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Vanguard65 (VG65)

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Note: I'm by no means a professional photographer so excuse the bad shots. Pro photos will come soon.  :)

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What is VG65 about?
It’s been a long dream of mine to design a custom board that provides something truly personalized to add to the keyboard collection. The Vanguard65 (VG65), is a keyboard kit that serves both aesthetic beauty and function while incorporating a slider and knob. The case design is inspired by the Porsche Cayman, which is a perfect representation of a timeless masterpiece.

This interest check is intended for you to help out with the following:

* Base kit “default” PCB options – soldered, hotswap, iso...
* Include foam dampening kit?
* ISO support for my Euro friends?
* Poll to boil color options to 4 instead of 7.
* Add-on plate material options
* Bluetooth support?
* Weight color and material.

Why the name Vanguard?
Noun. “A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas”.

IMO - The word, Vanguard, is representative of what I have been able to design, build, and achieve in 2022. Starting with the creation of DOOM switches, which is the 1st of its kind to introduce a new PE material called HDPE into the hobby. Following that, I designed and mass-produced BIGWIG switches which is the 1st switch to introduce and use PBT material as a housing in the Western market. BIGWIG is also the first and only switch to use HDPE/PBT for top and bottom housing combination. Additionally, I introduced a new small switch manufacturer named Meirun. Lastly, the word Vanguard is just f**king cool.;D :D


Plate Materials
Plateless or Full Aluminum, FR4, PC, POM, Carbon Fiber, Brass

Typing Angle
6.5 degrees

Front Height

Brass, sandblasted CC

Gasket Sock PCB Mount

Case Materials
Top - Aluminum 6063 (top)
Bottom - Polycarbonate White Frosted or Black Aluminum 6063


* Custom designed hotswap with underglow
* ANSI/ISO hotswap support
* QMK/VIA compatible
* Split backspace support
* Kailh hotswap sockets
* Universal USB-C daughterboard
MIDI programmable slider

* MIDI encoding
* Layer switching: Easily switch between keyboard layers for fast access using VIA
* Underglow brightness control

At the moment, I got carried away with different color options for the case. However, I need to be realistic and would really like your help to boil this down to just 4 options instead of 7.

Colors are confirmed thanks to IC submissions.

* Forest Green
* White
* Black
* Ruby Star Purple

Terminal x VG65 Limited Edition
I'm excited to announce that a limited edition collaboration with MVKB is underway.
The kit will include:

* Custom Color: 9-5 Beige on Ash Black
* Terminal R2 keycaps
* Custom knob
* Custom slider
* VoxelMods custom straight cable
* Keebfront Stabbers
Only 25 kits of this version will be arriving as we near GB.

Layout Options
- 65% hotswap pcb
- ANSI/ISO support
- Split backspace support

Group Buy Information

Pricing: Pending - Trying to keep it under $250, max $350. More pricing information will appear as finalization of color options, plate materials, layout options, etc....are completed. Which is where I really need your help on the interest check form.


* Plate: FR4 +$20
* Plate: POM +$20
* Plate: PC +$20
* Plate: Carbon Fiber +$40
* Plate: Brass +$55
* Hotswap PCB
* VoxelMods Straight Cable: Forest Green +$120
* VoxelMods Straight Cable: Black +$120
* VoxelMods Straight Cable: White +$120
* VoxelMods Straight Cable: Ruby Star Purple +$120
* VoxelMods Straight Cable: Terminal LE +$120
Timeline: TBD.

Main Vendors:

* USA: Keebfront
* CA: Desk Hero
* SEA/PH: Zion Studios
* OCE/AUS: MtnKbd
* EUROPE: Candy Keys
* UK: MechMods
* MEXICO: Switch Club
* MALAYSIA: Rebult Keyboards


--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Fri, 27 January 2023, 14:38:21 ---Proto has arrived! Please excuse the scuff photos - by no means a professional. However, pro photos along with sound tests will be coming soon.
Lastly, the slider handle is having some minor adjustments being made. Will post updates with it included soon too. :D

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Thu, 12 January 2023, 15:14:16 ---Vendors confirmed! Keebfront has been doing its best to ensure that we meet the demand and cut cost by partnering with vendors for your region. All vendor link details can be found in the main post, but currently we've covered -
Indonesia, Europe, Canada, N. America (US/CA), LATAM (Mexico and entire South America), SEA/ASIA, UK. If you thing we've missed your region please let Keebfront know either the IC or on social media platforms.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Fri, 23 December 2022, 23:02:20 ---Colors confirmed! Thank you all for the IC submissions. I have added additional renders in the COLORWAY section of main post.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Sun, 04 December 2022, 14:13:36 ---Specs confirmed. Extras will be announced soon along with the 4th case color. IC has been extended so there's time to vote if you have not had a chance. Thanks again everyone!

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Tue, 22 November 2022, 13:33:22 ---Interest Check submissions will be closing in 8 days. If you haven't voted yet - hurry up & pick your favorite colors and more before it’s too late.
Want to take this time to thank everyone for the overwhelming amount of submissions. Ecstatic to share more with you in the coming days.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Wed, 16 November 2022, 13:28:18 ---Collaboration announcement added to the Colorway section of main post.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Mon, 14 November 2022, 12:59:27 ---Added a back shot of a full aluminum case within the MORE button under Gallery. IC is still open to help vote on this. Help decide if you prefer polycarbonate bottom or full aluminum case.

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Man this thing is gorgeous.

Reserved and IC filled out. GLIC! This board is awesome.
absolutely stunning, filled out IC. definitely in for at least one if not two depending on the final color options. glwic!!


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