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Offline wixxzblu

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[GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 09:54:19 »
Thank you all for the continued support of this simple idea i've had of an extended 40%.
I myself isnt even a 40% fan, but i was annoyed by the limited alphas on all the beautiful small 40% boards.
So about 2 years ago , when i joined the "community" i came up with this 50% idea, as well as a 75% design, both of which would fix the problem we had at the time with 40% and 75% boards.


IC: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=97289.0

Lynx Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kkQBtPm


Depending on your layout choice, the L50 can be both an extended 40% or a 50% (if you count the keys).
Layout options will be same as on the IC page and you can read up on the inspiration for such decisions there.
The PCB will keep the support for both MX and SMK switches. I myself the prefer the top pcb mounted typing experience over the plate mounted, but i will of course include a plate for those who prefer or need it for such switches.
The Protoypes at hand will be shipped to the states a few days after GB start for testing.


GB Form: https://forms.gle/6gr9pywNB3YEGrUS7 GB FORM OPEN AGAIN DUE TO CANCELATIONS


232160-0

232162-1

232165-2

232167-3

232169-4

232171-5

232173-6


Switches used during prototype build: Milky Gateron Yellow + 203G0
- Full Prototype build VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/438387658
- Typing test (PCB only): https://www.twitch.tv/videos/438387658?t=0h22m21s
- Typing test (plate): https://www.twitch.tv/videos/438387658?t=1h15m16s


Improvements over the first prototype:
- More rounded top filet
- more aggresive chamfers on the underside
- Alignment pins
- protype USB cutout didnt account for plate/pcb flex


Features:
- Optional top mounted PCB or plate (pick your poison)
- 8mm profile to cover the edges of your caps
- 7 degree angle
- 18.5mm front height
- 7.5mm uniform top bezel
- MX & SMK switch compatability
- Powered by QMK
- VIA configurator support
- aluminium and brass plate & bottom material


Base kit, 50 unit limit, 6061 Aluminum:
Top piece (standard,wkl or HHKB style)
Bottom piece
Plate
Custom 50% PCB with center usb by Gondolindrim


Prices and upgrade options:
Base kit $285 (excluding shipping and paypal fees)
Brass bottom piece upgrade $40 (estimated weight with brass bottom is 1.8kg)
Brass plate upgrade $15
Extra brass plate $35
Extra aluminum plate $20
Extra PCB $40


Timeline:
Group buy ~1 month (Dec 21 - Jan 31).
Factory machining, surface treatment and shipping to me: 3 months after GB conclusion (excluding chinese new year)
Shipping will be invoiced when the keyboards are QC'd by me
Expect shipping costs at 20$ to 50$ depending on your location and picked parts (brass is obviously heavier)


If Lynx L50 is successful, i will run L60 and L75 (possibly L80) right after. Plate and PCB files will be released publicly after the gb.
« Last Edit: Mon, 24 February 2020, 09:13:04 by wixxzblu »

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 10:13:16 »
conserved for future updates

- Available colors are Crimson red, navy blue, desaturated pink, black, silver, light gray (same as in prototype pics).

Update 2020-02-24 - Case production is as of today, officially started. PCB production to start soon.
« Last Edit: Mon, 24 February 2020, 09:05:03 by wixxzblu »

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 10:31:48 »
Approved
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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 10:41:59 »
 :p
Stuff  I have
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2x TGR Alice / TGR 910 RE / TGR 910 CE / TGR 910 VKC / 2x TGR Jane V2 / 2x Matrix 2.0 / Matrix 2.2 / 2x Matrix 1.2OG / Lyn Whale v2 / Lyn EM7 v3 / DK Saver / Keycult No. 1/60 / Hachi / Kyuu / Duck Orion V2 / 3x TGRxSinga Unikorn / QXP / TX1800 V1 /  JER80 / TMO50 / 2x 86u / ION i69 / LZ MP / Rukia / 2x FMJ80 / TGR Jane V2 CE / UTD 360C / Matrix Project F / IDB60 / Matrix Noah / is0 

