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[IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard | (01/02/2022 - PRE-ORDER LIVE)
« on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:07:51 »
PLX
Gasket Mounted 60%



GROUP BUY THREAD





As our first keyboard design we wanted to do something sleek and minimal for our desk spaces. We've designed a compact board with a weighty feel and style that contrasts with its soft typing experience.

The PLX is comprised of a 3 layer construction. The top and middle cases are machined from solid billet 6063 aluminium and feature soft chamfered edges and modern rounded corners. The solid brass base weight is fastened through the plate and PCB to achieve an entirely screwless appearance.

Inside, your choice of plate material is mounted between gasket strips, with kerf cuts in the north and south ends of the plate. Each keystroke has a soft bottom out and quick return. Offered in winkey, winkeyless and HHKB designs our variable soldered layout will please any compact connoisseur.



TECHNICAL SPECS

Typing Angle: 7o
Front Height: 20mm
Materials: aluminium top & middle case, brass bottom weight
Weight: 2.7kg built
Colours: anodised black | e-white | anodised red
Mounting Method: gasket (poron)
Plates: 1.5mm aluminium | 1.5mm polycarbonate | 1.5mm FR4
Top Case Options: WK | WKL | HHKB
PCB: variable soldered layout | designed by 2Moons (Basekeys) | USB-C daughterboard | configurable with QMK/VIA | No LED support | Includes ESD Protection or fixed hotswap layout
Solderable PCB Layout Options: locked tsangan bottom row | split BS | split RS | ISO | stepped caps
Hotswap PCB Layout: locked tsangan bottom row | splits BS | split RS



Soldered PCB Layout




Hotswap PCB Layout



RELEASE INFORMATION

Based on initial interest and feedback from the community, we have decided to offer the PLX firstly through a 300 unit soft cap pre-order. This will reduce the chance of people missing out on the opportunity to purchase a PLX and helps bring the price down slightly. If the soft cap is reached, we will increase the cap. After all pre-order units have been shipped, we plan to offer in-stock extras.

Colour Options = Rosso (red) | Phantom (black) | Bliss (white)

Dates = Pre-order opens at 6pm on the 1st February 2022 and will close on the 1st March 2022

The sale will occur through our website, sign up for the email list for updates - Peac Design

More information and updates available on our Discord and Instagram

Whatís in the box?

1 x custom PLX carry case & cleaning cloth
1 x top case | anodised or e-coated aluminium
1 x mid case | anodised or e-coated aluminium
1 x weight | pvd brass
1 x plate | anodised aluminium
1 x plate foam | poron
1 x PCB (solderable or hotswap), JST cable, usb-c daughterboard
21 x poron gasket strips
4 x bumpons | silicone
1 x screw and accessory bag

Note: extra plates, PCBs (solderable and hotswap), top cases, weights and accessories will also be available for purchase.



PRICING

PLX Base Kit - $450USD
(+$10 for e-white, +$10 for hotswap PCB)

Extras:
Top Case - $120USD (+$10 for e-white)
PVD Weight - $180USD
Aluminium Plates (Black & Rose Gold) - $35USD
POM Plate - $30USD
PC Plate - $30USD
FR4 Plate - $20USD
PCB (Solderable) - $40USD
PCB (Hotswap) - $50USD
Plate Foam - $10USD
Gaskets - $5USD

Shipping:
Melbourne - Free Delivery
Within Australia - Sendle - varies based on location
International - DHL Express - $75USD flat rate (base kit) + $10USD (extras)



PROTOTYPES

V2 Prototype
The V2 Prototypes feature subtle internal improvements which improve the building experience for the end user. The anodizing and e-coating is of extremely high quality, and we are very happy with the base weight PVD coating. The V2 prototypes have been tested extensively with a range of plate and switch combinations, and overall we are very happy with the sound, feel and build experience. We have reduced the colour options for this first round of pre-order, as the Racing (Green) and Yukon (Navy) could not be colour matched to our standards.

Additionally, we received revised FR4 plates, Polycarbonate plates, Aluminium plates (black & rose gold) and accessories.

