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Title: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:28:41
(https://i.imgur.com/WpUwk8p.jpg)

GB Thread Here:  https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=109784.0 (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=109784.0)

Alpine65
"Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success."
Advertisement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsaR44i8QWU&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsaR44i8QWU&feature=youtu.be)


For Updates:
Discord (Updates will always be posted here first.): https://discord.gg/2w5ukHV
Instagram (Exclusive Renders, occasionally.): https://www.instagram.com/bitmap.studio/ (https://www.instagram.com/bitmap.studio/)
Advertisement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsaR44i8QWU&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsaR44i8QWU&feature=youtu.be)

For UPDATES, please check comments.

Prototype Photos
Hi all, protos are complete! There are some blemishes in the photos, however this is because some parts of proto production were done by hand, therefore there is less precision.

(https://i.imgur.com/BLrYjmG.jpg)
See more here: https://imgur.com/gallery/Dn33TKN (https://imgur.com/gallery/Dn33TKN)

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Renders:

(https://i.imgur.com/3pzhBRF.jpg)
The Alpine65 Features a Top and Bottom case milled from 6063 Aluminum, with a large brass weight.

(https://i.imgur.com/1lIJJgg.jpg)
The layout of this keyboard is a modified 65% layout.

(https://i.imgur.com/kyZ0zs2.png)
The Alpine65 in a smokey black polycarbonate. (Keycap Set: GMK Avanguardia  - https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=105981.0 (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=105981.0)

(https://i.imgur.com/WRHvqHW.png)
Polycarbonate Alpine in a desk environment, with the GMK Avanguardia Deskmat.

(https://i.imgur.com/szRglbS.png)
The E-White Alpine65, with Avanguardia Keyset and Deskmat.

Technical Renderings:

(https://i.imgur.com/YS2eyrn.jpg)

(https://i.vgy.me/11dCUx.gif)
Note: The Brass Badge present in this rendering has since been deprecated and removed.

(https://i.imgur.com/KHh5WQY.jpg)
Exploded View of the Alpine65, in E-White

IC Form: https://forms.gle/CrRo3LbrfWajwzif9 (https://forms.gle/CrRo3LbrfWajwzif9)

The Alpine65 Features:
Case Material: Aluminum, Polycarbonate
Plate Material: TBD; Brass and PC Plate Confirmed.
Typing Angle: 6.5 Degrees
PCB: QMK Compatible, Per-Switch RGB, Hotswap. Designed and Programmed by Gondolindrim
Colors: Black, Red, E-White, Dark Navy, Smokey Black PC
Price: $299 + Shipping + Fees + Surcharge for E-White
Dampening: Foam Between PCB and Plate, Case Foam.
GB Cap: Around 500 Units
Timeline: Prototypes expected in-hand this month, release still pending.
GB Location: This will be hosted on my own storefront (bitmapstudio.xyz).

Timeline
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- Build Stream - Right after received
- Streamers - About 1 week after completed protos (depending on distance from California)
- GB Begins! (More info below) - CURRENT ETA: Early October
- Production!
- Assuming 200 boards sold, Production completes in 1.5-2 months.
- QC - 1-2 week(s) (depending on boards sold)
-----------------------------------------
Alpine Deskmats Confirmed!
https://imgur.com/a/4E58ckv (https://imgur.com/a/4E58ckv)
(https://i.imgur.com/347qlzO.png)

I would like to extend a special thanks to:
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u/ihavachiken for helping me and being patient along the whole way, and helping me in every single step of the way. He was the person that brought me into this hobby (Though I don't know if my wallet is thanking me), and sold me my first set of Gateron Yellows. Thank you so much.
Raz on Geekhack for the Gorgeous renders - and encouraging me to use blender (Still learning haha)
The IKKI68 Team (Wuque, CKeeb and SirTimmyTimBit), supporting me and teaching me a huge amount of knowledge, as well as providing invaluable feedback.
Any so many more people, I definetly could not have done it without you guys![/b]
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: mindpalace on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:33:22
look awesome!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: baobaozi on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:34:09
I am interested in a hot swap version (or assembly service?)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: FunBox on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:34:43
That weight is stunning. Im really interested in this

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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:35:36
UPDATES:
6/15/20
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- Added Hotswap Support! (COMPLETE)
6/16/20
- Adding a softer/more flexible material. (COMPLETE - PC Plate Option Confirmed)
- Adding an option without the top logo at all for minimalists. (COMPLETE)
- The logo will now be recessed instead of extruding, due to manufacturing constraints.
- A Hard Carrying Case will be included with all orders

6/17/20
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Colors that have been set in stone (regardless of any changes)
- Marinas (Deep Navy)
- K2 (Black)
- Blanc (E-White)
- Mons (Red)
-Smokey Black PC
My apologies to those who did not get the color you wanted. Cerakote is always a great option (and super smooth!)

Smaller Updates
- PC Plate will be 4mm thick, with 1.5mm mounts for the gaskets. Pricing still TBD.
- Smokey Black PC
- Will be sending protos to TaeKeyboards for review!
- Prototypes lead time about 2 weeks - completion by end of June. Prototypes in-hand by Early July. These protos will not include a PCB, as I still need to confirm the dimensions of the case and layout before the PCB is produced.
- Prototypes will include Deep Navy, White and Red. Plate Protos include: PC Plate, Alu Plate and Brass Plate. The weight will be sandblasted, and use the legacy design. Logos on the case will not be color-filled.

6/19/20
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Prototype Updates
- Prototypes will begin production 6/22/19 China Time, there will be videos of production in-action, posted along the way!
- Protos slated to be done by July 1-3, shipping to the US, protos in-hand on July 10th.
- Initial protos will not include the PCB, because I need to confirm dimensions of the case and overall looks in-person before a PCB can be designed, this way the PCB design does not have to change.
- PCB is also slated for Mid July to arrive to me.

Timeline has been updated, please check below.

Group Buy Info
- Will be hosted on my shopify-powered storefront, www.bitmapstudio.xyz 9OPEN!)
- Shopify will be offered as the main payment method - if you really need to use Paypal and have a valid reason for it, contact me to validate.
- Group Buy slated for Late August!

Shipping Info
- Shipping is very tentative right now, and obviously no quote or estimate is accurate, but most likely, we will be using DHL express or UPS, both of which are extremely fast methods of shipping :grin: Cost is too volatile right now, cannot give an accurate estimate.

6/20/20
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The site for the Alpine65 (Which is also the site that the Group Buy will happen on) is live!
The Product Page shows as sold out, it's because the GB hasn't started yet, not because it's sold out haha
https://bitmapstudio.xyz/ (https://bitmapstudio.xyz/)

6/28/20
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Hi all! Due to the Dragon Boat Festival (端午节) the shipment of raw materials are delayed, and therefore the protos have been delayed to around July 14-15th. The timeline has been updated accordingly.

6/29/20
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- New Renders of the PC version!

PROTO PRODUCTION VIDEOS (6/28/20)
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It has been a long time since an update was posted! Proto Videos are Released:
Please turn down your volume if you are wearing headphones!
https://imgur.com/a/9BVYk1L (https://imgur.com/a/9BVYk1L)
(https://i.imgur.com/20W3bX3.png)

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7/18/20
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- Unfortunately, the carrying case was delayed, so we will be able to ship out the package Monday. I will update the tracking here once it's shipped, on Monday, my apologies!

- The PCB will be designed by Gondo, who has designed many PCBs. Check out his work here: http://acheronproject.com/
Expect about 1 week production time, and 10 days manufacturing, give or take a few days.

- Proto photos! See below.

8/7/20
- Unfortunately, the PCB design has been delayed, ETA currently around next week, with a production time of 10 days.

- Deskmat protos have shipped! I expect them next week.

- Thank you all for your continued support. Over the past months, I have received much more interest than I initially planned for. Fear not! We will be following a new Group Buy format, (near) unlimited for the first day, and I may close the GB at any time after that, depending on the amount of orders that we get. I will only take the amount of orders I can comfortably handle (around 500).

9/1/20
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Update, 9/1/2020
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- Case Prototypes R2 are starting
- PCB is still under review
- Prototypes should finish by end of September
- You know what that means!
- Group Buy has been pushed back to October 2020

We have released a September Prototype Document outlining the various changes and prototypes that are being made.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lgU4I1Ex2rp2zlgtCzj41mdomXhPyyL7owrbpn6fO_4/edit?usp=sharing

Alpine Deskmats
- Alpine Deskmats are still awaiting ordering. We will update when that is done.