Coming soon --  MXSS / Modern M0110 / PC HBCP / Noxary 280S / Noxary XRF / LZ PhysiX / Keycult 1/60 rev1 / Lynx50 / Matrix 2.0 OG / 2x GSKT-00 / Duck Viper v3 / FLX Virgo / Noxary Vulcan Pro

40 ish sets and 30ish sets in GB

Offline VXQN

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 11:19:51 »
Holy moly, I almost missed this! I've been following the board for a long time, congratulations on getting to this point. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 11:27:00 »
Ok, the timeline is harsh, but doable.

Several questions:
1. Will your manufacturer provide examples of anodized materials?
2. Maybe it's me, but I can't see all the pictures in op, so I'll ask anyway for render or model of case with optional brass weight.
3. What's the finish of the weight: sandblasted, polished? Will it be PVD coated? One of the few things I didn't quite appreciated in my Pearl was tarnish and fingerprints on a brass weight.
4. A bit off-topic, but: I've read a bit about smk switches and would give it a try, however as I'm into tactile switches I'd like to know if it's possible to combine tactile Alps bottoms and mx stem and top from linear/clicky mx-mount smk's?

Offline Draic

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 11:30:56 »
why the switch from USB-C back to mini-USB?

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 11:32:30 »
Ok, the timeline is harsh, but doable.

Several questions:
1. Will your manufacturer provide examples of anodized materials?
2. Maybe it's me, but I can't see all the pictures in op, so I'll ask anyway for render or model of case with optional brass weight.
3. What's the finish of the weight: sandblasted, polished? Will it be PVD coated? One of the few things I didn't quite appreciated in my Pearl was tarnish and fingerprints on a brass weight.
4. A bit off-topic, but: I've read a bit about smk switches and would give it a try, however as I'm into tactile switches I'd like to know if it's possible to combine tactile Alps bottoms and mx stem and top from linear/clicky mx-mount smk's?


The factory actually gave me a timeline of 30 days for 60-70 units, but im saying 3 months just in case.

1. since im using custom pantone colors for the factory to match, i cannot provide exact color samples right now. But expect something in the line of crimson red on the 280, navy blue on M60, and desaturated pink on the Unikorn.
2. Renders of the brass bottom can be viewed in the IC.
3. Brass parts will be sandblasted and clear coated for protection.
4. Smk switches are awesome, i have a SKB65 myself with the clicky SMK switches, but im sad to inform you that i can only find linear and clicky SMK switches on taobao.
« Last Edit: Fri, 20 December 2019, 11:35:07 by wixxzblu »

Offline scoopbb

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 12:48:33 »
love everything about this except the usb mini. wish it was still usb c

Offline LuiKang

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 13:21:52 »
How come the option for a PC bottom is left out? That is very unfortunated. Nonethless, congrats with the GB!

Offline orim23

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 13:52:47 »
love everything about this except the usb mini. wish it was still usb c
damn. was excited until I read your comment. I'm not buying anything usb mini anymore. will have to pass.

Offline InvidiousIgnoramus

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 14:11:29 »
Good thing you've got it running as long as you do, can't really buy anything until after Christmas, and I really don't want to miss this.
I long for the day when I find a beamspring. (At a not insane price)

Offline gminso

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 15:40:57 »
is the render from gmk perestroika the crimson red?

I understand not every GB can have renders, but can you post block of colors at least?

would really appreciate!

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 17:18:06 »
Lycka till!

