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[IC] CU80 - Images of 2nd Prototype added!
« on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 09:23:05 »
CU80


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The CU80 is a tenkeyless (TKL/80%) mechanical keyboard that can be purchased either as a kit, or as a fully assembled keyboard with Cherry MX switches and keycaps.

This keyboard features an anodised aluminium case that is made of two parts; the base and the top case. The kit is only available in grey. The kit features a hotswappable PCB that available with either the ANSI layout, or the ISO layout. The PCB supports QMK and features SMD RGB LEDs under each switch. The software can be heavily customised meaning that you can change key locations, have multiple Fn layers and more! You really can make this keyboard your keyboard. The inclusion of a hotswappable PCB means that there is no soldering. Want to change switches or have different switches in different locations? No problem, all you need to do is take out the current switches and place the new ones. This PCB is available with either the ANSI or ISO layout. The PCB supports screw-in stabilisers and PCB mounted switches.The PCB supports USB-C.

Why did we design the CU80?


When we started designing the CU80 we had a few criteria; it had to be high-quality, feature-rich and be affordable. We feel that this mechanical keyboard fulfills those criteria and is a great option for those looking to get a custom mechanical keyboard but canít accommodate a $300+ budget.





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2nd Printed Prototype Images:

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Offline demonahz

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 09:25:14 »
Is it possible to see more of the internals?

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 09:54:39 »
unibody?plate?!!!?

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 10:21:54 »
unibody?plate?!!!?

The plate is integrated into to top case. There are only two pieces, the base and the top case.

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 10:44:15 »
Completely flat? Interesting. Will it come with risers to get it to 5 or 6 degrees of slope?

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« Reply #5 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 11:10:31 »
Completely flat? Interesting. Will it come with risers to get it to 5 or 6 degrees of slope?

A pair of these will be included with the kit: https://kbdfans.cn/products/anodized-cnc-aluminum-feet-1pair

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 12:10:43 »
I've just bought a KBD67 but with the GB for this being in a couple of months, I'll be in for it!

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 12:54:40 »
Hotswap tkl for that price? I'm definitely interested!

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« Reply #8 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 14:44:23 »
Definitely interested! I'm in for a sub $300 hotswap TKL. Possibly two.

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« Reply #9 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 16:05:33 »
Ne split spacebar (2.25u+1.25u+2.75u) support? Would be the first hot swap keeb to ever support it.

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 17:10:58 »
Completely flat? Interesting. Will it come with risers to get it to 5 or 6 degrees of slope?

Risers would be the perfect addition to this.

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 27 May 2019, 20:36:58 »
from the design of the cutout, seems that users will only be able to use the pcb provided?

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« Reply #12 on: Tue, 28 May 2019, 12:35:14 »
Is there the possibility of more color options being added at some point?

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 29 May 2019, 08:43:05 »
from the design of the cutout, seems that users will only be able to use the pcb provided?

Yes, you will only be able to use the CU80 PCB. This kit is not compatible with any other PCBs.

Is there the possibility of more color options being added at some point?

If this is well received then we can certainly look into adding new colours for the next round.

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 30 May 2019, 08:38:06 »
This is interesting, but I don't really understand why in the TKL world everyone needs to reinvent the wheel. Look at the 60% keyboards.... they are intherchangable, why doesn't this work in the tkl segment?

Please make it compatible with other cases, pcbs, make a choice :-) you could make it compatible with TX87KIN, or with the recent h87??

Is this a skeleton - like case? Normal cases are a little better because the border of the keycaps is not exposed, it is protected and you don't accidentally touch hit, break it.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GpM--fKeDw_tIDZj4m2jmbMavSyXeOu3QHzfTJwz-IM/edit#gid=0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=96123.0
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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 02 June 2019, 20:20:01 »
This is growing on me I dig the flatness.

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 11 June 2019, 09:36:29 »
This is growing on me I dig the flatness.

Thanks!

We are currently working on refining the design and we aim to release more info/renders within the coming days!

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« Reply #17 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 07:20:26 »
We are currently working on refining the design and we aim to release more info/renders within the coming days!

Any updates on the renders/info? Looking forward to the GB  :)

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 07:34:51 »
This is interesting, but I don't really understand why in the TKL world everyone needs to reinvent the wheel. Look at the 60% keyboards.... they are intherchangable, why doesn't this work in the tkl segment?

Please make it compatible with other cases, pcbs, make a choice :-) you could make it compatible with TX87KIN, or with the recent h87??

Is this a skeleton - like case? Normal cases are a little better because the border of the keycaps is not exposed, it is protected and you don't accidentally touch hit, break it.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GpM--fKeDw_tIDZj4m2jmbMavSyXeOu3QHzfTJwz-IM/edit#gid=0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=96123.0

Agreed

TKL developers keep running away from interchangeability like the plague

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #19 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 23:29:30 »
An assembled hotswappable TKL for ~$130 USD without VAT?? Wow!

