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Offline NTN

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[IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 23:17:44 »
Hi mechanical keyboard enthusiasts,
Welcome to the first Interest check (IC) for VIENDI 8L a custom mechanical keyboard kit.

Firstly, please take a look at this video, remember to turn on audio and fullscreen ;-)





I am working in the architectural field, using numpad a lot, but can not use it and my mouse at the same time with my right hand. This is the reason for the left numpad.
I am obsessed with minimalism and elegant yet practical. That is the reason for the layout, as less as possible without compromising with practical usage.
This is my first keyboard project, so the goal firstly is to fulfill my passion, gaining trust of the community, not profit at all. That is why I offer an affordable price, yet it has to have something nice to worth what you pay for. Nice things are the showing-off brass plate, rotary encoder and sleek design.
** Every design line put in has been carefully considered in terms of aesthetic, function, comfortable usage and affordable cost.
 
⚫ MAIN SPECIFICATIONS:
* Case size: W380mm x H110mm, thickness: 20mm, front height: 20mm, made of CNC 6061 aluminum. 5* tilt angle. Bottom case is bigger than the top to show off the brass plate.
* Sandwich mount.
* Brass plate with surface treated to prevent tarnishing and oxidizing, also considering stainless steel 304, see IC form below.
* QMK supported. Rotary Encoder can be fully re-keymappable.
* USB Type C port.
* 2 Colors: Dark gray (named Shadow), Silver (named Mist), other consideration in IC form.
* Kit includes: Case, plate, PCB, screws, some bumpons, considering includes the rotary encoder (EC11) and sound dampener foam.

Construction diagram:


Full features:


Layout currenly supported:






⚫ Mixes with keycaps:

Credits: GMK Nines by Emir, GMK Phantom by briano1905, Gmk Samurai by RedSuns, GMK Wild by T.D Lemon 1900, GMK Oblivion by Oblotzky, JTK Suited Assassin by JTKeycaps.


Credits: GMK Modern Dolch Light by janglad, GMK Sandstorm by Zambumon, GMK Sixes by Xynerorias, GMK Olivia by olivia.


Full renderings album

Please help me conclude some consideration to finalize the design and sign up the mailing list in this IC FORM
For now, I will try to answer anything posted here or this DISCORD SERVER or this REDDIT POST.
 
⚫ STATUS:
- Ordered some plate samples on different materials.
- Dealt with PCB designer, he has a lot of experiences on designing and mass pcb production.
- Dealt with CNC factory, anodizing factory.
- I will make the first prototype right after you guys help me conclude some big considerations on the IC Form.

⚫ SCHEDULE:


⚫ COLLABORATIONS:
I had a collaboration agreement with JTKeycaps. Buyers on Viendi 8L GB will have chance to buy both 8L and JTK Suited Assassin (SA) at discount price when 8L GB launches. Which means you only need to pay for both at that time, no need to pay now. And even if discount slots run out, you can still buy JTK SA at full price.
I am welcome and still looking for collaboration, please PM me or email to viendistudio@gmail.com

⚫ PRICE ESTIMATES:
Too soon to say, what I can say now: price range 200$ - 300$ excludes VAT and shipping fee.

⚫ QUANTITY:
To be determined. But will be limited for the first round, since I want to carefully control the quality and shipping schedule.

⚫ THANK YOU AND CREDITS:
Thank you friends around the world for paying attention, unconditional helping and advising, making me realize some unseen difficulties and cost.
Special thanks to: VNMK community, JTKeycaps, Hoang Nguyen, Nguyen Thanh, Truyen Nguyen, Chau Ngoc Hieu, u/Eroviaa, u/exdigguser147, remitairakawa.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE:
I will not receive the money after the GB, even if it has been taken away from your account. I will have to cover all the money of total GB quantity to make the factory start manufacturing. It is Palpal regulation, tell me if there is another way.

This is a long journey to finally have the VIENDI 8L on your desk, fully function and shine. Lets make this come true with me. I have so many cool things after this.

If you want to support this project, please consider putting this in your signature. Thank you!
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From Saigon, Viet Nam, with love.
Sincerely,
Nguyen Truong Ngan - NTN.
« Last Edit: Sun, 02 August 2020, 06:04:19 by NTN »

Offline Dazon

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yes please!! im very interested

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Offline nu_types

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Neat board! I recognized this from the JTK Suited Assassin renders. Really digging the bezel design.

Offline KeebOnMe

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Looks great! I'm in the boat of adding one column to the board, but I understand where you are coming from.

Can't wait till the group buy!

Offline mahpsirhc

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I love how minimalistic the keyboard looks. The left-hand number pad rocks! I hope there is an US vendor because I am definitely interested. Is the bezel (plate) going to be gold no matter what or will there be options for different color combinations (based on material)? Also, go Vietnamese designers! This and Ori are awesome from Vietnam.

