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I am typing this article on a lynn Whale with tuned ergo clear under its hood, adorned with a set of OG dyesub. Looking back a year ago, I used to judge how people would get crazy over a keyboard, or even worse,  over a single piece of plastic keycap. Today, I am proud that I am part of this community, part of this family. I've made friends, whom I think I know them better than most of my real life friends. I've met some really cool people in the Tokyo meetup last year. And now,  I finally have something  to share with my beloved community.


Exent
Previously known as M67-A. It started off as a small project between Rama and I back in July 2016. Then I got yuktsi on-board to share his experience on aluminium customs and quadcube as our PCB guy. Later, sheraton from Originative Co. recently joined the team and strengthen our core. I also had a lot of help from close friends such as bunnylake, jokrik and ntw, offering their advise, feedbacks, critics, and most important of all, their unrelenting support. 

The influence of this keyboard came upon a vintage apple keyboard. Rama was able to transform and reinvent the product into something so unique yet modern.The changes we made will allow for many modifications such as a customizable layout to involve everyone in the community.

Exent was envisioned to be a premium custom keyboard, offered at a price that is affordable for all. This is made possible from the dedication of each of the team members, pulling out all stops to transform Exent from an idea to reality.

This will be the most exciting keyboard of 2017, which grew from a 2-person project, to a collaborative effort of a group of keyboard hobbyists. At the time of writing, the CNC machine in the factory are working hard on the first Exent prototype. Excited as a kid on Christmas day, I am proud to share with you, Exent.


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Finish
Black, Apple Silver, Powder Pink, Ionic Blue, Space Grey, Rose Gold


Tech Specs
Material: 6 series Aluminum (top housing), Polycarbonate/nylon (bottom housing), Stainless steel (feet)
Dimension: 140 x 400 mm (5.5 x 15.7 inch)
Angle: 8 or 12 degree
Weight: 1.6kg (3.5lbs)
PCB: Gold plated. Developed based on ps2avrGB firmware and Bootmapper GUI with permission from Winkeyless.kr


Price
- Exent Basic Kit: $180 (inclusive of housing, plate and PCB)
- Exent Premium Kit: $250 (inclusive of basic kit, stabs, switches and GMK Keyset)

Optional bundles
- Additional PCB: $35 (pre-assembled with diodes/resistors, controller parts and RGB led)
- 12 degree masterrace polished stainless steel feet: $35


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Re: XENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:17:03 »
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Exent <3
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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:18:46 »
Looks like a fairly priced board!

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:20:51 »
right after the start of the m65 gb. PLZ SPARE MY WALLET.

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:21:41 »
Those bezels :O

So many 65%s coming out, and they all look so good!

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:28:46 »
So great, this is my fav of the 65s---what happened to camo!!!   :cool:
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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:30:47 »
12 degree for some nice 'thock'  :thumb:
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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:31:11 »
looks really nice :)

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:41:35 »
Great design here, gents. Really like it.

What am I missing on the pricing...? For $70 more than 'basic' you get switches and GMK caps?? Amazing.

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:52:56 »
So is the plate part of the top piece (so alu plate)? I'm so in ❤

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:54:12 »
Interesting idea, few questions,
What will be plate material and options?
Where will it be shipped from?
I assume the GMK set will just be enough compatibility for this board?
It says steel feet in materials, but under extras is steel feet. Are those just larger feet?
What are the roles of each of the people helping you with this project?

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:55:41 »
Damn that looks really nice! 65% boards are quite the hot ticket item these days  :p

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« Reply #12 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 23:59:23 »
When will this happen? I want it now :)

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 00:00:09 »
I hope the gmk set includes blanks for the split spacebar :)

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« Reply #14 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 00:03:20 »
this is amazing.

is this going to be unit limited? i feel like i'd want more than one... :X

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« Reply #15 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 00:21:30 »
Damn that's a thick bezel.

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« Reply #16 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 01:01:04 »
 :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
That's a sweet price
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Edit: please send it from Asia... please send it from Asia... please send it from Asia...
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« Reply #17 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 01:30:44 »
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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 01:35:11 »
need speaker grill on the side and it would be perfect.

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« Reply #19 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 01:38:23 »
I have been waiting for this for so damn long!  And only $180?!? SOOOOOLLLDDD

The price was what I was worried about the most but that is too nice to pass up.

