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Offline DeadlyPoison

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[IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 07:19:58 »
L7 - 65% Custom Keyboard



Hello there,
My intention was to create a 65% with a unique layout. We can define it as a cross between a HHKB and CA66.
Initially, during the design phase; I always wanted the plate to be an aesthetic part of the keyboard.
Unfortunately I realized that using the plate in the way I wanted was not possible, or at least possible, but the gasket system would have been useless; so I thought I'd cut the plate to make a border that would be a decoration all around the keyboard.The plate will be positioned on the gasket, both on the top and on the botton and enclosed in the case.




DETAILS
  • Case Angle: 6.0ー
  • Materials: Aluminium & Brass (cerakote polished)
  • Plate: 1.5mm
  • Hotswap PCB with USB-C daughterboard configurable with QMK
  • Full gasket mount (2 layer top and bottom)
  • LED Backlight
  • Pricing: TBD
  • Timeline: TBD - Information will be posted at the earliest
  • Vendors: EU - mykeyboard.eu
  • Manufactured by Salvun
  • Layout options: ANSI only



RENDER






Other rander that I made
ALBUM




**UPDATE 11/06**

I added photos with the technical specifications of the keyboard as some of you asked me for some specs.These days the production of the prototypes should start, I don't have a precise date yet but I will update the IC as soon as I have some news.I am very proud to announce that if the project proceeds in the right direction, I've partnered up with mykeyboard.eu for sales and distribution in the EU.


**UPDATE 01/12**
Prototype in progress, I will post more updates when it is complete.
I advise anyone interested to follow Salvun on IG and activate notifications to his stories to stay updated on this project.




CLARIFICATIONS
The gap between the right arrow and the right column is a consequence of the layout, and is 1.5mm.




DISCLAIMER
Keep in mind this is an interest check. Nothing, including options, pricing, etc, is final until the GB starts.



SHOUTOUTS
My most sincere thanks to all the people who helped me. Starting with my friend Urocci Rudy, for helping me throughout the design, modeling, etc. e11i0t23 for the realization of the PCB. I also thank the whole community, the producers, the venditory etc that have always been available when I needed it.



ABOUT L7

The name does not have a particular story, L is the first letter of my name (Luigi) and since the keyboard has 66 keys I rounded up to 7.The idea of lightning on the top came to me while I was working on the PCB logo, in fact if you look at the picture of the logo on the PCB in the middle between the letter L and the number 7 lightning is formed.





IC FORM
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5O9yn6S_X5dcGOeFqgtpjlihwlGd49ynZAq6DAn5ODoDVmA/viewform
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Offline Adelscott

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 07:29:33 »
Interesting but not for me (no ISO).
GL

Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 08:00:50 »
Thank you.
I'm sorry you haven't converted yet .. . jk  :p

Offline eminent667

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 08:34:58 »
Love the look of this.

Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 08:50:18 »
Love the look of this.


I appreciate it thanks!
If this IC goes well and I will have the chance to make a prototype I think the impact will be higher than the photos.

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 09:16:22 »
I like this design, the rounded corners and the lightning bolt logo give it a "cute" look.

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Offline NeroGrave

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 09:18:26 »
This looks nice. Interested.

Offline NeroGrave

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[IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 09:18:46 »
Edit: accidentally posted double.

Offline ilemondrop

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 09:22:18 »
Looks really good with the line and base. Personally not a huge fan of the combination of heavy rounded corners and sharp "HHKB-esque" layout, bit too jarring for me. Might change my mind though.

Offline Vigrith

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 09:37:41 »
As mentioned above I'm not big on the rounded aesthetic (especially with the HHKB blockers), it reminds me of the Space65 which I also really did not like - though many did obviously as per the numbers sold.

Everything else about it is cool though, I like the layout and the little lightning bolt is a really nice logo.

Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 09:53:47 »
Looks really good with the line and base. Personally not a huge fan of the combination of heavy rounded corners and sharp "HHKB-esque" layout, bit too jarring for me. Might change my mind though.