EDIT: I filled out the IC form - ignore my question above!
« Last Edit: Tue, 21 July 2020, 00:23:48 by mahpsirhc »

Offline buianhthang

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 00:19:01 »
Great. Waiting for a board without numpad
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Offline zoo

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 00:26:22 »
The exposed plate accent is a nice feature.

Will the top case be flush around the knob like in the video? Or an option interchangeable with a switch like in the photo renders?


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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 00:33:29 »
The exposed plate accent is a nice feature.

Will the top case be flush around the knob like in the video? Or an option interchangeable with a switch like in the photo renders?

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The top frame is fixed for the knob, normal switch is not supported.

Offline Nyeezy

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 02:21:36 »
Im in!


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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 02:25:25 »
In  :thumb:
Hopefully i don't miss it. 

Offline sayantanroy47

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 03:55:37 »
Looks beautiful. Are you considering EU vendors?

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 05:28:02 »
damn that looks great! very very interested

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 05:59:30 »
Looks beautiful. Are you considering EU vendors?
I am considering. For now I don't what is the different between choosing a vendor at my country that can ship worldwide and choosing multiple vendors at different regions like america, EU,...?

Offline thanhquang1988

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 07:11:48 »
Sign me in  :thumb: :thumb:

Offline parablol

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 08:09:53 »
Beautiful design

Offline quinnx

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 08:24:44 »
Cannot wait to see the prototype!!!!

Offline d4vid4f

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 09:05:31 »
Really loving this design.

Only suggestion is that I am against the mirrored numpad. I prefer the standard numpad layout while still being on the left.

Other than that, it is a great concept and I am excited to support this project.

Thanks,

Offline GaNeBaL

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 09:07:00 »
any possibility of a 7u bottom row?
Obsessed with 60%

Offline SupportGG__

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 10:14:32 »
a few questions about the knob.  Will you be able to push it as well (like a button)?  How smooth/tactile with the rotation be?

Offline NTN

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 10:17:49 »
Really loving this design.

Only suggestion is that I am against the mirrored numpad. I prefer the standard numpad layout while still being on the left.

Other than that, it is a great concept and I am excited to support this project.

Thanks,

It is mentioned in the IC form, I would follow the most voted.

any possibility of a 7u bottom row?
Maybe no, 7u is not enough different to 6.25u for me. Supporting it leads to big cutting off the plate.

Offline neutralstate

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 10:27:19 »
this looks absolutely stunning.

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 12:59:54 »
Well that is a form factor I could really get behind.
Very nice, I'll be following this closely

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 13:33:33 »
How do I stay updated? Is there a mailing list?

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[IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 15:40:14 »
Love the design and the numpad placement. Looks amazing.
« Last Edit: Tue, 21 July 2020, 16:00:16 by xEdifice »

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 16:23:30 »
At that price you definitely have my interest. Will be following closely.

Offline Shiro

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 17:13:33 »
i will never use a numpad, but man what a clean board. Hope this goes well!

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 17:18:50 »
That exploded 3D animation gave me architecture school flashbacks. Looks awesome! Will be watching~ ^^

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 21 July 2020, 22:15:24 »
How do I stay updated? Is there a mailing list?
Fill in the IC form to sign up the mailling list or join Discord server for faster updates.

Really loving this design.

Only suggestion is that I am against the mirrored numpad. I prefer the standard numpad layout while still being on the left.

Other than that, it is a great concept and I am excited to support this project.

Thanks,
Thanks. I may support both. This issue is mentioned in the IC form, I would follow the most voted.

Offline hottrout

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 12:03:13 »
Beautiful design but I would prefer right handed numpad.
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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 12:20:02 »
I've only ever used right-handed numpad up until now, and honestly, when I saw the board I told myself "f*ck it, I'll switch to a left-handed one". It does make more sense imo than a right-handed numpad, just gives more room for the mouse to be moved.

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 12:21:47 »
Looking real nice!

Offline eyeon

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:34:00 »
It looks good, left numpad is a big plus as is the smaller form factor.  The big problem is the location of the "?" key that is a very commonly used key moving it is not really an option in my eyes.  The arrow keys on the other hand are completely unnecessary, a person can just as easily use arrows in the numpad section if they actually need them.  Ideal would be a standard 60% layout with the added left section.

Offline Lenux

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:39:29 »
Good looking / elegant and classy 60% keyboard i love it.

Good luck !

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 10:21:08 »
Id slob that knob

Offline chanceofthat

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 13:07:56 »
Wow this looks incredible, Id kill for just a 60% without the numpad. Hopefully in the future you might consider it.


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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #35 on: Sat, 25 July 2020, 14:11:28 »
This is absolutely beautiful and so up my street - I'm running a 60% with a macropad on the left with encoders on, so this would have all the features in one stunning piece!
     
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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 05:56:10 »
Hi, what is the approx. weight?

