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[IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 keyboard by Qoda Studio
« on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:38:25 »
Hey everyone




It's been teased and showing up in keyset renders for almost 2 years now, went through a billion redesigns and was the subject of many "when avail pls" DMs I got.
This is undoubtedly the project I spent most time on and is launching in parallel with my new store. Sufficed to say I'm very excited to present: Dharma!

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Design



Dharma’s design is defined by carefully balanced curves. The side profile swoops up, revealing the bottom piece as an accent. This allows for interesting keyset pairings while giving a sense of depth to the design. Instead of using standard quarter circles on the corners, Dharma has curves slowly accelerating into their 90 degree turn. This gives the impression of the side walls forming one uninterrupted surface, removing any distracting lines. 

Layout



Dharma uses a compact yet extremely functional layout. Even though it features a full numpad it comes in just a thumb wider than a TKL keyboard or about 60mm slimmer than a standard full-size keyboard. This both puts the keys closer to the homerow and means you don't have to stretch as far to use your mouse, ensuring optimal ergonomics.

Mounting



Dharma utilizes a gasket mount system, sandwiching the plate between 12 pieces of custom-cut Poron® strips.  This reduces vibrations while typing and creates a cleaner, more uniform sound profile.

Plate



The plate on Dharma provides curated options for normal/stepped caps lock and split/full backspace. Keeping these options limited makes for an easier building process while not creating uneven flex. Dharma comes with a full plate made out of anodized aluminium in the box with full poly carbonate and leaf spring aluminium plates being available as add-ons. Plate files will be made available when the GB launches!

PCB



Dharma features a PCB designed by Xelus. Instead of going with a standard 1.6mm thickness we opted for a 1.2mm thick PCB with included risers for stabilisers, aiding in a softer bottom out and more pleasant typing experience. The PCB is fully QMK and VIA compatible for easy configuration and is paired with the standardised USB C daughterboard we've all come to know and love.

Colours




Dharma comes in two distinct colour schemes, Minimal and Modern Dolch. These are designed to perfectly match our keysets while still being very versatile for matching with other keycap options.








Keycaps, switches and stabilisers are shown for illustrative purpouses and not included in the kit unless otherwise mentioned.

Colours can be perceived differently in different environments and can differ between units within tolerance.


Packaging

Dharma will be shipped in a carrying bag, making sure the packaging isn't wasted after unboxing! Waiting on final sample pictures for this one.

Group buy

Dharma will be available in an unlimited group buy directed by Kevinplus from Typeplus who has worked on projects like Vega, Polaris and 7V. It will be sold by these vendors:

  • Omnitype for the US
  • Qoda Studio for Europe
  • Typeplus for SEA
  • Dailyclack for Oceania


Pricing and more details to be revealed soon™.

Info

Case
  • Layout: FRL Compact-1800
  • Material: 6063 Aluminium
  • Finishing: Anodising, Electro-coat
  • Angle: 7 deg
  • Dimensions: 17.87-33.25 x 392.923 x 125.28 mm

Plate
  • Layout options: Full/Stepped Caps-Lock, Full/Split Backspace
  • Material: 6063 Aluminium, Polycarbonate
  • Finishing: Anodised, Frosted
  • Configurations: Solid, Leaf-spring
  • Thickness: 1.5mm

PCB
  • Layout options: Full/Stepped Caps-Lock, Full/Split Backspace
  • Material: FR4 finished with matte black soldermask
  • Thickness: 1.2mm, 1.6mm at stabiliser areas with included raisers
  • Supported software: VIA, QMK

Big thanks to

  • Darin Kishore AKA Saturatedfat, this originally started as a small group project between us and slowly grew into what it is today!
  • Kevinplus from Typeplus, this wouldn't be possible without his manufacturing and QC expertise!
  • Nephlock for the work on the logo design!
  • All the people who DMd me "when avail" over the last 2 years, no seriously it's motivating!
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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:40:15 »
Reserved

Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:40:56 »
this looks promising, pls price well
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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:41:12 »
gaming
i crave lasang

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:43:51 »
So SMOOOVE love :thumb:

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:45:30 »
Only thing that would make this better is southpaw

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:47:59 »
Oh baby it's finally time

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:51:09 »
Only thing that would make this better is southpaw
10000000x this

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:56:27 »
I need.

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 11:59:57 »
poron so lit

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 12:03:22 »
EU vendor but.... ne iso aveil? WeirdChamp

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 12:04:49 »
Thanks for the unlimited GB, and handled by Kevin Plus!

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 12:09:05 »
any collabs? rama maybe? :D

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 12:26:48 »
this looks reaaaal nice. i want
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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 12:39:19 »
I love this Board. It looks like all i ever wanted.
But please, for gods sake make an ISO Version.

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 12:46:11 »
Finally. Glad to see another familiar name (Xelus) for the PCB design  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 12:53:43 »
This is AMAZING! Is there scope for ISO support?

