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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #250 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 06:09:27 »
The GB period has ended. Thank you to all that joined!
Due to the large number of orders, things may take time to be manufactured.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #251 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 06:22:14 »
Is it possible to disclose the number?  :p My guess would be > 500!
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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #252 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 07:42:36 »
Is it possible to disclose the number?  :p My guess would be > 500!
It was above 500 before kbdfans stopped showing it, for whatever reason

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #253 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 08:11:14 »
Give me give me

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #254 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 08:48:39 »
Is it possible to disclose the number?  :p My guess would be > 500!
It was above 500 before kbdfans stopped showing it, for whatever reason

I think it was something to do with the ecommerce platform KBDFans uses and a plug-in or smth.
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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #255 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 08:49:22 »
Does the polaris have any kind of esd protection? I just fried an hhkb tofu...

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #256 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 14:37:24 »
Does the polaris have any kind of esd protection? I just fried an hhkb tofu...
How the hell

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #257 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 18:22:40 »
Does the polaris have any kind of esd protection? I just fried an hhkb tofu...
How the hell

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Dress clothes and ****ty office carpet? I don't know but it seems the only explanation for the board to go unresponsive suddenly. I tried to ground myself before touching it but sometimes would forget and it would catch a shock and disconnect. I guess it disconnected for one last time

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #258 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 18:34:41 »
Does the polaris have any kind of esd protection? I just fried an hhkb tofu...
How the hell

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Dress clothes and ****ty office carpet? I don't know but it seems the only explanation for the board to go unresponsive suddenly. I tried to ground myself before touching it but sometimes would forget and it would catch a shock and disconnect. I guess it disconnected for one last time
This has also happened to me, though it was only my old rgb board that I would bring to work. After taking a walk and sitting back at my desk, I felt a little shock when touching the board and it killed the green rgb channel.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #259 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 19:30:52 »
Does the polaris have any kind of esd protection? I just fried an hhkb tofu...
How the hell

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Does the polaris have any kind of esd protection? I just fried an hhkb tofu...
How the hell

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Dress clothes and ****ty office carpet? I don't know but it seems the only explanation for the board to go unresponsive suddenly. I tried to ground myself before touching it but sometimes would forget and it would catch a shock and disconnect. I guess it disconnected for one last time
This has also happened to me, though it was only my old rgb board that I would bring to work. After taking a walk and sitting back at my desk, I felt a little shock when touching the board and it killed the green rgb channel.

After disassembling on my test bench I figured I would give it a shot and plug it in one last time and try jamming the reset button. Lo and behold DFU pops up in qmk toolbox so I was able to flash the hex back on and I am typing this comment with the board. I guess the shock just cleared the memory or something. I will for sure be picking up a spare pcb just in case.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #260 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 19:55:05 »
Does the polaris have any kind of esd protection? I just fried an hhkb tofu...
How the hell

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Dress clothes and ****ty office carpet? I don't know but it seems the only explanation for the board to go unresponsive suddenly. I tried to ground myself before touching it but sometimes would forget and it would catch a shock and disconnect. I guess it disconnected for one last time

This isn't anything unique to KBDFans, if you see other threads on customs using aluminum housings, it's happened to several people.

It's one of many reasons I ordered a backup PCB.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #261 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 20:21:43 »
Does the polaris have any kind of esd protection? I just fried an hhkb tofu...
How the hell

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Dress clothes and ****ty office carpet? I don't know but it seems the only explanation for the board to go unresponsive suddenly. I tried to ground myself before touching it but sometimes would forget and it would catch a shock and disconnect. I guess it disconnected for one last time

This isn't anything unique to KBDFans, if you see other threads on customs using aluminum housings, it's happened to several people.

It's one of many reasons I ordered a backup PCB.

PCB failure also played into my decision to get a spare pcb here.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #262 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 07:59:54 »
Looking at the ongoing ****storm which is the Fusion60 buy also run by kbdfans (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=98959), does anyone want to take bets now on whether these see the light of day around mid-2020 at the absolute earliest? :( Regretting my e-white decision at the moment.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #263 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 09:13:23 »
Reading that thread, the issues seem to be from the funky case design? Which shouldn't be a problem for Polaris. I think the e-white ones will turn out awesome - slightly regretting just going for boring black

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #264 on: Tue, 01 October 2019, 18:16:45 »
Waiting patiently for my E-white to arrive so I can pair it with my Oblivion V2. Hopefully the E white turns out better than the KBD8X MKII

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #265 on: Tue, 01 October 2019, 18:23:58 »
Looking at the ongoing ****storm which is the Fusion60 buy also run by kbdfans (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=98959), does anyone want to take bets now on whether these see the light of day around mid-2020 at the absolute earliest? :( Regretting my e-white decision at the moment.
I thought standard protocol for groupbuys is to take the latest date assumed during the buy and add 4 months to that date for the realistic time it will hit your doorstep

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #266 on: Mon, 07 October 2019, 16:51:18 »
This will be my first purchased board, I hope it works out.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production (HOW MUCH WILL THIS BE IN TOTAL, ROUGHLY?
« Reply #267 on: Mon, 07 October 2019, 17:34:53 »
I am about to make my first purchase, but I was wondering how much is the product in total, at least roughly. (I don't mean to be a pain, just not as familiar with the transaction cost.)