My intent was to create a symmetrical layout, using a soft and modern design without edges.
I hope to change your mind with the photos of the prototype 🙃

This looks nice. Interested.
I like this design, the rounded corners and the lightning bolt logo give it a "cute" look.

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I appreciate it, thanks guys!
As mentioned above I'm not big on the rounded aesthetic (especially with the HHKB blockers), it reminds me of the Space65 which I also really did not like - though many did obviously as per the numbers sold.

Everything else about it is cool though, I like the layout and the little lightning bolt is a really nice logo.

I appreciate your opinion, I was aware that not everyone would appreciate the choice of layout and the aesthetics of the keyboard.
I personally think it's stupid to say that I like it, it's obvious; it's just a matter of choices and tastes.

Offline SpeakingSilence

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 11:57:55 »
Love the look of this board.

The rounded corners and logo give it a unique, high end aesthetic without making the board appear to somber (for lack of a better word).

Beautiful details and construction.

Definitely in for this one.

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 12:10:02 »
a e s t h e t I c       c o r n e r s

good job and good luck

Offline rpiguy9907

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 12:15:16 »
The layout is okay, I guess you can use the right menu as FN and Caps Lock for Control and still have two Alt keys and an OS key.

The HHKB blocker style corners look smart. I don't like the lightening bolt and would rather the LEDs span the entire gap.

It is a rare case that I like a logo on a keyboard.

Mounting system looks solid, should be great to type on.

Reminds me a lot of a Space65 with some keys missing.

If you have a reasonable MOQ I don't think you will have any problems getting this one made :-)

Offline thecezar

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 13:14:53 »
I like the aesthetic of the lightning bolt and the three separate colors! Definitely interested in this one.

Offline Viben

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 17:39:04 »
Definitely on this if you decide to make the bottom corners sharper.

Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 19:11:10 »
Beautiful, would love to see some white renders with rose gold accent, and more information about the PCB

Offline menuhin

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 19:38:34 »
I hope this is going to be affordable.

Ah.... my boards all have split-Backspace for my layout that I am used to.
Wishlist: 1) hotswap gasket mount; 2) nice Alps blank caps; 3) Hipro Iris with adjustable tenting; 4) CNC POM case
More
Wishful-list: 1) All POM; 2) We order from keyboard-layout-editor.com; 3) Usable Trackpoint MK
IBM M13 black
IBM SpaceSaver II
IBM KPD8923 Trackpoint
Choc mini Gateron black
PLUM 84 'Topre-clone' 55g Korean dome
HHKB Pro 2 HasuBT
[It's not I don't like ISO, but I need the HHKB backspace... only ~90WPM, in love with Emacs, and Lisp]

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 21:13:18 »
This looks great! Hopefully it's affordable.



Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 05 November 2019, 18:14:14 »
IC updated, see you soon with upcoming updates.

Offline soulventic

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 05 November 2019, 18:54:24 »
Price for this?
Just the ballpark


Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 05 November 2019, 19:18:57 »
Price for this?
Just the ballpark
Consider that the prototypes have not yet been made, so I am not aware of this information now.
I could make different assumptions based on the number of parts from which it is composed; but it is still early to talk about costs, I will update thhe IC during the next steps.

Offline soulventic

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 05 November 2019, 19:25:30 »
Price for this?
Just the ballpark
Consider that the prototypes have not yet been made, so I am not aware of this information now.
I could make different assumptions based on the number of parts from which it is composed; but it is still early to talk about costs, I will update thhe IC during the next steps.

Okay, no problem :)

Offline kolyz

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 05 November 2019, 21:42:00 »
Interesting keyboard. Will be keeping an eye on it.  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 05 November 2019, 23:40:59 »
I'll buy this keyboard if you'll promise to make that joe cool GMK cap  :p

Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 00:09:28 »
I'll buy this keyboard if you'll promise to make that joe cool GMK cap  :p

Which? Are you referring to my GMK KLAWS?  :p


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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 03:47:52 »
I really dig the layout - I'm into 65's right now, but really dislike cluttered right side of typical 65 layout. So my daily driver is a CA66 -  I would love to get something similar but with gasket mount.

