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geekhack Marketplace => Group Buys and Preorders => Topic started by: Sylvester on Thu, 25 January 2018, 21:51:19

Title: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Sylvester on Thu, 25 January 2018, 21:51:19
(https://i.imgur.com/EIjidRu.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/E6rOrXg.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/Lewcnk9.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/mjE95vX.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/yEaDhNd.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/GdoefsW.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/YJbqwal.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/E7TpWlr.png)

IC: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=93256.0  There were ups and downs but we are finally here.

The prototype looks even better than I expected.

Some details:


Price:



Other costs:


Timeline:


Place your order HERE (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zLHwqFrPOGw7OxasbJt5PvtT6GrqGPm-8UM7SEFWhmo)

Important update:

Just got a quote for the diffuser which turns out to be very cheap.

So the decision is diffusers will be included for everyone who joins for free.

Check the render with diffuser: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=93723.msg2554933#msg2554933



Feb 10: Order form has been closed. Manufacturing will be started after CNY. I'll also update you some photos for diffusers and keyboard with keycaps later.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: airs on Sat, 27 January 2018, 18:11:49
Looks nice. Whatís the weight?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: oatmicro on Sat, 27 January 2018, 18:17:47
Damn the prototype looks so nice, have to pick the colors first!

ิbtw no front accessory version would be nice but it's impossible atm I guess, have to pick the same color as top case then.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 27 January 2018, 18:19:31
Looks nice. Whatís the weight?

About 2-2.5kg depends on the options
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Puddsy on Sat, 27 January 2018, 18:23:30
Damn, that prototype is beautiful. GLWGB
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: wixxzblu on Sat, 27 January 2018, 18:36:48
How is the white anodizing made?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Puddsy on Sat, 27 January 2018, 18:42:34
How is the white anodizing made?

My guess is "super silver," since this doesn't look like MAO, but I've been wrong before.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: HardcoreDesk on Sat, 27 January 2018, 18:44:46
Looks really nice, the price is good, and expected shipping date is very soon. Almost looks too good to be true!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Unforgivable on Sat, 27 January 2018, 18:45:28
Yeah, Iím assuming he meant Silver, not White due to the anode examples on the form.

This looks nice. I liked the first version, but...

Anyway, did you build it yet to insure there are no clearence issues on the inside?

-What kind of PCB will it come with? (Included in base price, correct?)
-Can you show how thick the weight is?
-How tall is it from the front?

Sorry for all the questions, I was just curious! :)

Edit: The more I look at the sample pictures, the more I want it. Itís really nice.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: mudcakehoney on Sat, 27 January 2018, 19:26:55
Good luck  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: energyd on Sat, 27 January 2018, 19:29:54
if that blue is the dark navy blue
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: crtexcnndrm99 on Sat, 27 January 2018, 20:05:17
Really interested in this, didnít know it was coming so soon dammit.

Wouldnít mind some more details and pics of the inside etc. :thumb:


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Undrcontrl on Sat, 27 January 2018, 20:08:31
Looks good, though I would prefer more of a silver colored screw in the weight. The black just stands out so much and almost looks too big for where it is, appears to stick further out than the plate, meaning the board would rest on the screws first?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Puddsy on Sat, 27 January 2018, 20:11:20
Looks good, though I would prefer more of a silver colored screw in the weight. The black just stands out so much and almost looks too big for where it is, appears to stick further out than the plate, meaning the board would rest on the screws first?

bumpons, my dude
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Undrcontrl on Sat, 27 January 2018, 20:15:37
Looks good, though I would prefer more of a silver colored screw in the weight. The black just stands out so much and almost looks too big for where it is, appears to stick further out than the plate, meaning the board would rest on the screws first?

bumpons, my dude

I get using bumpons to elevate it, or protect the bottom, but I would imagine the board should be able to lay flat without needing an extra purchase.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: kmba on Sat, 27 January 2018, 20:20:08
Silver white is just matte silver ano, which looks more white than glossy silver. Prototype is this color.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Puddsy on Sat, 27 January 2018, 20:41:37
Looks good, though I would prefer more of a silver colored screw in the weight. The black just stands out so much and almost looks too big for where it is, appears to stick further out than the plate, meaning the board would rest on the screws first?

bumpons, my dude

I get using bumpons to elevate it, or protect the bottom, but I would imagine the board should be able to lay flat without needing an extra purchase.

pretty much every kit has bumpons included

Silver white is just matte silver ano, which looks more white than glossy silver. Prototype is this color.

that makes a little more sense, thanks
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 27 January 2018, 21:44:05
Yeah, Iím assuming he meant Silver, not White due to the anode examples on the form.

This looks nice. I liked the first version, but...

Anyway, did you build it yet to insure there are no clearence issues on the inside?

-What kind of PCB will it come with? (Included in base price, correct?)
-Can you show how thick the weight is?
-How tall is it from the front?

Sorry for all the questions, I was just curious! :)

Edit: The more I look at the sample pictures, the more I want it. Itís really nice.

I haven't got the time to assemble it but all the parts fits perfectly as far as I can see.

PCB was provided by another team. It can be programmed with bootmapper client.

Weight is about 6mm thick.

2cm tall.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 27 January 2018, 21:47:27
Really interested in this, didnít know it was coming so soon dammit.

Wouldnít mind some more details and pics of the inside etc. :thumb:


Will update more photos later.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 27 January 2018, 21:51:05
Looks good, though I would prefer more of a silver colored screw in the weight. The black just stands out so much and almost looks too big for where it is, appears to stick further out than the plate, meaning the board would rest on the screws first?

The screws in the photos were not fastened. The bottom is flat.

And Puddsy is right we will provide bumpons.

I can try to source screws in other colors if it bothers more people.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 27 January 2018, 21:52:57
bumpons, my dude

Thanks for answering questions. Very helpful  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Unforgivable on Sat, 27 January 2018, 22:08:25
Yeah, Iím assuming he meant Silver, not White due to the anode examples on the form.

This looks nice. I liked the first version, but...

Anyway, did you build it yet to insure there are no clearence issues on the inside?

-What kind of PCB will it come with? (Included in base price, correct?)
-Can you show how thick the weight is?
-How tall is it from the front?

Sorry for all the questions, I was just curious! :)

Edit: The more I look at the sample pictures, the more I want it. Itís really nice.

I haven't got the time to assemble it but all the parts fits perfectly as far as I can see.

PCB was provided by another team. It can be programmed with bootmapper client.

Weight is about 6mm thick.

2cm tall.

Thanks Sylvester! Iím loving it so far, thanks for offering so many colors too! Silver White looks really good.

Any chance this is compatible with the TX87 PCB too? (Just curious).

Iím okay with Bootmapper. Itís easy to use.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: pixelpusher on Sat, 27 January 2018, 22:26:11
Oh snap.  Do you think someone could rig a diffuser and rgb strip for the top area (line and MARS logo)?  Would be amazing, just saying. 
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: crtexcnndrm99 on Sat, 27 January 2018, 22:31:35
Oh snap.  Do you think someone could rig a diffuser and rgb strip for the top area (line and MARS logo)?  Would be amazing, just saying.

^ An rgb pulse from left to right would look stellar.

Also, plate options - is polycarb possible? Only alu and brass plates is quite a dealbreaker when itís all about that typing experience.


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Puddsy on Sat, 27 January 2018, 23:38:52
bumpons, my dude

Thanks for answering questions. Very helpful  :thumb:

i do my best
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: OracleKev on Sat, 27 January 2018, 23:55:38
Prototype turned out very nicely.  Unique look to boast too.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Etherealsound on Sun, 28 January 2018, 01:38:12
I love that it has the option for 6.25u 86key! This alone makes it so tempting to join. Oh well, I'll spend my time trying to imagine a color combination that I'd like to see in this if I do join. I also think an acrylic diffuser of some sorts would be nice to have as an option.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Choppersuey on Sun, 28 January 2018, 04:58:58
The anode looks really nice! This is very tempting

A picture of how the plate is mounted on the inside would be great
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: futurecrime on Sun, 28 January 2018, 05:18:20
This is nice. Will be fun seeing the colour combos people choose. GLWS.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Sun, 28 January 2018, 06:39:47
+1 for middle diffuser and Iím in


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: kriminal on Sun, 28 January 2018, 09:09:49
amn if this was compatible with a filco PCB.... would have sold my left nut for this.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sun, 28 January 2018, 09:18:08
(https://i.imgur.com/yLoueJt.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/4vSv556.jpg)


Updated some photos.

Will answer your questions later.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sun, 28 January 2018, 18:10:15

Thanks Sylvester! Iím loving it so far, thanks for offering so many colors too! Silver White looks really good.

Any chance this is compatible with the TX87 PCB too? (Just curious).

Iím okay with Bootmapper. Itís easy to use.  :thumb:

It's not designed to support Tx87 PCB so I don't know.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sun, 28 January 2018, 18:13:44
Oh snap.  Do you think someone could rig a diffuser and rgb strip for the top area (line and MARS logo)?  Would be amazing, just saying.

The front accessory is not that easy to make. If someone can really make a diffuser, that's totally possible.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sun, 28 January 2018, 18:15:54

^ An rgb pulse from left to right would look stellar.

Also, plate options - is polycarb possible? Only alu and brass plates is quite a dealbreaker when itís all about that typing experience.

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I can make it happen but I doubt there are enough interests.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sun, 28 January 2018, 18:18:02
+1 for middle diffuser and Iím in


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Hmm, middle diffuser sounds like a good idea. It's very easy to add.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sun, 28 January 2018, 18:19:03
amn if this was compatible with a filco PCB.... would have sold my left nut for this.

What's so good about filco PCB?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: xondat on Sun, 28 January 2018, 18:22:13
amn if this was compatible with a filco PCB.... would have sold my left nut for this.

What's so good about filco PCB?

Most people saying this just want a case replacement, not a fully custom board.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Sun, 28 January 2018, 18:26:43
+1 for middle diffuser and Iím in


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Hmm, middle diffuser sounds like a good idea. It's very easy to add.

Can you make sample and post it? Already have a color combo in mind. PCB has underglow leds on it right?


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Puddsy on Sun, 28 January 2018, 19:26:00
amn if this was compatible with a filco PCB.... would have sold my left nut for this.

What's so good about filco PCB?

Most people saying this just want a case replacement, not a fully custom board.

pretty much this

it's become less common to say as people use more and more custom boards, or become more knowledgeable about them
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: kriminal on Sun, 28 January 2018, 19:27:22
amn if this was compatible with a filco PCB.... would have sold my left nut for this.

