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Filco Convertible 2 will be available at KeyboardCo
« on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 06:36:29 »


We're happy to confirm that The Keyboard Co will be stocking the Filco Convertible 2 USB / Bluetooth keyboard!

Read the full article on our blog here:
http://www.keyboardco.com/blog/index.php/2014/12/filco-convertible-2-usb-bluetooth-keyboard-announced/
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Re: Filco Convertible 2 will be available at KeyboardCo
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 06:45:25 »
The link says "Service Unavailable"  :(
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Re: Filco Convertible 2 will be available at KeyboardCo
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 06:51:57 »
link works for me and this might be my first filco :o

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Filco Convertible 2 USB / Bluetooth keyboard announced  Posted on December 3, 2014 by William Judd  — No Comments ↓         
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A few years back, Diatec introduced a little-known keyboard called the Filco Majestouch Convertible for the Japanese market. The keyboard’s big feature was its ability to work in both wired and wireless modes, courtesy of Bluetooth and a standard USB plug.
This week, Diatec has unveiled the Convertible 2, and this one won’t be a Japan exclusive – there’ll also be an American layout version with all four common Cherry MX switch colours. We’ll stock the keyboard in the weeks to come, but for now let’s take a look at the latest Filco.
 Wired and wireless modes Like its predecessor, the Majestouch Convertible 2 can be used in two ways: wired, through a USB connection, or wireless, through a Bluetooth connection. It’s also possible to maintain a Bluetooth connection while the keyboard is charging via USB (so you might be connected to a different device than the one you’re charging from).
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The Convertible 2 has a removable mini USB cable like the Filco MiniLa, which can be stored when the wired connection is not being used. The keyboard uses a Bluetooth 3.0 connection, allowing for compatibility with a wide range of smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, games consoles and more.
 Wireless mode details When operating in wireless mode, the Convertible 2 is powered by a pair of AA batteries. You can expect about six months of regular use (five hours per day) before the batteries are exhausted, at which point they can be replaced or you can switch to USB power. You’ll be warned of a low battery via an indicator LED. The very long battery life is assured through a power saving mode, which sleeps the keyboard after 30 minutes of inactivity.
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The Convertible 2 can remember pairings for four devices at once – e.g. your phone, your tablet, your laptop and your desktop PC. You can toggle instantly between pairings by pressing Fn and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 (for USB). There’s a Bluetooth power button on the back of the keyboard, and a status indicator light on the upper right.
 Media and iOS controls The keyboard also includes media controls, accessible via Fn and F1 to F8, allowing you to adjust the volume and play, skip or stop songs. Pressing Fn and F12 will sleep your device. When using the keyboard with an iPad or iPhone, you can use the Windows key and different key combinations (A, X, C, V & Z) to perform common tasks like selecting all, cutting, copying, etc.
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 DIP switches for making layout changes DIP switches on the underside of the keyboard allow some advanced functionality, too. You can lock the windows and application keys (for gaming), exchange the Caps Lock and Control keys (for Linux) and swap the Escape and ~ keys. The fourth DIP setting is more complicated: by default, you can press Fn + Windows to get the application key; the other option is for Fn + Application to produce the Windows key. For most users the default will be preferable, but it’s nice that you get the option.
 
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Here’s the USA layout, with replacement keys shown. Click to enlarge! You’ll get replacement keycaps and a key puller for each of these exchangeable keys; e.g. a Control key that fits the Caps Lock space. You’ll also get a USB cable, batteries and user manual in the box.
 Available layouts and switches The Convertible 2 is being produced in Japanese 108 key and American (ANSI) 104 key formats, with a range of Cherry MX switches: brown, red, blue and black. Korean and European formats are also planned, although no details have yet been announced.
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 Your thoughts? What do you think about the Majestouch Convertible 2? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter @keyboardco, on Facebook, or via communities like Reddit and GeekHack. We hope you’re excited by the new keyboard, and we’ll update you on its retail availability as soon as this is confirmed. Thanks for reading and have a good week!

http://techreport.com/news/27455/filco-new-cherry-mx-keyboard-has-bluetooth-connectivity
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Re: Filco Convertible 2 will be available at KeyboardCo
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 06:57:14 »
Thanks Spamray :) We've been having some website troubles recently which seemed fixed, but I guess aren't.
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Re: Filco Convertible 2 will be available at KeyboardCo
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 07:49:51 »
Yeah, I've been getting a 503 error on the Keyboard Co's website for a couple of days now.

Still, the new Filco sounds good, will hold fire until an ISO version is announced though probably.

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Re: Filco Convertible 2 will be available at KeyboardCo
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 12:53:28 »
I hope you don't mind Keyboardco but I cross posted this announcement in the keyboards sub-forum to get some more visibility :).

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=66508
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Re: Filco Convertible 2 will be available at KeyboardCo
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 17:24:50 »
There will be also an iso version?
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Re: Filco Convertible 2 will be available at KeyboardCo
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 12 December 2014, 08:19:35 »
Tenkeyless please :) This huge beast won't fit in between my ErgoDox halves.
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