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[IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | GB Live until Aug 22nd
« on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 11:14:42 »

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Cycle7
by TKD
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Index
 
- Intro
- Design
- TKD Coating and Material
- EZ-assemble System and Structural Design
- Colorways
- Pricing and Vendors
- Follow the development
 
Intro



VERTEX and EQUALZ founded TKD six months ago. We named our first project "Cycle" (Cycle/Recurrence), reminding us not to forget the path we've traveled and the passion we uphold.

Design



This is a 70% (FRL) keyboard. Compared to the traditional TKL, this layout omits the function keys row but retains a separate function area and arrow keys. It possesses a sleek shape without losing the practicality that this size offers. There have already been many excellent 70% kits out there, but we believe that Cycle7 can offer a richer and more interesting experience.



Decentralization and theme attenuation have always been our design philosophy. There are many definitions of a good keyboard, but having enough inclusiveness is the design recognition we pursue.






We will not rashly define what is minimalist and high-end, but we will strictly control the parameters and proportions of every detail to adapt to the aesthetic comfort of more people.



TKD Coating and Material

TKDcoating - Electrostatic Coating developed by TKD



Coating surface treatment has been widely accepted in the keyboard community for its pure color representation, providing a wider range of choices.

Since we founded TKD, we have been researching and mastering the use of this process on keyboard cases. We have made good progress and for the first time in the Cycle7 project, we have adopted the TKDcoating electrostatic coating process.




Case

The keyboard case is made of 6063-T6 aluminum and produced by CNC, with anodized and TKDC.

Case options:
└ WK
└ WKL



Internal Counterweight/Battery Cover

The keyboard comes with two H62 brass battery covers, finished with sandblasting.



Stainless Steel Weight

A large stainless steel weight is attached at the bottom of the keyboard. The surface treatment includes mirror polishing, sandblasting, and PVD.




EZ-assemble System and Structural Design

EZ-assemble System - a ball-catch quick-assemble structure

The keyboard community is creative. Mortise and tenon, ball-catch, pull-rod...various forms of EZ-assemble structures have brought more fun to custom keyboards. After studying various EZ-assemble methods, we believe that the ball-catch form is currently the most efficient and stable EZ-assemble solution, so we have adopted this scheme for Cycle7.



However, we always believe that the true value of the EZ-assemble structure needs to be established on one premise: that is, to allow user to quickly switch structure forms and mod combinations according to their preferences.



Therefore, for Cycle7, we offer two structure forms and multiple mods for users to choose from, making the EZ-assemble structure especially important.




The development of custom keyboards has always been driven by the pursuit of typing feel and sound performance, and in this respect, we have invested a lot of design resources.

Dual Gasket Mount

Cycle7 uses two types of Gasket, and with the EZ-assemble, the internal mounting gaskets can be changed within 1 minute without the need to use any tools:



- Gasket-Strip: Offers a more delicate and soft typing experience,
- Gasket-Bean: Provides a more elastic and interesting typing experience.

Flex Cuts

We always believe that through Flex cuts can maximize their function.

Various forms of Flex cuts have appeared in the keyboard community, and we have adopted what we believe to be the most efficient and controllable scheme to provide users with elastic typing experience in the alpha area.



PCB-cut Plugs

PCB flex cuts are indeed effective in providing a soft and bouncy typing feel, but their impact on the sound performance of keyboards without foam is fatal. Therefore, we have designed PCB-cut plugs. Compared to Tape Mod, it can provide better sound performance.





Case noise optimization

With the development of aluminum alloy keyboards to date, case noise has always been a difficult problem for designers and users, making it difficult for metal case keyboards without filling foam or various mods to produce clean sound.



However, with Cycle7, we have achieved effective suppression of case noise without filling foam, allowing users to avoid the homogeneity problems brought about by various types of foam filling. With a cleaner case sound profile, users can try more combinations to achieve their desired setup.

Of course, Cycle7 also comes standard with various types of foam (PCB foam, underswitch PE layer, Case foam) to meet the demand for a "thockier" sound.



PCBs

Cycle7 offers both QMK Wired and wireless PCBs.

Wired based on QMK

Developed with the official QMK library, supports VIA/VIAL;

Wireless

We have contracted a hardware development company in the peripheral industry. They have customized a triple-mode firmware solution and dedicated driver for Cycle7. In preliminary testing, the latency of Bluetooth and 2.4G reached a level that surprised us. It's equipped with two 2200mAh batteries to ensure battery life in wireless mode.