And a standard question - what about split space? Especially the way CA66 does it (1.25 key on the right side of the split, not in the middle).

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 07:22:18 »
Dat Joe Cool Snoopy on the right alt.  Need

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[IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 14:47:16 »
I'll buy this keyboard if you'll promise to make that joe cool GMK cap  :p

Which? Are you referring to my GMK KLAWS?  :p

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GMK Klaws?! I know I知 late to the game, but when was this?? Haha I知 down for just the xx eyes even.

[edit] actually down with crying kaws cap too

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Offline brln

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 15:09:57 »
I'll buy this keyboard if you'll promise to make that joe cool GMK cap  :p

Which? Are you referring to my GMK KLAWS?  :p

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GB when?

Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 15:11:39 »
I'll buy this keyboard if you'll promise to make that joe cool GMK cap  :p

Which? Are you referring to my GMK KLAWS?  :p

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GMK Klaws?! I know I知 late to the game, but when was this?? Haha I知 down for just the xx eyes even.

[edit] actually down with crying kaws cap too

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I never published this set, I decided to create a set to match my KLAWS, the GAF artisans in KAWS inspired coloring.
I'm waiting for more info about the novelty, they have a lot of details and I don't know if the final result could be good.
If there will be news I will open an IC.

Offline alanskiii

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 15:19:37 »
I'll buy this keyboard if you'll promise to make that joe cool GMK cap  :p

Which? Are you referring to my GMK KLAWS?  :p

Show Image

GMK Klaws?! I know I知 late to the game, but when was this?? Haha I知 down for just the xx eyes even.

[edit] actually down with crying kaws cap too

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I never published this set, I decided to create a set to match my KLAWS, the GAF artisans in KAWS inspired coloring.
I'm waiting for more info about the novelty, they have a lot of details and I don't know if the final result could be good.
If there will be news I will open an IC.
Oh for sure! Will keep an eye out for it. Btw also diggin this board. Would be my first 65, I値l be following!


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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 17:36:00 »
I'll buy this keyboard if you'll promise to make that joe cool GMK cap  :p

Which? Are you referring to my GMK KLAWS?  :p

Show Image

GMK Klaws?! I know I知 late to the game, but when was this?? Haha I知 down for just the xx eyes even.

[edit] actually down with crying kaws cap too

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

I never published this set, I decided to create a set to match my KLAWS, the GAF artisans in KAWS inspired coloring.
I'm waiting for more info about the novelty, they have a lot of details and I don't know if the final result could be good.
If there will be news I will open an IC.

Do iiiiiiit.



Offline Jude.

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 06 November 2019, 22:39:30 »
Interesting design, but not such a fan of the curved corners.

Offline Bryan

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 07 November 2019, 00:46:05 »
I never published this set, I decided to create a set to match my KLAWS, the GAF artisans in KAWS inspired coloring.
I'm waiting for more info about the novelty, they have a lot of details and I don't know if the final result could be good.
If there will be news I will open an IC.

I know this is an IC about the keyboard, but I've seen you post your GMK KLAWS keyset a few times these past couple months ago. And I do hope it makes it to IC and eventually GB phase.
I really hope you can somehow manage to pull off the novelties.
Many of the current ones do look very detailed and I do hope you find a balance between nailing the novelty theme and getting the proper icons designs.

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 07 November 2019, 03:29:03 »
I'm a little sad that this is going to be produced in Belgium, the EU proxy is in Belgium, and there is no ISO support :( I understand your point of view since you're offering a hotswap PCB - really wish you'd also offered a ISO-compatible PCB along the hotswap one ^^ Dope board nonetheless

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Offline NoxNoxNox

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 02 December 2019, 23:50:28 »
Excited to hear more about this board.  Very nice looking design.

