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Offline ai03

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[IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 13:41:37 »
Vector
Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard



Blending the past with the present, Vector renews vintage keyboard elements with modern functions and stylings to create a distinctly retro board that blends into desk environments of the present.


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A Leap Across Time

Large seams, tapered front ledges, rounded edges, large bezels, pen rails - Vector revives the elements of early keyboards and reshapes them to fit the modern.
Use the default penrail matched to the case for an undeniably retro feel; swap it for an accent color to create an entirely new impression that pairs well with vibrant keysets.





Bold Brushstrokes

An uniform visual seam journeys around the boardís faces, defining the case parts and outlining the massive polished weight overlaid with accent laser engravings.
With large, blocky faces that wrap around the keyboardís form with both a sense of roundness and overall sharpness, Vector blurs the lines between retro and current stylings.





Classic, Timeless Internals

Vectorís homage to the past carries over to its internals with a plateless PCB-mount structure from early keyboards.
With full gasket isolation from the case and internal case screws, Vector brings the early inspiration to custom keyboard standards.





Specifications

Case: Anodized Aluminum
Weight: Polished PVDed steel, overlay laser engraving patternwork
Accent pieces: Penrail (default aluminum matched to case color, optional add-on accent colors)
Case Weight: 2.4kg
Case colors: TBD
Internals: Gasket-mounted PCB mount; internal screw; USB daughterboard
PCB: Solderable (non-hotswap), no flex slot
Plate: Optional FR4 plate included but not recommended
Vendors: CannonKeys
Price: TBA, but not pretty



Q&A

Q: No hotswap option?
A: Nope - the board is designed first and foremost as a PCB-mount structure which doesnít pair well with hotswap.

Q: Can I buy the board without weight engravings?
A: Nope - this is how the board is designed and envisioned.

Q: But I dislike how the weight accents look!
A: Then go find a different keyboard. Also, thatís no longer a question.

Q: What do you mean by the price being ďnot prettyĒ?
A: The initial production cost quote we received blew past that of Andromeda. Even after revising the design to make it much more reasonable, itís still not pretty.

Q: Why the lack of flex slots on the PCB?
A: Without a plate, it flexes so hard that it slams into the bottom of the case and short-circuits. Yes, we tried it - you can probably imagine how that prototype ended up.

Q: Whatís the story behind the name?
A: As the winds of creativity moved the sands to form this design transcending the boundaries of time, their motion was captured within vectors of ó
ó Or not. I randomly slapped the name onto the design to refer to it before any name was chosen, and couldnít come up with anything else so it just kinda stuck until now.



Note

Early prototype revisions did not have a detachable penrail and had a flex-slotted PCB - some of the photographed units are of the old units and will differ from production.

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 13:46:44 »
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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 13:47:43 »
 i do like it though. Is similar To the kwa. And your boards always sound great. Also i would request sandblasted weight as Iím kinda guilty of never being able to keep my deskmat clean enough for long periods of time

When will the final prototype be photographed? Would be nice to see the accent bar

Edit: i didnít realize this was the final because the bar was the same color. I can see itís a separate piece from the one photo
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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 13:48:43 »
Nice looking 60% with a pen rail!

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 13:50:03 »
Oof, I hope this goes better than the Vega GB.

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 13:54:48 »


Offer in Vectorís jumpsuit orange

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 14:06:01 »
this board has both direction and magnitude. GLWIC

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 14:06:30 »
Can you add leaf springs? I feel like past boards have been well isolated but stiff
This one relies solely on the PCB for structural integrity and just adding a flex slot was enough to flex so hard that the PCB could easily short against the case - leafsprings would incur a similar issue.
Also, I'm not a fan of removing feedback to the point where bottom-out is mushy or bouncy; I believe this PCB-only gasket mount is a nice middle ground.


Also i would request sandblasted weight as Iím kinda guilty of never being able to keep my deskmat clean enough for long periods of time
I'll look into it - it might be difficult to add an entirely different finish as opposed to different colors, but if it's practical it'll show up as one of the available options.


Oof, I hope this goes better than the Vega GB.
99% sure it will go vastly better, as being backed by CannonKeys resolves the issue of a crippling lack of manpower.
(Although knock on wood since who knows what can go wrong during a group buy)

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 14:09:01 »
Looks absolutely fantastic :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 14:14:57 »
Interested in seeing more.

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 14:18:27 »
After seeing the QC complaints on the Iron165, what assurances can you give people that at these high-priced items get the same level of care on the interior facing parts as they do on the exterior?

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 14:45:26 »
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Offer in Vectorís jumpsuit orange

If nobody was gonna make this reference I sure would have.

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 16 July 2022, 16:01:46 »
what justifies the $750+ pricetag?

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 17 July 2022, 03:18:35 »
Why only anodizing?
It would look gorgeous in E-Beige

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 18 July 2022, 18:14:13 »
what justifies the $750+ pricetag?

Where did you see that pricing?

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 18 July 2022, 18:27:29 »
what justifies the $750+ pricetag?

Where did you see that pricing?

Q&A say its more expensive than Andromeda

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 18 July 2022, 21:39:34 »
Pricing hurts but there has to be a reason ig. Really nice looking as always from ai03

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 19 July 2022, 02:45:14 »
what justifies the $750+ pricetag?

Where did you see that pricing?

Q&A say its more expensive than Andromeda

No, this refers to the initial production cost quote. As I understand it, a revision of the design has at least brought the price down below that of Andromeda (even if we don't know to what extent).

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 19 July 2022, 13:12:29 »
Interesting!  ;D

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 29 July 2022, 10:42:25 »
nice and simple. can't imagine what makes the price "not pretty" but we'll see. LOTS of competition for 60's lately.
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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 29 July 2022, 17:19:25 »
Very nice! Will there be HHKB layout?

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Re: [IC] Vector - Retro-Modern PCB Gasket 60% Keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Mon, 01 August 2022, 16:10:55 »
Mane since when is everyone so edgy
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