What's so good about filco PCB?

Most people saying this just want a case replacement, not a fully custom board.

lol pretty much, already sunk my teeth into a pearl board, if I didn't buy that I would have gotten this, it looks awesome.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Oscar2177 on Sun, 28 January 2018, 20:31:08
How many orders are there so far?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Choppersuey on Mon, 29 January 2018, 06:03:29
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/yLoueJt.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/IGKdzci.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/4vSv556.jpg)



Updated some photos.

Will answer your questions later.

Thanks for the pictures!
I don't know if it could be an issue but wouldn't it be safer to make those connection parts a bit wider? Like this for example: https://i.imgur.com/3JfcD5T.jpg
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: vewy_nice on Mon, 29 January 2018, 06:20:37
"So recently I've ordered a custom of every size I use... except TKL... I wonder when that Mars board will go to GB?"
^Me earlier this morning.

That silver ano looks so clean!

Are you going to be getting more color samples on actual board parts?

I'm trying to imagine what a purple front accessory would look with a black plate and a silver case ;)

You have the option to buy an extra brass front accessory, but would it be possible to, say, buy an extra aluminum one in a different color? 
I really would love to have a purple, and a black or red. 
Can they be swapped with the PCB in place?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Unforgivable on Mon, 29 January 2018, 07:05:50
Will you be able to build the sample before the group buy ends, and take pictures of it with keycaps on?  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: geewizwow on Mon, 29 January 2018, 13:59:55
+1 for middle diffuser and Iím in


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Hmm, middle diffuser sounds like a good idea. It's very easy to add.

+1  :thumb:

I'd love to see a diffuser between the top and bottom cases, even if it's a very thin / partial one
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Remsky on Mon, 29 January 2018, 16:24:32
The anodizing looks amazing, I love it. My only question though are the specs of the PCB included in the kit. Does it support SMD LED's? North or south facing support? Thanks for the response in advance.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: odd on Mon, 29 January 2018, 17:09:47
Is it possible to change my order colors?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 29 January 2018, 18:48:13

Can you make sample and post it? Already have a color combo in mind. PCB has underglow leds on it right?

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The current case design doesn't support middle diffusers because the seam between two parts are is not all flat.
I'm modifying the design to make it support mid diffusers. However I'm not able to make samples because of the Chinese New Year.

What's for sure is the final case will support mid diffusers and I'll at least provide the files to make them.
It's also possible I'll provide the diffusers to those who joined GB.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 29 January 2018, 18:50:18

Thanks for the pictures!
I don't know if it could be an issue but wouldn't it be safer to make those connection parts a bit wider? Like this for example: https://i.imgur.com/3JfcD5T.jpg

What do you mean by connection parts?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 29 January 2018, 18:57:28

Can you make sample and post it? Already have a color combo in mind. PCB has underglow leds on it right?


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missed your last question.

yes, RGB underglow is supported by the pcb
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 29 January 2018, 18:58:56
"So recently I've ordered a custom of every size I use... except TKL... I wonder when that Mars board will go to GB?"
^Me earlier this morning.

That silver ano looks so clean!

Are you going to be getting more color samples on actual board parts?

I'm trying to imagine what a purple front accessory would look with a black plate and a silver case ;)

You have the option to buy an extra brass front accessory, but would it be possible to, say, buy an extra aluminum one in a different color? 
I really would love to have a purple, and a black or red. 
Can they be swapped with the PCB in place?

"So recently I've ordered a custom of every size I use... except TKL... I wonder when that Mars board will go to GB?"
^Me earlier this morning.

That silver ano looks so clean!

Are you going to be getting more color samples on actual board parts?

I'm trying to imagine what a purple front accessory would look with a black plate and a silver case ;)

You have the option to buy an extra brass front accessory, but would it be possible to, say, buy an extra aluminum one in a different color? 
I really would love to have a purple, and a black or red. 
Can they be swapped with the PCB in place?

Thank you.

1. More samples are not possible right now. As I mentioned previously, most factories in China has stopped running because of the CNY holiday.

2. I didn't provide that option because I assume most people won't want two aluminum ones. DM me if you have suck special request and I can change your order.

3. yes.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 29 January 2018, 19:11:42
Will you be able to build the sample before the group buy ends, and take pictures of it with keycaps on?  ;D

don't have plant to do that but it's possible
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 29 January 2018, 19:18:12
The anodizing looks amazing, I love it. My only question though are the specs of the PCB included in the kit. Does it support SMD LED's? North or south facing support? Thanks for the response in advance.

SMD LEDs are not supported.

South facing LEDs.

sorry for late reply
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 29 January 2018, 19:18:40
Is it possible to change my order colors?

Yes. I'll send you an email in one day
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Mon, 29 January 2018, 19:22:16

Can you make sample and post it? Already have a color combo in mind. PCB has underglow leds on it right?

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The current case design doesn't support middle diffusers because the seam between two parts are is not all flat.
I'm modifying the design to make it support mid diffusers. However I'm not able to make samples because of the Chinese New Year.

What's for sure is the final case will support mid diffusers and I'll at least provide the files to make them.
It's also possible I'll provide the diffusers to those who joined GB.

Awesome, so whoever joins the GB will receive a middle diffuser for free?


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Puddsy on Mon, 29 January 2018, 19:33:07

Can you make sample and post it? Already have a color combo in mind. PCB has underglow leds on it right?

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The current case design doesn't support middle diffusers because the seam between two parts are is not all flat.
I'm modifying the design to make it support mid diffusers. However I'm not able to make samples because of the Chinese New Year.

What's for sure is the final case will support mid diffusers and I'll at least provide the files to make them.
It's also possible I'll provide the diffusers to those who joined GB.

Awesome, so whoever joins the GB will receive a middle diffuser for free?


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No, but you'll have the option to get one made. That's what he says.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Choppersuey on Mon, 29 January 2018, 19:34:25
What do you mean by connection parts?

I meant the parts of the plate where the screws go through to screw the plate to the top case. Sorry, donít know what they are called  :))
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: BJW on Mon, 29 January 2018, 23:09:25
As I look in more and more for this page, I am not quite sure about this GB. When I read this post, GB page isn't that different from IC.  I think it is wise to do GB after Chinese spring holidays with enough samples and consider about these demands. But at this point with these uncertain status I don't feel like joining.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 30 January 2018, 08:52:39

I meant the parts of the plate where the screws go through to screw the plate to the top case. Sorry, donít know what they are called  :))

That shouldn't be a concern since aluminum is pretty strong material and the plate is thick enough. Also the plate is not a part that would take a lot of force.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 30 January 2018, 09:07:07
As I look in more and more for this page, I am not quite sure about this GB. When I read this post, GB page isn't that different from IC.  I think it is wise to do GB after Chinese spring holidays with enough samples and consider about these demands. But at this point with these uncertain status I don't feel like joining.

I'm certain this project has been well prepared at the current stage, that's why GB comes out.

I've got a lot of experience from the the previous project snowflake. The GB was canceled but everything was finished and tested.

Right now the prototype is almost perfect which well verified the design. The PCB is a previously designed PCB with mature firmware. The change on the case for supporting mid diffusers is a very easy modification. Nothing can go wrong. We're not bottomnecking anything.

This is the first GB of mine but won't be the last one. I won't take any risks to make my first batch of supporters down, and they will not.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 30 January 2018, 14:30:39
(https://i.imgur.com/7ezcIsT.jpg)

Render with mid diffuser
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: fatpolomanjr on Wed, 31 January 2018, 01:54:46
South facing LEDs.

Will it come with south facing LEDs by default?
Can we also install in-switch LEDs with sip sockets?
What software is used to program the firmware? QMK?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: vewy_nice on Wed, 31 January 2018, 09:56:23
Will the middle diffuser be optional or a default inclusion?

An anodized strip to match the front accessory would be cool for those of us who don't care for LED stuff :o

Also: Did you get my PM? I just want to make sure my request was alright.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: odd on Wed, 31 January 2018, 15:46:21

Can you make sample and post it? Already have a color combo in mind. PCB has underglow leds on it right?

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

The current case design doesn't support middle diffusers because the seam between two parts are is not all flat.
I'm modifying the design to make it support mid diffusers. However I'm not able to make samples because of the Chinese New Year.

What's for sure is the final case will support mid diffusers and I'll at least provide the files to make them.
It's also possible I'll provide the diffusers to those who joined GB.

Awesome, so whoever joins the GB will receive a middle diffuser for free?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Awesome,thank you. Also i would be interested as. Well in a second top logo piece in a different color and willing to pay however much extra
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Wed, 31 January 2018, 19:43:04
South facing LEDs.

Will it come with south facing LEDs by default?
Can we also install in-switch LEDs with sip sockets?
What software is used to program the firmware? QMK?

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Bootmapper Client. QMK can also be ported but I don't have the skills.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Wed, 31 January 2018, 19:47:13
Will the middle diffuser be optional or a default inclusion?

An anodized strip to match the front accessory would be cool for those of us who don't care for LED stuff :o

Also: Did you get my PM? I just want to make sure my request was alright.

Will be an extra option.

no anodized strips

Yes. Will reply your message with price later.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: fatpolomanjr on Wed, 31 January 2018, 21:39:53
South facing LEDs.

Will it come with south facing LEDs by default?
Can we also install in-switch LEDs with sip sockets?
What software is used to program the firmware? QMK?

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Bootmapper Client. QMK can also be ported but I don't have the skills.

Awesome, thank you for your reply! My cousin was going to go for the kbdfans TKL group buy but now he is definitely going for this because of the plate and icon color options. We were just making sure about the LED situation before committing.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: laminam on Wed, 31 January 2018, 22:01:51
Will the middle diffuser be optional or a default inclusion?

An anodized strip to match the front accessory would be cool for those of us who don't care for LED stuff :o

Also: Did you get my PM? I just want to make sure my request was alright.

Will be an extra option.

no anodized strips

Yes. Will reply your message with price later.

Just placed my order, I'm also interested in the diffuser.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: excluisve on Thu, 01 February 2018, 04:45:09
Amazing anodizing

I am in
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Murrellz on Thu, 01 February 2018, 05:00:12
Think I would definitely be in if can get confirmation of the diffuser being included. Looks great.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Thu, 01 February 2018, 08:39:11
Important update:

Just got a quote for the diffuser which turns out to be very cheap.