9/13/20

Alpine65
- PCB Protos have begun production! I am extremely happy.
- We have made no changes so far, to the overall design.
- We will order 3 more prototypes of the case, scheduled for production after the PCB.
- We will post a repoll in #voting about the format of shipping. Please vote!

Alpine Deskmats
- Deskmats are ordered, and we are currently ON TIME for the deskmats, and they will arrive as planned
-  No further updates

Socials
- We have made 2 new socials! Please follow them, as we may post exclusive content on each.
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/bitmxp
Twitter: https://twitter.com/studiobitmap
Instagram: https://instagram.com/bitmap.studio

10/23/20

UPDATE POSTED!
https://bitmapstudio.xyz/blogs/news/bitmap-studios-10-23-updates
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: NotYeMK on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:37:42
I have a huge want for this.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: dklein on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:43:07
This looks really nice, I hope that price point is attainable for this board! A question and a suggestion:

(https://i.imgur.com/6Wi2zfV.jpg)

Can you clarify what the layers are? Above the bottom half of the case it looks like an internal weight and then a piece of foam, but I don't see mention of foam and I assume one of these two is supposed to represent the not-yet-rendered PCB.

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GB Location: Most likely on my own site, but may fall back to Paypal Invoicing

This is an easy way to get your PayPal account frozen with all your customers' money in it due to "suspicious activity." Don't fall back to PayPal.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Tailslol on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:57:05
wow the renders looks cool
i cant wait to see this ;3
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Vaiur on Tue, 16 June 2020, 01:58:58
Watching this for sure, very interesting.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: jannso on Tue, 16 June 2020, 02:00:11
What's the typing angle on this? It looks great btw.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: SxM Designs on Tue, 16 June 2020, 02:11:43
Looks good!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 16 June 2020, 02:19:37

Can you clarify what the layers are? Above the bottom half of the case it looks like an internal weight and then a piece of foam, but I don't see mention of foam and I assume one of these two is supposed to represent the not-yet-rendered PCB.
This is an easy way to get your PayPal account frozen with all your customers' money in it due to "suspicious activity." Don't fall back to PayPal.
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Yep. I will definitely work hard to make the site, and the layers are top case, gasket, plate, gasket, pcb, foam, bottom case, brass weight. I will edit the post tommrow :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Lenux on Tue, 16 June 2020, 02:55:10
The backplate is just amazing, im really looking forward to see it in real.

Good luck !
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Sabin on Tue, 16 June 2020, 03:11:02
I would also like a hot swap option
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: youreyesonly on Tue, 16 June 2020, 03:31:14
Arrow keys and right 3 keys should really be lined with with the rest. Does not look right with it being offset than the rest. I get why it is but maybe you could extend the board a bit to make enough room to have it flush.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: JoltFX on Tue, 16 June 2020, 03:38:12
This is just so nice looking, as my first GB and mech build I will be patiently waiting for this!!


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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: paulgali on Tue, 16 June 2020, 03:49:10
Nice looking! Are you going for 6063 alu though? At this price the grade of alu will be good to know, since it is a very compelling pricepoint.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Sabin on Tue, 16 June 2020, 04:23:39
Looks really nice, I like the logo and back weight. pricing seems good. I would allow us to choose from aluminium and brass plate. Looks like your including foam to put between pcb and plate? The only thing I would change about the back weight is get rid of the sun rays, just keep the mountain logo, much much cleaner look.

What is the typing angle and approximate weight? I would prefer the arrow key cluster to be flush with the rest of the keys rather than a separate island (My personal preference both aesthetically and functionally).

The bezel size is nice, not too thin or thick but is very similar to many other 65% have you thought about making it a little different? Like maybe having an angle to it? Would match the mountain theme nicely? Something similar to the Fjell (https://i.imgur.com/sWiD32b.jpg).
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Kenny20x2 on Tue, 16 June 2020, 04:28:24
Beautiful board. I'm definitely gonna be in for this gb. Any idea when?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: raz on Tue, 16 June 2020, 04:30:30
Looks sleek and the model is a pleasure to work with! Good luck with the IC!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Hangos on Tue, 16 June 2020, 04:32:46
Hope for ISO support in the PCB

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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: roguesystem087 on Tue, 16 June 2020, 05:36:30
very nice, not into 65s but if ya make it to GB, i'm down for sure :) nice price too
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: fabijolo on Tue, 16 June 2020, 05:41:30
Yoo, I really love the way you positioned the arrow/pg up... Keys, the perfect bezel in between is so incredibly satisfying to look at👀
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Blehhh on Tue, 16 June 2020, 05:51:50
will there be a hotswap version of this? would love a hotswap version of this :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: villagepillage on Tue, 16 June 2020, 06:02:45
Those renders look professionally done. I like it. I submitted feedback to the IC. I'd definitely be interested in pricing and what not. Will you be adding any customization for RGB? Possibly for the polycarb version.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: lovidore on Tue, 16 June 2020, 06:53:19
The design seems nice but some important information if missing.

What's the weight?
What's the typing angle?
Is the layout fixed? Will it support ISO? Split BS? Split LS? Bottom Row options?
Where's the port cutout? Will it use a daughterboard?
How will the badge attach to the case?

Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Julia on Tue, 16 June 2020, 07:59:24
It could be the renders but the red looks kind of dull. It gives me that feeling like how a navy blue is compared to a regular blue. Is this the case with your red case too?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Ckeeb on Tue, 16 June 2020, 08:54:58
Really cool design, good luck with the IC :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: kenneth00_22 on Tue, 16 June 2020, 11:40:24
Following this! GLWIC
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: juice_pouch on Tue, 16 June 2020, 11:52:56
Looks amazing!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Vidhur100 on Tue, 16 June 2020, 12:03:53
I'm def interested just please try and bring the price down.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: LolChocotaco on Tue, 16 June 2020, 12:10:24
This looks beautiful. Definitely following!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Vidhur100 on Tue, 16 June 2020, 12:12:28
The edges look kinda thick could you take like 3-4mm each side. Other than that I love it  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: UwU.Danny on Tue, 16 June 2020, 12:13:38
Hey man, probably seems like I am blowing you up but I have a couple hard hitting questions. Are you dead set on not seeking vendor support? They already have in place infrastructure to help what seems like it will be trouble on your first group buy. If you are dead set on doing it all on your own, with no maximum order quality how do you plan on quality checking all of our boards? Is this something you are going to seek outside help on? And finally would you consider forgoing the badge for rotary encoder support?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: $W4GK!NG on Tue, 16 June 2020, 12:16:02
Hey man, probably seems like I am blowing you up but I have a couple hard hitting questions. Are you dead set on not seeking vendor support? They already have in place infrastructure to help what seems like it will be trouble on your first group buy. If you are dead set on doing it all on your own, with no maximum order quality how do you plan on quality checking all of our boards? Is this something you are going to seek outside help on? And finally would you consider forgoing the badge for rotary encoder support?

Actually, that's a pretty sick idea, Rotary Encoder is cool
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Key_Capt on Tue, 16 June 2020, 12:25:14
This looks really nice, i like what you have done with the cluster separation.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 16 June 2020, 12:25:54
Hey man, probably seems like I am blowing you up but I have a couple hard hitting questions. Are you dead set on not seeking vendor support? They already have in place infrastructure to help what seems like it will be trouble on your first group buy. If you are dead set on doing it all on your own, with no maximum order quality how do you plan on quality checking all of our boards? Is this something you are going to seek outside help on? And finally would you consider forgoing the badge for rotary encoder support?

The factory owner is my friend, and all boards will be manually checked, if not over 300 boards are made. Otherwise, if over 300, all boards will go through an automatic QC Process, where a photo will be taken and emailed to the buyer as well as me to confirm. More details incoming :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: SirTimmyTimbit on Tue, 16 June 2020, 13:12:41
Looks fantastic man!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: MrFurrior on Tue, 16 June 2020, 14:00:59
The back plate design it very nice  :D Definitely interested to see how this IC goes.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Ptaty on Tue, 16 June 2020, 14:06:13
As mountain hiking is another hobby of mine, this is literally the perfect keyboard for me. Bringing together two of my most passionate hobbies. Im so excited, I really hope I can get one.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: mrpetrov on Tue, 16 June 2020, 14:25:19
I think the design is cool and I like the innovation of the right hand side separated arrows/macro column.

