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Type K

tented ergo keyboard







I've been wanting to have an Alice style keyboard for a while now but I wanted to change the layout to suit some of my typing habits and the idea of a tented version appealed to me.
The layout has been reworked from scratch but is still heavily influenced by the original Alice and I've incorporated a lot of design elements from the 7V.




0. CONTENTS

  • DETAILS
  • STATUS
  • VENDORS & PRICING
  • PHOTOS
  • DESIGN CHANGELOG
  • FAQ



1. DETAILS

  • Case Angle: 4.5
  • Tenting Angle: 7.0
  • Materials: Anodised Black Aluminium Top, Dark-dyed Polycarbonate Bottom and Stainless-steel Weight
  • Mounting method: Top mount
  • Plate: 1.5mm. Will test different materials
  • PCB: Designed by Gondolindrum with USB-C daughterboard - configurable with QMK/VIA
  • Layout options:





2. STATUS

(03/06/2021) - V4 Prototype has been ordered. I will decide on the sales format after we have concluded development.

Due to all the requests for this to be run as a Group Buy, I have started a survey. You can access the form here.




3. VENDORS & PRICING


This will be sold through TypePlus
The pricing and number of units TBD.




4. PHOTOS

V3 Prototype





V2 Prototype


 
V1 Prototype
More









5. DESIGN CHANGELOG

V1 Prototype

  • Layout based mostly on the TGR Alice layout
  • Bottom row with dual 3U spacebar
  • Right shift reduced down to 2.25U to reduce the width of the right half so that it can be symmetrical and work better with tenting.
  • Case angle set to 7 degrees
  • Tenting angle set to 5 degrees

V2 Prototype
  • Bend angle between Q and W (and O/P columns) reduced from 12 degrees down to 10
  • Underglow LEDs moved to daughterboard
  • Case angle reduced to 5.5 degrees
  • Tenting angle increased to 7 degrees
  • Custom wrist-rest added

V3 Protoype
  • Case angle reduced to 4.5 degrees
  • Mounting point positions adjusted
  • Wrist-rest height increased

V4 Protoype
  • LEDs moved from daughterboard to separate LED PCB modules
  • Redesign of case to accommodate new LED design
  • Changed from top mount to gasket mount
  • Internal weights added
  • Quality of life changes to the PCB




6. FAQ


  • Did you know that there is a keyboard already called the K-Type?
    Yes, but I wanted to name this keyboard the Type K because the front bezel and the LED design was inspired by KITT from the Knight Rider television series and Type has associations with both cars such as the Honda Integra and keyboards.

  • What colour options will there be?
    Black and silver for this round.

  • How many units will there be?
    I don't know yet at this stage.

  • Do you have a discord?
    No I don't but Deskeys have created a channel on their server for discussion on the Type K here

  • Will there be any other vendors?
    None planned at the moment. It is easier to control the process when there are fewer people involved.

  • Is there going to be a matching wrist-rest?
    Yes.

  • Do you have a sound-test?
    You might be able to catch the typing sound in one of the meet-up streams but I generally don't do sound tests. If this ever gets built by somebody and they happen to make a sound test, I will add a link to it then.

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:07:45 »
Reserved

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:08:39 »
Pls gib


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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:08:46 »
good god thats naughty

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:08:59 »
Good Stuff
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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:09:08 »
Cool!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:09:38 »
BUTT SEAM!!!!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:10:46 »
Really interesting! Def in


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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:11:47 »
woo yeah

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:12:11 »
Oh my!!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:13:02 »
Gib

Offline L-Ron

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:17:55 »
Love this, tenting might turn fake ergo into real ergo ;)

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:18:17 »
nut

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:20:05 »
Yes!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:20:50 »
Excited for this!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:25:17 »
Finally someone running in-stock instead of the ****ty GB model. Will definitely grab one

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:26:33 »
I'm all in.

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:31:35 »
any chance for a wrist rest with matching profile?
count me in!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:32:01 »
looking goood

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:34:31 »
Definitely in for one.

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:37:23 »
Wow that is beautiful. I noticed the site that will stock it has limited shipping. Will this be available to North Americans?

Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:40:40 »
Def interested. Hope it won't cost arm and a leg.

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:43:22 »
Yeap gok. In

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:44:04 »
this is porn. I want it!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:47:10 »
Take my money gok. Again.

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:49:57 »
Wew

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 04:51:47 »
In! Definitely interested in a lighter color chosen too if expanding the limited color options, like silver or white but black is always safe.
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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:29:49 »
Very interesting concept. I have to say I'm a fan of the 2.75u space on the left side, as well as the 7V-style weight. I'll be following this for sure.

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:30:21 »
Looks stunning

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:37:03 »
Keeping an eye on this for other color ways!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:42:23 »
Wow. Definitely in!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #31 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:42:49 »
looks amazing!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #32 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:45:42 »
nice
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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #33 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:49:56 »
yes this is it
huh

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #34 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:50:38 »
Interested


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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #35 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 05:51:35 »
Take my money gok. Again.
I missed out on giving you money for the 7V. But I really hope not this time again.

ILL BE BACK, HE-MAN!! AND THEN _ILL_ PAY!! <Skeletor laugh fading into the distance.>


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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #36 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 06:25:42 »
this is v sick and the idea of doing an in-stock sale is great, but if there isn't a decent amount of stock, i feel like this will go out of stock instantly and then sell on market for 2-4x the price lol
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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #37 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 06:26:08 »
Totally in for this!!!

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #38 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 06:26:42 »
this is v sick and the idea of doing an in-stock sale is great, but if there isn't a decent amount of stock, i feel like this will go out of stock instantly and then sell on market for 2-4x the price lol

Good point.

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #39 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 06:32:55 »
100% in for this, also a custom wristrest would be great

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 06:51:49 »
this is beautiful and you definitely have a buyer in me. I joined the 7V GB and regretted not purchasing black PVD extras, will they also be offered for Type K?

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #41 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:03:15 »
If Darth Vader was a keyboard enthusiast, this would be his endgame. Does it have an overhanging nose like the tengu? Maybe sandblasted stainless weight for those of us that constantly finger F their keyboard on our desk?


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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #42 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:07:03 »
Holy ****. Hope I can get one.
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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #43 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:13:26 »
yessssss....... now this is a board i can get behind! this thing is beautiful! I love how your are doing these weights as well. Like the 7V, it just looks so classy. Great work! Cant wait for GB

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #44 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:22:14 »
looks very great and unique!
would love navy/white color options. also would love to have option to have arrow cluster on the bottom right instead of the 1.5u Ctrl (Always thought the gap is too big on alice layout)

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #45 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:40:19 »
I'm in, hopefully there will be a decent amount of stock for this :^)

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:42:34 »
This sounds like a dream come true! I'll wait to hear more about the price point though.

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:56:52 »
hell yea

looks sick

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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #48 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:57:00 »
Looking really nice. Hope to get a chance to type on one of these.
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Re: Type K - Tented Alice keyboard
« Reply #49 on: Fri, 19 June 2020, 07:57:19 »
Love the idea, but the layout changes are horrible imo.  You should at least offer compatibility for the standard layout people are used to.