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Offline Jefff

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    "This is my favorite 60% that I have typed on, to date. I've typed on an OTD Mini, I've typed on a Unikorn, I've typed on various Duck boards, I've typed on a Keycult... Anyway, this is, for me, a fantastic 60%." - Blacksimon, in his Augur Review

      Augur
      By JLabs





      In-Stock Sale Details:
      • In-Stock Sale will take place on 10/08/2022 at 5:00 PM PDT
      • 200 units will available, half WK and half WKL. Final color distribution is 80 e-white, 60 purple, and 60 black.
      • There will be 100 extra soldered PCBs and 100 hotswap PCBs available for sale
      • Soldered PCB: $35 (one soldered PCB is included with every kit)
      • Hotswap PCB: $45
      • Extra FR-4 plates will be $15 each.

      Design Philosophy:
      Augur is a 60% keyboard which brings premium elements to a less-premium price. Augur features isolation gasket mounting and leaf spring plates. Minimalistic front and sides give way to a striking backside and an elegant bottom. Augur uses a Type-C daughterboard to remain immobile while the plate and PCB flex. While the plate is strictly 7u for cleaner acoustics, the PCB supports both 6.25u and 7u layouts. Augur is held together by case screws of two different lengths, so that the screw heads are equidistant from the bottom of the case.


      Design Process and Testing:
      Multiple gasket materials, compression ratios, and plate configurations were tested to reach the amount of flex I was looking for in this board. In fact, I designed a test bench with adjustable compression to test the various gasket and plate designs.


      Board Details:
      • Top/Bottom Case: 6063 Aluminum, sandblasted and anodized/electrophoresis coated
      • Accent Piece: Brass, sandblasted and PVD coated
      • Color options: anodized black, anodized purple, electrophoresis coated white (e-white)
      • 6 degree typing angle
      • 18.65mm Real Front Height
      • WK and WKL layouts
      • Isolation gasket mounting system
      • Seamless design


      Plate and PCB Details:
      • The kit will include both full and half FR-4 plates
      • The PCB color is tentatively white, and the thickness is 1.2mm, to promote flex



      Soldered Layout

      Hotswap Layout
      https://i.imgur.com/ma0vVeW.png

      Included Components:
      • Top and Bottom case, CNC machined from 6063 aluminum
      • Accent piece, CNC machined from brass
      • FR-4 Full and Half Plates
      • Augur PCB (The included PCB will be soldered and 1.2mm thick)
      • Stabilizer Shims (0.4mm thick)
      • Type-C Daughterboard and JST cable
      • Gaskets (2 sets of 16 gaskets, 1 soft and 1 hard)
      • Various Screws
      • Ships in hardcase

      Soundtests:


      Sales Info:
      • 200 units will be sold in-stock, but if there is sufficient interest, I am considering opening a groupbuy for a larger quantity with more plate materials and polycarbonate wrist rests.
      • The sale will be FCFS, because past experiences with raffle sales tell me that I'm going to have to chase down at least half of the people who win the raffle form.
      • Prices:
      • $278 for Black or Purple Anodized Kits
      • $288 for E-White Kits
      • There will be 100 extra soldered PCBs and 100 hotswap PCBs available for sale
      • Soldered PCB: $35 (one soldered PCB is included with every kit)
      • Hotswap PCB: $45
      • Extra FR-4 plates will be $15 each.
      • Sale date: 10/08/2022, 5:00 PM PDT

      Links:

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      « Last Edit: Sat, 08 October 2022, 05:13:03 by Jefff »

      Offline Ponker

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #1 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 12:47:54 »
      ponker bless

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #2 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 12:50:16 »

      Offline wahfuhls

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #3 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 12:56:18 »
      this literally checked every single one of my boxes. Will definitely consider this one.

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #4 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 13:01:06 »
      this literally checked every single one of my boxes. Will definitely consider this one.

      Thank you! Please consider filling out the interest check form when you get a chance!

      Offline Baka Bot

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #5 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 13:04:06 »
      Looks nice. glwic is there a pic of the pcb and leafspring plate?
      « Last Edit: Sun, 01 August 2021, 13:07:33 by Baka Bot »

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #6 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 13:06:58 »
      Looks nice. glwic

      Thank you! I appreciate the feedback.

      Offline Visionaire

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #7 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 13:22:42 »
      Interesting board. Love that you've put thought into the seamless approach and large weight... I can't help but feel like its just a Tofu when you're looking at the sides / top.

