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[GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Production started)
« on: Sat, 21 September 2019, 08:40:19 »

ALL SLOTS FILLED! THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT



Austin - A compact keyboard for your full size needs.



Design

The Austin was created with the intention of providing a layout that included a full sized numpad without being a full size board. For those who use the numpad on a daily basis or have the muscle memory of using it for any or all numbers, transitioning to a numpadless keyboard or a keyboard with a 1u '0' can be difficult. The 2u '0' is the spacebar for numbers and having to adjust your thumb to accommodate for a 1u '0' will annoy even the best bean counters.The Austin provides an all-in-one package for the keyboard enthusiast who wants a high end keyboard for their home or office needs.




Ergonomics

Since this board is meant to be used all day, we wanted a comfortable angle for most typists. The 5.5 degree slope is an angle that will accommodate for tall keycaps like SA or MT3 profiles but also feels good with the cherry profile keycaps. Our vision for this board is to create a board that includes a full sized numpad while reducing the footprint on your desk. By no means are we calling this a small board but with the compressed layout, the keyboard is 2u thinner than a full size keyboard or 2u wider than a TKL.




Materials

The Austin case will be made out of anodized 6063 grade aluminum, and the weight will be sandblasted raw brass that has been finished with a protective oil to prevent fingerprints. The sandblasted brass has an elegant aesthetic and contrasts nicely with the aluminum chassis. Plate materials will be available in Sandblasted brass (one will be included in the base kit) and Polycarbonate. Brass provides a consistent typing experience across the board no matter which key you press. Polycarbonate will flex up and down more freely for those looking for a more flexible typing experience.




Mounting Method

When I initially brought the idea to the designer PheonixStarr, gasket mounts were barely a thing. So I decided to stick with the top mount method which has been proven to be a solid formula. Boards that are TKL or smaller can benefit from a gasket mount if executed correctly. Gaskets suspend the plates so that there is no metal on metal contact and are meant to dampen vibrations during typing. However, due to the size of the Austin, the gaskets would get too compressed to actually have an effect and could possibly cause additional vibrations. As you can see from the displacement map, the top mount provides a consistent feel across the board.




Layout & PCB

We partnered with Gondolindrim ("Gondo") to create a high quality PCB that will be made available to the public once the GB is over. Gondo currently manages the Acheron Project, an open sourced repository that features fifteen PCBs that are either released or in the GB stage. Our main goal was to make a straightforward layout to reduce the amount of "swiss cheese" and provide a functional and practical layout. The layout provides a few options, such as stepped caps lock, split backspace, two different bottom rows, and split 0's. After considering the feedback from the interest check, we have decided to include ISO compatibility on the PCB, but plates will need to reach an MOQ of 10 before being produced. See below for more details.

https://gondolindrim.github.io/AcheronDocs/austin/intro.html





Disclaimer: Currently, QMK does not support backlight realtime control with the ARM chip utilized in the PCB. If you plan to use backlight LEDs, the PCB will need to be flashed in order to turn them on and off. Hopefully, there will be QMK support by the time we receive the PCBs, but there are no guarantees or ETA for when the feature will be available. If you have any issues with the firmware, feel free to ask in our Discord.


Specs:
  • Full aluminum top and bottom case
  • 5.5 degree slope
  • Sandblasted raw brass weight
  • Sandblasted raw brass plate
  • PCB is QMK compatible
  • USB C (centered)
  • Top mounted




Anodized Color Options:
  • Oynx Black
  • Sterling Silver
  • Titanium Gray
  • Navy Blue

Price: (not inclusive of transaction (3%) and shipping fees)
  • Base kit (Aluminum case, Brass plate, Brass weight, PCB) - $475
  • Extra PCB - $60
  • Extra Brass Plate - $45
  • Extra PC Plate (ANSI only) - $40

ISO: (Please read if you will be using ISO)

Brass ISO plates have a MOQ of 10 units (PC plates will not be available in ISO). If there are less than 10 people who are interested in using ISO, we will send the ISO plate file for ISO users to cut their own plates and reduce the base cost for those individuals to $450. If there is anyone who selected ISO but is okay with using ANSI if the MOQ of 10 is not met, please message me in Discord.


Shipping

Shipping will be from the U.S. Shipping costs will depend on your location. The shipping fee will be invoiced when keyboards are ready. If you need an estimate, message me, and I can use your address from the form to give you a rough estimate of how much it will cost.