That said, can you please give us a little more background about yourself and your ability to handle a large GB like this (financial buffer to handle snafus, administrative process, payments, QC, etc). Have you done anything like this before - I understand this is your first GB, but what other relevant experience do you have?

Many thanks!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Hangos on Tue, 16 June 2020, 14:40:36
Is the PCB ISO compatible?

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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Rob27shred on Tue, 16 June 2020, 15:43:56
I think the design is cool and I like the innovation of the right hand side separated arrows/macro column.

That said, can you please give us a little more background about yourself and your ability to handle a large GB like this (financial buffer to handle snafus, administrative process, payments, QC, etc). Have you done anything like this before - I understand this is your first GB, but what other relevant experience do you have?

Many thanks!

 I am absolutely in love with the design, but would like to get some answers to these questions as well. The fact you're going unlimited for your first GB with no vendor support does make backing this project a harder decision than it would be otherwise. I did see you said you are friends with the factory owner, but that is kinda disconcerting as well. I'd like to know if you're having your friend produce the boards as a straight up customer of his/hers or if this is a situation where they are doing you some favors to help get this project done. Anyways please don't feel like we are trying to grill you or are not being trusting towards you, a lot of projects have gotten terribly off track or even never delivered from people who bit off more than can chew for their first GB. We're just doing our due diligence because we are genuinely interested in this board!

Anyways I really hope this is something that gets brought to life with hopefully as little problems as possible for you. I really love the design & would definitely join the GB if you can give us some reassurances that this a project you can pull off. GL with everything moving forward man, I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Shiro on Tue, 16 June 2020, 16:11:35
looks really cool, but could the pcb also have via support? 👀
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Kinesiologist on Tue, 16 June 2020, 17:21:13
Looking good, can you please elaborate on the following and perhaps add to the original post:

- is it USB-C connector on the PCB?
- does the PCB have full ESD protection?
- please allow the option for a solder PCB
- option to buy extra PCB for backup?

thank you, will keep an eye on this project.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: UwU.Danny on Tue, 16 June 2020, 20:30:26
I think the design is cool and I like the innovation of the right hand side separated arrows/macro column.

That said, can you please give us a little more background about yourself and your ability to handle a large GB like this (financial buffer to handle snafus, administrative process, payments, QC, etc). Have you done anything like this before - I understand this is your first GB, but what other relevant experience do you have?

Many thanks!

 I am absolutely in love with the design, but would like to get some answers to these questions as well. The fact you're going unlimited for your first GB with no vendor support does make backing this project a harder decision than it would be otherwise. I did see you said you are friends with the factory owner, but that is kinda disconcerting as well. I'd like to know if you're having your friend produce the boards as a straight up customer of his/hers or if this is a situation where they are doing you some favors to help get this project done. Anyways please don't feel like we are trying to grill you or are not being trusting towards you, a lot of projects have gotten terribly off track or even never delivered from people who bit off more than can chew for their first GB. We're just doing our due diligence because we are genuinely interested in this board!

Anyways I really hope this is something that gets brought to life with hopefully as little problems as possible for you. I really love the design & would definitely join the GB if you can give us some reassurances that this a project you can pull off. GL with everything moving forward man, I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure!

This so much. I am absolutely amazed by how beautiful the design is. I would love to have it. But you are asking me to trust you with 300 dollars and giving me every reason in the world not to.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 16 June 2020, 23:03:49


 I am absolutely in love with the design, but would like to get some answers to these questions as well. The fact you're going unlimited for your first GB with no vendor support does make backing this project a harder decision than it would be otherwise. I did see you said you are friends with the factory owner, but that is kinda disconcerting as well. I'd like to know if you're having your friend produce the boards as a straight up customer of his/hers or if this is a situation where they are doing you some favors to help get this project done. Anyways please don't feel like we are trying to grill you or are not being trusting towards you, a lot of projects have gotten terribly off track or even never delivered from people who bit off more than can chew for their first GB. We're just doing our due diligence because we are genuinely interested in this board!

Anyways I really hope this is something that gets brought to life with hopefully as little problems as possible for you. I really love the design & would definitely join the GB if you can give us some reassurances that this a project you can pull off. GL with everything moving forward man, I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure!
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I totally understand. I am running this GB with the manufacturer solely as a consumer; and nothing else. He does not owe me anything, nor do I owe him. You would get the same experience if you approached him with your offer for a keyboard. To reassure you, there will be prototypes of this keyboard, and ample sound tests and build stream(s). You will be able to see first-hand what the keyboard is like before you commit to the group buy. I will also say that my manufacturer owns a keyboard-centered factory, and has catered to many industrial and corporate customers in the past, and has no problem handling a small group buy with ample quality control. A board that I can disclose is the IKKI68, which is also made by this manufacturer, and I can say that the Group Buy is going very well. Videos will also be made of machining and the QC Process. Rest assured I understand your position on this, and I totally understand what you feel, spending $300 on a custom keyboard from a first-time GB-Hoster. From a customer's point of view, I understand completely. I just want you know that both me and the manufacturer have more than enough capacity to handle this group buy with minimal hiccups. And thanks for your support.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 16 June 2020, 23:04:38
Quote
This so much. I am absolutely amazed by how beautiful the design is. I would love to have it. But you are asking me to trust you with 300 dollars and giving me every reason in the world not to.

Thank you so much for your kind words. I've written a response to you as well above. I hope you understand.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: jjoejimmy on Tue, 16 June 2020, 23:49:26
Will the group buy begin after the Ikki68 units have been shipped? It would be great if it was after, so people can see the quality of this relatively new manufacturer
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Wed, 17 June 2020, 08:04:24
Will the group buy begin after the Ikki68 units have been shipped? It would be great if it was after, so people can see the quality of this relatively new manufacturer
Most likely, yes
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Ajoker86 on Wed, 17 June 2020, 08:05:46
Iím down!! I would get one without the logo.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: diazel on Wed, 17 June 2020, 11:24:57
Yep, definite interest on my part too. Would definitely like to see a green or cerakote version but still interested either way.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Wed, 17 June 2020, 23:20:56
Yep, definite interest on my part too. Would definitely like to see a green or cerakote version but still interested either way.
I've already got most colors set in stone - sorry :(
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: FellTattooArtist on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:53:33
that looks gorgeous, any thoughts about adding split spacebar?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: ilikerustoo on Fri, 19 June 2020, 02:26:16
Send a board/proto to Jae from Top Clack to review!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 19 June 2020, 10:30:40
Send a board/proto to Jae from Top Clack to review!
We have a voting poll on Discord for who to send it too! We will wait until this week's episode of Top Clack, see what Jae thinks   :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Sat, 20 June 2020, 09:16:27
Iím down!! I would get one without the logo.
Yep! There will be an option for no logo.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% - Update 6/19/20, Timeline Update
Post by: elisha on Sat, 20 June 2020, 15:29:58
I'm digging the art deco look  :cool:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% - New Website! - Timeline Updated.
Post by: SpadesJr on Sat, 20 June 2020, 21:21:46
PC version looks great!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Glueeater on Mon, 22 June 2020, 13:54:03
Hoping the PC version happens!  But I'm in for white nonetheless.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 23 June 2020, 11:28:54
Hoping the PC version happens!  But I'm in for white nonetheless.