PCB Layouts:


└ Hotswap


└ Soldered

Colorways

Anodized - Crow



Anodized - Lunar



Anodized - Fog



Anodized - Jasper



Anodized - Void Elf



TKDCoating - Zeal



TKDCoating - Lavender



TKDCoating - Reef



TKDCoating - Sky



TKDCoating - Peach



TKDCoating - Rock



TKDCoating - Cream




Pricing and Vendors

North America - Click Clack


South East Asia - iLumkb


EU - Eloquent Clicks


South America - Latam Keys


UK - Prototypist


Ukraine - Funkeys

Poland - Funkeys

Malaysia - REBULT

Vietnam - Soigear

Thailand - Aiglatson studio

Indonesia - Kukey studio

Philippines - Zion

OCE - Switchkeys

South Korea - Swagkeys

We are committed to delivering the highest quality products at the best possible price.



* Final pricing may vary slightly.

How to follow news of Cycle7 or TKD

FAQs

Q: What will be the sale format?
A: It will be hosted as a pre-order and groupbuy.

Q: What is the lead time for pre-order?
A: Around 2 months. TKD owns the entire manufacturing line. So it will be faster than regular customize keyboard projects.

Q: When will be the pre-order or groupbuy start?
A: Prototyping is done and we anticipate the groupbuy to start around June.

We will collect more FAQs and add them here.

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« Last Edit: Mon, 27 November 2023, 00:09:26 by ClickClack.io »

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 11:46:15 »
wow.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 11:54:19 »
Hope to see a normal pcb without flexcuts otherwise looks great  :thumb:

Edit: Would like to see a wireless solder version instead of being pushed unto hotswap :(
« Last Edit: Sat, 20 May 2023, 19:00:14 by ZavaZ86 »

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 11:59:19 »
Insane deal, in for one. Would prefer a pcb with no cuts though.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 12:06:34 »
Looks too good to be true but at this price point I'd be willing to take a chance.

Sorry if it's a reading fail on my part but will there be an option for a carry case?

Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 12:14:01 »
Any chance of having extra top cases available for sale as add-ons? I think that would pair well with the price point and ease of assembly.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 12:46:36 »
Wow indeed. Price is so respectable.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 12:48:12 »
nice
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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 13:03:30 »
Board was on my radar since zfrontier IC. Great work, and great price - Although it would be great to also have a non flex-cut PCB option.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL)
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 13:10:14 »
filled in the IC.
Great price and options. only a hard case bag is missing to truly achieve greatness.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 13:23:23 »
this would be a lot better with some subtle kpop reference etched on, and then you could charge people triple without any regrets

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« Reply #11 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 13:37:29 »
For the price, this is an insane keyboard. A must buy for me.

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« Reply #12 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 14:54:57 »
Please consider supporting split backspace on at least one of your PCBs. If it was up to me I think wired solderable PCB should have this option.

Since this is an IC thread and not a GB one, I hope it’s possible to make such adjustments or at least create an add-on PCB with this option  :rolleyes:

Otherwise it looks like a real banger!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 15:17:40 »
Whoa, what a price! GLWIC!

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 16:51:49 »
this would be a lot better with some subtle kpop reference etched on, and then you could charge people triple without any regrets

Haha

The green looks great! Would totally consider enter for it

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 16:55:01 »
Other than the lack of split bs, it looks pretty solid

Please consider adding split bs support to at least the solder PCB

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 20 May 2023, 19:02:38 »
Looks to be a pretty good project with a great price. Just kinda wish there was just a normal pcb without flex cuts still, that it would come in a hard case (If it isn't already) and I feel that split backspace support on at least the solder pcbs, I feel like that is a must for a pcb. GLWIC


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« Reply #17 on: Sun, 21 May 2023, 01:44:30 »
Great pricing! What is the built & unbuilt weight of the board?
Also since the hotswap pcb does not offer ISO , there is no need for split left shift.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 21 May 2023, 07:23:19 »
Hope to see a normal pcb without flexcuts otherwise looks great  :thumb:

Would prefer a pcb with no cuts though.

Just kinda wish there was just a normal pcb without flex cuts still

it would be great to also have a non flex-cut PCB option.