So the decision is diffusers will be included for everyone who joins for free.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: vewy_nice on Thu, 01 February 2018, 08:55:45
Does the design of the case have to be changed? Or are the diffusers an optional part during assembly?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Thu, 01 February 2018, 09:42:20
Does the design of the case have to be changed? Or are the diffusers an optional part during assembly?

design need to be slightly change. No differences from the outside.

THe diffusers are optional. You can choose either install it or not. It will be included anyway. 
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: vewy_nice on Thu, 01 February 2018, 10:31:32
Does the design of the case have to be changed? Or are the diffusers an optional part during assembly?

design need to be slightly change. No differences from the outside.

THe diffusers are optional. You can choose either install it or not. It will be included anyway.

Okay, that's what I wanted to know!

Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Isotrooper on Sat, 03 February 2018, 11:40:28
Very interested to see what this looks like built with caps. Wonder how deep the caps sit and how tight the bezels are to the caps.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Sun, 04 February 2018, 18:51:27
Very interested to see what this looks like built with caps. Wonder how deep the caps sit and how tight the bezels are to the caps.

I'm not able to fully build a board until the end of CNY.
GB ends in 6 days though.
May re-open GB for 1 day or so after posting new photos to allow people in doubt like you join.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: p_blaze on Mon, 05 February 2018, 19:38:10
Do the PCB and plate support alps/matias switches?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Puddsy on Mon, 05 February 2018, 20:04:45
Do the PCB and plate support alps/matias switches?

you can tell from the shape of the cutout: no
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: packman86 on Wed, 07 February 2018, 10:28:44
This is gorgeous and I wish I could afford it. GLWGB!

Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Cobertt on Thu, 08 February 2018, 13:54:31
I'm excited for this group buy, I sent you a PM about a quick question I had!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Sylvester on Fri, 09 February 2018, 08:32:09
bump

GB ends tomorrow!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: skaloola on Fri, 09 February 2018, 08:54:37
Any chance of offering assembly service? (I'm guessing no but worth a shot)

Could you give anymore details on PCB?  You said it's a previously used mature PCB, but other than that nothing specific..

Sounds like buying a 2nd PCB would be a good idea if it's non-standard/not readily available (from say winkeyless/etc)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Fri, 09 February 2018, 11:19:36
Does it support switch top opening? Just placed my order.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: xondat on Fri, 09 February 2018, 11:24:12
Does it support switch top opening? Just placed my order.

Nope.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Fri, 09 February 2018, 11:34:37
Does it support switch top opening? Just placed my order.

Nope.

I see thanks!

Anyways, I do like the color option that I had and the 84 WKL too. Hopefully this will turn out good.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Darknight00z on Fri, 09 February 2018, 14:52:51
The more I look at it, the more the appeal draws me in. But atlas my Moon should be coming soon.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Sylvester on Fri, 09 February 2018, 18:56:38
Any chance of offering assembly service? (I'm guessing no but worth a shot)

Could you give anymore details on PCB?  You said it's a previously used mature PCB, but other than that nothing specific..

Sounds like buying a 2nd PCB would be a good idea if it's non-standard/not readily available (from say winkeyless/etc)

sorry, no assembly services

The PCB is an ATMEGA32A PCB which can be re-programmed with Bootmapper client. The guy provided the PCB to me also makes many other PCBs for some famous/unfamous custom keyboards. He just slightly changed the logo of a previously used PCB and provide it to my case. There's nothing can be wrong for a 32A PCB. That's why I said it's a mature PCB.

I don't have other commonly used 80% PCBs for testing but TX87 pcb might work according to the USB port position. I can't say it fits for sure.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: tlautrec on Sat, 10 February 2018, 07:20:00
Hi I've sent you a pm about shipping arrangements... am really on the fence for this because of that :(
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 10 February 2018, 07:54:41
Hi I've sent you a pm about shipping arrangements... am really on the fence for this because of that :(

replied.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Cobertt on Sat, 10 February 2018, 07:56:24
Did you get my PM Sylvester?


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 10 February 2018, 08:30:40
Did you get my PM Sylvester?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

I double checked but no message from you. Could you send it again?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Cobertt on Sat, 10 February 2018, 08:34:16
Did you get my PM Sylvester?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

I double checked but no message from you. Could you send it again?

Tried sending it again.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: tlautrec on Sat, 10 February 2018, 09:53:06
btw will zeal stabs fit the case?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Puddsy on Sat, 10 February 2018, 14:35:49
btw will zeal stabs fit the case?

you can see from the shape of the cutout that they will
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: vewy_nice on Mon, 12 February 2018, 08:46:04
you can see from the shape of the cutout that they will

The last 4 or 5 posts I've seen of yours all have to do with the shapes of cutouts haha... Pudsy the plate master.

I'm so excited for this oh man. 
This is my first "really limited" board. Only ~23 of them being made!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Mon, 12 February 2018, 11:30:52
Same here excited for this. Just paid my invoice and this GB only offers the green color option. So it was really awesome for me.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Puddsy on Mon, 12 February 2018, 11:47:19
you can see from the shape of the cutout that they will

The last 4 or 5 posts I've seen of yours all have to do with the shapes of cutouts haha... Pudsy the plate master.

I'm so excited for this oh man. 
This is my first "really limited" board. Only ~23 of them being made!

once you learn how to read a plate it gets easier
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 - last 1 day to join!
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Mon, 12 February 2018, 15:12:33
bump

GB ends tomorrow!

Sent you a PM! Please check your inbox
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: laminam on Thu, 15 February 2018, 01:40:18
Same here excited for this. Just paid my invoice and this GB only offers the green color option. So it was really awesome for me.
Green for the win!

I think we are the only two to get green. Please say you'll post pics. ;)

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Isotrooper on Thu, 15 February 2018, 04:15:09
Still hoping to potentially get on this if it looks good once built. I would just rather not take the risk!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Thu, 15 February 2018, 11:07:33
Same here excited for this. Just paid my invoice and this GB only offers the green color option. So it was really awesome for me.
Green for the win!

I think we are the only two to get green. Please say you'll post pics. ;)

Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk

I will definitely post pics for sure. Hope you do as well. This will match my desktop perfectly. Hopefully green turns out like the GMK Terminal.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: laminam on Thu, 15 February 2018, 11:27:59
Same here excited for this. Just paid my invoice and this GB only offers the green color option. So it was really awesome for me.
Green for the win!

I think we are the only two to get green. Please say you'll post pics. ;)

Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk

I will definitely post pics for sure. Hope you do as well. This will match my desktop perfectly. Hopefully green turns out like the GMK Terminal.

Will post pics for sure. I'm pairing SA Senna (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=87756.0) with mine.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Thu, 15 February 2018, 11:48:18
Same here excited for this. Just paid my invoice and this GB only offers the green color option. So it was really awesome for me.
Green for the win!

I think we are the only two to get green. Please say you'll post pics. ;)

Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk

I will definitely post pics for sure. Hope you do as well. This will match my desktop perfectly. Hopefully green turns out like the GMK Terminal.

Will post pics for sure. I'm pairing SA Senna (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=87756.0) with mine.

Awesome! That will complement your green and silver keeb!

I will pair mine with gmk terminal that matches my desktop.


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Sun, 18 February 2018, 10:38:05
bump

GB ends tomorrow!

Sent you a pm about a revision for my order regarding layout. Kindly check your inbox. Thank you!


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Mon, 05 March 2018, 15:36:27
Any Updates?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 05 March 2018, 20:39:15
Update:

The middle diffuser has been ordered. I'm expecting to receive the PCBs and the diffuser prototype this week. I'll update with photos by then.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Wed, 07 March 2018, 12:05:40
Update:

The middle diffuser has been ordered. I'm expecting to receive the PCBs and the diffuser prototype this week. I'll update with photos by then.

Thanks! Hopefully we get to see the sample of the missing colors  too!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Sylvester on Fri, 09 March 2018, 15:07:04
https://imgur.com/a/ySVbT

Here are some pics of Mars 8.0 with keycaps. I don't have a keyset to pair the white case so these pics are more for testing the dimension. Everything fits well as expected.

The PCBs are working perfectly.

The diffuser prototype needs some modifications. It's a easy modification so I'll just place the order for all the diffusers.

Production will begin soontm   :)

OK. We're expecting to finish the production around the end of this month or early next month.

GB form re-opens one day for those who were hesitated to join and just get confidence from this update.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: p_blaze on Fri, 09 March 2018, 15:39:49
https://imgur.com/a/ySVbT

Here are some pics of Mars 8.0 with keycaps. I don't have a keyset to pair the white case so these pics are more for testing the dimension. Everything fits well as expected.

The PCBs are working perfectly.

The diffuser prototype needs some modifications. It's a easy modification so I'll just place the order for all the diffusers.

Production will begin soontm   :)

OK. We're expecting to finish the production around the end of this month or early next month.

GB form re-opens one day for those who were hesitated to join and just get confidence from this update.

Whoa, that looks good! Do you have any more pictures? I'd love to see a top/front view like when you are typing on it, a side view, and an view from the top left to see better how the high profile caps look on the board.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Fri, 09 March 2018, 18:40:21
https://imgur.com/a/ySVbT

Here are some pics of Mars 8.0 with keycaps. I don't have a keyset to pair the white case so these pics are more for testing the dimension. Everything fits well as expected.

The PCBs are working perfectly.

The diffuser prototype needs some modifications. It's a easy modification so I'll just place the order for all the diffusers.

Production will begin soontm   :)

OK. We're expecting to finish the production around the end of this month or early next month.

GB form re-opens one day for those who were hesitated to join and just get confidence from this update.

Whoa, that looks good! Do you have any more pictures? I'd love to see a top/front view like when you are typing on it, a side view, and an view from the top left to see better how the high profile caps look on the board.

Very nice! Can't wait to see the Green color sample!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (GB re-opens one day!, Mar 9)
Post by: thokir on Sat, 10 March 2018, 12:06:43
There is one PCB included by default without needing to check "additional PCB" in the GB form, right?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (GB re-opens one day!, Mar 9)
Post by: Puddsy on Sat, 10 March 2018, 13:03:42
There is one PCB included by default without needing to check "additional PCB" in the GB form, right?

i'd sure hope so
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (GB re-opens one day!, Mar 9)
Post by: Grimspoon on Sat, 10 March 2018, 15:22:18
I just noticed this was re opened, went ahead and submitted. Hope I'm not too late.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (GB re-opens one day!, Mar 9)
Post by: TheZissou on Sat, 10 March 2018, 19:24:15
Just placed an order. The fact that you re-opened it was a sign.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (GB re-opens one day!, Mar 9)
Post by: Grimspoon on Sat, 10 March 2018, 20:24:58
Just placed an order. The fact that you re-opened it was a sign.