Definetly going to happen :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: sl4ppy on Tue, 23 June 2020, 12:13:28
Im in!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Rew23 on Wed, 24 June 2020, 01:55:58
Is there going to be an option to order a solderable PCB alongside the hotswap PCB?  I know you said in the discord that having two separate would most likely not happen, I just wanted to know if there was a final decision on if two would be offered. Personally, I question the long term (several year) durability of most hotswap PCB's and I generally prefer the stability of a soldered PCB. There seems to be a massive trend towards hotswap PCB's in every board being released to accommodate the large influx of people into the hobby. It has great utility and allows for more people entry into custom boards, but it also garners personal hesitation for long term feel and use of a board.  I absolutely love the design of the board from the cluster, to the logo, to the weight.  I really hope that it isn't pigeonholed into a hotswap exclusive board, especially since most soldered PCBs can be mill-maxed into a hotswap, but the inverse isn't always true. Regardless good luck with the remainder of the IC and potential GB of this lovely design.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: danieljgrouse on Wed, 24 June 2020, 04:21:38
I agree that this might be my favourite design for a 65% board yet, but that I would much prefer to have an option for a non-hotswap PCB as I donít have the best experience with the longevity of the sockets and would also love to see few more layout options.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: anttrax on Wed, 24 June 2020, 20:13:36
Beautiful wieght and board. :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: stein3 on Thu, 25 June 2020, 00:00:58
I love the look of the weight, but I am wondering if the sharp inner edges are going to make it difficult to clean out dust.
I think it would be better if the cutouts were shallow and infilled with some color to go with the case color (or just black or white to make it easy).
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: tuxkey on Fri, 26 June 2020, 05:22:26
as someone that is addicted to 65% boards having several.. last was NK65.. x2 and thinking of making that 3 in the future..
i would rather have this board for sure.. and getting a spare pcb would be awesome to but i payed almost $50 for the NK65 to get it past customs and not to mention the shipping. if there is anyone that can recommend a trustworthy proxy.. i would love to join this GB.. and buy my first higher end board.. otherwise it's NK65 $170 + $25 or more shipping +$45 or more customs..
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Glueeater on Fri, 26 June 2020, 09:55:42
The price for the PC is amazing  :-X
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: newbs1111 on Fri, 26 June 2020, 10:38:29
ENLIST MEEE!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: neojonathan on Fri, 26 June 2020, 10:49:04
Would there be an image for potential layouts ?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 26 June 2020, 11:26:56
Is there going to be an option to order a solderable PCB alongside the hotswap PCB?  I know you said in the discord that having two separate would most likely not happen, I just wanted to know if there was a final decision on if two would be offered. Personally, I question the long term (several year) durability of most hotswap PCB's and I generally prefer the stability of a soldered PCB. There seems to be a massive trend towards hotswap PCB's in every board being released to accommodate the large influx of people into the hobby. It has great utility and allows for more people entry into custom boards, but it also garners personal hesitation for long term feel and use of a board.  I absolutely love the design of the board from the cluster, to the logo, to the weight.  I really hope that it isn't pigeonholed into a hotswap exclusive board, especially since most soldered PCBs can be mill-maxed into a hotswap, but the inverse isn't always true. Regardless good luck with the remainder of the IC and potential GB of this lovely design.
You can vote on the Discord Poll for Hotswap vs Soldered
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 26 June 2020, 11:27:55
Would there be an image for potential layouts ?
There is just 1 ANSI Layout.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Bitmxp on Sat, 27 June 2020, 10:19:55
as someone that is addicted to 65% boards having several.. last was NK65.. x2 and thinking of making that 3 in the future..
i would rather have this board for sure.. and getting a spare pcb would be awesome to but i payed almost $50 for the NK65 to get it past customs and not to mention the shipping. if there is anyone that can recommend a trustworthy proxy.. i would love to join this GB.. and buy my first higher end board.. otherwise it's NK65 $170 + $25 or more shipping +$45 or more customs..

I will try to see what we can do about customs, and shipping, hopefully it will be good, more information to come!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: SxM Designs on Sat, 27 June 2020, 11:04:38
as someone that is addicted to 65% boards having several.. last was NK65.. x2 and thinking of making that 3 in the future..
i would rather have this board for sure.. and getting a spare pcb would be awesome to but i payed almost $50 for the NK65 to get it past customs and not to mention the shipping. if there is anyone that can recommend a trustworthy proxy.. i would love to join this GB.. and buy my first higher end board.. otherwise it's NK65 $170 + $25 or more shipping +$45 or more customs..

I will try to see what we can do about customs, and shipping, hopefully it will be good, more information to come!

This is the main issue with EU. The customs will charge an arm and a leg for importing things. So I would really hope that you can somehow contact other EU proxies likes MyKeyboard or Candykeys and have them on board. Eu customers will jump on this!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%| Proto Videos Released! | bitmapstudio.xyz
Post by: Krzew on Sun, 28 June 2020, 15:06:11
yes, EU proxy is definitely needed!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%| Proto Videos Released! | bitmapstudio.xyz
Post by: Bitmxp on Wed, 01 July 2020, 15:28:09
yes, EU proxy is definitely needed!
For the mousepad we will have a proxy :))
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 03 July 2020, 12:32:13
Bump for Alpine Deskmat
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: jdylanmc on Sun, 05 July 2020, 09:08:29
Hotswap PCB would be badass, love the navy color.

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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: Bitmxp on Sun, 05 July 2020, 17:03:23
Hotswap PCB would be badass, love the navy color.

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It's hotswap!! :))
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: CrescentKick on Sun, 05 July 2020, 20:02:34
You've done an awesome job designing the weight section.  The Purple and Cyan are mint! Would really love this in a British racing green please.   
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: Twigler on Thu, 09 July 2020, 12:54:28
This looks so nice!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: IMZO on Thu, 09 July 2020, 14:43:21
This is so awesome! Totally in for this, hopefully purple happens if not, i'll be in for that red!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: Arcen on Thu, 09 July 2020, 21:05:43
Can't wait for this!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: Dunne on Thu, 09 July 2020, 21:46:40
Interested & will reserve, any Asia proxies? Could help for Vietnam  :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: wawa on Thu, 09 July 2020, 22:32:54
If there ends up being a dyed PC option with a hotswap PCB, I will throw so much money at this
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 10 July 2020, 01:05:47
If there ends up being a dyed PC option with a hotswap PCB, I will throw so much money at this
OFC! Black PC with Hotswap - You know it!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 10 July 2020, 01:17:12
I agree that this might be my favourite design for a 65% board yet, but that I would much prefer to have an option for a non-hotswap PCB as I donít have the best experience with the longevity of the sockets and would also love to see few more layout options.
For this one, we'll only have Hotswap. We'll be sure to add this to the next board!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65% | NEW - bitmapstudio.xyz | Timeline Update!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 10 July 2020, 01:18:39
Is there going to be an option to order a solderable PCB alongside the hotswap PCB?  I know you said in the discord that having two separate would most likely not happen, I just wanted to know if there was a final decision on if two would be offered. Personally, I question the long term (several year) durability of most hotswap PCB's and I generally prefer the stability of a soldered PCB. There seems to be a massive trend towards hotswap PCB's in every board being released to accommodate the large influx of people into the hobby. It has great utility and allows for more people entry into custom boards, but it also garners personal hesitation for long term feel and use of a board.  I absolutely love the design of the board from the cluster, to the logo, to the weight.  I really hope that it isn't pigeonholed into a hotswap exclusive board, especially since most soldered PCBs can be mill-maxed into a hotswap, but the inverse isn't always true. Regardless good luck with the remainder of the IC and potential GB of this lovely design.
To accommodate more people (We made a poll on discord) We have decided that hotswap is the way to go. There are no notable durability or sound differences, and it will be better for people who do not have a soldering iron. We will be sure to add 2 options for the next board - maybe even sell an extra PCB after the Alpine if there is enough demand! :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket Mount + ALPINE DESKMAT | Vote on Designs
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 10 July 2020, 01:19:42
Interested & will reserve, any Asia proxies? Could help for Vietnam  :)
We will have a Chinese Proxy :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Kharann on Sun, 12 July 2020, 05:26:52
Any plans for ISO if the interest was big enough?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Bitmxp on Sun, 12 July 2020, 13:18:33
Any plans for ISO if the interest was big enough?
Not at the moment, because having hotswap and ISO would mean that I need 2 boards designed for each, and QC would be harder and manufacturing would be pricier.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: jdylanmc on Sun, 12 July 2020, 15:31:43
Any thoughts on bluetooth connectivity?

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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: raz0r54 on Sun, 12 July 2020, 16:17:27
If there were a proxy from EU... it'd be great
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Oregano Jones on Sun, 12 July 2020, 17:24:17
Board is looking great! Now that you have gotten your hands on a finished prototype, do you think the red colour would fit well with the upcoming Infinikey Port keycap set?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: bhombs_ on Sun, 12 July 2020, 17:28:26
Nice design on the bottoms bracket :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Mugue on Sun, 12 July 2020, 19:47:09
all the renders look incredible count me in  ;D
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: CrimHaxx on Wed, 15 July 2020, 00:21:40
Just came across this and I am so hyped!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: anttrax on Wed, 15 July 2020, 01:21:48
i mean since i'm in San Diego as well can i personally pick it up now? LOL ;D
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Kharann on Wed, 15 July 2020, 03:44:43
Any plans for ISO if the interest was big enough?
Not at the moment, because having hotswap and ISO would mean that I need 2 boards designed for each, and QC would be harder and manufacturing would be pricier.