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #37 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 07:51:20 »
It looks good, left numpad is a big plus as is the smaller form factor.  The big problem is the location of the "?" key that is a very commonly used key moving it is not really an option in my eyes.  The arrow keys on the other hand are completely unnecessary, a person can just as easily use arrows in the numpad section if they actually need them.  Ideal would be a standard 60% layout with the added left section.
The great thing about QMK is that you can remap.
Right shift, for me anyways, is almost never used, so in my eyes I would remap to "? /".
As a heavy excel user, I disagree with your NAV cluster statement. I would like to be able to enter data and navigate simultaneously without having to change layers. And further to that, I would probably remap the current "?" To tab to even further increase productivity. Everyone has their own use cases, so you can't generalize.
I for one will cop this board for the ergonomics and size factor.

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #38 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 09:16:03 »
a few questions about the knob.  Will you be able to push it as well (like a button)?  How smooth/tactile with the rotation be?
The component technical name is EC11. It can be rotated unlimited and continuously with tactile feeling (imaging it feels like a angle snap every 5 degrees), and can be clicked, you can map these 2 inputs freely.

Hi, what is the approx. weight?
Wait for my protoype.

Really loving this design.

Only suggestion is that I am against the mirrored numpad. I prefer the standard numpad layout while still being on the left.

Other than that, it is a great concept and I am excited to support this project.

Thanks,
We are working to support both standard and mirrored numpad

It looks good, left numpad is a big plus as is the smaller form factor.  The big problem is the location of the "?" key that is a very commonly used key moving it is not really an option in my eyes.  The arrow keys on the other hand are completely unnecessary, a person can just as easily use arrows in the numpad section if they actually need them.  Ideal would be a standard 60% layout with the added left section.
Same as below.

It looks good, left numpad is a big plus as is the smaller form factor.  The big problem is the location of the "?" key that is a very commonly used key moving it is not really an option in my eyes.  The arrow keys on the other hand are completely unnecessary, a person can just as easily use arrows in the numpad section if they actually need them.  Ideal would be a standard 60% layout with the added left section.
The great thing about QMK is that you can remap.
Right shift, for me anyways, is almost never used, so in my eyes I would remap to "? /".
As a heavy excel user, I disagree with your NAV cluster statement. I would like to be able to enter data and navigate simultaneously without having to change layers. And further to that, I would probably remap the current "?" To tab to even further increase productivity. Everyone has their own use cases, so you can't generalize.
I for one will cop this board for the ergonomics and size factor.

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This kit support both initial layout in the rendering and ANSI standard.

Offline sayantanroy47

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #39 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 10:32:54 »
Looks beautiful. Are you considering EU vendors?
I am considering. For now I don't what is the different between choosing a vendor at my country that can ship worldwide and choosing multiple vendors at different regions like america, EU,...?

Its mainly about the absurd taxes and hassle Eu buyers go through. Although a vendor charges taxes, the hassle is eliminated. On the other hand sometimes a vendor abroad would undervalue the package as well. But thats a rare occasion!
Vendors in EU mainly make sure we can get the stuff without much hassle!Thats about it tbh.

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #40 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 12:12:26 »
EDIT: OK nevermind. I saw the question in the IC form.

This looks great. Love the brass "lip" :)
Any chance of split spacebar support? Something like this should work for your PCB's layout:

« Last Edit: Sun, 26 July 2020, 23:16:04 by nguyenhimself »

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 12:13:06 »
<Duplicate post. Sorry.>

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 13:24:15 »
I've been waiting for this board since I first saw the renders on Reddit, I'm so excited for this!!

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 27 July 2020, 21:47:04 »
Yeah.  Absolutely love this layout.  Good luck.

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #44 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 14:44:02 »
This is gorgeous! Best of luck. I'll keep an eye out for this. If I have room in the budget when the international GB comes around, I'm definitely in!

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #45 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 19:21:05 »
Love a good southpaw numpad. On the question of the bottom right of the board I prefer the layout below.

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #46 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 22:47:36 »
Yeah.  Absolutely love this layout.  Good luck.

I've been waiting for this board since I first saw the renders on Reddit, I'm so excited for this!!

This is gorgeous! Best of luck. I'll keep an eye out for this. If I have room in the budget when the international GB comes around, I'm definitely in!
Thanks all
Love a good southpaw numpad. On the question of the bottom right of the board I prefer the layout below.

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Good news: this kit supports that.

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #47 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 11:13:14 »
Quote
Good news: this kit supports that.

Awesome! I'm in.

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #48 on: Thu, 30 July 2020, 10:33:06 »
Can I just say that this baby is the sexiest (no joke) thing I've seen all month?
Fantastic job and fantastic price. I'm in (if I can get in).

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Re: [IC] Viendi 8L - Elegant 60% with left numpad and knob.
« Reply #49 on: Thu, 30 July 2020, 10:43:08 »
Joining, maybe, depending on actual pricing.


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