      Offline bball2

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #8 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 13:48:30 »
      Looks really good!

      Would it be possible to screw the weight from the top instead of the bottom? Ie) so the look of the weight is a bit cleaner without the screw holes.

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #9 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 15:15:12 »
      Looks really good!

      Would it be possible to screw the weight from the top instead of the bottom? Ie) so the look of the weight is a bit cleaner without the screw holes.

      Thank you for the suggestion! I have considered internal screws for the accent piece, but the accent piece isn't think enough to tap threaded holes in.

      Offline bball2

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      Re: Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #10 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 15:34:45 »
      Makes sense!

      Offline Nevermore012

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #11 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 16:25:35 »
      i am interested


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      Offline Lenux

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #12 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 17:17:37 »
      Lovely keeb, in-stock big thumb up !!!

      Offline DJ Clicks

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #13 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 18:18:17 »
      Would gb price be expected to be lower than in-stock price?

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #14 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 18:25:29 »
      Would gb price be expected to be lower than in-stock price?

      Pricing is still tentative, but feel free to join the Discord server to get notified of updates faster!

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #15 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 18:25:47 »
      Also, seperate plate renders have been added!

      Offline Dunne

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #16 on: Sun, 01 August 2021, 20:32:50 »
      looks like a premium Tofu, nicesu

      Offline Lhviola

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #17 on: Mon, 02 August 2021, 21:57:54 »
      Looks good, rare to see gasket mounted/seamless 60 boards around this price point

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #18 on: Mon, 02 August 2021, 22:58:55 »
      Looks good, rare to see gasket mounted/seamless 60 boards around this price point

      Thank you!

      Offline space cowboy

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #19 on: Tue, 03 August 2021, 07:55:20 »
      a purple wkl has my name on it... :cool:

      Offline kbye

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #20 on: Tue, 03 August 2021, 17:30:01 »
      1mm PCB... interesting! curious how it affects the half plate feel.

      Offline Lfgberg

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #21 on: Tue, 03 August 2021, 18:11:38 »
      1mm PCB... interesting! curious how it affects the half plate feel.
      I doubt .6mm makes that much of a difference?

      Offline Altain

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #22 on: Tue, 03 August 2021, 22:35:55 »
      Clean yet outstanding design! GLWIC and really looking forward to joining this if possible.

      Offline kbye

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #23 on: Wed, 04 August 2021, 01:18:25 »
      1mm PCB... interesting! curious how it affects the half plate feel.
      I doubt .6mm makes that much of a difference?

      You'd be surprised. Going from 1.6mm to 1.2mm already makes a meaningful difference.

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #24 on: Wed, 04 August 2021, 10:59:57 »
      Hi everyone, quick update, it appears I accidentally stated the PCB thickness would be 1mm, which was a typo. The actual thickness is 1.2mm. Sorry for any confusion!

      Offline Neely_12

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #25 on: Wed, 04 August 2021, 11:26:51 »
      I definitely want to try for that purple. Love the look of this.

      Offline steebs

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #26 on: Wed, 04 August 2021, 18:55:35 »
      I'm guessing the answer is no, but would there be an option for split space?

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #27 on: Thu, 05 August 2021, 00:50:30 »
      I'm guessing the answer is no, but would there be an option for split space?

      No, split space will not be an option.

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #28 on: Sun, 08 August 2021, 23:22:44 »
      Update: The board was originally meant to enjoyed without bumpons, but due to popular request, bumpons are being added! Expect new renders soon!

      Offline lakeboredom

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #29 on: Mon, 09 August 2021, 00:43:54 »
      Do long strips running side to side and I'm in. Bumpons are so 2017. 
      Should the pcb compatibility show stepped caps?

      Offline MentalistPTS

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #30 on: Mon, 28 March 2022, 17:06:57 »
      Ever heard love on first sight? This is the keyboard!
      Brought to here from 3ildcatís video. Will GB start soon?

      Offline lyric

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #31 on: Mon, 23 May 2022, 16:57:52 »
      definitely will try to get the instock

      Offline rossi94

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #32 on: Tue, 24 May 2022, 03:48:11 »
      Any chance for iso layout support?

      Offline Jefff

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      Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
      « Reply #33 on: Sat, 23 July 2022, 02:17:10 »
        Augur
        By JLabs

        Show Image


        Updates 7/23/2022:
        • Updated Pricing (details below)
        • Blacksimon will be building the Purple WK prototype with Aged Hyperglide MX Clears (669,000 actuations) on 7/25!

