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Offline ai03

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[GB] Polaris
« on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 11:26:52 »
Polaris
by ai03 and Kevinplus

Gaskets. Seamless. 60%. $265 shipped, starting at $250.

Purchase here
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Offering a quality typing experience without the high price tag, Polaris redefines the expectations from custom keyboards.
With proper gasket plate mounting, flex-slotted 1.2mm thin PCB, sleek seamless aesthetic, and accessible pricing, experience a top-tier 60% keyboard for a mid-range price.



Features
  • Refined seamless aesthetic that borrows from KBD8X MKII, with a rear-extended weight for a premium look
  • Plate held in place by a total of 18 gaskets. No metal-to-metal contact between the plate and case
  • 1.2mm thick, flex-slotted PCB that extends the gasket comfort further
  • Two foam filler sheets that remove open space within the keyboard while suppressing vibrations



Options

Tops:
  • Regular/Full
  • HHKB
  • WKL

Case colors:
  • Black
  • Space gray
  • Blue grey
  • Burgundy red
  • Forest green
  • Rose gold
  • Purple
  • E-White (Extra cost)
  • E-Yellow (Extra cost)
  • Polycarbonate (Extra cost)

Plate options:
  • Material: Brass, Polycarbonate, FR4
  • Layout: WKL or Universal
  • Style: Half or Full

Brass finish options:
  • Simple clear matte PVD
  • Matte black PVD


Timeline

GB will close in 1 month. Projected shipping time is around the end of the year.

If you would like push notifications when there is progress, please join my Discord server and run the command ".iam Polaris" in the channel #bot-spam to receive direct updates whenever they happen.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 11:35:08 »
Approved!  :thumb:

Offline KingOfMemes

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 11:59:24 »
All aboard the hype train!
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Offline valkyr1e

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 12:17:06 »
Could I get a clarification on the colour:

Is this the space gray? (Definitely not black, but looks darker than space gray on other KBDFans space gray)


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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 12:35:56 »
Is the polycarb case really that bad, any chance you could show samples of how "parts will not fit together perfectly" like the weight?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 12:38:48 »
Could I get a clarification on the colour:

Is this the space gray? (Definitely not black, but looks darker than space gray on other KBDFans space gray)

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At the time of the render the colors were not listed so it's neither

Offline mikenogo

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 12:45:19 »
I am assuming the color samples that are shown on the buy page are what they are aiming for.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 12:54:34 »
I am assuming the color samples that are shown on the buy page are what they are aiming for.

Yes. There are only a few physical color samples available. It would have been very expensive to make samples of all the colors.

Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 12:58:26 »
In for E-White HHKB-layout with black matte PVD brass parts. Hope it will be shipped in December  :thumb:

Offline jonowarren94

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 13:10:17 »
So hyped to see this!

I know this might sound dumb but I would be correct in saying the base kit comes with a pcb and foam but not a plate right?

Thanks!

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 13:47:22 »
Could I get a clarification on the colour:

Is this the space gray? (Definitely not black, but looks darker than space gray on other KBDFans space gray)

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I believe that is the space grey as Ai03 said blue grey will be more blue than that.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 13:52:10 »
That to me looks like Black.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 14:01:42 »
In for e yellow hhkb
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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 14:33:12 »

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 15:09:01 »
Rose gold, WKL, poly half plate :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 15:11:33 »
HHKB, Blue gray, half pc plate, black pvd - let's get it!

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 15:31:15 »
was fully in for a PC board but that warning is a little concerning

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 15:54:46 »
Once the colour sample is confirmed: Space gray WKL, full brass plate  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 16:00:32 »
@ai03 did you get the chance to build the out of spec red board

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 16:07:48 »
In for a E-White, WKL  :thumb:

Can't wait to get it.
« Last Edit: Tue, 06 August 2019, 16:17:40 by mongoose27 »

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 16:20:49 »
what color is the fr4 plate?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 16:33:01 »
Any details on what exactly is the FR4 material option and what to expect from it?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 16:46:10 »
Any details on what exactly is the FR4 material option and what to expect from it?

From the KBD site:

Materials:

- Brass: A stiff metal with a deep sound. Firm bottom-out that pairs well with tactiles and some linears.

- FR4: A durable yet flexible fiberglass that is often used for PCBs. Medium firmness, slightly bouncy bottom-out that works for most switches.

- Poly: A flexible plastic that is more resistant to cracking than acrylic. Very soft bottom-out that works with linears.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 18:04:42 »
 FYI all plate materials work for all MX-style switches 👍
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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 18:33:38 »
Space Gray HHKB
Once a set shines, it is truly yours. It is then your job to nurture it and care for it.
Love it until it blossoms into the beautiful fully and evenly shined set it has always wanted to be since it saw a shined set on Instagram under the hashtag #perfection.
Support it and maintain it until it will grow into itself and become one with itself. Then you can truly enjoy the typing experience
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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 19:08:30 »
Could I get a clarification on the colour:

Is this the space gray? (Definitely not black, but looks darker than space gray on other KBDFans space gray)

Show Image


At the time of the render the colors were not listed so it's neither
Same, i was def in for PC also! I want to know if any other users that have had a PC board had an issue or have heard of this warning before....