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #268 on: Mon, 07 October 2019, 17:38:17 »
I am about to make my first purchase, but I was wondering how much is the product in total, at least roughly. (I don't mean to be a pain, just not as familiar with the transaction cost.)
Polaris group buy ended my friend. Did you join it when it was live?


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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #269 on: Wed, 09 October 2019, 23:10:22 »
Looking at the ongoing ****storm which is the Fusion60 buy also run by kbdfans (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=98959), does anyone want to take bets now on whether these see the light of day around mid-2020 at the absolute earliest? :( Regretting my e-white decision at the moment.

That thread is not at all reflective of the kbdfans GBs I've been in (kbd19x, 5 degree, ePBT BoW, 2600 SA) which all ran fine.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - Awaiting production
« Reply #270 on: Thu, 10 October 2019, 01:54:29 »
Looking at the ongoing ****storm which is the Fusion60 buy also run by kbdfans (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=98959), does anyone want to take bets now on whether these see the light of day around mid-2020 at the absolute earliest? :( Regretting my e-white decision at the moment.

That thread is not at all reflective of the kbdfans GBs I've been in (kbd19x, 5 degree, ePBT BoW, 2600 SA) which all ran fine.
Same for me, all GB and other buys where fine so far. Awesome customer support too.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #271 on: Sat, 26 October 2019, 18:26:32 »
Polaris has begun production.
Although a bit delayed compared to the original December ETA due to the sheer number of orders, we are still on track for the adjusted shipping date of Chinese New Year (Late January 2020).
We managed to overwork ourselves with the logistics of Polaris to the point where both Kevinplus and I fell sick; we will be less responsive than usual as we recover.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #272 on: Sat, 26 October 2019, 18:51:13 »
Polaris has begun production.
Although a bit delayed compared to the original December ETA due to the sheer number of orders, we are still on track for the adjusted shipping date of Chinese New Year (Late January 2020).
We managed to overwork ourselves with the logistics of Polaris to the point where both Kevinplus and I fell sick; we will be less responsive than usual as we recover.

Rest well mate, lots of tea and chicken soup.:)

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #273 on: Sat, 26 October 2019, 19:28:40 »
Will there be a 65% version of Polaris in the future? I would love a top tier 65% at a cheap price.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #274 on: Sat, 26 October 2019, 23:12:07 »
Good luck brother!!

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #275 on: Sun, 27 October 2019, 00:04:36 »
Will there be a 65% version of Polaris in the future? I would love a top tier 65% at a cheap price.

Yes, after 60 ships
Planning for in-stock rather than GB if possible
Price will likely be slightly higher due to
- Raw material cost from larger size
- Noticeable redesign, a bit more complexity in manufacturing
- Heavier weight, higher shipping cost
- Storage cost

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #276 on: Sun, 27 October 2019, 03:14:15 »
Thatís awesome, best of health to you both!

Also really cool to hear about the plans for the 65%. Iíve long argued there needs to be more premium in-stock products in this hobby, and not just GBs. Really hope it works out for you, and I canít wait to get my Polaris :D

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #277 on: Sun, 27 October 2019, 08:51:36 »
Yes, after 60 ships
Planning for in-stock rather than GB if possible
Price will likely be slightly higher due to
- Raw material cost from larger size
- Noticeable redesign, a bit more complexity in manufacturing
- Heavier weight, higher shipping cost
- Storage cost

Lovely. Hopefully cost will remain in line to be in reach of most people like the 60 was, especially as an in-stock item - very much looking forward to it.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #278 on: Sun, 27 October 2019, 09:54:45 »
Yes, after 60 ships
Planning for in-stock rather than GB if possible
Price will likely be slightly higher due to
- Raw material cost from larger size
- Noticeable redesign, a bit more complexity in manufacturing
- Heavier weight, higher shipping cost
- Storage cost


Definitely interested to pick this up if it ever becomes a thing
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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #279 on: Sun, 27 October 2019, 10:47:02 »
Will there be a 65% version of Polaris in the future? I would love a top tier 65% at a cheap price.

Yes, after 60 ships
Planning for in-stock rather than GB if possible
Price will likely be slightly higher due to
- Raw material cost from larger size
- Noticeable redesign, a bit more complexity in manufacturing
- Heavier weight, higher shipping cost
- Storage cost

Are you planning to have 60 in stock at some point? Was not able to join this GB though definitely looking forward to get my hands on Polaris :)

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #280 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 09:46:01 »
Will there be a 65% version of Polaris in the future? I would love a top tier 65% at a cheap price.

Yes, after 60 ships
Planning for in-stock rather than GB if possible
Price will likely be slightly higher due to
- Raw material cost from larger size
- Noticeable redesign, a bit more complexity in manufacturing
- Heavier weight, higher shipping cost
- Storage cost

I'll be all in on that one as well! And consider me in on a 75% if you decide to make one as well!

