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[GB] Argyle 60 (GB over, Order submitted to manu)
« on: Sat, 12 February 2022, 10:11:27 »



Design

TLDR: Pretty 60% keyboard with through-hole components on the sides.

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I love the through-hole keyboards out there but I wanted one with a metal housing. So, I employed Jae of Prototypist (logistics and fulfillment), James of Alchemist Keyboards (housing design), and Yiancar (PCB design) to make my idea into a reality. To give it’s own flavor and to give a better view of the components, the components were split to the sides of the keyboard. The relatively high typing angle was also chosen to increase the visibility of the components. Even though 65% is my favorite layout by far, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to match the symmetry of the housing with the symmetry of the 60% layout. Because the focus of the keyboard is the side partitions, the rest of the design was kept relatively simple.




Keyboard Details
  • Case: 8.0°
  • Layout: Standard 60% (no HHKB, no WKL)
  • Material: Aluminum (6063)
  • Colors: Black with black PCB, White with white PCB, Silver with white PCB, Navy with white PCB (same as Navy Allison
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  • Mounting: Top mount
  • Plate: 1.5mm aluminum
  • Weight: 1.78kg (built)
  • PCB: Argyle60 by Yiancar (USB-C,QMK/VIA compatible, LEDs and USB port pre-soldered)
  • Layout options for both the PCB and Plate:





GB Details
  • Price: $395
  • GB Dates: February 19, 9:00AM EST to March 5th, 9:00AM EST
  • Format: FCFS
  • Units: 200
  • Site: ProtoTypist
  • Timeline: Q1 2023



Package
  • Top and bottom case
  • Aluminum plate
  • PCB
  • Through-hole components
  • Hardware for the case
  • Bumpons (injection molded silicone)
  • Hard shell carrying case
  • Acrylic covers
  • Diffusers



Options
  • Extra plates available in the following materials: brass ($55), aluminum ($30), carbon fiber ($25), POM ($25)
  • Extra PCBs in white or black ($30), components not included
  • Extra set of through-hole components ($30)
  • Extra acrylic cover ($5)
  • Extra diffuser ($5)



Updates



Prototype Build VODs

The first prototype was built by Jae which can be viewed here.

And the second prototype was built by Alexotos which can be viewed here.



Changes from the Prototype and IC
  • Tolerances in the window area to better fit the acrylic covers
  • Circular bumpons to rectangular AKB bumpons
  • PCB to have RGB LEDs and USB port pre-soldered
  • Removal of the argyle pattern on the PCB



Gallery

White Prototype:





Orange Prototype (color not available in GB):
Photos courtesy of Alexotos

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IC Thread

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FAQ/Misc

  • Why are you only offering white and black PCBs?
    Due to the economies of scale, offering additional PCB colors would make them quite expensive.

  • Will you offer other PCB colors at a later time?
    We are currently considering and exploring this option.

  • Can I have the plate files?
    The plate files will be released after the fulfillment of the GB.

  • Why did you decide to remove the argyle pattern from the PCB?
    As other have suggested, the argyle pattern could clash with the colors, novelties, and theme of some keysets.



Special thanks to: Jae, James of AKB, Yiancar, and my homies at Bottom Klunk and Zap Cables.
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Re: [GB] Argyle 60
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 12 February 2022, 10:11:47 »
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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 19:22:51 »
Approved :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 21:26:21 »
So excited this is finally happening, GLWGB.
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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 22:58:32 »
Love me some thru-hole kits. Can't wait!

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 00:39:52 »
What a stunning beauty

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 02:40:34 »
Looks pretty sick...Would be nice to add an OLED in one of the spaces on the side imho? (I know am late, just a thought)

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 08:02:15 »
The pinout on the right side is compatible with OLED. However, it wouldn't fit without taking off the right acrylic cover. Also, the OLED functionality has not been programmed into the firmware.

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 08:50:39 »
could you provide the sizing layout for the keycaps required as the some of the keycaps in the renders & images provided seem smaller than 1u.

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 10:04:24 »
Do the extra PCBs come with extra through-hole components or do we need to by them separately?

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 11:18:55 »
Good to see this in GB  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 11:19:24 »
Glad it's coming to life soon.  Will do my best to pick up a silver or black.  Still need to decide :)


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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 11:27:15 »
could you provide the sizing layout for the keycaps required as the some of the keycaps in the renders & images provided seem smaller than 1u.



There you go. The size has been labeled on the top right corner of the keycaps and any keys without a label is 1u. But for any layout, this GB or other, you can safely assume there will be no keycaps smaller than 1u. That would mean that the cap would be smaller than a switch which would make that cap impossible to mount.

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 11:28:31 »
Do the extra PCBs come with extra through-hole components or do we need to by them separately?

