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Equinox XL
Equinox is back - The compact size and PCB-mount structure remain, but this time with more keys and a screwless exterior.

To stay up-to-date, it is highly recommended to join either ai03's or ION Keyboard's Discord server.



Visible Evolution
The proven tabbed-gasket PCB mount structure from the original Equinox remains, offering an unusual yet comfortable typing feel designed primarily for plateless use.
Equinox XL has been updated from the original with a seamless design and internal screws, making the exterior clean and sleek from any angle.



From the Desk to the World
The compact yet functional 50% key layout of the Equinox XL allows for easy migration from larger layouts while also ensuring compatibility with many keysets.
An internal brass weight balances the board’s mass - just light enough for portability, and just heavy enough for stability during use.



Tailored to the Occasion
Choose between winkey and winkeyless variants to choose between maximum functionality and a classic aesthetic.
The PCB allows for 3U-1U-3U split spacebar to extend productivity further without sacrificing the symmetrical aesthetic.



Specifications
- Aluminum case, internal clear cerakote brass weight, manufactured by Salvun CNC
- Weight: ~670g for the case incl. internal weight
- PCB: Soldered (Non-hotswap), QMK/VIA
- Case colors: Black, Blue, Grey, Purple, Red
- Case variants: Winkey or Winkeyless
- Cost: $320USD
- GB Date: August 15th - August 29th, 2021
- Shipping: Q4 2022
- Vendors: Cannonkeys, Salvun, Daily Clack, Typeplus, Yusha Kobo

- Media coverage/streamer review: Lightning Keyboards Build Stream, Alexotos Build Stream, Apiary Keyboards Build Stream
- Note: PCB-mounted structure. It is recommended to use PCB-mount switches without a plate.
If absolutely necessary, please use the bundled FR-4 plate, or cut a plate based on the provided plate files.


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Typing Tests
ai03 x Ion Equinox XL Prototype with lubed MX Blacks Typing Sounds
ai03 x Ion Equinox XL Prototype with lubed Snag Linears Typing Sounds

« Last Edit: Thu, 09 September 2021, 16:31:47 by Pwner »
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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 14 August 2021, 16:08:22 »
Sep. 9th, 2021 - Case materials order placed
« Last Edit: Thu, 09 September 2021, 16:33:23 by Pwner »
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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 14 August 2021, 19:46:54 »
Quote
- Shipping: Q4 2022

gee willikers...

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 15 August 2021, 08:08:15 »
Reserved

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 15 August 2021, 13:50:24 »
This is literally the only sub 60 board I ever considered. Great job, looks great

Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 15 August 2021, 18:19:21 »
Too smol for me but definitely appreciated that this will be pretty easy to buy. Hope you guys all the best with this one.

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 15 August 2021, 22:26:08 »
jeez sound test

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 16 August 2021, 05:05:15 »
Daily Clack mentions a hard carrying case being included when ordering Equinox, but I cannot find that info on Salvun's page. Is the case only included for DC customers in that case? Also, CK has anodizing samples up for purple and grey - might be good to add these to the other vendors' sites as well. :)

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 17 August 2021, 14:29:28 »
Sorry if I missed it, bit does the PCB support QMK and VIA?

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 17 August 2021, 16:00:48 »
Sorry if I missed it, bit does the PCB support QMK and VIA?
Yes

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 19 August 2021, 01:30:43 »
Also interested to know if there is a carry case included with the board

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 25 August 2021, 07:30:02 »
Any chance OP can jump in and answer some questions in the thread?
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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 30 August 2021, 05:15:39 »
Any chance OP can jump in and answer some questions in the thread?
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Answer appears to be no, sadly.

Well, in the end, the 3-1-3 spacebar was was deterred me as a right thumb spacer. Too bad, otherwise this really would have been a nice travel board. /Johannes

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Re: [GB] ION x ai03: Equinox XL | 50% Plateless Keyboard | Live: 8/15-8/29
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 30 August 2021, 14:34:01 »
Also interested to know if there is a carry case included with the board

Apologize for the delay, but yes they all have a carry case.
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