        Design Philosophy:
        Augur is a 60% keyboard which brings premium elements to a less-premium price. Augur features isolation gasket mounting and leaf spring plates. Minimalistic front and sides give way to a striking backside and an elegant bottom. Augur uses a Type-C daughterboard to remain immobile while the plate and PCB flex. While the plate is strictly 7u for cleaner acoustics, the PCB supports both 6.25u and 7u layouts. Augur is held together by case screws of two different lengths, so that the screw heads are equidistant from the bottom of the case.

        Show Image

        Design Process and Testing:
        Multiple gasket materials, compression ratios, and plate configurations were tested to reach the amount of flex I was looking for in this board. In fact, I designed a test bench with adjustable compression to test the various gasket and plate designs.

        Show Image
        Show Image

        Board Details:
        • Top/Bottom Case: 6063 Aluminum, sandblasted and anodized/electrophoresis coated
        • Accent Piece: Brass, sandblasted and PVD coated
        • Color options: anodized black, anodized purple, electrophoresis coated white (e-white)
        • 6 degree typing angle
        • WK and WKL layouts
        • Isolation gasket mounting system
        • Seamless design

        Show Image

        Plate and PCB Details:
        • The kit will include both full and half FR-4 plates
        • The PCB color is tentatively white, and the thickness is 1.2mm, to promote flex

        Show Image

        Show Image

        Soldered Layout
        Show Image

        Hotswap Layout
        Show Image

        Included Components:
        • Top and Bottom case, CNC machined from 6063 aluminum
        • Accent piece, CNC machined from brass
        • FR-4 Full and Half Plates
        • Augur PCB (The included PCB will be soldered)
        • Stabilizer Shims (0.4mm thick)
        • Type-C Daughterboard and JST cable
        • Gaskets
        • Various Screws

        Soundtests:

        Show Image

        Sales Info:
        • 200 units will be sold in-stock, but if there is sufficient interest, I am considering opening a groupbuy for a larger quantity with more plate materials and polycarbonate wrist rests.
        • The sale will likely be FCFS, because past experiences with raffle sales tell me that I'm going to have to chase down at least half of the people who win the raffle form.
        • Prices:
        • $278 for Black or Purple Anodized Kits
        • $288 for E-White Kits
        • Although we intended to sell Augur at a lower price, unforeseen logistics price increases force us to raise our prices.
        • There will be 50 extra soldered PCBs and 50 hotswap PCBs available for sale
        • Sales date soonTM

        Links:

        Signature:

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        Offline Darth_Austin

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        Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
        « Reply #34 on: Sat, 23 July 2022, 02:22:02 »
        Looks very nice and the pricing is very tempting. :thumb:

        Offline shamb

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        Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
        « Reply #35 on: Sat, 23 July 2022, 04:36:35 »
        is there a reason why the solder layout is more restrictive than the HS?

        would love to see stepped caps on solder
        other than that i love the simplistic top and sides!

        GLWIC!

        Offline Jefff

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        Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
        « Reply #36 on: Sat, 23 July 2022, 10:15:55 »
        is there a reason why the solder layout is more restrictive than the HS?

        would love to see stepped caps on solder
        other than that i love the simplistic top and sides!

        GLWIC!

        Fixed, thanks!

        Offline Jefff

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        Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
        « Reply #37 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 01:21:14 »
        Would gb price be expected to be lower than in-stock price?

        At this time, it is unlikely.

        Offline Jefff

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        Re: [IC] Augur, a 60% keyboard by JLabs
        « Reply #38 on: Sat, 08 October 2022, 01:20:23 »
        In-Stock Sale Details:
        • In-Stock Sale will take place on 10/08/2022 at 5:00 PM PDT
        • 200 units will available, half WK and half WKL. Final color distribution is 80 e-white, 60 purple, and 60 black.[/li
          • There will be 100 extra soldered PCBs and 100 hotswap PCBs available for sale
          • There will be 100 extra soldered PCBs and 100 hotswap PCBs available for sale
          • Soldered PCB: $35 (one soldered PCB is included with every kit)
          • Hotswap PCB: $45
          • Extra FR-4 plates will be $15 each.

        Offline Lhviola

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        Looks great, canít wait to fight for a spot this afternoon!

        Offline OmegaZero55

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        Just saw that one purple WK went back in stock, and I couldn't resist snatching it up. This board looks and sounds so good I couldn't say no for that price.