018, 10:56:06 »
I've heard the firmware is based on TMK but it's not open sourced. Can you confirm? :eek:

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #83 on: Sun, 29 April 2018, 01:50:23 »
Definitely interested in the White/Purple. Will there be a limited number to purchase, and is the group buy FCFS?

Lastly, what is the switch plate material? looks like aluminium?

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #84 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 02:09:03 »
 ;D

Hi guys,

An update regarding the buy:

The buy will begin on May, 4th 9pm pdt on our English site

Link soon!

40 units. FCFS

$478 shipped via DHL

Specs:

Alu Housing,
Alu Mid piece,
Alu Plate,
Mirror Brass Side Pieces,
Alu Insert (upgradable to brass: +$48)
PCB powered by ydkb.io,
Bluetooth support

4 color combos available:
    mid-piece and bottom insert / case and plate
a. purple / white
b. green / silver
c. orange / titanium gray
d. red / black

white will be something whiter than MAO white ;D

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova
« Reply #85 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 02:29:50 »
;D

Hi guys,

An update regarding the buy:

The buy will begin on May, 4th 9pm pdt on our English site

Link soon!

40 units. FCFS

$478 shipped via DHL

Specs:

Alu Housing,
Alu Mid piece,
Alu Plate,
Mirror Brass Side Pieces,
Alu Insert (upgradable to brass: +$48)
PCB powered by ydkb.io,
Bluetooth support

4 color combos available:
    mid-piece and bottom insert / case and plate
a. purple / white
b. green / silver
c. orange / titanium gray
d. red / black

white will be something whiter than MAO white ;D

Thanks for the update, sad to see how expensive it is though  :(
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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova (price and more!)
« Reply #86 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 06:47:27 »
what is the layout/ key sizes on this board? just want to know what keysets i might have that could fit it.


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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova (price and more!)
« Reply #87 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 06:49:43 »
God this board is sexy AF BOIS but that price though... makes me sad :(

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« Reply #88 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 07:26:33 »

white will be something whiter than MAO white ;D
It would be great to know how the white is going to be achieved before launch. Coating (Powder/Cerakote)?

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« Reply #89 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 07:27:27 »
yeesh, steep price, good thing I stuck with the orange75 instead.

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« Reply #90 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 11:04:04 »
Sad itís so expensive, probably due to low number of kits.
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« Reply #91 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 11:05:56 »
Sad itís so expensive, probably due to low number of kits.

Probably would have sold with more kits if more were available. Understand why they stuck to 40 at least!


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« Reply #92 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 12:17:39 »

white will be something whiter than MAO white ;D
It would be great to know how the white is going to be achieved before launch. Coating (Powder/Cerakote)?

This is mentioned in a zfrontier news post https://www.zfrontier.com/post/detail/5941
It seems that they have a proprietary method of anodisation. Here's the relevant quote, questionably translated by google:

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"As we all know, anodizing can not be made pure white, the closest to white is frosted silver, as a substitute for the micro-arc white, because of its vulnerability, easy to dirty features, can not always be used as a "white" customized keyboard solution. Black and white as the timeless classic color, the pure white metal customization has always been our goal, and we have also sought various solutions. We have finally completed the customization of pure white metal on this generation of X3. .

On the basis of pure white color, bid farewell to the shortcomings of micro-arc vulnerable to dirty, feel smooth, wear-resistant does not fade, the process is temporarily confidential (trace messages, and a fool to wear notebooks with the process to fight a single)."

Edit: Never mind, I just re-read that and it looks like I'd remembered it wrong. They don't actually explain what they're doing to achieve the whiteness...
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« Reply #93 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 12:21:52 »
Quote
(trace messages, and a fool to wear notebooks with the process to fight a single)."

That's some of the best google translate Engrish I've seen in a while.  Still trying to decipher what it means.
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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova (price and more!)
« Reply #94 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 12:28:36 »
Man this is expensive but I think I have to get it anyways.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova (price and more!)
« Reply #95 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 12:29:52 »
Yep... this is must buy for me. that white / purple with hyperfuse origins is going to look so sweet.

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Re: [IC] Retro + Innovation = ALF X3 Renova (price and more!)
« Reply #96 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 13:05:28 »
White purple for me too, seems like the only colour people are interested in.

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« Reply #97 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 13:11:17 »
White purple for me too, seems like the only colour people are interested in.

Gray Green or Orange would look great with sa song

Too bad I canít afford it :P

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« Reply #98 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 13:20:44 »
White purple for me too, seems like the only colour people are interested in.

I am also in for that color. Most likely with gmk violet tendencies.

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« Reply #99 on: Wed, 02 May 2018, 15:08:36 »
I actually think the best option would be for the 40 kits to be able to choose your base and accent color instead of these 4 fixed ones.