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Offline KCK

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[IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 16:42:49 »
ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL Keyboard







Hey guys KCK here and i'm back with another keyboard design called "ESNTL_TKL". Nothing too fancy. Just classy and minimal.

The goal of this project is to make the price somewhat affordable. I have noticed a lot of affordable 60% keyboards being introduced recently but not many affordable TKL keyboards. So I decided to come up with a unique design that didn't look too complex but not too minimal. Unlike my previous GB, I am planning on selling a lot more units (400 units) this time, to make the price as affordable as I can. 400 units will be a lot of work for me but because I have taken a year off university, I will have plenty of time.

If this project proceeds to group buy stage then the group buy date will most likely be in the Q1 of 2021 (Around January~February) as my previous GB for the KY-01 keyboard is still on going. The KY-01 GB orders will most likely be shipped out during November, ending the GB in December 2020.


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Keyboard Case Design:







Colours:


(Note: Black gaskets are missing in the polycarbonate render)







Specifications:
  • Mounting Type: Gasket mount
  • Typing Angle: 7 degrees
  • Material: 6061 aluminium (Sandblasted finish + anodized or electrophoresis treatment)
  • Colours: Black/E-White/Silver/Red/Violet/Aquamarine/Blue Grey/E-Yellow/Frosted Polycarbonate
  • Number of Units: 400 units
  • Layout: Supports both ANSI & ISO layout/Supports split backspace & stepped capslock/Fixed bottom row, tsangan layout (WK & WKL)
  • Plate Material Options: Aluminium/Brass/Carbon Fibre/FR4
  • PCB: Matte Black Custom Per-Key RGB USB Type-C PCB designed by Yiancar Designs (Supports QMK & Via + ESD-Protection)
  • Switch Support: MX style switches only


Estimated Prices:
  • Anodized Aluminium Top Case - $120
  • E-Colour Aluminium Top Case - $130
  • Poly-carbonate Top Case - $120

  • Anodized Aluminium Bottom Case - $100
  • E-Colour Aluminium Bottom Case - $110
  • Poly-carbonate Bottom Case - $100

  • Anodized Aluminium Plate - $35
  • E-Colour Aluminium Plate - $40
  • Sandblasted Brass Plate - $45
  • E-Colour Brass Plate - $50
  • Carbon Fibre Plate - $50
  • FR4 Plate - $30

  • PCB - $45
  • Sandblasted Brass Weight - $50
  • E-Colour Brass Weight - $60
  • Anodized Aluminium Weight - $35
  • E-Colour Aluminium Weight - $45
  • Silicone Gaskets (1 set contains 12 gasket strips) - $10

- Just to clear things up: Top Case,Bottom Case,Plate,PCB,Weight,Gasket are required to purchase. The cheapest kit you can buy is $340
- After you choose your base kit, you can purchase as many extras as you'd like


Estimated Shipping Fees:
  • Shipping to UK - $20
  • Shipping to Europe - $35
  • Shipping to USA & Canada - $35
  • Shipping to Rest of the World - $60

Click here to look at some old renders




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Colour Renders: https://imgur.com/a/xpZMBcf


Contact:
Discord - https://discord.gg/cvrfHeE
Email - KCKBoards@gmail.com
PCB Designer - Check out Yiancar's work here






To-Do List:
  • Order case prototype.
  • Order PCB prototype.
  • Test fully built prototype.
  • Find a vendor.
  • Order Colour Samples.
  • Gather feedback from community. If feedback is positive, proceed to group buy

Latest Update:

[09/10/2020] Ordered Prototype a couple weeks ago. Estimated to arrive mid October so hopefully i'll be able to make an assembly video and sound test soon.
[12/10/2020] After receiving some feedback, I decided to remove the red colour option and add a colour called "Maroon Wine".