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 13:10:13 »
Does the board or its design philosophy have anything to do with the Hindu-Buddhist conceptual ordering of cosmological power? Or is it just a name you picked because it sounds cool

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 13:41:40 »
I'm a big fan of the colours shown in the renders but worried about if they'd actually be able to come out that way in reality... hoping for the best!
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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 13:59:09 »
I can't tell, is minimal white or a little tan?

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 14:22:55 »
+1 for iso support

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 14:43:57 »
can i type on it?

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 15:21:51 »
Are there plans for a Canadian vendor? I love this board and am looking forward to the GB!

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 15:25:47 »
omggg I've been waiting for this forever!! Did a double-take when I saw this IC lmao, that's how long it's been. The compact-1800 is definitely one of my favorite layouts. Glad for the unlimited GB, I'm definitely in for that minimal color.

I think it's interesting that the underside of the board will have the studio name on it and not the name of the board itself? Any chance we can have the option to pick whether we want 'Qoda' or 'Dharma' on it?

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 15:39:17 »
+1 for iso

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 15:41:06 »
Looks terrific, and congrats on the new store! Would join in case you manage to bring in ISO support. Best, Johannes

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 16:07:04 »
4 8 15 16 23 42?

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 16:18:23 »
Beautifful board with interesting pcb design choice, if I weren't already in on two compact southpaws I would be all over this. GLWIC/GB.

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #28 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 16:52:03 »
Been waiting on this board for a long time, ever since I saw all those keycap renders on this keyboard. Wow it looks so good!

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« Reply #29 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 18:22:56 »
Absolutely stunning! Hopefully the price isnt too high for me. Love the all teal backplate on the MoDo board.

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 18:44:26 »
Sleek design, I'm in for one. Moreover, unlimited GB - nice.
Mechs & Co.

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #31 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 19:23:41 »
Reserved

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #32 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 19:42:45 »
+1 for canadian vendor. we must have one :'(

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #33 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 22:12:46 »
I always loved seeing this board in renders, but could never find any information about it at all. Happy to finally be able to learn more about it and hope for the chance to maybe snag one some day.

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« Reply #34 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 23:35:44 »
This is a sleek board. Loving the black + MoDo

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« Reply #35 on: Sat, 08 May 2021, 23:53:45 »
Very cool, will def be watching this closely 👍

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 00:35:10 »
I love these compacts 1800s, and those curves, ChefKiss

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« Reply #37 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 01:38:02 »
wowwww i needddd gibbb :))

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #38 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 04:20:07 »
Nice, we need more big boards in this community :)
I'll wait until price is revealed to see if I can get this

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« Reply #39 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 04:30:19 »
Year of FRL

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #40 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 09:56:54 »
FINALLY!!! This looks amazing janglad! Sorry for being one of those many people in your dms over the past year lmao  :-[

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« Reply #42 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 10:34:59 »
Looks pretty good!!
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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #43 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 12:46:11 »
This ticks nearly all the boxes for me. Very nice!
Two small gripes I have with the layout: I would appreciate a 7u bottom row (1.5-1.5-7-1.5-1.5). The option for split numpad plus would also be nice.

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« Reply #44 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 14:13:03 »
My wallet is crying preemptively. I second the hope of 7u, but it's hot either way.

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #45 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 14:17:24 »
This ticks nearly all the boxes for me. Very nice!
Two small gripes I have with the layout: I would appreciate a 7u bottom row (1.5-1.5-7-1.5-1.5). The option for split numpad plus would also be nice.

Not bothered about lack of split plus, but agree about 1.5/1.5/7/1.5/1.5 bottom row. Find differently sized mods on the bottom row a bit ugly. (Though the board looks great in every other way!)

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Re: Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #46 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 17:22:51 »
Only thing that would make this better is southpaw

You missed the hidari?

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #47 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 17:33:15 »
This ticks nearly all the boxes for me. Very nice!
Two small gripes I have with the layout: I would appreciate a 7u bottom row (1.5-1.5-7-1.5-1.5). The option for split numpad plus would also be nice.

Not bothered about lack of split plus, but agree about 1.5/1.5/7/1.5/1.5 bottom row. Find differently sized mods on the bottom row a bit ugly. (Though the board looks great in every other way!)
I have to disagree here, 3 mod keys on the left is priority for me. Having a left FN key I find super useful.
Also prefer all 3 to be 1.25 as typical tsangan I find hitting left middle key (1u) a bit annoying.

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Re: [IC] Dharma - a FRL C1800 by Qoda Studio
« Reply #48 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 18:58:00 »
VERY interested in this. Would these be the only colours available? I want an all-black version with none of that accent, or at least a black-grey version.

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« Reply #49 on: Sun, 09 May 2021, 19:58:39 »
VERY interested in this. Would these be the only colours available? I want an all-black version with none of that accent, or at least a black-grey version.
Same question from my end. If the top and bottom can be selected as part of the ordering that would be even better (at least that would allow black on black?)

Very interested in this. There can definitely be more 1800!!

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