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Re: [GB] Polaris
« Reply #281 on: Wed, 30 October 2019, 12:20:56 »
Given all the bull****  going on with their last custom board groupbuy (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=98959) I'm having a hard time trusting kbdfans enough to buy in on this one too. Delays happen but the lack of open and honest communication about it all is pretty worrying.Which sucks, because this is up there with the Leaf60 as the most appealing (to me) group buy in a long time.
Wasn't most of that drama about attempting to limit the release, but kbdfans not enforcing a limit at the start, and then all of the **** that happened after?

Far from the only drama. A lot of people still waiting, and no real indication if it will even be finished in the next 6 months: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=98959.msg2814327#msg2814327

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #282 on: Sun, 10 November 2019, 20:22:39 »
Any production updates?

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #283 on: Mon, 11 November 2019, 02:27:36 »

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #284 on: Mon, 11 November 2019, 05:47:57 »
https://kbdfans.com/pages/updates-1
No

Funny how outdated the update page is actually. This will be a good one bois!


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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #285 on: Mon, 11 November 2019, 10:32:28 »
Have faith boys

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #286 on: Mon, 11 November 2019, 11:00:58 »
Have faith boys

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Yes, have faith. There's literally mind-bending amount of orders so I think manufacturing time is just long. Don't quote me on this but I think Polaris is the biggest keyboard GB ever in terms of the sheer amount of boards and extras.
Also, ai and Kevinplus will definitely update everyone as soon there's anything.  :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #287 on: Mon, 11 November 2019, 18:27:36 »
Have faith boys

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Yes, have faith. There's literally mind-bending amount of orders so I think manufacturing time is just long. Don't quote me on this but I think Polaris is the biggest keyboard GB ever in terms of the sheer amount of boards and extras.
Also, ai and Kevinplus will definitely update everyone as soon there's anything.  :thumb:

I'm still looking at a lot of disappointed Fusion60 buyers waiting in the dark. Doesn't exactly inspire faith.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #288 on: Tue, 12 November 2019, 01:07:33 »
Have faith boys

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Yes, have faith. There's literally mind-bending amount of orders so I think manufacturing time is just long. Don't quote me on this but I think Polaris is the biggest keyboard GB ever in terms of the sheer amount of boards and extras.
Also, ai and Kevinplus will definitely update everyone as soon there's anything.  :thumb:

I'm still looking at a lot of disappointed Fusion60 buyers waiting in the dark. Doesn't exactly inspire faith.

Different group buy, different GB runners.
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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #289 on: Wed, 20 November 2019, 02:23:39 »
I'm still looking at a lot of disappointed Fusion60 buyers waiting in the dark. Doesn't exactly inspire faith.

Different group buy, different GB runners.

Both facilitated by kbdfans, presumably using the same manufacturing channels.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #290 on: Wed, 20 November 2019, 13:12:05 »
I'm still looking at a lot of disappointed Fusion60 buyers waiting in the dark. Doesn't exactly inspire faith.

Different group buy, different GB runners.

Both facilitated by kbdfans, presumably using the same manufacturing channels.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #291 on: Wed, 20 November 2019, 20:52:50 »
I'm still looking at a lot of disappointed Fusion60 buyers waiting in the dark. Doesn't exactly inspire faith.

Different group buy, different GB runners.

Both facilitated by kbdfans, presumably using the same manufacturing channels.

Both kbd8x mkii and fusion60 had problems with e-white, so your guess is not that off the mark.

nvm, fusion60 e-white had a problem so they handed it to kbd8x old manufacturer. The old manufacturer quit and kbd8x production was handed to a new one. Now the new manufacturer has production problems with kbd8x weights.
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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #292 on: Tue, 26 November 2019, 22:20:54 »
Does anyone know if the plate files are going to be released? I would love to get my hands on a carbon fiber plate.

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #293 on: Thu, 05 December 2019, 10:45:56 »
Sure has been quiet...

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #294 on: Thu, 05 December 2019, 11:01:19 »
Sure has been quiet...
Not a lot to talk about

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #295 on: Fri, 06 December 2019, 14:16:30 »
I forget when Polaris 60% was slated to be shipped. Is it end of December-ish or sometime in April?

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #296 on: Fri, 06 December 2019, 14:22:22 »
I forget when Polaris 60% was slated to be shipped. Is it end of December-ish or sometime in April?
Pushed back due to higher than expected order quantity

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #297 on: Fri, 06 December 2019, 14:23:26 »
I forget when Polaris 60% was slated to be shipped. Is it end of December-ish or sometime in April?
It said by EOY when it first hit KBDFans, but we were told 2020Q1 is more realistic while the buy is still open because of the vast amount of orders

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #298 on: Fri, 06 December 2019, 15:03:26 »
I won't get my caps till Q1 anyway so it works out

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Re: [GB] Polaris - In production
« Reply #299 on: Fri, 06 December 2019, 16:04:19 »
> It said by EOY when it first hit KBDFans, but we were told 2020Q1 is more realistic while the buy is still open because of the vast amount of orders

So before April then. Cool.