I got that same feeling, Stevesy.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (GB re-opens one day!, Mar 9)
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 10 March 2018, 20:49:17
There is one PCB included by default without needing to check "additional PCB" in the GB form, right?

The default kit has one PCB included. Check the  "additional PCB" only if you want two PCBs.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (GB re-opens one day!, Mar 9)
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 10 March 2018, 20:50:27
I just noticed this was re opened, went ahead and submitted. Hope I'm not too late.

It's just in time. Will send invoice later.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (GB re-opens one day!, Mar 9)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Sun, 11 March 2018, 18:33:16
I just noticed this was re opened, went ahead and submitted. Hope I'm not too late.

It's just in time. Will send invoice later.

Just joined yesterday when the GB reopened. I also sent you an email concerning diffuser- is it possible to get one in brass?

Thanks
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: skaloola on Sun, 11 March 2018, 22:47:32
Anyone in this GB that would offer assembly service?  (soldering, in switch LEDs, sip sockets)...

Might be interested in switch lubing/stickering depending on what you'd be charging.

If Sylvester agrees, I'd change my shipping address to you to save on shipping ...

PM me if anyone would be interested.  I can pay via PayPal or trade (I have -tons- of KB parts, keysets, cases.. also computer hardware stuff, tons of Custom Fight Stick parts/some custom builds/etc.

Sorry for the off topic post, please PM if you're interested.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: geewizwow on Mon, 12 March 2018, 06:25:41
Sylvester I'd like to change shipping address to.
I'll pm you new one if you can confirm
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Tue, 13 March 2018, 09:21:13
Is there anyone else who joined the GB after the form was re-opened who hasn't gotten an invoice yet?
Hope its not just me :-[
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 13 March 2018, 09:43:52
Sylvester I'd like to change shipping address to.
I'll pm you new one if you can confirm

sure you can still change the shipping address. It's not too late before keyboards are shipped.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 13 March 2018, 09:51:31
Is there anyone else who joined the GB after the form was re-opened who hasn't gotten an invoice yet?
Hope its not just me :-[

I figured out that the pp id you filled in the form was capitalized, so you didn't receive the invoice. I will send you a new invoice.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Tue, 13 March 2018, 10:38:47
Is there anyone else who joined the GB after the form was re-opened who hasn't gotten an invoice yet?
Hope its not just me :-[

I figured out that the pp id you filled in the form was capitalized, so you didn't receive the invoice. I will send you a new invoice.

Thanks!! Just paid
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: captainish on Wed, 14 March 2018, 17:16:48
Sent you a PM Sylvester.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: geewizwow on Fri, 16 March 2018, 12:48:53
Hey, weird one. Can you provide a #hex code for the red that's being used? Trying to match it.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Puddsy on Fri, 16 March 2018, 14:04:31
Hey, weird one. Can you provide a #hex code for the red that's being used? Trying to match it.

since it's anodized you're better off getting it matched after it shows up

anodizing is never quite a perfect match to the chip
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: geewizwow on Fri, 16 March 2018, 14:14:17

since it's anodized you're better off getting it matched after it shows up

anodizing is never quite a perfect match to the chip

Sounds good. Thanks for the advice Puddsy
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Puddsy on Fri, 16 March 2018, 23:03:55

since it's anodized you're better off getting it matched after it shows up

anodizing is never quite a perfect match to the chip

Sounds good. Thanks for the advice Puddsy

ye no worries
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Tue, 20 March 2018, 16:05:31
Did we ever hear anything back about colored screws or brass/anodized diffuser?

I'm going fully black & brass (I don't like LEDs), so a brass diffuser would be awesome, but otherwise I just won't include it in my build.

Brass screws would be awesome but I don't know if that's possible.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Tue, 20 March 2018, 16:53:12
I want to know as well if screws can be anodized by color.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: vewy_nice on Wed, 21 March 2018, 08:10:13
Generally, anodized screws are hard to find in specific sizes. If you want them, I'd suggest looking after you know what sizes you need, and just buying them yourself.

Brass screws, same deal.

I was actually thinking about sourcing some anodized screws for myself, so if anyone wants to know where I got them (when I actually buy them), I'll post it here.

Sylvester: What size screws are in the case? (Threads, length, head style, etc?)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0
Post by: thokir on Wed, 04 April 2018, 01:31:18
OK. We're expecting to finish the production around the end of this month or early next month.
Do you know how well (or how bad) the timeline will be met? :)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: crusader_alex on Wed, 04 April 2018, 02:14:21
OK. We're expecting to finish the production around the end of this month or early next month.
Do you know how well (or how bad) the timeline will be met? :)
I'd also like to know

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Remsky on Wed, 04 April 2018, 23:31:22
OK. We're expecting to finish the production around the end of this month or early next month.
Do you know how well (or how bad) the timeline will be met? :)


Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Thu, 05 April 2018, 07:41:44
There might be a little delay. I really hope I can stick to the original timeline so I'm pushing the factory to hurry up. Even it will be delayed, it won't be long. There will be a major update about the current status in several days. I will get some photos from the factory and have a new estimation of shipping date.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: thokir on Thu, 05 April 2018, 12:23:41
There might be a little delay. I really hope I can stick to the original timeline so I'm pushing the factory to hurry up. Even it will be delayed, it won't be long. There will be a major update about the current status in several days. I will get some photos from the factory and have a new estimation of shipping date.

Thanks for your response! (here and pm)
To be honest, I didn't expect that. Because of the (imho) kinda thight time calculation I was expecting it to be like one month late... I guess you're doing good work, thanks for that :)

Another thing I'm really curious about (though I don't know if you want to talk about it): Do you mind sharing how many orders you got? For me it's only about knowing whether I'm one of 30 or one of 300, kinda like estimating how often I'll meet that board in future.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 07 April 2018, 21:52:35

Another thing I'm really curious about (though I don't know if you want to talk about it): Do you mind sharing how many orders you got? For me it's only about knowing whether I'm one of 30 or one of 300, kinda like estimating how often I'll meet that board in future.

You're one of 30 in the group buy. There are some extra boards for my self and several friends. So in general you are one of 40 who own Mars 8.0!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 07 April 2018, 21:55:35
(https://i.imgur.com/uiuDV1F.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/i7OeGnc.jpg)


We're getting close!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Sat, 07 April 2018, 21:56:17
I'll get some photos of cases within several days.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: crusader_alex on Sat, 07 April 2018, 22:07:29
Ahhh im so excited about this board

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Remsky on Sat, 07 April 2018, 22:07:35
any chance we could see how the black turned out? I know a lot of people ordered it
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: crusader_alex on Sat, 07 April 2018, 22:10:26
any chance we could see how the black turned out? I know a lot of people ordered it
Im curious about the silver as well.It's quite a hard color to get right.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: thokir on Sun, 08 April 2018, 04:28:23
any chance we could see how the black turned out? I know a lot of people ordered it
Im curious about the silver as well.It's quite a hard color to get right.
He said anodizing will be finished in several days and he'll get pics of the cases within several days (see the following two quotes). I guess he'll get the pics when they are all finished and is going to let us have a look on the colors :)
I'll get some photos of cases within several days.
  • Anodizing will be finished in several days.
Nice to hear that it's going on good, I'm really looking forward to getting the board - switches are already waiting for it!


You're one of 30 in the group buy. There are some extra boards for my self and several friends. So in general you are one of 40 who own Mars 8.0!
Oof, I expected there to be much more orders... but well, at least I can say I have a special and kinda rare board (though I won't be able to get a second one in case I really need one lol) :)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 09 April 2018, 07:23:14
(https://i.imgur.com/V4VP454.jpg)

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

got some photos from the factory. they're still working on the anodizing.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Mon, 09 April 2018, 09:10:19
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/V4VP454.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/TlAwAbV.jpg)


got some photos from the factory. they're still working on the anodizing.

Wow! amazing can you please post the green color too. Excited for this!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Remsky on Mon, 09 April 2018, 09:46:19
Damn that is some fine ano.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: captainish on Mon, 09 April 2018, 11:47:24
I am so glad I went with the red case, that looks so good.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: geewizwow on Mon, 09 April 2018, 15:21:26
Hot Damn. Looks good
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: thokir on Mon, 09 April 2018, 15:37:08
I am so glad I went with the red case, that looks so good.
I am currently so mad at myself that I did choose the gray one and neither the black, red nor white one... gray will be like the most boring colors of all, at least in case it'll be like I imagine it.
Only because I was afraid of not getting a keyset that'd fit it... though og cherry doubleshots fit like every case color. rip me.

But well, worst case will be getting it anodized in one of the other colors somewhere here in germany, in case I really can't stand that grey.
I'm still really looking forward to getting it, the color won't destroy the great design for me!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 10 April 2018, 08:52:48
(https://i.imgur.com/w183G2e.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/D6ZybXl.jpg)

Grey and green.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Tue, 10 April 2018, 10:21:19
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/w183G2e.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/D6ZybXl.jpg)


Grey and green.

That Green! wooooot! So niceeeeeeeeee
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: thokir on Tue, 10 April 2018, 13:41:35
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/w183G2e.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/D6ZybXl.jpg)


Grey and green.
Ugh... looking forward to getting mine and asking someone how much it'd cost to re-anodize it in black/red/silver white. That grey wasn't a good idea, but I realized it too late. But still, the board seems to turn out very nice!

Btw, in case anyone with a silver white, red or black one would like to get a grey one (trade): Message me  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: crusader_alex on Tue, 10 April 2018, 13:46:57
Ugh these look so good.I'm so excited to see how the silver turns out.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Blaise170 on Tue, 10 April 2018, 14:03:07
Wish I had seen this before ordering closed. Looks great!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: p_blaze on Tue, 10 April 2018, 14:49:54
that green looks sick mate
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Tue, 10 April 2018, 15:16:27
The green and gray look great! Can't wait to see black w/ bronze
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: vewy_nice on Wed, 11 April 2018, 09:24:40
I'm excited with my silver-white with a purple name insert  :thumb:

That anodizing looks REALLY good! 
I 'm an engineer at an aerospace company, and we have a hard time finding vendors who can do this kind of work consistently... It's baffling to me that my keyboards have nicer anodizing than the $6000+ sensors we sell.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Sylvester on Fri, 13 April 2018, 08:38:51
(https://i.imgur.com/WGX7n5t.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/etG7ep2.jpg)

anodizing is almost done. we are just in time start shipping the kits according to original timeline!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: vewy_nice on Fri, 13 April 2018, 08:46:38
Ooh, does the black plate anodizing look matte like the case black anodizing? 
The purple looks pretty "typical", but that's okay. I got a black plate, so if it's like "Vanta-plate: the empty abyss" levels of black like that case, that'd be SUPER cool.