Rosso




Bliss




Phantom




PVD Weights


V1 Prototype

More








CONTENT

The PLX will be built and reviewed by several content creators in the coming months, including:

   - TaeKeyboards (the King of Mechanical Keyboard YouTube content)
   - Warmthoughts (Twitch)
   - SwitchDoctorAU (Twitch)
   - OziiObsessions (Instagram & Twitch)
   - Alexotos (Twitch)
   - DutchmasterW (Twitch)
   - Sampakpak (Twitch)
   - TimKeyLess (Twitch)
   - Gymleadernathan (Twitch)
   - EuraPSD (Twitch)
   - Enomooshiki (Twitch)

Streaming / Video Release dates TBC - Join our Discord and follow all the above creators for updates.



DESIGN CHANGELOG

V1 Prototype Revision Notes
   - Thicker edge of base weight to reduce warping.
   - Brass base weight no long offered. Polished or PVD stainless steel only.
   - Revised bumpon shape.
   - JST cable channel adjusted.
   - Notches added to case to align plate.
   - Revised plate flex cuts.
   - Screw locations between bottom case and weight shifted.
   - Unified all screws to be M2.5. (ty Gok)

More


New Bean Feet



Distortion in plate manufacturing avoided with new kerf cut design.



Rev. A weight was prone to warping on the edges, new thicker designs prevents this.



New middle case design with more tailored cable channel and uniform slope.



Middle case now has notches to align plate and recess for locating gaskets




COLOURWAY RENDERS



PLX Phantom with GMK Slasher by DALExSNAIL & GMK White on Black



PLX Bliss with GMK Classic Red by Warren & future set in progress



PLX Rosso with GMK Red Alert by break & GMK Evil Dolch by S3LQ



FAQ

   1. Where will the keyboards be shipped from?
       Melbourne, Australia

   2. Will there be any other vendors?
       No. All sales will occur through our website
   
   3. Do you have a sound-test?
       Sound tests will be conducted by each reviewer listed above. Check them all out on their respective platforms!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thank you to the following people for the help and support to get this project going:
   Mr. Nobody
   2Moons
   Cloudburst
   Cujo26
   Stan

A big thank you to the keycap designers of the sets used in this IC.



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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:09:15 »
Reserved.

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:24:19 »
pretty

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:24:27 »
Yes Bois!!

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:25:00 »
Splendid.

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:26:00 »
Fifth! Letís gooo


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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:32:33 »
Where's the "Buy Now" button?
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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:34:03 »
Ill take 50

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 02:52:24 »
Excited

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 03:07:34 »
Love the simplistic design! Count me in! :D

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 03:16:55 »
Looks absolutely incredible, good job guys!

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 03:19:25 »
My mind, body and wallet are ready!

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 03:22:00 »
the way the board is mounted looksgood! but the bezels are too wide for my taste and that front is just  too thick and ruins the minimalist aesthetic for me. good luck in IC  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 05:16:27 »
thickness of the base (brass / stainless steel)?
mass of the base?
mass of the keyboard fully assembled?
any coating on the brass?
can we see the internals?
where does the gasket contact the plate?

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 05:51:35 »
Looks so sleek and classy guys, keen to follow this one!

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 06:26:51 »
where are the internal shots? you've shown us only the outside, but what really matters is if it's beautiful within


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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 07:34:48 »
I'm all in for this, been looking for a sleek 60% and loving the full stainless steel option for the brass weight. Can't wait for the protos

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 07:48:49 »
where are the internal shots? you've shown us only the outside, but what really matters is if it's beautiful within

thickness of the base (brass / stainless steel)?
mass of the base?
mass of the keyboard fully assembled?
any coating on the brass?
can we see the internals?
where does the gasket contact the plate?

Majority of the weight on the base is 3mm, 5mm at the bosses that mount into the middle aluminium
The base made from either brass or stainless steel will be ~850 grams
Fully assembled we expect it to weigh ~2.5kg
Coatings to suit both stainless steel and brass and will be confirmed at a later date
Exploded Render has been added to see internal components
Gaskets are adhered to the plate which is mounted between the top and middle aluminium case

We are working on more detailed renders of the internals this week, with prototypes arriving very soon we can be more accurate with weights of the materials.


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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 09:02:25 »
Thanks for the reply

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« Reply #19 on: Sun, 28 March 2021, 19:11:44 »
Looks beautiful, well done guys!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Mon, 29 March 2021, 05:59:46 »
Are there going to be any international proxies for this, or is it Aus only?
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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Mon, 29 March 2021, 06:07:16 »
Are there going to be any international proxies for this, or is it Aus only?