That's understandable and i respect your design choices :thumb:. I didnt notice that the board was non-solderable which makes flexibility in layout a bit harder. Anyway good luck man! Hopefully you will come back with a solderable option in the future and then i will wait excitingly :). Maybe if im lucky you might go with a solder pcb afterall
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Stev!e on Wed, 15 July 2020, 04:04:51
Do you have a production cap? Do you plan on making this an unlimited group buy?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Evo_Spec on Wed, 15 July 2020, 10:22:56
Beautiful, unique looking board. I imagine this will be very popular. 
I'm personally not a fan of having a key on top of my right arrow so I'm out but it's still an amazing looking board.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Bitmxp on Wed, 15 July 2020, 11:36:06
Beautiful, unique looking board. I imagine this will be very popular. 
I'm personally not a fan of having a key on top of my right arrow so I'm out but it's still an amazing looking board.
tysm for the kind words! Keep an eye out for out second board ;)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Bitmxp on Wed, 15 July 2020, 11:36:46
Do you have a production cap? Do you plan on making this an unlimited group buy?
No prod cap :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: toumatakeshi on Fri, 17 July 2020, 23:01:49
Any news on deciding for the underglow? Would rly love the polycarb of this if we could get some of that :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: wawa on Sat, 18 July 2020, 00:02:29
Just saw some of the proto pics on discord. You mentioned the clear PC case with the smoky PC plate was a manufacturerís error. I disagree because it is exactly what I want lol. Super excited for future updates on this
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Bitmxp on Sat, 18 July 2020, 19:15:19
Just saw some of the proto pics on discord. You mentioned the clear PC case with the smoky PC plate was a manufacturerís error. I disagree because it is exactly what I want lol. Super excited for future updates on this
The community voted for Smokey Black haha, but maybe I'll change it. We'll see haha
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Bitmxp on Sat, 18 July 2020, 19:44:02
yep
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: wawa on Sat, 18 July 2020, 21:28:24
Just saw some of the proto pics on discord. You mentioned the clear PC case with the smoky PC plate was a manufacturerís error. I disagree because it is exactly what I want lol. Super excited for future updates on this
The community voted for Smokey Black haha, but maybe I'll change it. We'll see haha

I like the smoky black case and plan on buying it. Something about the frosted case with the smoky black plate really pops though. If thatís also an option at some point I would consider that as well.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Bitmxp on Sun, 19 July 2020, 09:48:43
Just saw some of the proto pics on discord. You mentioned the clear PC case with the smoky PC plate was a manufacturerís error. I disagree because it is exactly what I want lol. Super excited for future updates on this
The community voted for Smokey Black haha, but maybe I'll change it. We'll see haha

I like the smoky black case and plan on buying it. Something about the frosted case with the smoky black plate really pops though. If thatís also an option at some point I would consider that as well.
Haha I will give it a try, but that's totally TBD.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PCB Updates | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE!
Post by: ManiacMarc on Mon, 20 July 2020, 03:53:35
Oooooh, this loooks smexy.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PCB Updates | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 21 July 2020, 13:21:21
Oooooh, this loooks smexy.
:thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Bitmxp on Thu, 23 July 2020, 15:07:54
Any news on deciding for the underglow? Would rly love the polycarb of this if we could get some of that :)
No underglow, unfortunately, I've found that Underglow doesn't look too good with smokey black PC.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PCB Updates | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE!
Post by: 1am_Icy on Fri, 24 July 2020, 01:27:48
Is there confirmation on the PCB having RGB per switch?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PCB Updates | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE!
Post by: resonantarchitect on Fri, 24 July 2020, 08:05:27
It looks like in some pictures there is multiple badge inserts for the mountain, but in some pics it looks like the mountain is just an engraving. How will the badges work if there are any? Sorry if the info is in the post and I'm just missing it!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PCB Updates | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 24 July 2020, 11:19:13
It looks like in some pictures there is multiple badge inserts for the mountain, but in some pics it looks like the mountain is just an engraving. How will the badges work if there are any? Sorry if the info is in the post and I'm just missing it!
Hi! So, due to issues with having too many parts, we decided having just a mountain as an engraving is the way to go. Apologies for any inconveniences caused!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PCB Updates | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 24 July 2020, 11:20:18
Is there confirmation on the PCB having RGB per switch?
Yes! Per-key RGB.  :cool:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: Clay333 on Fri, 24 July 2020, 17:41:35
Beautiful, unique looking board. I imagine this will be very popular. 
I'm personally not a fan of having a key on top of my right arrow so I'm out but it's still an amazing looking board.

100% agree. The board looks great except for the right column. If there was a gap above the right arrow to keep the keys aligned with their respective row it would have been a home run. It still turned out good though and I am sure the owners will end up happy. Good luck with the group buy.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Egobean on Sat, 25 July 2020, 03:33:34
holy ****!!! this isn't a keyboard this is a piece of art!!! i would love to get in on this gb? has it started or when is it going to?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Eagle Bearer on Sat, 25 July 2020, 06:54:11
Love the engraving. Definitely in if you can keep the price reasonable  :p
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Sabin on Sat, 25 July 2020, 07:34:38
holy ****!!! this isn't a keyboard this is a piece of art!!! i would love to get in on this gb? has it started or when is it going to?
No, read the timeline in the first post
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTO PRODUCTION COMPLETE! | Deskmat Designs Confirm
Post by: h00k on Sat, 25 July 2020, 17:51:59
Beautiful, unique looking board. I imagine this will be very popular. 
I'm personally not a fan of having a key on top of my right arrow so I'm out but it's still an amazing looking board.

100% agree. The board looks great except for the right column. If there was a gap above the right arrow to keep the keys aligned with their respective row it would have been a home run. It still turned out good though and I am sure the owners will end up happy. Good luck with the group buy.

Fully agree with that. Everything else looks amazing but the row above right arrow ruins it for me.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: The_Runz on Sat, 25 July 2020, 23:02:14
Idk how I missed seeing this. Just filled out IC form, can't wait!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: EMC Labs on Sun, 26 July 2020, 05:37:43
How much does it weight approx.? Also, is it USB-C? And lastly, is the weight made of brass?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: wynects on Sun, 26 July 2020, 10:29:44
I'm definitely down for this.  ;D
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: noctoornal on Sun, 26 July 2020, 11:26:18
man, i will definitely follow your updates. key layout and your logo is SICK!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Twigler on Sun, 26 July 2020, 12:27:07
Did you get a light blue prototype?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Bitmxp on Sun, 26 July 2020, 12:45:17
Did you get a light blue prototype?
Unfortunately, Light Blue was voted out of the color pool. My apologies!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Vinchenzol on Mon, 27 July 2020, 04:42:58
Will the Polycarb version only come in the smokey black or does it also come in a clear or white version?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Mon, 27 July 2020, 10:11:52
I just made an account for this keeb! Been a lurker for a while.  :rolleyes:

Seeing that there will be no Vendor support, i hope there are other ways to pay in the GB aside from PayPal. Just spent quite a bit lately, but i need this board, my wife approved it! I told her, i'm only buying this because you and this board have the same name.  :cool:

WORKED!

Can't wait for the GB.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: kai0 on Tue, 28 July 2020, 09:55:51
QMK support only or will VIA be available as well?  :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Wed, 29 July 2020, 02:09:38
Waiting for more updates. :)

Hopefully Credit Card payment will be available.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: LVNDSCAPE on Wed, 29 July 2020, 05:42:50
I love how you didnít put a limit of orders on the GB.

Will be in for a polycarbonate version.

Since the protos have arrived , can we expect a typing test soon if possible ?

Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Wed, 29 July 2020, 07:04:37
I love how you didnít put a limit of orders on the GB.

IKR. I'm going to support this guy just because of that alone.