Also glad to hear everything's going smoothly. I'm excited!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: thokir on Fri, 13 April 2018, 09:01:16
anodizing is almost done. we are just in time start shipping the kits according to original timeline!

Dude I love your timeline and the way you stick to it!
Though I have no idea how the **** the companies were able to manufacture them that fast (compared to all other GBs that are running out here).
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (submitting orders for production)
Post by: Cobertt on Fri, 13 April 2018, 09:01:23
That anodizing looks absolutely amazing! I canít wait to start building!


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Wed, 18 April 2018, 03:53:12
Any updates on how sorting and shipping is going ?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Wed, 18 April 2018, 03:57:55
Any updates on how sorting and shipping is going ?
I think anodizing isn't fully done yet but some kits are ready to ship.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Wed, 18 April 2018, 10:57:07
I've received an email this morning. The kits are shipping. Excited for it!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: yaya on Wed, 18 April 2018, 11:00:33
Got an email too, mine is packed for shipping!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Wed, 18 April 2018, 17:07:21
No email yet for me :(
Could it be because of this?

"I figured out that the pp id you filled in the form was capitalized, so you didn't receive the invoice. I will send you a new invoice."
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Wed, 18 April 2018, 17:10:22
No email yet for me :(
Could it be because of this?

"I figured out that the pp id you filled in the form was capitalized, so you didn't receive the invoice. I will send you a new invoice."

Did you already received the new invoice?


No email for me, too. But I think it'll come within this week or the upcoming week (the email).
And I really hope Sylvester has the additional pcb in mind that I asked im for via PN... but well, we'll see what's gonna happen.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Wed, 18 April 2018, 18:21:29
No email yet for me :(
Could it be because of this?

"I figured out that the pp id you filled in the form was capitalized, so you didn't receive the invoice. I will send you a new invoice."

Did you already received the new invoice?


No email for me, too. But I think it'll come within this week or the upcoming week (the email).
And I really hope Sylvester has the additional pcb in mind that I asked im for via PN... but well, we'll see what's gonna happen.

Yeah, I got the new invoice awhile ago
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: yaya on Wed, 18 April 2018, 19:26:22
I got an email because my phone number wasn't on my PayPal and it was needed for shipping.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Grimspoon on Wed, 18 April 2018, 21:11:07
No email yet but I remain at peak hype regardless.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Cobertt on Thu, 19 April 2018, 23:11:51
Just got my shipping confirmation! I am so ready for this!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Thu, 19 April 2018, 23:33:02
Got mine too! wooot!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Fri, 20 April 2018, 02:44:36
Likewise, got my tracking #. Any idea which company to use it with?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Fri, 20 April 2018, 02:45:37
Likewise, got my tracking #. Any idea which company to use it with?
Dhl probably

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Fri, 20 April 2018, 02:47:49
Likewise, got my tracking #. Any idea which company to use it with?
Dhl probably

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Yep. Thanks alex
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: captainish on Sat, 21 April 2018, 13:32:20
My ETA is Tuesday next week. I don't know how DHL did it but that is crazy fast  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Sat, 21 April 2018, 13:34:26
Mine still hasn't shipped :(

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Remsky on Sat, 21 April 2018, 14:02:24
My ETA is Tuesday next week. I don't know how DHL did it but that is crazy fast  ;D
Yeah, mine is slated for monday
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Sat, 21 April 2018, 14:07:19
My ETA is Tuesday next week. I don't know how DHL did it but that is crazy fast  ;D
Yeah, mine is slated for monday

Likewise, but wont be building for some time, waiting on some other stuff :I
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Mon, 23 April 2018, 09:28:15
Mine was also supposed to be here this afternoon, but I have to leave on a business trip in 2 hours :(

I postponed the delivery to Thursday (I love how easy it is to work with DHL. I wish they were still doing domestic work in the USA)

Sad, but hey, at least I'll BE there to sign for it!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: lakluster on Mon, 23 April 2018, 11:50:42
Just got mine delivered. I am certainly looking forward to getting some time to put everything together now.

(https://imgur.com/Isqo8SX.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Mon, 23 April 2018, 12:18:45
Ohh looks very nice.How's the silver ano?

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: lakluster on Mon, 23 April 2018, 12:26:46
Ohh looks very nice.How's the silver ano?

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It looks a bit more white/grey to me than the original pictures, but that might have had more to do with the lighting than anything else. Nothing sticks out as blemishes with the ano though.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Mon, 23 April 2018, 14:16:29
Though I didn't receive any tracking number yet (well no rush there, I'm still surprised how fast this went) I should start getting the switches ready I guess  :))
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: tlautrec on Mon, 23 April 2018, 14:31:30
I wonder if shipping is by area (e.g. N.A. then Asia)  :thinking:
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: laminam on Mon, 23 April 2018, 15:07:39
Got mine today, and it looks pretty good overall, however there are some blemishes on the top piece.

[attach=1]
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Mon, 23 April 2018, 15:11:31
Though I didn't receive any tracking number yet (well no rush there, I'm still surprised how fast this went) I should start getting the switches ready I guess  :))
According to Sylvester 3 kits had ano issues and have been sent back to the factory.They should be out this week.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Mon, 23 April 2018, 15:15:11
Got mine today, and it looks pretty good overall, however there are some blemishes on the top piece.

(Attachment Link)

Awwww! that looks bad
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: laminam on Mon, 23 April 2018, 15:21:13
Got mine today, and it looks pretty good overall, however there are some blemishes on the top piece.

(Attachment Link)

Awwww! that looks bad
Judging by the above comment about 3 with ano issues being sent back, does that mean my blemishes were "within acceptable ranges" since it was shipped to me?

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Mon, 23 April 2018, 15:22:58
Got mine today, and it looks pretty good overall, however there are some blemishes on the top piece.

(Attachment Link)

Awwww! that looks bad
Judging by the above comment about 3 with ano issues being sent back, does that mean my blemishes were "within acceptable ranges" since it was shipped to me?

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I don't think so.I think it just slipped past qc.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Sylvester on Mon, 23 April 2018, 21:47:47
Got mine today, and it looks pretty good overall, however there are some blemishes on the top piece.

(Attachment Link)

Did it come with that blemish? That's weird because we checked every board very carefully. We even took photos before packing every kit. Here is an photos of your case before shipping:

(https://i.imgur.com/vZVjg0L.jpg)

You can see from the spreadsheet this is the only green case had been ordered. We won't treat these blemishes as normal.

These look like collision damages. Do you have any idea or clues what caused the issues?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: odd on Mon, 23 April 2018, 22:06:11
I got mine in today, it's stunning :eek: I cannot wait to build this. The quality is amazing.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: yaya on Mon, 23 April 2018, 22:08:44
Got mine today too.  Looks great and holy cow it's heavy!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: laminam on Mon, 23 April 2018, 22:13:42
It appeared to be packed very well, and the case was in the plastic bag, followed by brass weight, extra plate, and pen. Nothing jumped out at me as "poor packing" when I opened it, quite the contrary. I suppose it's possible the brass weight (albeit wrapped in protective foam) could have possibly been involved in banging around inside the inner edges. I dunno?

The picture I posted was taken right after I unpacked it (No chance to bang it up myself). The blemish is on the left side of the case (nears CAPS LOCK) which you can't see in the picture you posted. If you have a picture pre-packing that shows the inner left rail in good condition, it was likely a result of shipping damage. As far as I can tell the rest of the case looks pretty great aside from that one spot.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: captainish on Mon, 23 April 2018, 22:24:46
The 4 LEDS under my arrow and nav cluster are DOA. Any thoughts on what could be causing this? Gonna check all the switches in a bit. https://imgur.com/a/D042J49
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Remsky on Mon, 23 April 2018, 22:32:04
yeah both of my PCBs had some DOA LEDS as well
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Mon, 23 April 2018, 23:34:53
Got mine today, and it looks pretty good overall, however there are some blemishes on the top piece.

(Attachment Link)

Did it come with that blemish? That's weird because we checked every board very carefully...

Still haven't gotten an email about shipping. My paypal email was capitalized in the google form, which I think might be causing the issue. Sent Sylvester multiple messages about this over the past week, haven't gotten a response yet.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Mon, 23 April 2018, 23:56:37
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/cf17c7b45d58f5d0dbfb14c264b167c6.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/0d3080dcc9c8edef7162e5103e496403.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/eda1b442269925b1bd433729c53c00bf.jpg)

I received mine. Few minor blemishes but nothing major. Mostly tiny chips on the plate.

Anodizing is okay but the inside edges on the top are little bit uneven compared on the outside edges.

Kindly check my pcb, all of em lights up but one is different. All of em are white and one is purple. Can this be changed from the software? I am worried cause i have an led strip that one led color got stuck and canít be changed.


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: captainish on Tue, 24 April 2018, 00:16:00

Kindly check my pcb, all of em lights up but one is different. All of em are white and one is purple. Can this be changed from the software? I am worried cause i have an led strip that one led color got stuck and canít be changed.

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I'm no expert, but you can change the lighting in Bootmapper without much trouble. See if you still have an issue after that?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Tue, 24 April 2018, 00:21:23

Kindly check my pcb, all of em lights up but one is different. All of em are white and one is purple. Can this be changed from the software? I am worried cause i have an led strip that one led color got stuck and canít be changed.

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I'm no expert, but you can change the lighting in Bootmapper without much trouble. See if you still have an issue after that?

As suspected, I've checked it with Bootmapper client that LED doesn't change the same color when I change color profiles. Sometimes it is just dead especially the color that I wanted which is Green.

Any Fix with this Sylvester?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Tue, 24 April 2018, 00:32:04
As suspected, I've checked it with Bootmapper client that LED doesn't change the same color when I change color profiles. Sometimes it is just dead especially the color that I wanted which is Green.
I'd guess the led is dead... or at least the green part of the led.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Tue, 24 April 2018, 00:59:01

Kindly check my pcb, all of em lights up but one is different. All of em are white and one is purple. Can this be changed from the software? I am worried cause i have an led strip that one led color got stuck and canít be changed.

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I'm no expert, but you can change the lighting in Bootmapper without much trouble. See if you still have an issue after that?

As suspected, I've checked it with Bootmapper client that LED doesn't change the same color when I change color profiles. Sometimes it is just dead especially the color that I wanted which is Green.