Offline dantambok

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 19:31:11 »
I'm confused. Google shows  6PM CEST and 12 PM EST as different times for me  :-X (1hr apart)
Stuff  I have
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2x TGR Alice / TGR 910 RE / TGR 910 CE / TGR 910 VKC / 2x TGR Jane V2 / 2x Matrix 2.0 / Matrix 2.2 / 2x Matrix 1.2OG / Lyn Whale v2 / Lyn EM7 v3 / DK Saver / Keycult No. 1/60 / Hachi / Kyuu / Duck Orion V2 / 3x TGRxSinga Unikorn / QXP / TX1800 V1 /  JER80 / TMO50 / 2x 86u / ION i69 / LZ MP / Rukia / 2x FMJ80 / TGR Jane V2 CE / UTD 360C / Matrix Project F / IDB60 / Matrix Noah / is0 

Coming soon --  MXSS / Modern M0110 / PC HBCP / Noxary 280S / Noxary XRF / LZ PhysiX / Keycult 1/60 rev1 / Lynx50 / Matrix 2.0 OG / 2x GSKT-00 / Duck Viper v3 / FLX Virgo / Noxary Vulcan Pro

40 ish sets and 30ish sets in GB

Offline fireworm

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 20 December 2019, 20:35:35 »
I'm confused. Google shows  6PM CEST and 12 PM EST as different times for me  :-X (1hr apart)
CET vs CEST.

6pm CEST is "Summer" time is 11am Eastern Time

6pm CET is Winter time (I guess) is 12pm Eastern Time

Pretty sure we are talking about 17:00 GMT here.

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 02:39:02 »
I'm confused. Google shows  6PM CEST and 12 PM EST as different times for me  :-X (1hr apart)

Im sorry, this was a mistake from me, i meant CET not CEST.

Offline kokoon

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 06:42:15 »
Finally! ;D
Where will you be shipping from?

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 10:55:58 »
Finally! ;D
Where will you be shipping from?
shipping from sweden


GB form going up on 5 minutes  :thumb:
« Last Edit: Sat, 21 December 2019, 11:00:49 by wixxzblu »

Offline KingOfMemes

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 11:02:17 »
In for the HHKB Navy with all of the brass upgrades, baby.

Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 11:03:26 »
Done. Decided to go with the lightest option: gray HHKB with no upgrades.


Offline Fezznat

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 11:19:39 »
Do you have examples of all the other colors that are not Panatone? I'm leaning towards "Light Grey" but don't want it to be toooo Light

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 11:29:48 »
Do you have examples of all the other colors that are not Panatone? I'm leaning towards "Light Grey" but don't want it to be toooo Light

light gray is the color shown here in the GB page, you can see it different lighting conditions at the top.

Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 11:36:15 »
Got navy blue with brass plate

Offline InvidiousIgnoramus

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 13:36:16 »
Stressing out now that I noticed there's a 50 unit limit. I just hope there's still space come Thursday. :(
I long for the day when I find a beamspring. (At a not insane price)

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 21 December 2019, 14:57:03 »
So, if you upgrade to a brass bottom, is that an ADDITIONAL brass bottom on top of the base color-matched bottom, or do you just 1 bottom that is brass?

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 22 December 2019, 05:34:04 »
Stressing out now that I noticed there's a 50 unit limit. I just hope there's still space come Thursday. :(

You can join now and pay before early February.

So, if you upgrade to a brass bottom, is that an ADDITIONAL brass bottom on top of the base color-matched bottom, or do you just 1 bottom that is brass?

Its an upgrade, so 1 bottom.

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 22 December 2019, 11:05:11 »
Is there any chance that you'd change the usb mini port to a usb c or is it already settled that it's mini usb?

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 25 December 2019, 22:05:46 »
Jesus was asleep at the wheel and almost missed this somehow......
Fan of Duck keyboards? Join our Discord server! https://discord.gg/SHcePf

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 26 December 2019, 00:59:35 »
Is there any chance that you'd change the usb mini port to a usb c or is it already settled that it's mini usb?

This. Would jump in right away if it's changed to USB-C

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 26 December 2019, 10:10:41 »
Is there any chance that you'd change the usb mini port to a usb c or is it already settled that it's mini usb?
It was changed from USB-C to Mini-USB
I long for the day when I find a beamspring. (At a not insane price)

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 11:25:24 »
Id like to announce that we've hit the 50 unit limit  :thumb:
But, i will keep the form open for a few more orders for those of you that were hesitant on the lack of Type-C connector, because my second announcement is...

