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Offline Tom_Kazansky

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[IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 06:16:48 »
Hello everyone,
Welcome to the interest check for the FK45

275957-0

IC Form: https://forms.gle/eSXnd4KUVSisJ3Nf8

I'm a long time keyboard enthusiast, I have worked on this 40% keyboard for a while.
I already have a prototype produced, please check the album here: https://imgur.com/a/qBSPXMJ

Here are the details:

Case:
- CNC'd 6061 Aluminum
- Tray mount
- 5 typing angle
- 19mm front height

PCB:
- ATMega32u4
- QMK and VIA supported
- ESD protection
- two-pieces construction (not actually a feature)
- 4 indicator leds (in-switch)
- Soldered PCB
- Layout options: (revised layout)
275984-1

Plate:
- CNC'd 6061 Aluminum
- Universal layout

Color (anodization)
- Black, Blue, Red, Silver, Yellow
275961-2

Kit Content:
- Case
- Plate
- PCBs (key and controller)
- 4x 2*3*4 different color leds for in-switch indicator leds
- other hardwares (screws, bumpons)

Optional stuffs:
- Plate-PCB foam
- a set of PCB-mount stabilizers (including 3u one)

Pricing and sale format:
- (Base) kit price: 140 USD + shipping
- Quantity: 30
- FCFS through my store (which is not yet available)
- The board will be shipped from Ha Noi, Vietnam.

Timeline:
- GB Start Date: TBD
- Estimated production lead time: 6 to 8 weeks

If you're interested in this keyboard, please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/eSXnd4KUVSisJ3Nf8

Any and all constructive feedback is great! Thank you.

Edit:
9/13/2021: revised layout
« Last Edit: Wed, 15 September 2021, 02:33:36 by Tom_Kazansky »

Offline thuc

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 06:21:40 »
GLWIC!

Offline yuhn1mk3b

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 06:23:57 »
Noice!

Offline kameron

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 10:35:06 »
pretty interesting glwic :)

Offline _rubik

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 11:11:45 »
Those bottom row options are pretty appealing. GLWIC
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Offline Macmutant

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 12:00:40 »
Should bottom row option C be 2.75, 2.25? Looks like maybe the space key sizes are revered. Love the layout in-general. GLWS!

Offline FinBear

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 13:17:09 »
Looks pretty nice

Offline Mecxs

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 20:35:42 »
13.5u looks weird at a glance, but the more I look at it the more I'm liking it. Red ano + simple hangul!

I've wanted to try ISO enter on 40s for a long time but the loss of backspace has always been a big deterrent. At the same time, I really enjoy having both ; and ' keys between L and enter. 13.5u could be the solution to those problems.

Definitely tempted to grab one. Where are they being shipped from?

Offline Tom_Kazansky

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 11 September 2021, 21:04:43 »
Should bottom row option C be 2.75, 2.25? Looks like maybe the space key sizes are revered. Love the layout in-general. GLWS!

oh, you're right, I will fix that.

13.5u looks weird at a glance, but the more I look at it the more I'm liking it. Red ano + simple hangul!

I've wanted to try ISO enter on 40s for a long time but the loss of backspace has always been a big deterrent. At the same time, I really enjoy having both ; and ' keys between L and enter. 13.5u could be the solution to those problems.

Definitely tempted to grab one. Where are they being shipped from?

these boards will be shipped from Ha Noi, Vietnam. they are made by a local manufacturer.  :D



Offline Tom_Kazansky

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 12 September 2021, 20:39:21 »
Hello,
after some feedbacks, I realize that the 1.5u right shift is too exotic, I know there are a few keysets which include this key, but it is still scarce.
so I decided to change the right shift to 1u + 1.75u or 1.75u + 1u or 2.75u



I hope this could remedy the keycap problem.

edit: I will order the new PCB revision soon!
« Last Edit: Sun, 12 September 2021, 20:45:01 by Tom_Kazansky »

Offline ESJvR

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 14 September 2021, 15:25:30 »
The Size of this Board is literally perfect. I need language compatibility, why most 40 Boards are too small, but I also want to keep the Board as small as possible, so 13,5U with ISO support is literally the best possible size for me. Hope I can get myself a spot in the GB and that shipping to EU is not too extremely expensive, since the price for the board seems super fair.

Offline ylothar

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 15:09:49 »
How about teal color?

Offline Tom_Kazansky

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 22:29:46 »
The Size of this Board is literally perfect. I need language compatibility, why most 40 Boards are too small, but I also want to keep the Board as small as possible, so 13,5U with ISO support is literally the best possible size for me. Hope I can get myself a spot in the GB and that shipping to EU is not too extremely expensive, since the price for the board seems super fair.

thank you!  :D

How about teal color?

I will ask the anodization factory about this.  :)

Offline ylothar

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Re: [IC] FK45 - 40% Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 16 September 2021, 16:44:39 »
Quote
I will ask the anodization factory about this.  :)

You're are my hero man ;D