Any Fix with this Sylvester?
The LED is probably dead and you may need to solder a new one

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Tue, 24 April 2018, 01:07:44
How do I desolder and solder the leds? Argh, this will be my first build. Those are smd's right?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Tue, 24 April 2018, 02:00:46
How do I desolder and solder the leds? Argh, this will be my first build. Those are smd's right?
I think so.But im not an expert and anything i said may be wrong so check with Sylvester first just to be sure.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Tue, 24 April 2018, 06:44:05
Mine just arrived no issues at all(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/3123a8cb0f83c331f5cc090830c029d5.jpg)

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Tue, 24 April 2018, 06:57:55
Mine just arrived no issues at all
Show Image
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/3123a8cb0f83c331f5cc090830c029d5.jpg)

This is the gray one, isn't it?

Does your pcb work fine, too?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Tue, 24 April 2018, 06:59:10
Mine just arrived no issues at all
Show Image
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/3123a8cb0f83c331f5cc090830c029d5.jpg)

This is the gray one, isn't it?

Does your pcb work fine, too?
That's the silver one.And one of the led's lights orange for me.I'll try to fix it using bootmapper and report back.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 24 April 2018, 07:07:21

Kindly check my pcb, all of em lights up but one is different. All of em are white and one is purple. Can this be changed from the software? I am worried cause i have an led strip that one led color got stuck and canít be changed.


It seems like one pin of the LED has a contact problem. Could you try to re-solder all the 4 pins of the LED and see if it can fix the problem?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Tue, 24 April 2018, 07:08:06
My pcb is exactly like that other user reported.It lights up fine in some colours but in others 1 led is either wrong color or dead.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: sykim0310 on Tue, 24 April 2018, 07:25:16
[attachimg=1]

I got mine.
But there is a serious problem with the pcb.
It does not support 86 keys.
The switch hole is wrong.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: audax989 on Tue, 24 April 2018, 07:44:07
will there be any extras? I'd really like to get one of these.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Tue, 24 April 2018, 08:07:03
Didn't think to test my pcb last night, will do when i get home...
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: tlautrec on Tue, 24 April 2018, 08:40:39
(Attachment Link)

I got mine.
But there is a serious problem with the pcb.
It does not support 86 keys.
The switch hole is wrong.

Is this going to be an issue for all who ordered the 86 TKL version??
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Tue, 24 April 2018, 08:45:14
(Attachment Link)

I got mine.
But there is a serious problem with the pcb.
It does not support 86 keys.
The switch hole is wrong.

Is this going to be an issue for all who ordered the 86 TKL version??
I do think so... at least as long as all the pcbs are the same and sykim didn't get like a proto-pcb or something like that.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 24 April 2018, 08:56:25
(Attachment Link)

I got mine.
But there is a serious problem with the pcb.
It does not support 86 keys.
The switch hole is wrong.

Just asked the PCB supplier. They admit the PCB does have problems on compatibility.

I've asked them to get it revised. It will take roughly 10-15 days. A new PCB will be sent to you. Please PM me if you need to change shipping address.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Tue, 24 April 2018, 08:58:04
(Attachment Link)

I got mine.
But there is a serious problem with the pcb.
It does not support 86 keys.
The switch hole is wrong.

Just asked the PCB supplier. They admit the PCB does have problems on compatibility.

I've asked them to get it revised. It will take roughly 10-15 days. A new PCB will be sent to you. Please PM me if you need to change shipping address.
Wait what?If there was a problem with compatibility why did they send them to you? That's just poor handling on their part.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: sykim0310 on Tue, 24 April 2018, 09:07:19
(Attachment Link)

I got mine.
But there is a serious problem with the pcb.
It does not support 86 keys.
The switch hole is wrong.

Just asked the PCB supplier. They admit the PCB does have problems on compatibility.

I've asked them to get it revised. It will take roughly 10-15 days. A new PCB will be sent to you. Please PM me if you need to change shipping address.

Thank you for your answers.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Tue, 24 April 2018, 10:29:21

Kindly check my pcb, all of em lights up but one is different. All of em are white and one is purple. Can this be changed from the software? I am worried cause i have an led strip that one led color got stuck and canít be changed.


It seems like one pin of the LED has a contact problem. Could you try to re-solder all the 4 pins of the LED and see if it can fix the problem?

Is this a right way? Iím new to this and I just know how to solder. Havenít tried desoldering.




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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 24 April 2018, 10:58:41
4 buyers who bought 86 keys layout will get new PCBs: sykim0310, Vewy_nice, hachi8free, tlautrec

Adding more solders on the 4 pins of the LED should fix 90% LED issues. Let me know if the LED doesn't work anyway.

The PCB supplier is the guy who provided PCBs for most Chinese custom keyboards. I didn't expect he would make such mistakes.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: tlautrec on Tue, 24 April 2018, 11:27:02
4 buyers who bought 86 keys layout will get new PCBs: sykim0310, Vewy_nice, hachi8free, tlautrec

Adding more solders on the 4 pins of the LED should fix 90% LED issues. Let me know if the LED doesn't work anyway.

The PCB supplier is the guy who provided PCBs for most Chinese custom keyboards. I didn't expect he would make such mistakes.

Thanks Sylvester! Could you also ask the supplier to make sure that the new PCBs have their SMD LEDs working?  :(
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Tue, 24 April 2018, 14:29:11
Oh well! Please update whoever fixes their LEds
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: yaya on Tue, 24 April 2018, 15:00:12
My smd leds work, but the board constantly disconnects/reconnects.  Can't stay connected long enough to get bootmapper client to let me program.

 :rolleyes:
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Grimspoon on Tue, 24 April 2018, 15:30:25
(https://i.imgur.com/ikXHmji.jpg) 
(https://i.imgur.com/f82Zj1D.jpg) 
(https://i.imgur.com/vTgaS6q.jpg) 
(https://i.imgur.com/aX6x1P5.jpg)

First impression was I thought it looked more grey IRL than I was expecting. I think these photos make it appear lighter than it is. I was worried I accidentally received grey but this is probably silver / white.

Second impression was that there are a few noticeable imperfections here and there. There's definitely some spots I didn't capture in these photos. Nothing too terrible, but not 100% perfect. The brass plate definitely has some cosmetic issues going on.

Third, the two PCBs I bought light up as expected no LED issues at least. I have a Duck Viper which has LED issues like the ones described here and I even soldered in new LEDs on the Viper without any luck. Very glad as I'm expecting to use this as my new daily replacing the Viper.

Edit: On the plus side none of the above is a deal breaker for me and I think the case and PCB look amazing. I'm very happy with how things went especially considering how quickly the group buy was fulfilled and delivered.

Thanks Sylvester!!! Also appreciate the bonus gift, very cool!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Tue, 24 April 2018, 15:37:44

First impression was I thought it looked more grey IRL than I was expecting. I think these photos make it appear lighter than it is. I was worried I accidentally received grey but this is probably silver / white.


Likewise, def a lot darker irl than any of the photos i've seen
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Puddsy on Tue, 24 April 2018, 15:49:16
The prototype pics look like they were taken outside on a sunny day, so they appear whiter than in person. Pretty much all silver is just clear (no dye) anodizing, so I would imagine it's just the way the photo was taken.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Tue, 24 April 2018, 17:05:13
@Sylvester

Can you replace the PCB with working LEDs. Adding more solder to it won't work on my situation as the LED is getting power and changing color. Green element is borked.

Thank you
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Cobertt on Tue, 24 April 2018, 19:54:50
Well, now onto soldering! Super excited to have this built! (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180425/dcb44d6228999928eafd621e7d076b75.jpg)


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Puddsy on Tue, 24 April 2018, 20:13:36
Well, now onto soldering! Super excited to have this built!
Show Image
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nice foot
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Cobertt on Tue, 24 April 2018, 20:14:08
Well, now onto soldering! Super excited to have this built!
Show Image
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nice foot

I mean it is a quality foot.


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Cobertt on Tue, 24 April 2018, 21:00:43
Well Iíve officially found water on Mars. Everything went super smooth, no issues here. Thanks Sylvester for putting this together! (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180425/6563d1f0b8e8e9a7853b566720a84549.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Cobertt on Tue, 24 April 2018, 22:14:46
I am having the same issue that one other person reported, my keyboard worked just fine at my friends house. Now I'm at home and I can't keep it connected long enough. I'm not sure whats going on with it.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Sylvester on Tue, 24 April 2018, 22:58:25
My smd leds work, but the board constantly disconnects/reconnects.  Can't stay connected long enough to get bootmapper client to let me program.

 :rolleyes:

Do you still have this problem?

I am having the same issue that one other person reported, my keyboard worked just fine at my friends house. Now I'm at home and I can't keep it connected long enough. I'm not sure whats going on with it.

Could you try to use another cable or test on another computer? The PCB should work on your computer if it worked on your friend's. The bottom RGB LEDs have great power consumption so don't plug the keyboard to the hub. Plug it directly to the embedded USB ports on your computer.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: yaya on Tue, 24 April 2018, 23:05:08
I had reflashed it a few times and now it seems to be working.  Not sure if it was the flashing or deleting drivers and letting them reinstall.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Cobertt on Tue, 24 April 2018, 23:07:26

I am having the same issue that one other person reported, my keyboard worked just fine at my friends house. Now I'm at home and I can't keep it connected long enough. I'm not sure whats going on with it.

Could you try to use another cable or test on another computer? The PCB should work on your computer if it worked on your friend's. The bottom RGB LEDs have great power consumption so don't plug the keyboard to the hub. Plug it directly to the embedded USB ports on your computer.