I'll be in for sure, thinking of getting POLY and White as well as the colorful deskmat. Was hoping that the GB starts pretty soon and there will be a credit card payment option.  ^-^
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: kmeyer on Wed, 29 July 2020, 07:37:21
The brass plate and weight look untreated, will there be an option for polished and/or PVD brass?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: FruityMcSwirl on Wed, 29 July 2020, 08:27:16
Very nice, hopefully a POM plate is possible
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Wed, 29 July 2020, 11:57:08
And i just realized there is an IC for GMK Alpine as well!  :thumb:

Man, i'm sure to get poly and e-white (unless there will be like an alu color that would match that gmk alpine).
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: poyno on Wed, 29 July 2020, 21:16:37
Great looking keyboard! Definitely filling out the IC form!  ;D
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Itsjustseven on Thu, 30 July 2020, 00:31:04
Yessiree! Looks great, totally up for this.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: LOLWK on Thu, 30 July 2020, 03:49:22
Is the finish on the proto going to be the same with the final version?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: zedbraxmen on Thu, 30 July 2020, 10:06:54
I'm totally in. Asia proxy pls ;)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 31 July 2020, 10:28:58
I'm totally in. Asia proxy pls ;)
We will also be shipping from the manufacturer, who is in Asia :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: tempo on Fri, 31 July 2020, 13:53:52
Oof, protos looking clean
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Fri, 31 July 2020, 22:29:59
I'm totally in. Asia proxy pls ;)
We will also be shipping from the manufacturer, who is in Asia :)

I hope this vendor accepts credit card payment, me and my friends are looking forward to this board as when i showed it to them, however, 4 of us don't use PayPal or like me PayPal isn't an option right now.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Bitmxp on Sat, 01 August 2020, 00:06:33
I'm totally in. Asia proxy pls ;)
We will also be shipping from the manufacturer, who is in Asia :)

I hope this vendor accepts credit card payment, me and my friends are looking forward to this board as when i showed it to them, however, 4 of us don't use PayPal or like me PayPal isn't an option right now.
Yep! Credit Card is accepted :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Sat, 01 August 2020, 02:06:30
I'm totally in. Asia proxy pls ;)
We will also be shipping from the manufacturer, who is in Asia :)

I hope this vendor accepts credit card payment, me and my friends are looking forward to this board as when i showed it to them, however, 4 of us don't use PayPal or like me PayPal isn't an option right now.
Yep! Credit Card is accepted :)

Fantastic! Looking forward for the GB.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: bt2108 on Sat, 01 August 2020, 03:27:29
They looks good!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 04 August 2020, 11:49:17
Is the finish on the proto going to be the same with the final version?
Yes, sir. Keep in mind the weight on the PC Proto is not coated.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: JiiA on Fri, 07 August 2020, 13:58:44
is the red a dark red or a more bright red? it's kinda hard to tell with the lighting in some pics
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 07 August 2020, 14:00:10
is the red a dark red or a more bright red? it's kinda hard to tell with the lighting in some pics
It's definitely not bright, I would say looks somewhat dark in person  :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: MrFurrior on Fri, 07 August 2020, 14:04:31
I think you should consider an upper limit on the orders. With it being your first GB I would have concerns with QC and managing of the GB. With the amount of think 6.5 V2 which were sold, I wouldn't want you to take more orders than you could handle in a timely manner...
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Error213 on Fri, 07 August 2020, 14:13:59
wow that is a great looking case. Ill be interseted in that
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: paperassgasket on Fri, 07 August 2020, 17:26:57
Is the website https://www.bitmapstudio.xyz/ supposed to be live now? I just tried to visit and it said it was unavailable.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 07 August 2020, 18:14:58
Is the website https://www.bitmapstudio.xyz/ supposed to be live now? I just tried to visit and it said it was unavailable.
Down for the time being :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Sat, 08 August 2020, 01:22:56
I'm just here, waiting for the GB. I hope he will give Bit will give us a few days before dropping the 1 day unlimited GB.  :))

I still need to think whether i'm getting 1 or 2. Give me atleast 2 - 3 days.  :-*
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: jas_kidd32 on Sat, 08 August 2020, 02:04:19
This looks great. I am in!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Ashardalon on Sat, 08 August 2020, 02:21:17
God those prototypes look incredible. Looking forward to watching this project reach GB!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Angbandneverending on Sat, 08 August 2020, 02:24:29
Very interested, loving the weight design especially, have you considered maybe eliminating the word 'ALPINE' from the design of the back of the weight? Particularly since splitting it in half is slightly awkward and it already looks great on the inner surface. Doesn't do any major harm to how much I like the board, I just feel like it might make it even more elegant looking and further in the deco/modernist vein you're already heading in with those awesome other lines. Especially when I look at some of the prototype images. Apologies if I missed this is in another post, I didn't catch it on a glance over the rest of the thread.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: Oddstag on Sat, 08 August 2020, 10:05:09
Very interested, loving the weight design especially, have you considered maybe eliminating the word 'ALPINE' from the design of the back of the weight? Particularly since splitting it in half is slightly awkward and it already looks great on the inner surface. Doesn't do any major harm to how much I like the board, I just feel like it might make it even more elegant looking and further in the deco/modernist vein you're already heading in with those awesome other lines. Especially when I look at some of the prototype images. Apologies if I missed this is in another post, I didn't catch it on a glance over the rest of the thread.

I actually agree with this. Love everything about this board but the back design is holding me back. Hope youíre considering losing the alpine wording on the back (mountain looks great though). Maybe it could be moved to the bottom (not split though, the splitting isnít working for me either).
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | Protos Recieved!
Post by: VictorVallecano on Sat, 08 August 2020, 19:32:09
Has the price increased over the last couple of weeks?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | Protos Recieved!
Post by: Bitmxp on Sat, 08 August 2020, 21:28:08
Has the price increased over the last couple of weeks?
No sir!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | Protos Recieved!
Post by: Bazookatooth on Sat, 08 August 2020, 22:05:31
Love it.  I would be in for sure.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | Protos Recieved!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Sun, 09 August 2020, 00:54:44
Didn't know it comes with EVA Foam! OMG! Definitely going to buy 2 now. I was always sure with e-white, but i'll probably get the poly now.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: njunxuan on Sun, 09 August 2020, 06:00:43
Very interested, loving the weight design especially, have you considered maybe eliminating the word 'ALPINE' from the design of the back of the weight? Particularly since splitting it in half is slightly awkward and it already looks great on the inner surface. Doesn't do any major harm to how much I like the board, I just feel like it might make it even more elegant looking and further in the deco/modernist vein you're already heading in with those awesome other lines. Especially when I look at some of the prototype images. Apologies if I missed this is in another post, I didn't catch it on a glance over the rest of the thread.

I actually agree with this. Love everything about this board but the back design is holding me back. Hope youíre considering losing the alpine wording on the back (mountain looks great though). Maybe it could be moved to the bottom (not split though, the splitting isnít working for me either).

I agree with this too. Alternatively, is it possible to maybe replace the A in Alpine with the mountains.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | PROTOS RECEIVED - Photos Taken!
Post by: toumatakeshi on Sun, 09 August 2020, 15:23:09
Echoing all the sentiment about the "ALPINE" back design. Mountains would look great, but totally understandable if it's too late in the process with the proto's already in and everything.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | Protos Recieved!
Post by: jmsp0511 on Sun, 09 August 2020, 16:44:34
I love the overall design! Great job!!

I just wish the 3 keys to the right could be their own cluster rather then being lumped with the arrows.

Also, the bottom weight has too much going on, IMO.
But I like very minimalist designs, so this could be just me.

The sun rays in the bottom weight also reminds me too much of Japanese military flags

But overall, great looking keyboard! I really like the edgy, boxy aesthetic. It's super clean in that aspect.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | Protos Recieved!
Post by: FestiveIV on Sun, 09 August 2020, 20:48:20
I want pls
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | Protos Recieved!
Post by: Bitmxp on Sun, 09 August 2020, 20:54:15
I want pls
FESTIVE HOLA!  :eek:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | New Advertisement Video!
Post by: Monoblake on Mon, 10 August 2020, 06:51:17
Gib now pls
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | New Advertisement Video!
Post by: chatok on Mon, 10 August 2020, 08:19:32
 gonna cop the PC for sure!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | New Advertisement Video!
Post by: pickoloh on Mon, 10 August 2020, 11:34:28
interested!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | Protos Recieved!
Post by: Bitmxp on Wed, 12 August 2020, 12:49:50
I love the overall design! Great job!!

I just wish the 3 keys to the right could be their own cluster rather then being lumped with the arrows.

Also, the bottom weight has too much going on, IMO.
But I like very minimalist designs, so this could be just me.