Guys just pop in a cut-plug. Nobody else will know and it will feel great =)

Nothing better than typing in front of your friends while none of them know you've got a cheeky cut-plug secretly wedged in.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 21 May 2023, 07:34:48 »
Hope to see a normal pcb without flexcuts otherwise looks great  :thumb:

Would prefer a pcb with no cuts though.

Just kinda wish there was just a normal pcb without flex cuts still

it would be great to also have a non flex-cut PCB option.

Guys just pop in a cut-plug. Nobody else will know and it will feel great =)

Nothing better than typing in front of your friends while none of them know you've got a cheeky cut-plug secretly wedged in.
It doesn't matter if I plug in the weird buttplug or not, the typing feel will be completely different to a non-cut PCB. You sir doesn't know why people want a non-cut PCB

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 21 May 2023, 09:11:23 »
Board and pricing are great. Depending on the final colorways I might pick up two. :thumb:

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 21 May 2023, 16:37:49 »
Really excited for this!






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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #22 on: Mon, 22 May 2023, 07:49:14 »

It doesn't matter if I plug in the weird buttplug or not, the typing feel will be completely different to a non-cut PCB. You sir doesn't know why people want a non-cut PCB

Are you okay

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 22 May 2023, 08:02:21 »
Thank you for your valuable suggestion, we will add the option of uncut PCB in GB. You can choose the one you prefer.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #24 on: Mon, 22 May 2023, 10:46:29 »
Thank you for your valuable suggestion, we will add the option of uncut PCB in GB. You can choose the one you prefer.
Thank you for being sane

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 23 May 2023, 00:52:30 »
Thank you for your valuable suggestion, we will add the option of uncut PCB in GB. You can choose the one you prefer.

Have you also considered adding split backspace onto the solder pcb at least?

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 23 May 2023, 04:10:46 »
It would be great if include a carrying case on the kit. Anyway, I'm in ;D

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 23 May 2023, 07:12:35 »
looking forward to this!

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« Reply #28 on: Tue, 23 May 2023, 15:43:51 »
What is the built and unbuilt weight of the board?

Glad non flex cut pcb is an option.
+1 for carrying case as extras

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 23 May 2023, 19:21:37 »
give me carry case or give me death. (as an option even)

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 23 May 2023, 19:45:51 »
Judging from the China buy on ZF it looks like carry cases are indeed a thing

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 23 May 2023, 19:54:58 »
This is dreamy ⌨️
Sometimes it's an UwU, sometimes it's an OwO, most times it's a T_T ykwim?

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« Reply #32 on: Tue, 23 May 2023, 20:56:46 »
Thank you for your valuable suggestion, we will add the option of uncut PCB in GB. You can choose the one you prefer.

Have you also considered adding split backspace onto the solder pcb at least?

the CN GB shows split backspace now

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 24 May 2023, 02:39:31 »
Thank you for your valuable suggestion, we will add the option of uncut PCB in GB. You can choose the one you prefer.
thanks for being the best project runner around atm

+1 carrying case extra

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #34 on: Wed, 24 May 2023, 03:07:31 »
Thank you for your valuable suggestion, we will add the option of uncut PCB in GB. You can choose the one you prefer.
thanks for being the best project runner around atm

+1 carrying case extra

It would be great if include a carrying case on the kit. Anyway, I'm in ;D
Judging from the China buy on ZF it looks like carry cases are indeed a thing

give me carry case or give me death. (as an option even)

Yes, there will be carrying case in the package! Also will have Equalz V3 stabilizer and USB-Type C cable.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #35 on: Wed, 24 May 2023, 03:23:53 »
Please consider supporting split backspace on at least one of your PCBs. If it was up to me I think wired solderable PCB should have this option.

Since this is an IC thread and not a GB one, I hope it’s possible to make such adjustments or at least create an add-on PCB with this option  :rolleyes:

Otherwise it looks like a real banger!  :thumb:
Thank you for your valuable suggestion, we will add the option of uncut PCB in GB. You can choose the one you prefer.

Have you also considered adding split backspace onto the solder pcb at least?