I just had it plugged into my mac and all was well. I used bootmapper to lower the LED brightness as default was a little to bright for me. The I brought it back over to my windows computer and plugged it in with a new cable and the old one and they both seem to work just fine now. Maybe it was just a little hiccup but all is working great now!  Thanks again for putting this together, Sylvester!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Wed, 25 April 2018, 00:27:43
As mine isn't shipped yet I think I won't have 'all these problems' because you are aware of them now and can check my stuff for it, Sylvester? :P

And regarding the additional, second pcb I didn't initially order: In case you have a pcb with dead LEDs or something like that I'd take it as second pcb, in case you won't have a working one or it'd be noticeable cheaper :)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: captainish on Wed, 25 April 2018, 00:32:22
Tried to resolder the LEDs but I cant get them to work and my multimeter is showing a solid connection. Some LED's end up turning on when I touch the multimeter or soldering iron to them, but I am too lazy to figure out what is wrong. The main issue I have is that the screws/tapped holes for the screws between top/bottom case won't let me tighten the top case to the bottom without the acrylic midsection. Either the holes were tapped too short, the screws are too long, or there is too much crap in the hole (which I doubt because I blew them out with compressed air). I'd be happy to buy another PCB off of you Sylvester if you can show the LED's before you ship it out, otherwise I'm a bit dissapointed with the worksmanship if my board. Gonna have to buy some new screws soon or retap the holes, which I don't think should be an issue on a delivered board.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Wed, 25 April 2018, 00:39:37
Another issue that i've had is that the acrylic diffuser is actually a bit of a tight fit in one corner so while it sits flush in the other 3 corners in this one it's pushed in.You can't really notice it because it's in the front side of the board but still.I might try to smooth the inside edge with a file or something so it fits better.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Wed, 25 April 2018, 08:50:53
Well, I guess I'll have to wait for mynew PCB then!

I still haven't gotten mine yet, I had to delay the DHL shipment because I wasn't home.

I don't anticipate having any LED issues, as I plan on desoldering them (Underglow? Yuck.)

I'll see what I can do about the case screws being too long to use without the diffuser. I probably have the right size tap, I can tap my holes a bit deeper.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Paopawdecarabao on Wed, 25 April 2018, 09:37:56
Tried to resolder the LEDs but I cant get them to work and my multimeter is showing a solid connection. Some LED's end up turning on when I touch the multimeter or soldering iron to them, but I am too lazy to figure out what is wrong. The main issue I have is that the screws/tapped holes for the screws between top/bottom case won't let me tighten the top case to the bottom without the acrylic midsection. Either the holes were tapped too short, the screws are too long, or there is too much crap in the hole (which I doubt because I blew them out with compressed air). I'd be happy to buy another PCB off of you Sylvester if you can show the LED's before you ship it out, otherwise I'm a bit dissapointed with the worksmanship if my board. Gonna have to buy some new screws soon or retap the holes, which I don't think should be an issue on a delivered board.

Yea same issure here with LED. When I tap and hold the inside it lights. But when ai remove, it suddenly stops.


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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: yaya on Wed, 25 April 2018, 15:04:29
black on grey w/ 67g zilents

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Wed, 25 April 2018, 15:12:17
black on grey w/ 67g zilents

(Attachment Link)
Is the gray as dark as on the picture IRL? Or is the pic a bit dark?

But looks great!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: yaya on Wed, 25 April 2018, 15:16:46
black on grey w/ 67g zilents

(Attachment Link)
Is the gray as dark as on the picture IRL? Or is the pic a bit dark?

But looks great!

Depends on how the light hits it, but I'd say the picture is slightly darker than IRL.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: kmba on Wed, 25 April 2018, 16:51:44
black on grey w/ 67g zilents

(Attachment Link)

nice
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Thu, 26 April 2018, 00:59:12
Well i finally got down to building but i stripped two screws that i had over tightened.Anyone know how to remove these?

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Puddsy on Thu, 26 April 2018, 17:12:48
Well i finally got down to building but i stripped two screws that i had over tightened.Anyone know how to remove these?

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https://www.amazon.com/Damaged-Remover-Extractor-Product-Stop/dp/B00MZCEBII
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Thu, 26 April 2018, 23:53:17
https://www.amazon.com/Damaged-Remover-Extractor-Product-Stop/dp/B00MZCEBII

Oohhhh thanks for linking that one, I want something like this for years but already thought they'd be expensive as **** and thus never looked on them.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Thu, 26 April 2018, 23:54:45
Well i finally got down to building but i stripped two screws that i had over tightened.Anyone know how to remove these?

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https://www.amazon.com/Damaged-Remover-Extractor-Product-Stop/dp/B00MZCEBII
This one seems kinda big though since the screws are m2 or m3

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Fri, 27 April 2018, 00:32:45
This one seems kinda big though since the screws are m2 or m3

It sais it'd work on #1 to #4 screws. But I have no clue what a #1 screw is in normal measurement.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Fri, 27 April 2018, 03:09:30
Taking shape

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

Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Fri, 27 April 2018, 06:34:33
Those "easy-out" things are hard as frig to use, especially on small screws and bolts.

Is it COMPLETELY rounded? 
Sometimes I find that you can fit a Torx driver of a slightly larger size into stripped hex bolts and it'll grip like mad, especially if you force it down into the root of the socket.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Fri, 27 April 2018, 06:36:49
Those "easy-out" things are hard as frig to use, especially on small screws and bolts.

Is it COMPLETELY rounded? 
Sometimes I find that you can fit a Torx driver of a slightly larger size into stripped hex bolts and it'll grip like mad, especially if you force it down into the root of the socket.
Yeah it's kinda completely rounded.I'll probably resort to drilling the screw and hammering a torx head in or something.

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Fri, 27 April 2018, 06:41:37
See if you can find a left handed drill bit of the appropriate size. Sometimes when you're trying to drill the head off, it'll just magically back the screw out for you!

Also, another option is to get a bit that's slightly bigger than the threads of the screw, and drill the head off, so you're left with just a "stud" with threads left. Then lift the back case off, and grip the stem with pliers, and twist them out that way!

If you don't feel comfortable fixing it, I know it'd be expensive, but I do a lot of really small, delicate work, and I have a really nice drill press. I could do it for you. (Wrap that sucker in high-density foam and lots of tape to protect that beautiful finish, whatever you do!)
Maybe you're nearby, who knows.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Fri, 27 April 2018, 07:16:02
See if you can find a left handed drill bit of the appropriate size. Sometimes when you're trying to drill the head off, it'll just magically back the screw out for you!

Also, another option is to get a bit that's slightly bigger than the threads of the screw, and drill the head off, so you're left with just a "stud" with threads left. Then lift the back case off, and grip the stem with pliers, and twist them out that way!

If you don't feel comfortable fixing it, I know it'd be expensive, but I do a lot of really small, delicate work, and I have a really nice drill press. I could do it for you. (Wrap that sucker in high-density foam and lots of tape to protect that beautiful finish, whatever you do!)
Maybe you're nearby, who knows.
Hm i haven't seen the second method used but it sounds like it'd get the job done.So i basically just drill the top of the screw off? Won't that risk damaging the inner thread though?

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: hachi8free on Fri, 27 April 2018, 08:21:34
4 buyers who bought 86 keys layout will get new PCBs: sykim0310, Vewy_nice, hachi8free, tlautrec

Adding more solders on the 4 pins of the LED should fix 90% LED issues. Let me know if the LED doesn't work anyway.

The PCB supplier is the guy who provided PCBs for most Chinese custom keyboards. I didn't expect he would make such mistakes.

@Sylvester Thanks! I haven't checked with Bootmapper, but when I connecting PCB to the computer, all LEDs glowed white.
I broke diffuser when I tried to remove it... I want you to send it with new pcb if there is any extra.
Thank you.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Remsky on Sat, 28 April 2018, 00:00:03
emailed you about some pcb issues. @sylvester
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Water lee on Sat, 28 April 2018, 11:39:23
Nice board.I just missed it
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: fatpolomanjr on Sat, 28 April 2018, 18:52:42
I finished building for Jeffboird: Mars 8.0 with GMK Blue on Black, 65g Zealios and holtites. Some of the holtites were a perfect fit, but at least 20 switches needed them to be soldered in place.

(https://i.imgur.com/dc5oKVE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rCeNDfs.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/YuO1Sox.jpg)

Minor dings on the plate, like others, and a few on the case. One LED has a bad blue (the one on the bottom row near z/x/v) but otherwise a very solid group buy and board. :D
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Sun, 29 April 2018, 03:38:46
A very good looking board. Congrats to you and jeffboird!

A word of warning before anyone makes the same mistake as me, 2x3x4 leds in the south position will make contact with gmk caps. Iíve ordered some 1.8mm leds and Iíll let you know if those work.

Another thing to point out. If you have the underglow on, leds will not shine at their maximum brightness. Although that could just be the USB port Iím using.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Kira on Sun, 29 April 2018, 11:46:21
Damn I missed this =/ Anyone know of any other similar WKL keyboards on GBs?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Puddsy on Sun, 29 April 2018, 12:35:49
Damn I missed this =/ Anyone know of any other similar WKL keyboards on GBs?

TKLs always coming, keep an eye on the interest check subforum
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Grimspoon on Mon, 30 April 2018, 00:00:10
What type of screws are holding the case together? I can barely tell what I'm looking at here. Are these allen key? I feel like I may have stripped one but I also feel like I can't tell what screw head these are either. Also feel like it takes a lot to squeeze the case actually closed.

Someone said M2 earlier. I'll have to grab a proper set.

Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: fatpolomanjr on Mon, 30 April 2018, 01:38:15
M2.5 I believe. They are allen / hex key. I replaced them with standard flathead m2.5 screws because using a hex key to open it up every time is annoying. Just be sure to get the right length.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Mon, 30 April 2018, 01:41:43
What type of screws are holding the case together? I can barely tell what I'm looking at here. Are these allen key? I feel like I may have stripped one but I also feel like I can't tell what screw head these are either. Also feel like it takes a lot to squeeze the case actually closed.

Someone said M2 earlier. I'll have to grab a proper set.
They are m2.5 x 8

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Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Grimspoon on Mon, 30 April 2018, 05:26:40
Thanks for the quick replies. Will be replacing them asap.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Grimspoon on Mon, 30 April 2018, 16:02:24
What type of screws are holding the case together? I can barely tell what I'm looking at here. Are these allen key? I feel like I may have stripped one but I also feel like I can't tell what screw head these are either. Also feel like it takes a lot to squeeze the case actually closed.

Someone said M2 earlier. I'll have to grab a proper set.

Turns out I just needed my good allen key set from work. Everything is fine. Except my diffuser snapped the moment I looked at it. Also those m2.5 screw holes were tight as hell. But everything is fine.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: sykim0310 on Mon, 14 May 2018, 07:01:34
Today a new pcb arrived.
This pcb still doesn't fit into my top case.

1. There is no stab hole.
2. The left window key switch hole is incorrect.

Do I have to wait for another 2 weeks and get a new pcb?
Or do I need to get a refund?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Fri, 18 May 2018, 07:15:46
Does anyone know what drivers this uses because i got an error that says device descriptor failed,basically rendering the keyboard unusable.Can i fix this just by replacing the drivers or do i need a new pcb?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: geewizwow on Fri, 18 May 2018, 08:52:50
You have to hold either u or ctrl+u while plugging it in.
Itís all in the bootmapper docs.