GB Method

GB will be FCFS through Google forms. Please read carefully before submitting. The form will close in 1 week or after 40 orders have been submitted. I will be using Square to send invoices due to PayPal complications. Payment is due upon receipt of invoice.


Lead Time

3-4 months


B-Stock/Quality disclosure

If we're unable to receive enough A-stock boards to fulfill the 40 open spots, we will reach out and offer B-stock pricing starting from the bottom of the list (#40). The discount will be at the discretion of the GB runner. If the discount/B-stock is not accepted, the GB runner can refund the spot and the B-stock will be available as an extra.


Updates

Updates will be provided whenever they are available. Normally during the first month or two during production, there will not be any updates besides the boards being in production. Once we are getting closer to the end of the lead time, I will provide as many updates as the manufacturer will provide me. I will update the GB post for all relevant updates               
               




Thanks everyone for your support!
« Last Edit: Thu, 10 October 2019, 09:23:51 by driftingbunnies »

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AMCT)
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 21 September 2019, 09:21:13 »
9/29/19 - Added order check, please make sure everything looks good or message me in Discord for any changes. Your unique ID will be the first letter of your first name, last letter of your last name, and last 3 digits on your phone number. ex. Jon Smith 555-555-1234 = JH234
9/29/19 - Invoices have been sent. Please let me know if there will be any changes needed to your order. Shipping invoices will be sent closer to shipping date. I should have boxes and everything finalized within the next couple weeks so if you want an estimated shipping cost, please contact me in a few weeks and I can look it up.
9/30/19 - Sent shipping estimates. Please check your email or go to the discord server to see the amounts.
10/3/19 - Received payment for all the invoices! China is still on holiday but we'll be making payment as soon as they're back so we can start production. All other pieces for the GB (packaging, etc) have already been ordered or are in hand.
10/8/19 - Payment was made to manufacturer and production has been arranged to start. I plan to receive a few boards as production samples and will give the thumbs up to continue production if everything looks good. I will post photos as soon as any are available.
10/16/19 - PCB orders have been placed and production has started on that front. There is a slight change to the screw holes and the bumpon indention on the case which led to a few days of going back and forth with the manufacturer. Production is underway now.
« Last Edit: Wed, 16 October 2019, 07:23:40 by driftingbunnies »

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 21 September 2019, 15:03:08 »
Finally !!! Let's go



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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 21 September 2019, 16:36:39 »
It's Happening  :)

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 21 September 2019, 17:36:48 »
:)

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 22 September 2019, 11:36:39 »
looks fantastic!

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 22 September 2019, 13:52:00 »
What a shame its not TKL

Offline driftingbunnies

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 22 September 2019, 13:54:20 »
What a shame its not TKL

Then we wouldn't be accomplishing the goal that we set out...

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 08:55:48 »
I like that someone is doing a full sized build. Which keycap set is this?
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2RyV6qntvU/

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 09:02:35 »
I like that someone is doing a full sized build. Which keycap set is this?
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2RyV6qntvU/

That looks like GMK Muted with the Cyan/Purple Accent kit

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 15:50:20 »
This is a small fortune but I may get in on it. I need the numpad for work pretty badly.

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 16:52:16 »
This is pretty BA
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] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 14:30:24 »
What a shame its not TKL

Thank goodness it's not another TKL.

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 14:48:33 »
I have always been a fan of compact full-size boards. This definitely interests me but wish for another color option. A sky blue or crimson red would go perfect in my opinion.
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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 14:59:43 »
I have always been a fan of compact full-size boards. This definitely interests me but wish for another color option. A sky blue or crimson red would go perfect in my opinion.

If there was enough interest, those could have been an option. Unfortunately, red was about half as popular as Silver which would have resulted in maybe 1 or possibly 2 boards out of the whole GB. We will have to see how this GB goes first.

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 15:06:25 »
I have always been a fan of compact full-size boards. This definitely interests me but wish for another color option. A sky blue or crimson red would go perfect in my opinion.

If there was enough interest, those could have been an option. Unfortunately, red was about half as popular as Silver which would have resulted in maybe 1 or possibly 2 boards out of the whole GB. We will have to see how this GB goes first.