The sun rays in the bottom weight also reminds me too much of Japanese military flags

But overall, great looking keyboard! I really like the edgy, boxy aesthetic. It's super clean in that aspect.
Unfortunately, at this point it is though to make any more large changes, but I will keep it in mind for the next GB! And about the sun rays, I don't think that all sunsets are reminisce of the Japanese military, and I definitely did not try to convey this. However, thank you for the kind words!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: ligongduck on Wed, 12 August 2020, 13:30:33
I'm looking forward to this board. This will be my second board after entering this hobby
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: RedKumaNo1 on Wed, 12 August 2020, 13:42:24
Wow I love the design on this! Looking forward to the GB ^^
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: johnnyhowey on Wed, 12 August 2020, 20:55:50
Totally down! Hotswap and Bluetooth would be a plus!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Thu, 13 August 2020, 03:32:20
Totally down! Hotswap and Bluetooth would be a plus!

AFAIK, the only option is Hotswap. And there might be no option for BT as well, but i might be wrong.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: dMaIvKiEd on Sat, 15 August 2020, 17:33:56
I'd be very interested in this keyboard but I have a hard time trusting that QC will be handled probably and it's been suggested several times by the community, to use a vendor. All requests being ignored and that's a tough call. Tough as in knowing that only one person will be doing everything on their own. GLWGB though.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: grimis on Mon, 17 August 2020, 23:02:59
I'm fairly new to the scene but it seems like most boards that have the features and accessories of this are in the $400+ range easily. How is this so affordable for what is being offered?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: VagueOrigin on Mon, 17 August 2020, 23:30:48
I'm fairly new to the scene but it seems like most boards that have the features and accessories of this are in the $400+ range easily. How is this so affordable for what is being offered?
Now thats a first, haven't heard someone ask why it's affordable haha . I get ya though

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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: darthcapn on Tue, 18 August 2020, 01:51:55
I am so much in love with the pc + gmk avanguardia! Kudos to both you and Raz! @raz

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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Little4Real on Tue, 18 August 2020, 02:18:07
I wish there was a solderable PCB with better layout coverage, something along the lines of this...

[attachimg=1]
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Maxferfra on Tue, 18 August 2020, 11:05:43
Definetly in! Has this been sent to Taeha or TaeKeyboards yet? I can't wait for a sound test.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Gumberculese on Tue, 18 August 2020, 15:08:28
I wish there was a solderable PCB with better layout coverage, something along the lines of this...

(Attachment Link)

Yeah, I have to admit I really do enjoy the look of the board, and the price is right, but the fixed hotswap layout is a real bummer.  I couldn't imagine a 65% board without split backspace.  What a shame. 
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Little4Real on Tue, 18 August 2020, 17:59:26
Yeah, I have to admit I really do enjoy the look of the board, and the price is right, but the fixed hotswap layout is a real bummer.  I couldn't imagine a 65% board without split backspace.  What a shame.

Yeah, Tsangan bottom row and split backspace are a MUST
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: youreyesonly on Wed, 19 August 2020, 05:50:42
Fixed hotswap pcb. Bad move imo. Most people would want a solder pcb.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Jumble on Wed, 19 August 2020, 20:47:24
really disappointed that its going to be a hotswap pcb.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Krzew on Thu, 20 August 2020, 14:50:50
y'all be more dissapointed because of hotswap only so i have bigger chance of getting one
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Inbound on Thu, 20 August 2020, 15:03:22
Wow, such a beautiful design, the weight is stunning. That deep red is making me feel an alpine sunshine. I'll definitely be climbing this mountain!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Ponizu on Sun, 23 August 2020, 06:50:34
Im in!Love it! And love the pcb hotswap! Cant wait!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Jsdfbn on Sun, 23 August 2020, 13:53:21
neeeeeed that polycarb version holy crap
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Iksion on Sun, 23 August 2020, 16:49:12
Really interested :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: taiminhle4920 on Mon, 24 August 2020, 01:11:35
Is it via compartible or just qmk?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Mon, 24 August 2020, 04:36:36
Is it via compartible or just qmk?

Compatible with both QMK and VIA
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: taiminhle4920 on Mon, 24 August 2020, 23:10:46
Do you guys have any idea on when will the groupbuy start?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: NotFai on Tue, 25 August 2020, 16:15:17
Are there any updates regarding an EU proxy or something similar? Since you worked with Candykeys, have you considered them as an EU proxy for this board :rolleyes:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 25 August 2020, 22:01:39
I wish there was a solderable PCB with better layout coverage, something along the lines of this...

(Attachment Link)
We may add a solderable PCB, but definitely not during the GB. Also, I love your profile picture  :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 25 August 2020, 22:02:35
Wow, such a beautiful design, the weight is stunning. That deep red is making me feel an alpine sunshine. I'll definitely be climbing this mountain!

Very well worded, thank you  ;D
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 25 August 2020, 22:02:55
Are there any updates regarding an EU proxy or something similar? Since you worked with Candykeys, have you considered them as an EU proxy for this board :rolleyes:

We will not be working with them this time around, sorry about that
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: yorsem on Wed, 26 August 2020, 10:01:47
This so the board of the year right here.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Wed, 26 August 2020, 10:13:09
This so the board of the year right here.

Yayayayaya  :-*
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: MadBinton on Wed, 26 August 2020, 15:19:26
Read about this a while back, looked so promising.

But I too am not too thrilled about the fixed hotswap. Mostly because well, if you want that, maxmill is the way to go, especially on a quality machined piece like this? Surely, it is bothersome to get placed on a board, but it is compatible with multiple layouts at least and is not as issue plagued as Kailh hotswaps (I'm assuming that is what is on here?).

I'm kind of wondering how the gaskets and all that extra foam works out. Really looking forward to seeing more. That said, given the price and interest so far, I have a feeling these will sell out of those 500 units pretty quickly.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Drakenocas on Sat, 29 August 2020, 01:47:04
What's the time frame looking like on this?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: JumpStream on Sat, 29 August 2020, 01:53:13
What's the time frame looking like on this?
Discord announcement said that mid-September is the likely GB date.

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Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Karan on Tue, 01 September 2020, 23:41:54
What's the time frame looking like on this?

It actually just got announced that the GB is being pushed back to October.

I suppose good things come to those who wait, looking forward to this one!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Shirogane on Wed, 02 September 2020, 01:07:31
Not a lot of boards have ever peaked my interest, but along came the Alpine65.

Truly beautiful man, I can't wait for this to go on GB. This board deserves the recognition.

Good Luck with GB Bit, do us proud!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Wed, 02 September 2020, 08:35:48
Not a lot of boards have ever peaked my interest, but along came the Alpine65.

Truly beautiful man, I can't wait for this to go on GB. This board deserves the recognition.

Good Luck with GB Bit, do us proud!

But you ain't getting one i heard.  :))

We still love you tho.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: yorsem on Wed, 02 September 2020, 08:50:12
Not a lot of boards have ever peaked my interest, but along came the Alpine65.

First it was me not getting one, and now Shiro?! You've gone too far

Truly beautiful man, I can't wait for this to go on GB. This board deserves the recognition.

Good Luck with GB Bit, do us proud!

But you ain't getting one i heard.  :))

We still love you tho.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: fried on Thu, 03 September 2020, 13:51:11
I am SO in.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Fri, 04 September 2020, 07:51:12
I am SO in.

We all are, as well as 2,000 more  :))
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: yorsem on Fri, 04 September 2020, 08:57:24
I am SO in.

We all are, as well as 2,000 more  :))

Ryan will be all them all :(
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Fri, 04 September 2020, 11:26:52
I am SO in.

We all are, as well as 2,000 more  :))

Ryan will be all them all :(

Doc, you getting i was told. shishishishishi......... Sorry was sleep typing.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: ..//dexx on Sun, 06 September 2020, 15:10:33
That Marinas Navy color. Wow. I'm definitely in this GB.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: brendanlim on Mon, 07 September 2020, 11:02:10
Canít wait for the group buy to open up.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: ImportantData on Mon, 07 September 2020, 11:11:19
very excited for this one, did i miss the discord link somewhere?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: cjl on Mon, 07 September 2020, 13:35:52
very excited for this one, did i miss the discord link somewhere?
Yes, it's in the OP.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: peterg on Mon, 07 September 2020, 20:21:18
This is going to disappear in 10 seconds isn't it?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 08 September 2020, 00:08:45
I think, if you're there when it drops you will likely get one. Don't worry too much about it! :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: RedKumaNo1 on Tue, 08 September 2020, 00:17:09
So excited for this, hopefully i could get the polycarb ver :DD
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Aquaholic on Tue, 08 September 2020, 04:57:44
Is there any PCB out there that is going to be compatible with the board? I wish there was a solderable PCB that I could get.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Tue, 08 September 2020, 10:06:36
Is there any PCB out there that is going to be compatible with the board? I wish there was a solderable PCB that I could get.

