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Offline MelonBred

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[IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 19:37:32 »
Welcome to the interest check for the MB-44!



The MB-44 is a Minivan inspired layout with a fun 65%-esque blocker separating the arrow cluster. Here is a quick rundown of the what the MB-44 offers:

  • Modified minivan layout with a 0.5u blocker separating spacebars from the arrow cluster similar to a typical 65% layout.
  • Fun, two-piece case design with a 7 degree typing angle.
  • Big bar and three split bar layout options (3u gang!).
  • Encoder support.
  • PCB powered by an Atmega32u2 and Unified C3 daughterboard (type-c and ESD protection) running QMK.
  • Top mount.

IC Google Form:
https://forms.gle/wkmiFFm4f72sc6m76


Supported Layouts

The following layouts are currently supported on the PCB:


Please note that both encoder locations are tied to the same pins. This means that if someone decides to use both encoder locations, they will have the same exact function.


Color Options

There was lots of discussions on colors, and we have decided to offer Blue-Grey, Green, Lilac and black:


More
Grey-Blue

Green

Lilac:

Black - I didn't want to pay for a proto so you get this ring as a sample:



Price and Availability

Pending the amount of response and interest gathered in this IC, a group buy will be hosted on Aeternus Decorum. While the price is not final, we are aiming to offer this at $250 + tax and shipping. The kit will include case, FR4 plate, PCB mainboard, Unified C3 daughterboard, JST cable and hardware. Plate files will also be made available for folks who prefer different plate materials.

Please fill out the IC Form if you are interested in the MB-44 keyboard:
https://forms.gle/wkmiFFm4f72sc6m76

Thanks for stopping by!

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Update and Group Buy Info:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=110970.msg3027620#msg3027620

Group Buy starts at 11am US central time at Aeternus!
Typing test from dededecline's build stream: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/975409245?t=01h51m38s
« Last Edit: Wed, 07 April 2021, 23:02:42 by MelonBred »

Offline MikeTheTiger

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 19:42:47 »
Numbers please...ugh

Offline powwu

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 19:43:14 »
I like it! I appreciate you having a proto, which has unfortunately become somewhat of a rare sight. This looks good, I'm happy to see more 40s get the full alu treatment.


Offline matthewdias

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 19:46:37 »
<3 beautiful board

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Offline dingusxmcgee

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 20:00:30 »
Make it a 65% and Im in

Offline paperassgasket

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 20:08:16 »
Campsite killer right here folks.


Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 20:11:42 »
This is so cool, really happy to see more people running premium 12.75u layouts now that TVK has been out of business for a while.

That triple split space option is awesome!

Offline Kokaloo

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 21:19:59 »
ew wtf is that backspace my gmk serika doesn't support that i'm out

Offline misononyan

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 21:45:03 »
sick. was fun to see this thing when I renderd soldark onto it :)
I love the colors

Offline DrHigsby

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 21:47:40 »
LETS GO!

Offline Ashen_21

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 21:49:13 »
Such a cute board!

Offline bigern302

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 21:51:13 »
Get dat Bredboard

Offline yoniwolf1202

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 21:52:57 »
Love the aesthetic. I keep on telling myself I can't get a 40s board, it's useless but this might be the one that pulls me to the dark side.

Offline PizzaForce

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 22:11:19 »
Board looks great, always happy to see a minivan remix. Love the look of the bottom too. Good on you for getting protos, I look forward to the buy.

Offline MelonBred

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 01 February 2021, 17:03:05 »
I appreciate the positive feedback, and thanks to the folks that filled out the IC form so far!

Offline conternecticus

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 07 February 2021, 10:41:21 »
Maybe a sound test video with that prototype? This looks awesome, can't wait for more information! GWIC

Offline Senbeii

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 07 February 2021, 12:45:20 »
What smol case, been eyeing some 40% lately this will be on my list!  :thumb:

Offline ggggggg

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 17 February 2021, 14:04:03 »
This is a must have board but an EU (actual EU) proxy would be mega appreciated. Just thought I'd remind everyone over here to rally in support of this being run locally as well!

Offline bpinto

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 12 March 2021, 13:23:06 »
I second a EU proxy.

Offline MelonBred

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 20 March 2021, 17:33:03 »
Hey everyone! Sorry it's been a little bit quiet here in this thread. Most of the discussion takes place in the 40% Discord server. However, I have some news that I think you might find interesting!

Thanks for everyone that submitted an IC form. The feedback has been really helpful! The only major change that was done to the board itself was the addition of rotary encoder spot in the top left corner. There are now a total of 3 locations where a rotary encoder can be used, but please remember that they are all tied to the same pins. Meaning you can only use one encoder unless you want multiple having the same functions.

so for the bigger news. Group Buy info:

I am incredibly stoked to announce that the Group Buy for the MB-44 will begin on Friday, April 9th, on Aeternus (https://store.aeternus.co/) ! The group buy will run through April 30th or until 200 units are sold. If you would like an email notification, I encourage you to sign up for the Aeternus newsletter which can be found at the bottom of the Aeternus store page. We are estimating 3 months from the close of group buy to shipping.

The base kit will be $250 USD plus applicable taxes and shipping and will include:
  • Anodized aluminum case in blue-grey, green, purple or black
  • FR4 switch plate
  • PCB mainboard and daughterboard
  • Hardware, bumpons, JST cable.

The following add-ons will be available for purchase through Aeternus:
  • Plate foam ($10 USD)
  • Polycarbonate plate ($25 USD)
  • Extra mainboard PCB ($35 USD)
  • EC11 rotary encoder ($3 USD)

For other plate materials, P3D will be offering MB-44 plates in POM and PETG! These will be available for purchase on https://p3dstore.com/

If those materials don't quite tickle your fancy, the plate file will be made available after the close of group buy.

Additionally, Dededecline will be doing a build stream of the MB-44 on Saturday, April 3rd. Please be sure to tune into that if you'd like to see the board in more detail and hear dede's thoughts on it all ! https://www.twitch.tv/dededecline

Should there be anything left unclear or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks for your interest thus far and hope to see you at group buy!

Offline MelonBred

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 06 April 2021, 21:58:12 »
dededecline was kind enough to do a build stream of the MB-44 on Sunday, and here's a typing test from the vod: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/975409245?t=01h51m38s

The link is a full build stream so feel free to check it out if you have some time!

Group Buy will start at 11am US central time on Friday, April 9th, at Aeternus

Offline MisterWaffle

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 06 April 2021, 22:11:10 »
psyched to see this thing moving along. good stuff

Offline MelonBred

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Re: [IC] MB-44 - A fun 40% keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 07 April 2021, 00:12:18 »
psyched to see this thing moving along. good stuff

Thanks, bud! Never thought this project would get this far, but I'm stoked to see it through.