Cheers
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Fri, 18 May 2018, 11:25:12
This worked!Thank you so much
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: tlautrec on Tue, 22 May 2018, 03:14:40
Today a new pcb arrived.
This pcb still doesn't fit into my top case.

1. There is no stab hole.
2. The left window key switch hole is incorrect.

Do I have to wait for another 2 weeks and get a new pcb?
Or do I need to get a refund?

Did anyone get any replies/news re: the new pcb? :(
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Tue, 22 May 2018, 06:31:51
I am unsure what rev. PCB I received, but mine has stabilizer holes.
I haven't yet started assembling yet, so I don't know if it's the most recent or not.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Baconheart on Tue, 22 May 2018, 06:53:26
Today a new pcb arrived.
This pcb still doesn't fit into my top case.

1. There is no stab hole.
2. The left window key switch hole is incorrect.

Do I have to wait for another 2 weeks and get a new pcb?
Or do I need to get a refund?

Did anyone get any replies/news re: the new pcb? :(

I emailed Sylvester about a different issue on the 15th and haven't received a reply.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: tlautrec on Tue, 22 May 2018, 10:05:45
I am unsure what rev. PCB I received, but mine has stabilizer holes.
I haven't yet started assembling yet, so I don't know if it's the most recent or not.

Iím referring to the 86 key TKL pcbs that didnt quite work out both the first and second round. :(
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Tue, 22 May 2018, 12:10:57
Yeah that's what I'm talking about.

I got 2 PCB's, the original one that didn't work with my case layout, and a second one that has stab holes, but I haven't checked if it lines up with the layout properly yet (Desk is messy, too many other projects!)

I am also waiting on the last of the 3 MARS accent inserts I ordered... Since my original package was missing 2, and the second PCB came with 2 others, but one of them was the wrong color, and machined wrong!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Tue, 22 May 2018, 16:36:58
Just finished building mine after it arrived this morning.
I initially ordered a gray one, which (luckily) didn't pass QC. Sylvester then gave me the possibility to change the colour to black. Due to that the shipping took quite a bit longer than planned.

The white Mars box looks super nice, defenitely something I'm gonna keep, in case the board won't be standing on my desk all time. The pen also looks good, feels very worthy. Didn't get to try it yet.

One pcb works fine, though bootmapper client is kinda special to use for me... but it works. Still gotta test the second one.
My board is completely flawless without any dents or ano issues, just simple and nice black.
The diffuser sits very stiff, but I already removed and re-applied mine twice without breaking it.
One issue with it, though: The screws are about 1mm too long to use the board without the diffuser. Gonna fix that for me tomorrow, due to shortening the screws.
I have no idea why, but my screws are golden - I'm very impressed by that, looks better with brass plate and brass inlay than silver screws would do.

Right now I have no quality pictures due to bad lightening, but maybe I'll post some tomorrow.

Btw, weight is 3,45kg (7,6lb). I'm suuuper happy with this :)


e: On the second pcb, only 4 of the rgb leds are working. The others are red and won't change their color.
Sylvester, I don't really need a new pcb with them working, but how about a partial refund of the $40 for the second pcb? :)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Tue, 22 May 2018, 17:52:16
Guys i kinda ****ed something up on bootmapper and wiped the whole layout.Can someone please take a pic of the layout (wkl) so i can remap it by hand?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: tlautrec on Tue, 22 May 2018, 22:52:13
Yeah that's what I'm talking about.

I got 2 PCB's, the original one that didn't work with my case layout, and a second one that has stab holes, but I haven't checked if it lines up with the layout properly yet (Desk is messy, too many other projects!)

I am also waiting on the last of the 3 MARS accent inserts I ordered... Since my original package was missing 2, and the second PCB came with 2 others, but one of them was the wrong color, and machined wrong!

Fingers crossed for the stab holes to be there. Iím currently travelling so I canít verify my pcbs yet :í( let me know when you eventually get down to building! :)
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Wed, 23 May 2018, 00:44:26
Guys i kinda ****ed something up on bootmapper and wiped the whole layout.Can someone please take a pic of the layout (wkl) so i can remap it by hand?

There you go.
Only difference to stock layout: I have FN on rctl instead of ralt, due to needing altgr for german layout.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Wed, 23 May 2018, 00:46:03
Guys i kinda ****ed something up on bootmapper and wiped the whole layout.Can someone please take a pic of the layout (wkl) so i can remap it by hand?

There you go.
Only difference to stock layout: I have FN on rctl instead of ralt, due to needing altgr for german layout.
Thank you but i fixed it last night.Apparently if you set it into bootloader mode and hit a key it will show you the corresponding position.


Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Jkush463 on Fri, 25 May 2018, 13:12:55
Is there any way to get one of these? Or am i SOL
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: shadowrealmwarez on Fri, 25 May 2018, 13:18:17
Is there any way to get one of these? Or am i SOL

I think I've seen one or two pop up on reddit mechmarket , but that's about it.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Sat, 26 May 2018, 02:42:06
Hey guys, Sylvester didn't get back to me about the extra accessories yet so im gonna ask here.If anyone has any extras they want to sell(pcb,plate etc) please let me know.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Wed, 30 May 2018, 07:21:44
Hey guys, Sylvester didn't get back to me about the extra accessories yet so im gonna ask here.If anyone gas any extras they want to sell(pcb,plate etc) please let me know.

Yeah, me too. I wonder where he went?
I'd be interested in buying a black MARS logo insert if anyone has one. I also could trade a silver, and MAYBE a purple or red.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Baconheart on Wed, 30 May 2018, 07:30:55
I'm quite worried as well, my keyboard hasn't been sent at all. Shipping label created on April 20th, but no updates on the tracking and DHL told me they never received it.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Wed, 30 May 2018, 11:11:38
Yeah that's definitely a much larger issue than me receiving the wrong color MARS accent piece...

Has ANYONE gotten any contact from Sylvester recently?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: thokir on Wed, 30 May 2018, 13:22:57
I didn't get any messages from Sylvester lately, but I didn't ask him anything, too.

Aaaand jumping in on the logo trades: I have a red one, would want a silver/gray one. Shipping from germany, with insurance and tracking.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: tlautrec on Mon, 11 June 2018, 08:45:42
...aaaaand it's done! :D

Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Baconheart on Fri, 29 June 2018, 08:52:44
I'm quite worried as well, my keyboard hasn't been sent at all. Shipping label created on April 20th, but no updates on the tracking and DHL told me they never received it.

Alright, been in contact with Sylvester and turns out the DHL proxy lost it, but now the factory's made up a replacement and it's on the way so everything's good.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Puddsy on Sat, 30 June 2018, 10:23:22
I'm quite worried as well, my keyboard hasn't been sent at all. Shipping label created on April 20th, but no updates on the tracking and DHL told me they never received it.

Alright, been in contact with Sylvester and turns out the DHL proxy lost it, but now the factory's made up a replacement and it's on the way so everything's good.

well then
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Mon, 09 July 2018, 22:09:23
(http://imgur.com/HW2KL2I)

Mines done. I freaking love this thing.
Best ano of any board I have!

The embedding isn't working for me on mobile so here's a link
http://imgur.com/HW2KL2I

Also glad to hear everything is working out.
The shipping proxy initially lost my extra MARS accent pieces, too. They don't seem like a very competent forwarder.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Oscar2177 on Tue, 10 July 2018, 19:04:40
Anyone know how to reflash the pcb and put it into bootloader mode? I accidentally
 had a couple keys pressed when connecting it in.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: crusader_alex on Thu, 12 July 2018, 20:34:16
Anyone know how to reflash the pcb and put it into bootloader mode? I accidentally
 had a couple keys pressed when connecting it in.
Press either U or Ctrl+U while plugging it in,that should set it on the bootloader mode

Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Grimspoon on Mon, 16 July 2018, 14:55:32
Anyone know how to reflash the pcb and put it into bootloader mode? I accidentally
 had a couple keys pressed when connecting it in.

Is that the clear / silver anno? Looks very white in your photos. Looks great!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Thu, 19 July 2018, 07:11:59
Should have posted this earlier, black/brass looks great. Seems very high quality, can't tell much until I build it though.
But at first sight and while handling it looks and feels amazing.

The more time I spend looking around at some other boards of this quality, the more I realize how reasonable the pricing actually was as well. Then again, I had to ruin the low price point by going and upgrading the entire thing to brass

https://imgur.com/a/T5rFDuv

Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Puddsy on Mon, 23 July 2018, 22:44:21
Should have posted this earlier, black/brass looks great. Seems very high quality, can't tell much until I build it though.
But at first sight and while handling it looks and feels amazing.

The more time I spend looking around at some other boards of this quality, the more I realize how reasonable the pricing actually was as well. Then again, I had to ruin the low price point by going and upgrading the entire thing to brass

https://imgur.com/a/T5rFDuv

black and gold is a classy combo, i like this
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: odd on Thu, 26 July 2018, 04:34:48
Does anyone know what the "pen" like thing is that came with the keyboard? I thought it was a pen until I realized that it was solid with no way that I can see to open it.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Thu, 26 July 2018, 04:43:49
Does anyone know what the "pen" like thing is that came with the keyboard? I thought it was a pen until I realized that it was solid with no way that I can see to open it.

The top should unscrew
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: vewy_nice on Fri, 26 October 2018, 20:04:28
Has there been any talk of working on a QMK port?
And/or, how to get more LED colors out of bootmapper client?

Been really enjoying the heft of this board, though!
(https://i.imgur.com/N5W6FMC.jpg)

Those black/brass and black/blue boards are making me kind of jealous ;) They're gorgeous!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Sylanthra on Fri, 09 November 2018, 18:22:33
Any updates?
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: xoxox1029 on Mon, 12 November 2018, 21:40:12
interesting design, it goes well with the moon tkl too :cool:
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: HamKenobi on Fri, 22 February 2019, 13:30:58
Is this keeb compatible with other tkl PCB's such as the H87?

Also does anyone know if I can get a space diffuser?

Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: boboking5 on Fri, 15 March 2019, 05:20:24
Would it be possible for you to share the files for the diffuser? Mine has broken so I'd love to get another cut.
Title: Re: [GB] MARS 8.0 (sorting and shipping)
Post by: Rubbermilitia on Fri, 15 March 2019, 16:06:05
Would it be possible for you to share the files for the diffuser? Mine has broken so I'd love to get another cut.

Mine was broken on arrival. Shouldn't be hard to measure it out to get something cut though right? Pretty simple piece of acrylic