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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 27 June 2019, 08:42:53 »
We are currently working on refining the design and we aim to release more info/renders within the coming days!

Any updates on the renders/info? Looking forward to the GB  :)


Final model has been confirmed, new renders and GB info coming soon!

3D Printed Prototypes will arrive next week and then if everything is ok then we will order the Aluminium prototypes. :)
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Re: [IC] CU80 - An affordable custom TKL mechanical keyboard.
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 27 June 2019, 08:46:44 »
If there is anyone who want to stay updated but doesn't visit GeekHack often, please join the CU80 mailing list:


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« Reply #22 on: Wed, 03 July 2019, 05:12:34 »
Wow! Really like the simple design of this, and that price point  :eek:

If you can nail the material quality and finish, this is gonna be an awesome entry-level custom.

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« Reply #23 on: Wed, 03 July 2019, 11:38:02 »
Wow! Really like the simple design of this, and that price point  :o

If you can nail the material quality and finish, this is gonna be an awesome entry-level custom.


Thanks! 

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Re: [IC] CU80 - New Renders!
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 03 July 2019, 11:40:50 »
Hey Everyone!

We have uploaded some new renders of the modified design.


After a few weeks we have designed a custom footbar that will be included in the kit!


We are still working on getting prototypes as soon as possible, sorry for the delay.


If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask!


Thanks for the support! :)

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« Reply #25 on: Sat, 06 July 2019, 05:32:52 »
I looked over this but I've return to say it's very interesting and a fantastic idea. Will be following this now. Also, like the idea of having hotswap.

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Re: [IC] CU80 - New Renders!
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 06 July 2019, 05:35:42 »
Hey Everyone!

We have uploaded some new renders of the modified design.


After a few weeks we have designed a custom footbar that will be included in the kit!


We are still working on getting prototypes as soon as possible, sorry for the delay.


If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask!


Thanks for the support! :)

Great to hear about the footbar! Will the groupbuy go through your website?

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« Reply #27 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 10:55:56 »
I looked over this but I've return to say it's very interesting and a fantastic idea. Will be following this now. Also, like the idea of having hotswap.


Hey Everyone!

We have uploaded some new renders of the modified design.


After a few weeks we have designed a custom footbar that will be included in the kit!


We are still working on getting prototypes as soon as possible, sorry for the delay.


If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask!


Thanks for the support! :)

Great to hear about the footbar! Will the groupbuy go through your website?
   




Thanks, I am glad you like the idea/keyboard! Yes, the group buy will be through the capsunlocked store!  :)

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Re: [IC] CU80 - New Renders!
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 11:02:14 »
Here are some images of the 3D printed CU80 with the Tai-Hao keycaps that will be available:


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Re: [IC] CU80 - Images of 3D Printed Prototype Added!
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 10 July 2019, 14:27:50 »
Here is an infographic that we created!


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Re: [IC] CU80 - Images of 3D Printed Prototype Added!
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 12 July 2019, 19:10:21 »
I read somewhere you will offer numpad as well. Mind share the details?

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« Reply #31 on: Sat, 13 July 2019, 03:41:21 »
I read somewhere you will offer numpad as well. Mind share the details?


Hi! I am not sure where you read that, but we haven't designed a numpad and one won't be offered in this groupbuy.   

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Re: [IC] CU80 - Images of 3D Printed Prototype Added!
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 25 July 2019, 09:53:47 »
2nd Prototype arrived today! More images comign soon!


GB date will be between 15th-31st August.

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« Reply #33 on: Thu, 25 July 2019, 23:41:26 »
Is this compatible with PCB mount switches (without cutting the pegs) ?

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« Reply #34 on: Fri, 26 July 2019, 01:04:08 »
Can wait for this product :D . Hopefully it can be more colour for the case :D

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« Reply #35 on: Fri, 26 July 2019, 09:59:25 »
Is this compatible with PCB mount switches (without cutting the pegs) ?


Yes, the PCB supports PCB mounted switches and screw-in stabs!

Can wait for this product :D . Hopefully it can be more colour for the case :D




Thanks for the support! We are only focusing on grey for this first round but hopefully we can add more in the future! 

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Re: [IC] CU80 - Images of 2nd Prototype added!
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 01 August 2019, 09:30:32 »
Here is an image without the keycaps:


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« Reply #37 on: Sat, 03 August 2019, 12:13:51 »
What color will the kit PCB be? I have been looking for a white hotswap 87-key TKL PCB for another project. Might go with the CU80 just for the PCB

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« Reply #38 on: Sun, 04 August 2019, 07:00:39 »
What color will the kit PCB be? I have been looking for a white hotswap 87-key TKL PCB for another project. Might go with the CU80 just for the PCB

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« Reply #39 on: Tue, 20 August 2019, 22:26:34 »
Sounds interesting like the idea of cheaper and hotswappable