Only through our website at this stage.

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Mon, 29 March 2021, 08:09:47 »
Any possibility of adding the HHKB layout as an option?

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 29 March 2021, 16:10:42 »
Any possibility of adding the HHKB layout as an option?

Unfortunately not for the first round, we may consider it for a second round if there is enough interest!

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 04 April 2021, 14:04:36 »
thanks, i'll take all of them

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 06 April 2021, 05:40:03 »
The tough decision now is: black or white :O

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« Reply #26 on: Tue, 06 April 2021, 05:44:37 »
Looking good!

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« Reply #27 on: Tue, 06 April 2021, 19:22:37 »
Good looking board!

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« Reply #28 on: Wed, 07 April 2021, 06:29:50 »
thats pretty

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 07 April 2021, 09:33:34 »
The tough decision now is: black or white :O

Easy one for me, I always go Black
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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 16 April 2021, 01:44:40 »
Are there any updates on when the prototype will be in? Will you guys only be looking at them on stream or will there also be some youtube videos floating around?
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« Reply #31 on: Fri, 16 April 2021, 10:52:29 »
Ok wasn't looking for a 60% per se, but this. This is really slick. Its the custom keyboard you'd find in Darth Vader's lair.

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« Reply #32 on: Fri, 16 April 2021, 13:39:26 »
Yet another keyboard that I just absolutely need in my life.

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« Reply #33 on: Fri, 16 April 2021, 15:08:44 »
This looks like it'll be pretty stiff with aluminum, but probably really nice with the poly and FR4 plates. I like the shiny butt.
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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #34 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 21:30:02 »
What is going on in Australia wow! So much talent.

Love the distinctive chamfered edge. Wish there was a carbon fiber plate but good choices nonetheless.

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« Reply #35 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 07:13:52 »
What is going on in Australia wow! So much talent.

Love the distinctive chamfered edge. Wish there was a carbon fiber plate but good choices nonetheless.

Appreciate it :) We can look into carbon fiber plates with our manufacturer, thanks for the suggestion!

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« Reply #36 on: Mon, 19 April 2021, 07:09:43 »
You better lick my plx or sadge. I'm coppingg!!! :p :p :thumb: ;)

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« Reply #37 on: Wed, 21 April 2021, 08:04:49 »
Nice Keyboard, I love it.

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« Reply #38 on: Wed, 28 April 2021, 06:42:19 »
gib plx pls

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« Reply #39 on: Fri, 28 May 2021, 20:06:52 »
Minimalistic and elegant! Looks really good

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« Reply #40 on: Fri, 28 May 2021, 22:28:02 »
Looks soo clean  :D

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 06 June 2021, 02:22:23 »
1st round of prototype build streaming now at https://www.twitch.tv/jpermz :p

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« Reply #42 on: Sun, 06 June 2021, 03:38:13 »
1st round of prototype build streaming now at https://www.twitch.tv/jpermz :p

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« Reply #43 on: Tue, 22 June 2021, 09:56:12 »
n e updates avail?
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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard | (30/06/2021 PROTOTYPE UPDATES)
« Reply #45 on: Wed, 30 June 2021, 08:12:16 »
The red and navy are going to be incredible. I canít wait  :D

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard | (30/06/2021 PROTOTYPE UPDATES)
« Reply #46 on: Wed, 30 June 2021, 08:13:09 »
Quote
A second round of prototypes has been ordered, including WK, WKL and HHKB top cases

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ need HHKB top case

Also very keen to see these new colourways, assuming we'll see some more build streams when they arrive?

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« Reply #47 on: Wed, 30 June 2021, 08:22:50 »
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A second round of prototypes has been ordered, including WK, WKL and HHKB top cases

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ need HHKB top case

Also very keen to see these new colourways, assuming we'll see some more build streams when they arrive?

We will be sending some boards off to content creators, so definitely some more build streams when they arrive! Thank you for the support :)

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Re: [IC] PLX | 60% Keyboard | (30/06/2021 PROTOTYPE UPDATES)
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 30 June 2021, 14:12:48 »
I'm in now that the HHKB option has been added.

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« Reply #49 on: Wed, 30 June 2021, 16:27:01 »
Lovely board.  I'm sure it will sell quickly