I believe not. The PCB is customer made. I also wish to cop one solderable PCB, but it's not a deal breaker for me. Alpine65 E-White (& hopefully PC too) here i come!!!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: TechTale on Thu, 10 September 2020, 04:21:04
oof, very keen, would love to see the navy one in videos or in-person pics  :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: tsjsupreme on Thu, 10 September 2020, 12:44:14
Yeah, I'm going to need this!!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Thu, 10 September 2020, 14:04:45
Yeah, I'm going to need this!!

we all do sir. we all do.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Gondolindrim on Thu, 10 September 2020, 14:28:51
Yeah, I'm going to need this!!

we all do sir. we all do.

What do you mean you will nned this?

You need it. Now.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Thu, 10 September 2020, 22:56:35
Yeah, I'm going to need this!!

we all do sir. we all do.

What do you mean you will nned this?

You need it. Now.

Hey Gondo!

I need it now! But it's not yet available  :-[
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: geec on Sun, 13 September 2020, 08:00:40
I'm in! First GeekHack GB I'll join if ever I get lucky. :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Mon, 14 September 2020, 00:11:55
Quote
I'm in! First GeekHack GB I'll join if ever I get lucky. :thumb:
Thanks :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: ..//dexx on Mon, 14 September 2020, 06:46:41
Hoping to get in that 500 slots.

I'm also hoping to see more pictures of the Navy in person pics? I'm still a bit undecided if I should go for that or try for the safe choices of black or white. :-\
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Krzew on Mon, 14 September 2020, 12:14:53
500 units is a pretty big number, isn't it? at how many do keyboards usually sell? i don't think they easily get to 500 so getting alpine shouldn't be that hard, but i may be wrong
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: geec on Mon, 14 September 2020, 20:41:59
500 units is a pretty big number, isn't it? at how many do keyboards usually sell? i don't think they easily get to 500 so getting alpine shouldn't be that hard, but i may be wrong
I'd say this one's a steal for 300$ if it pushes through (fingers crossed), comparing to other 65% boards currently in the market this is tough to beat (gasket, layout, looks, included dampening). So shortage is really really possible - hopefully we get one before it happens, if it happens. (IMO)

Quote
I'm in! First GeekHack GB I'll join if ever I get lucky. :thumb:
Thanks :)
BTW, no proxies right? Is SEA shipping considered?

Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: kwerty on Tue, 15 September 2020, 01:23:34
Well rip my wallet
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Tue, 15 September 2020, 12:49:08
500 units is a pretty big number, isn't it? at how many do keyboards usually sell? i don't think they easily get to 500 so getting alpine shouldn't be that hard, but i may be wrong
I'd say this one's a steal for 300$ if it pushes through (fingers crossed), comparing to other 65% boards currently in the market this is tough to beat (gasket, layout, looks, included dampening). So shortage is really really possible - hopefully we get one before it happens, if it happens. (IMO)

Quote
I'm in! First GeekHack GB I'll join if ever I get lucky. :thumb:
Thanks :)
BTW, no proxies right? Is SEA shipping considered?

Yes, we'll get them directly from China (their Manu) so yeah. We from SEA will be able to get them :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: geec on Wed, 16 September 2020, 01:04:38
Yes, we'll get them directly from China (their Manu) so yeah. We from SEA will be able to get them :)

Thats great to hear!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: hyppialonso on Fri, 18 September 2020, 10:14:24
Sorry if this had been addressed before, do we have the dimension like front height?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Sun, 20 September 2020, 10:44:19
Sorry if this had been addressed before, do we have the dimension like front height?

Yep! The front height with the feet end up around the same as the NK65.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: super_tu on Mon, 21 September 2020, 17:03:48
The design seems nice but some important information if missing.

What's the weight?
What's the typing angle?
Is the layout fixed? Will it support ISO? Split BS? Split LS? Bottom Row options?
Where's the port cutout? Will it use a daughterboard?
How will the badge attach to the case?
I second the split BS!
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Tue, 22 September 2020, 06:08:45
The design seems nice but some important information if missing.

What's the weight?
What's the typing angle?
Is the layout fixed? Will it support ISO? Split BS? Split LS? Bottom Row options?
Where's the port cutout? Will it use a daughterboard?
How will the badge attach to the case?
I second the split BS!

I don't think it's possible with how the progress is right now, we just waiting for PCB to be done so i can buy this baby.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: afynyth on Thu, 24 September 2020, 17:23:12
Looking at the prototypes, the PC version looks like normal clear polycarb (which I honestly prefer). Is that just the lighting, or is the smokey black PC not a thing now?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Thu, 24 September 2020, 23:26:07
Looking at the prototypes, the PC version looks like normal clear polycarb (which I honestly prefer). Is that just the lighting, or is the smokey black PC not a thing now?

That prototype was wrong. The plate you see should be the color of the case, and the case should be the color of the plate.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: HiiragiAkira on Fri, 25 September 2020, 00:53:34
Will Rose Gold ones be available. or just renders?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Sat, 26 September 2020, 08:55:03
Will Rose Gold ones be available. or just renders?

The rose gold you seeing in the renders will actually be a Dark Red.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: bazul on Sat, 26 September 2020, 10:04:28
+1
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: mytommy on Sat, 26 September 2020, 17:25:46
i like this minus the logo on the top right corner, which is taking valuable space for an extra button. This has become such a common trend ugh
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: N0MIS on Sun, 27 September 2020, 21:28:55
can't wait for this gb, will also be my first hopefully i'll get one. please post more prototype pics or renders of this beauty
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Voidec on Wed, 30 September 2020, 15:17:44
cant wait for the gb
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65 - Gasket Mounted 65%
Post by: Bitmxp on Fri, 02 October 2020, 19:24:42
New ETA is End of Oct.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: PhantomLeadr on Fri, 09 October 2020, 00:34:09
How can i get that banner to show support? ive been looking all over this post to no avail
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Buster69 on Sat, 10 October 2020, 22:43:49
How can i get that banner to show support? ive been looking all over this post to no avail

Sorry, I'm sure this is somewhere in the thread already, but rough time frame of shipping?
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: alspdx on Sun, 11 October 2020, 01:49:20
i like this minus the logo on the top right corner, which is taking valuable space for an extra button. This has become such a common trend ugh

I feel this, but still one of the better logos I've seen.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: thesagason on Sun, 11 October 2020, 12:19:53
That PC version is everything.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Thu, 15 October 2020, 22:36:21
That PC version is everything.
:D It will be Smokey instead of Clear for the Protos R2
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: stimuz on Fri, 16 October 2020, 08:04:51
i like this minus the logo on the top right corner, which is taking valuable space for an extra button. This has become such a common trend ugh

I feel this, but still one of the better logos I've seen.

I hope the modular badge in one of the blow ups makes a return. This badge is definitely going to be a dust magnet.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: The.Ryan.Gamer on Thu, 22 October 2020, 10:49:42
Really excited for this board. Man i hope GB goes live soon
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Thu, 29 October 2020, 18:16:19
Protos R2 Starting! Please check our Discord:
https://discord.gg/NSQMAaz
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 03 November 2020, 23:16:50
i like this minus the logo on the top right corner, which is taking valuable space for an extra button. This has become such a common trend ugh

I feel this, but still one of the better logos I've seen.

I hope the modular badge in one of the blow ups makes a return. This badge is definitely going to be a dust magnet.

We are working on trying to make this more cleanable :)
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Bitmxp on Tue, 03 November 2020, 23:17:11
UPDATE POSTED!
https://bitmapstudio.xyz/blogs/news/bitmap-studios-10-23-updates
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: Skandiluz on Tue, 03 November 2020, 23:47:18
How thick is the left bezel going to be? Totally in for an e-white and maybe the new navy color.
Title: Re: [IC] Alpine65: 65% Gasket | Revamped Thread | PCBs Soon!
Post by: SerialWaffle on Tue, 10 November 2020, 18:27:02
Want!  Any more info on when the GB will be?