Offline SoraNoTenshi

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #37 on: Tue, 03 December 2019, 06:01:50 »
I do kind of like the design of this board, looks slightly childish, kind of my taste :D

Looking forward to it~



Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #38 on: Tue, 03 December 2019, 06:34:29 »
I do kind of like the design of this board, looks slightly childish, kind of my taste :D

Looking forward to it~
Excited to hear more about this board.  Very nice looking design.


Thanks.
Salvun told me that he orders the material and starts working on it, so I would say that there will be updates very soon.

Offline brln

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #39 on: Tue, 03 December 2019, 15:55:02 »
Coming from the CA66 I somewhat miss the isolated arrowkeys. Personally I really like those.
Might a split backspace be possible in the design?

Really liking the design. I'm excited for the updates to come!

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #40 on: Tue, 03 December 2019, 16:12:12 »
Very cool looking design.
Tickle me all kinds of interested.

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #41 on: Tue, 03 December 2019, 16:30:09 »
Looks cool, looks different, looks fresh. The right side gap isn't my taste but it does pull the symmetry together.

One thing I may add from a design standpoint. If the accent "rim" and possibly also gaskets/PCB to have small "alignment pins" on the bottom or top part so everything somehow gets aligned when you're putting it together. Just a small detail and given alignment is crucial in this design that's just something to try out.

Good luck with the IC though and it's a breath of fresh air between all the 65% boards with left-top blocker. Not hating on those, I like'em just copy of a copy of a copy makes it feel stale.
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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #42 on: Tue, 03 December 2019, 20:29:26 »
Great design, I'm a fan. The only thing I don't like is the arrow key placement, I'd prefer the arrows offset like the CA66, if only for aesthetic symmetry. I might not join but I'll be recommending it to people looking for 65% boards.
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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #43 on: Sat, 11 January 2020, 20:59:18 »
I never published this set, I decided to create a set to match my KLAWS, the GAF artisans in KAWS inspired coloring.
I'm waiting for more info about the novelty, they have a lot of details and I don't know if the final result could be good.
If there will be news I will open an IC.

I know this is an IC about the keyboard, but I've seen you post your GMK KLAWS keyset a few times these past couple months ago. And I do hope it makes it to IC and eventually GB phase.
I really hope you can somehow manage to pull off the novelties.
Many of the current ones do look very detailed and I do hope you find a balance between nailing the novelty theme and getting the proper icons designs.

That will never happen sadly, Kaws is VERY protective of his designs. He gave Jason Freeny **** for doing derivatives of the dissected companion despite Kaws blowing up from derivatives of other art.

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #44 on: Sun, 12 January 2020, 01:02:07 »
Coming from the CA66 I somewhat miss the isolated arrowkeys. Personally I really like those.
Might a split backspace be possible in the design?
...
+1 on split backspace.

Offline child

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #45 on: Sun, 12 January 2020, 15:30:29 »
+1 on isolated arrow keys a'la CA66, although I'm not sure how this would fit the design. Still, if that's not too much work, I'd love to see a render which such arrow cluster.

Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #46 on: Sun, 12 January 2020, 16:18:15 »
+1 on isolated arrow keys a'la CA66, although I'm not sure how this would fit the design. Still, if that's not too much work, I'd love to see a render which such arrow cluster.
As I said before, I tried to do something different than usual, so as far as I hear that my keyboard is strange, I would say I hit my target.
I wanted to land on GH with this goal, so I am aware that this is not for everyone but only for those who want something different from the usual standards.
Honestly, I'm really satisfied with the work that Salvun is doing and I'm really looking forward to seeing it finished.
The layout is final.
I hope my bad english doesn't make me look too presumptuous.
See you soon for the next updates.

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #47 on: Sun, 12 January 2020, 16:39:43 »
any chance split spacebar will be an option?

Offline DeadlyPoison

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #48 on: Sun, 12 January 2020, 16:50:20 »
any chance split spacebar will be an option?
No split bar will not be supported, I am sorry!

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Re: [IC] L7 - 65% Keyboard
« Reply #49 on: Sun, 09 February 2020, 00:04:55 »
I love this design. I might like to see a rose gold option though.