That's a shame, I had missed the IC entirely to provide any input. It appears to me that the market has been a bit saturated and has made it more difficult for GBs.
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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 21:45:06 »
 :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 22:14:23 »
Man do i want this board, but those duties are going to be so bad coming into Canada my god.

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 22:16:07 »
Man do i want this board, but those duties are going to be so bad coming into Canada my god.

Maybe you can make a trip to the US to pick it up  :))

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 25 September 2019, 22:32:51 »
It's coming soon,so excited!wish all the best :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 27 September 2019, 17:27:38 »
So hyped for this board! Love that it's fullsize and not another TKL--better for home defense  ;D

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 07:50:50 »
Ooooo looks amazing  :D :D :D


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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 09:03:53 »
got in! feeling good!  ;D

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 09:06:58 »
i thought the form is kept open manually, so it could stay open even when already over the limit, but then entries will be trimmed?

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 09:10:10 »
i thought the form is kept open manually, so it could stay open even when already over the limit, but then entries will be trimmed?
All slots are filled. I think he will close the form up soon.



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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 09:18:08 »
dam, just missed it :( fingers crossed for B-stock then.

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 09:32:20 »
i thought the form is kept open manually, so it could stay open even when already over the limit, but then entries will be trimmed?
All slots are filled. I think he will close the form up soon.
oh, so if you managed to fill, then you're in?

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 13:42:21 »
Congrats on an insanely successful GB. Praying for extras!

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (starts 9/29 9AM CT)
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 15:35:27 »
Thanks everyone! Order check is up now. Please reach out to me if you think your email may be wrong so I can correctly invoice you.


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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 21:40:26 »
Invoices have been sent. I will continue to update the second post with what's been done or what will be coming up. Thanks!  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 29 September 2019, 21:52:20 »
Idk about y'all, but I'm in the endgame now. If there's any more pictures that can be made available, I'm sure it'd be unanimously appreciated!

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 00:43:09 »
That column of keys is cool, a nice take on the 1-800 Compact layout :cool:

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 01:16:27 »
Yes. That column is what really pulled me toward this design.

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 11:04:44 »
this may be way too early to ask but is there a possibility of a round two for this baby? i would even be happy if you said something like "yeah maybe 2022" if there is the slightest chance :thumb:
i'm a fan of fullsize boards and this seems as close as a custom can get, as far as i have seen in my short time beeing active in this community. i really appreciate the 2u num 0, which most of 96's lack.

i won't call the "e-word" because i said it before and now that my "endgame" kbd8x mkii isn't even in my hands i've found an even better one to replace it :))

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 20:46:06 »
Same, that start time was brutal for those of us way west :(

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 21:56:27 »
Idk about y'all, but I'm in the endgame now. If there's any more pictures that can be made available, I'm sure it'd be unanimously appreciated!

Be sure to check out the IC thread, discord server, and instagram account. There are pictures and renders scattered everywhere. Thanks!

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 21:58:15 »
this may be way too early to ask but is there a possibility of a round two for this baby? i would even be happy if you said something like "yeah maybe 2022" if there is the slightest chance :thumb:
i'm a fan of fullsize boards and this seems as close as a custom can get, as far as i have seen in my short time beeing active in this community. i really appreciate the 2u num 0, which most of 96's lack.

i won't call the "e-word" because i said it before and now that my "endgame" kbd8x mkii isn't even in my hands i've found an even better one to replace it :))

Haha endgame is a myth. I don't think a round two would be anytime soon but be sure to keep an eye on the GB so you can try to get an extra when those are available!

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #37 on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 21:59:21 »
Same, that start time was brutal for those of us way west :(

Sorry! I thought 7AM would be reasonable. I debated doing it an hour later but I was travelling that day so I thought I would kick it off a little earlier. Extras should be available at the end of the GB if you're still interested at that time.

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 22:00:51 »
Shipping estimates have been sent via email and are also on the discord server. If you want to change to a proxy service, please send me the updated email. Shipping invoices will be sent when boards arrive so there is still plenty of time to decide. Thanks!

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Re: [GB] Austin - Compact Full size Keyboard (Order Check - Invoices Sent)
« Reply #39 on: Tue, 01 October 2019, 16:15:10 »
Same, that start time was brutal for those of us way west :(

Sorry! I thought 7AM would be reasonable.

Which works if it's PST, but that's 4AM HST :(