Other than the lack of split bs, it looks pretty solid

Please consider adding split bs support to at least the solder PCB

Add split backspace support both hotswap and soldered PCB. Update in the post.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #36 on: Wed, 24 May 2023, 04:07:39 »
I am really thankful for all the changes you include based on the feedback. Even though I don't really care for split bs or carrying case, non-flex PCB is reason enough to try my best to get my hands on this board.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #37 on: Wed, 24 May 2023, 08:17:04 »
I seriously admire how you're running this IC, hopefully we can see either an Alice or 60% from you, I'd definitely buy one of those myself.
Best of luck with the IC and hoping you have a great GB, you're checking all the marks for now :thumb:

EDIT: After taking into account the price point and everything that's included, I may end up getting one  ;D
Please consider adding Latamkeys as a regional vendor for South America, there's plenty of people interested in this project  ;)
« Last Edit: Wed, 24 May 2023, 12:17:58 by giuliano.cz »

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #38 on: Wed, 24 May 2023, 12:24:32 »
I made an account just to make this comment - please for the love of god consider adding Burgundy or Wine on case colors, I've been wanting to have one of those for a long time and I really like this layout and design.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #39 on: Wed, 24 May 2023, 12:51:58 »
I think I saw a split left shift on the previous hotswap pcb layout. It was a mistake ? Well I'm going to stay on solder as usual :D
Please think about ISO users, add a split left shift to your "alice style" keyboards

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #40 on: Wed, 24 May 2023, 16:34:10 »
I checked out the page on Zfrontier, are all those colorways going to be in the GB or just some?

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« Reply #41 on: Thu, 25 May 2023, 03:13:15 »
Am I blind or is the angle of the board not mentioned here? Also, I'm curious about this wireless PCB, is it possible to customise the keymap, like with QMK?

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« Reply #42 on: Thu, 25 May 2023, 06:46:41 »
Definitely keen on this board, looks super nice. Agree with some other people in this thread that would prefer a PCB with no flex cuts.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 25 May 2023, 12:28:35 »
love seeing that non-flex cut PCB and adding split backspace support were addressed so quickly. if we also get access to firmware source for the wired PCBs and a plate file after GB, this is a no-brainer buy for me.
any hint on which MCU will be used for the wired PCBs? I didn't see anything from the zfrontier IC.
i'm zhol

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 25 May 2023, 20:06:33 »
I'm personally not into FRL-TKLs, but this design and price are just too good. Will definitely be keeping an eye on this one. GLWIC!

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | EU Vendor Confirmed
« Reply #45 on: Fri, 26 May 2023, 06:25:15 »
Thank you for your valuable suggestion, we will add the option of uncut PCB in GB. You can choose the one you prefer.
thanks for being the best project runner around atm

+1 carrying case extra

It would be great if include a carrying case on the kit. Anyway, I'm in ;D
Judging from the China buy on ZF it looks like carry cases are indeed a thing

give me carry case or give me death. (as an option even)

Yes, there will be carrying case in the package! Also will have Equalz V3 stabilizer and USB-Type C cable.

What a fantastic offer!  :cool:

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 26 May 2023, 14:12:21 »
What a low price!

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« Reply #47 on: Fri, 26 May 2023, 16:13:43 »
Looks like an insta-buy to me.  I've always wanted an FRL-TKL, and was pretty much shocked when I saw how low the estimated prices were.  Granted, it doesn't have an ultra-complex design style that would substantially drive up the price, but it's still great looking and, obviously, a lot of thought and planning has gone into characteristics that matter.  Frankly, I'd rather it have a fairly straightforward style, be well thought-out, and be affordable, than pay twice as much for something that looks a little more complex and doesn't necessarily sound great, or feel great, or have a well-thought-out assembly.

I have set of PBTFans Purpurite, and I've been wondering what keyboard I would end up putting it on.  That dark blue-purple colored case is pretty sweet, and it looks like it was made for Purpurite.  Not to mention that the keyboard not costing much more than the keyset really emphasizes how much we overpay for little bits of plastic.

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 27 May 2023, 00:23:43 »
I don't see anything about the plate options. What materials are planned and what does it look like?

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Re: [IC] TKD Cycle7 (70%/FRL-TKL) | Add split backspace to Layouts
« Reply #49 on: Sat, 27 May 2023, 08:06:58 »
Looks amazing! Instant buy for me! Love seeing less common layouts and I love how much feedback you are taking from the community.

Would love to see a bunch of plate options, preferably POM, and I would love to see a Canadian vendor,  preferably Shockport!

Hopefully if this GB goes well you would consider doing a FRL 1800 in the same style!

Good luck with all!