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 20:03:41 »
My body is ready.  Buy now, think later!

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 20:10:39 »
Will the burgundy be like KBDfans switch opener? Or will it be more bright red like on interest check photo?
This is a big difference for me and I don’t know if I should go safe with black, or trust that it will be dark burgundy.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 20:26:43 »
Any samples of the forest green?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 20:38:23 »
Will the burgundy be like KBDfans switch opener? Or will it be more bright red like on interest check photo?
This is a big difference for me and I don’t know if I should go safe with black, or trust that it will be dark burgundy.
The one on the IC was stated as being the incorrect color.
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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 20:43:42 »
Could I get a clarification on the colour:

Is this the space gray? (Definitely not black, but looks darker than space gray on other KBDFans space gray)

Show Image


At the time of the render the colors were not listed so it's neither
Same, i was def in for PC also! I want to know if any other users that have had a PC board had an issue or have heard of this warning before....
It's a warning that really should be put up for all boards available in polycarbonate. I purchased a Poly Singa75 used and was very surprised by the top/bottom alignment issues. visually you probably won't notice it, but it can be felt quite a lot. the main issue is that the Polaris, much like the Singa75, has fairly thin walls on the top half, and this can lead to a lot of side flex. It shouldn't be as bad once you've put it together though.

Oh, and I don't believe Ai03 has confirmed otherwise, so it's most likely the screws are threading directly into the polycarbonate, which means you need to be careful about over-tightening.
I long for the day when I find a beamspring. (At a not insane price)

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 22:43:13 »
Will this keyboard have a second round of groupbuys in the future? Or can that not be confirmed? I'm new to groupbuys

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 22:43:39 »
FYI if you don't mind a some misshapen arrow keys, Polaris actually allows an HHKB layout with arrow keys on the right side. This is a huge winning point for me.
Again, probably not for everyone. But for those who wish for HHKB-with-arrow-keys, this is awesome.
« Last Edit: Tue, 06 August 2019, 22:48:19 by nguyenhimself »

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #33 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 22:45:32 »
Will this keyboard have a second round of groupbuys in the future? Or can that not be confirmed? I'm new to groupbuys
Usually no guarantee. There's a chance that KBDfans would stock up a number of units for post-GB purchase, but again, no idea.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #34 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 22:58:18 »
E-Yellow for Serika  :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #35 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 23:18:35 »
E-Yellow for Serika  :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #36 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 00:26:06 »
I really want to go purple but I don't trust KBDfans doing purple, their 5degree purple cases are just... off. All-black it is!

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #37 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 01:34:19 »
Has KBDfans done Rose Gold before? Can't seem to find anything on their site.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #38 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 01:42:04 »
Will the burgundy be like KBDfans switch opener? Or will it be more bright red like on interest check photo?
This is a big difference for me and I don’t know if I should go safe with black, or trust that it will be dark burgundy.

I'm really interested to know that also. I love the red on the opener but the one in the proto didn't do much for me.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #39 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 03:25:48 »
What's the best feeling plate for linear switches?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #40 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 05:31:55 »
To switch plate I will have to desolder all the switches?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #41 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 06:01:54 »
Is there a complete render of HHKB?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #42 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 06:16:51 »
Has KBDfans done Rose Gold before? Can't seem to find anything on their site.

would like to see a rose gold colour sample too :>

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #43 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 07:15:27 »
In for e yellow hhkb

Let me guess: with MT3 Serika, right?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #44 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 07:23:03 »
Is Forest Green ano the same as KBDfans 5°/Tofu Dark Green?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #45 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 07:28:16 »
Is Forest Green ano the same as KBDfans 5°/Tofu Dark Green?
That's what I wanna know

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #46 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 07:37:02 »
In for Rose Gold for Bliss.
E White for Milkshake.

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #47 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 07:39:53 »
My body is ready.  Buy now, think later!

I feel this on so many levels.

All of you who have expressed interest in the polycarb plates - are you planning on buying an extra plate (either same or different material)?

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 07:55:10 »
Yee I ll buy 2 different plate and pcb

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 08:31:05 »
Could I get a clarification on the colour:

Is this the space gray? (Definitely not black, but looks darker than space gray on other KBDFans space gray)

Show Image


At the time of the render the colors were not listed so it's neither
Same, i was def in for PC also! I want to know if any other users that have had a PC board had an issue or have heard of this warning before....

https://brianlee.blog/2018/12/14/review-yuktsis-tgr-910re-polycarbonate/ sums it up nicely