« Last Edit: Wed, 14 October 2020, 12:10:20 by KCK »

Offline Kinesiologist

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 16:47:21 »
Regarding the name and the logo of the brass weight, are those finalized?
looks great overall, will be following closely :D
« Last Edit: Fri, 09 October 2020, 17:05:10 by Kinesiologist »

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 16:48:06 »
That yellow looks so creamy

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 16:50:21 »
Very interesting board, been following you since KY-01!! But imho side design on the top piece is a little too curvy for my taste, would like something more angular


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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 16:53:31 »
Love the look of the blue-grey with CF plate.

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Offline musdem

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 16:57:31 »
Finally, the perfect board for my GMK Rainy Day.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 16:58:23 »
So since the weight is optional cost, does that mean opting out of getting one would mean a gaping hole on the bottom case? Are the gasket mounts optional as well? I would think anything that is necessary to make the keyboard function as intended would be included in some sort of base price.

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Offline KCK

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 17:12:07 »
So since the weight is optional cost, does that mean opting out of getting one would mean a gaping hole on the bottom case? Are the gasket mounts optional as well? I would think anything that is necessary to make the keyboard function as intended would be included in some sort of base price.

Sorry for the confusion. It is required to purchase a weight and a set of gaskets. But you can buy extra sets of gaskets or weights if you like. Same goes to the top case, bottom case, plates, etc.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 17:21:31 »
GL with the IC

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 17:30:10 »
It'd be interesting to see more affordable TKL's go into the market. Good luck with IC, I'll be following along

Offline coby

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 18:13:05 »
 looking good :) I'll be keeping an eye on this one. 

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 18:40:22 »
Unique design without going overboard. Price is looking good if it stays in that range!

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 19:17:07 »
Always love a good purple. I love this hope I can get one!

Offline jack47

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 21:20:12 »
Looking nice, will be keeping out for this one.

Offline KT-afk

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 21:41:29 »
Will you be looking at asia vendors as well? As the shipping cost to asia is quite high

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 00:18:41 »
Super nice to see more TKL cases. From this, to Iron180.. Let's see which one comes out first  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 00:53:26 »
This board looks really good and the price is very attractive.
The PCB is a bit confusing it seems to have Alps support (at least I think so) despite you saying its mx only.

I'm assuming this is not the final version of the pcb?
Nevertheless can't wait for updates and look forward to see what comes out of this.

Offline KCK

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 05:06:11 »
This board looks really good and the price is very attractive.
The PCB is a bit confusing it seems to have Alps support (at least I think so) despite you saying its mx only.

I'm assuming this is not the final version of the pcb?
Nevertheless can't wait for updates and look forward to see what comes out of this.

Yes the PCB supports both mx & alps switches because that's the standard footprint my PCB designer used. But my current plate design doesn't support alps switches. If alps compatibility is what everyone wants then I can always design an alps plate as well.

Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 06:43:25 »
The design is nice and at this price it's definitely an interesting kit. I just wished it wasn't a WKL. This layout now seems to be the norm for TKL. Am I the only one who needs the windows/super key?

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 07:00:32 »
The design is nice and at this price it's definitely an interesting kit. I just wished it wasn't a WKL. This layout now seems to be the norm for TKL. Am I the only one who needs the windows/super key?

WK is available, see supported layout

Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 07:07:42 »
The design is nice and at this price it's definitely an interesting kit. I just wished it wasn't a WKL. This layout now seems to be the norm for TKL. Am I the only one who needs the windows/super key?

WK is available, see supported layout

Oh! My bad! I guess I focused too much on the renders and forgot to read...

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 08:54:53 »
Looks good overall but not a fan of the KCK logo on the back.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 10:14:12 »
filled out the form - that blue/grey is very nice!