YES! L50 is getting Type-C converted by my good friend Gondolindrim. Get your last minute orders in now  :))

Edit: Invoicing starting today as well
« Last Edit: Mon, 30 December 2019, 11:32:18 by wixxzblu »

Offline pixelpusher

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 11:35:25 »
Id like to announce that we've hit the 50 unit limit  :thumb:
But, i will keep the form open for a few more orders for those of you that were hesitant on the lack of Type-C connector, because my second announcement is...

YES! L50 is getting Type-C converted by my good friend Gondolindrim. Get your last minute orders in now  :))

Edit: Invoicing starting today as well

awesome news.  USB-C is a definite plus.  Grats on your successful sale.  Here's to a smooth manufacturing process in the new year.

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 11:42:21 »
Id like to announce that we've hit the 50 unit limit  :thumb:
But, i will keep the form open for a few more orders for those of you that were hesitant on the lack of Type-C connector, because my second announcement is...

YES! L50 is getting Type-C converted by my good friend Gondolindrim. Get your last minute orders in now  :))

Edit: Invoicing starting today as well
invoice paid, yeet

Offline scoopbb

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 11:57:06 »
nice, in with usb c

Offline orim23

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 12:05:27 »
Id like to announce that we've hit the 50 unit limit  :thumb:
But, i will keep the form open for a few more orders for those of you that were hesitant on the lack of Type-C connector, because my second announcement is...

YES! L50 is getting Type-C converted by my good friend Gondolindrim. Get your last minute orders in now  :))

Edit: Invoicing starting today as well
in with usb C. awesome!

Offline scoopbb

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 12:30:40 »
the form has the pantone color images missing just a fyi

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #37 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 12:32:48 »
the form has the pantone color images missing just a fyi

I see the pantones for blue, red and pink. There are however no pantones for gray, silver and black for obvious reasons.

Offline scoopbb

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 13:48:38 »
ah i see. i figured you'd want to show light gray as its a specific shade but i get your point

Offline pixelpusher

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #39 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 14:19:04 »
ah i see. i figured you'd want to show light gray as its a specific shade but i get your point

Light gray is the finish of the prototype in the photos above

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 02 January 2020, 05:29:39 »
Sent out a second batch of invoices for the people that joined after the USB-C announcement.  :thumb:

Offline Draic

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 02 January 2020, 16:05:25 »
would have loved to get an additional top panel too, but that wasn't an option :(

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 02 January 2020, 16:06:59 »
would have loved to get an additional top panel too, but that wasn't an option :(

PM me on discord and we can work it out no problem, link for my discord is in the OP.

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 20 January 2020, 16:27:25 »
Oh wow, I totally missed this. I don't know if it's all filled up, but signed up anyway.

Edit: Got an invoice, thanks.
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« Reply #44 on: Sat, 25 January 2020, 16:17:20 »
Ah ****, I didn't know this went live for a GB. Was watching it for a while, really liked the design of it.

Would it be possible to share anything about the case dimensions, namely the rear height? I've got a Postage Board, but limited experience in fabricating any kind of case. Was thinking of getting some layered material to screw together. Among many of my other pipe dreams, maybe out of UHMWPE.
Oh god why did my wallet get so thin

Offline wixxzblu

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 24 February 2020, 09:05:29 »
Update 2020-02-24 - Case production is as of today, officially started. PCB production to start soon.

Offline KingOfMemes

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 24 February 2020, 09:08:44 »
Update 2020-02-24 - Case production is as of today, officially started. PCB production to start soon.
Bless up, hype for this guy. Might throw some silent inks in there and make it my work driver

Offline William_S_Jones

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Re: [GB] Lynx L50 - a premium 50% keyboard
« Reply #47 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 21:21:06 »
Dang, hate I missed this GB! Will there be any extras?


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