Extra PCBs only have the USB connector and the LEDs presoldered and does not include extra through-hole components. I have modified the original post to reflect this.
« Last Edit: Mon, 14 February 2022, 12:14:39 by Seoulcialite »

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 15 February 2022, 02:36:53 »
will there be the HHKB top case in GB?
HHKB Type-s / 4x KMAC Happy / 3x Duck Viper v1 / 2x Duck Viper v2 / Duck TCV3 / Red Scarf 77 / 2x Infinity 60 / 2x ALF HHKB / LZ-CE / FJELL / Canoe / Canoe PC / Canoe FE / ARES Prototype / 2x Ares / LC-CLSh / TX60 / YODA2 / E6-V2 / E6-V2 FE / CAMP LC60 / 2x EM 7 / 4x Leaf 60 / UHK / Project F / Polaris / 4x Duck Viper v3 / TX60 v2 / Thermal / Matrix Falcon / Plenty of keycaps

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 15 February 2022, 02:46:31 »
will there be the HHKB top case in GB?

found in the IC page: no HHKB option in this round of GB
HHKB Type-s / 4x KMAC Happy / 3x Duck Viper v1 / 2x Duck Viper v2 / Duck TCV3 / Red Scarf 77 / 2x Infinity 60 / 2x ALF HHKB / LZ-CE / FJELL / Canoe / Canoe PC / Canoe FE / ARES Prototype / 2x Ares / LC-CLSh / TX60 / YODA2 / E6-V2 / E6-V2 FE / CAMP LC60 / 2x EM 7 / 4x Leaf 60 / UHK / Project F / Polaris / 4x Duck Viper v3 / TX60 v2 / Thermal / Matrix Falcon / Plenty of keycaps

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 15 February 2022, 02:56:52 »
Em yes.  It has been a long time coming, but very please to see this at GB stage at long last.  Very good luck with it.
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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (2/19 - 3/5)
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 16 February 2022, 10:44:11 »
A giveaway is now live on Instagram here!

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 18 February 2022, 20:41:09 »
I'm sad the argyle pattern was removed from the PCB.  I love that kind of detail on PCBs that set it apart and make it unique. 
That being said, I'm gonna try to get one of these!

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 18 February 2022, 23:36:08 »
Does anyone know if it's possible to get diodes like in the original renders that have blue on them?  It would be cool to have something blue like that, but I'm pretty sure the only components like that are resistors, right?
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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 19 February 2022, 00:13:12 »
Does anyone know if it's possible to get diodes like in the original renders that have blue on them?  It would be cool to have something blue like that, but I'm pretty sure the only components like that are resistors, right?

I think I spotted black ones before but I'm not sure about blue. You could try a search for "1n4148" in Digikey or Mouser.

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 19 February 2022, 00:17:45 »
I'm sad the argyle pattern was removed from the PCB.  I love that kind of detail on PCBs that set it apart and make it unique. 
That being said, I'm gonna try to get one of these!

It was a decision that could have gone either way really. My plan is to use clear sticker paper that you can print on with a regular inkjet or laser printer to print out designs that would match the keycap I am using and stick it on the bottom corners of the PCB. You can easily find these on Amazon.

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 19 February 2022, 00:18:51 »
Does anyone know if it's possible to get diodes like in the original renders that have blue on them?  It would be cool to have something blue like that, but I'm pretty sure the only components like that are resistors, right?

I think I spotted black ones before but I'm not sure about blue. You could try a search for "1n4148" in Digikey or Mouser.

Okay, I checked and it looks like the only thing available is the standard brown/black.  I suppose I could paint them!  You'd just have to be careful to mark polarity :)

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 19 February 2022, 00:26:18 »
I'm sad the argyle pattern was removed from the PCB.  I love that kind of detail on PCBs that set it apart and make it unique. 
That being said, I'm gonna try to get one of these!

It was a decision that could have gone either way really. My plan is to use clear sticker paper that you can print on with a regular inkjet or laser printer to print out designs that would match the keycap I am using and stick it on the bottom corners of the PCB. You can easily find these on Amazon.

That's a great idea. 

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 19 February 2022, 08:10:44 »
Does anyone know if it's possible to get diodes like in the original renders that have blue on them?  It would be cool to have something blue like that, but I'm pretty sure the only components like that are resistors, right?

I think I spotted black ones before but I'm not sure about blue. You could try a search for "1n4148" in Digikey or Mouser.

Okay, I checked and it looks like the only thing available is the standard brown/black.  I suppose I could paint them!  You'd just have to be careful to mark polarity :)

Looks like there are some blue ones here:
https://www.jaycar.us/1n4148-1n914-signal-diode-pk-5/p/ZR1100



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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 19 February 2022, 14:03:14 »
I was really hoping for orange in GB. Sadge.

Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 24 February 2022, 18:08:08 »
My goodness it's happening, I'm in for one!!

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 15 March 2022, 04:33:54 »
Is there any compatible dust cover for the Argyle?

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Re: [GB] Argyle 60 (Live 2/19 - 3/5) (Giveaway 2/16 - 2/18)
« Reply #28 on: Mon, 11 April 2022, 12:11:31 »
Of course I missed the GB for this,  :-[

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