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 10:34:41 »
Wait, so the whole thing is just over $300 if you get in all alu? consider me interested

Edit. Yeah 340  is very good! Consider me still interested.
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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 11:53:39 »
Filled out the form too. Several good color choices here :)

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 12:17:16 »
Top priority GB for me to enter! Really want a WKL TKL  :)

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 13:16:42 »
Wow this is extremely nice. Love modest use of curves in the side profile and back. And for all the options offered, this is an extremely attractive price point as well. Any possibilities of Tsangan right shift though? That would seal the deal for me if that were added.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 10 October 2020, 20:20:41 »
looks interesting. ready to see proto.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #28 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 03:02:30 »
Followed the ky-01 but unfortunately didn't have the funds in place when it went live. Will definitely follow this project though. Did you manage to sort out the issues that arose with the bank or payment methods from your last buy?

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #29 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 03:04:49 »
Oh man I love this. Must cop.


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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 03:41:02 »
Filled the form. love the blue gray and yellow color options.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 11:28:57 »
Doesn't one need 12 gasket strips (6 top - 6 bottom)?

Offline KCK

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 11:49:37 »
Doesn't one need 12 gasket strips (6 top - 6 bottom)?
Oops not sure why it said 6...I'll have it changed to 12 now. Thanks for letting me know

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 13:08:38 »
Maroon Wine colorway is stunning. Def in for that.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 13:22:26 »
Maroon Wine colorway is stunning. Def in for that.

If Lau likes it I like it.  GLWIC!  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 13:32:38 »
Maroon Wine colorway is stunning. Def in for that.

Lau knows his stuff, I think I'm in too. GLWIC

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 13:58:13 »
400 units gonna go quick. If Lau likes it you know it’s good

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« Reply #37 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 18:31:12 »
love it. that maroon would be an insta copp for me

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #38 on: Fri, 16 October 2020, 18:22:49 »
Interested; Would prefer another logo for the weight, but not a deal breaker :)

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #39 on: Sat, 17 October 2020, 05:26:19 »
Since that there are PC bottom, would you consider adding underglow at all?

Offline KCK

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #40 on: Sat, 17 October 2020, 16:52:50 »
Since that there are PC bottom, would you consider adding underglow at all?

I considered adding underglow but it would make the per key rgb dimmer which isn't something i'd want. However if it is something a lot of people would like, I may run a separate gb for an underglow pcb.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #41 on: Sat, 17 October 2020, 17:05:08 »
Since that there are PC bottom, would you consider adding underglow at all?

I considered adding underglow but it would make the per key rgb dimmer which isn't something i'd want. However if it is something a lot of people would like, I may run a separate gb for an underglow pcb.

Yeah, personally, I'd actually rather have underglow of per key lighting since I almost never use per key lighting. It'd be interesting what other's thoughts are on this though

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 18 October 2020, 02:49:41 »
Since that there are PC bottom, would you consider adding underglow at all?

I considered adding underglow but it would make the per key rgb dimmer which isn't something i'd want. However if it is something a lot of people would like, I may run a separate gb for an underglow pcb.

That's good to know, having underglow as an xtra available option would be a great idea. Will there also be an option for hotswap pcb?

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 19 October 2020, 01:50:02 »
Idea: After the GB set up a service for custom weights with your own design?

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #44 on: Mon, 19 October 2020, 05:43:58 »
Love it, and an underglow makes a lot of sense with the polycarb cases. I dig the per key light too because everyone knows rgb means more FPS.

I'm very new to this and have no effing clue about. But how come two polycarbonate pieces come so expensive? I can undertund it from aluminum or brass (I guess that these are milled rather than casted). Are the ploycarb case milled from a thicker block?

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 19 October 2020, 06:19:19 »
It is a clean design.  Would FR4 plates be an option?
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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 19 October 2020, 09:35:10 »
The maroon is very nice

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« Reply #47 on: Thu, 22 October 2020, 15:03:59 »
I will try my hardest to join this group buy. Looks like everything I want in a TKL.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 24 October 2020, 20:58:34 »
really liking the purple render, hopefully the color samples will be a close match.

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Re: [IC] ESNTL_TKL // Gasket Mount TKL [Prototype Ordered]
« Reply #49 on: Sun, 25 October 2020, 10:41:39 »
big fan of the maroon wine, my bingsu set will find a nice home on it