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« Reply #20 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 01:43:10 »
I'm interested in the PCB, split-spacebar 2.25u - 1.25u - 2.75u, I think my left thumb will be able to reach the 1.25u (Fn) easier.

do you sell the PCB separately?
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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 01:57:26 »
need speaker grill on the side and it would be perfect.
speaker grill with google assisntant integrated. Imagine that. You can talk to your keyboard. wew
jokrik and I been telling him that. Hmmm =/
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« Reply #22 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 02:47:46 »
This is pure yesssssssssssssssssssssssssss
 

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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 02:52:10 »
need speaker grill on the side and it would be perfect.
speaker grill with google assisntant integrated. Imagine that. You can talk to your keyboard. wew
jokrik and I been telling him that. Hmmm =/

THIS.


anyway, what are the GMK set that is included with this keyboard? a usual WoB?

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« Reply #24 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 03:39:23 »
Wow this is stunning.

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« Reply #25 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 03:49:08 »
This is truly the KOAT and it's only January.

Is the Vantablack option just a gimmicky name or are you planning on using the famous paint/material?


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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 03:49:38 »
need speaker grill on the side and it would be perfect.

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« Reply #27 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 03:51:25 »
welp. looks like Rama might as well just take my wallet at this point. between this, the M65-A, and that split board he's been teasing, this is proving to be a huge year for him. 

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« Reply #28 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 04:20:40 »
Awesome to finally see this come to fruition! And $180 is a sweet price!

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« Reply #29 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 04:30:50 »
When are we going to get to see some color samples?

There isn't going to be a production limit on this, will there?

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« Reply #30 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 05:11:34 »
I absolutely love the design on this board. I'd jump at the chance to get one of my own.
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« Reply #31 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 05:27:02 »
I'm glad this became a bigger group buy! and that price point! beats the hell out of $500  :thumb:

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« Reply #32 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 05:32:28 »
You cannot go wrong with that price. Awesome things already for 2017


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Re: EXENT 65% Custom Keyboard (most exciting community project of 2017)
« Reply #33 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 05:33:28 »
If juahenza calls it exciting then I must buy it. Also $180 damn you gotta hook me up with that machinist.

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« Reply #34 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 06:39:46 »
I'm definitely interested  :eek:

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« Reply #35 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 06:46:17 »
All these 65% recently really do show the growth and change of the keyboard community, what people like and want are no longer just full size/60/tkl

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« Reply #36 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 07:04:07 »
Gonna be amazing  :thumb:

need speaker grill on the side and it would be perfect.
speaker grill with google assisntant integrated. Imagine that. You can talk to your keyboard. wew
jokrik and I been telling him that. Hmmm =/

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« Reply #37 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 07:10:44 »
All these 65% recently really do show the growth and change of the keyboard community, what people like and want are no longer just full size/60/tkl

ikr. as a fan of 65% that's really a good thing because it will most likely be a standart for upcoming keysets to have 65 kit at least!
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« Reply #38 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 07:17:47 »
Oh my Gosh that price! $250 for everything you need, really?
color options also great as well.
so curious about GMK keyset, really need to know  :cool:


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« Reply #39 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 07:27:12 »
Awesome. Love the adjustable angle. Would love to enter on this. Not too thrilled it is the same colors as the M-65A though :/

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« Reply #40 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 08:15:05 »
Totally interested. I know RAMA has mentioned that the M67-A is now on Revision 5 and that the Exent is based on Revision 1; was there anything particularly Not Ideal with Revision 1?

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« Reply #41 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 08:21:18 »
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« Reply #42 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 08:27:55 »
When will this GB happen? I love the way this looks but I'm still going to school and on a limited budget... I would have to save up a little for this board  :-X

Thanks in advance!  :)

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« Reply #43 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 10:12:08 »
Alexa, order me an EXENT
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« Reply #44 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 10:31:18 »
What kind of switch options will be available in the Premium kit? I'm assuming no Zealios?


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« Reply #45 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 10:48:50 »
I need to see some renders, I can't tell if the bezel is too big for my taste.

Btw, +1 for the profile and juahenza! :thumb:

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« Reply #46 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 11:18:23 »
This is amazing and I need this in my life. I am so damn hyped to see the community come together in a collaboration. Seeing all these names together and knowing that y'all mutually created this labor of love is a truly astounding thing to see.

I am really curious about the GMK set, and am very pleased to hear the fantastic price of $250 for everything. My wallet is ready and I'm praying I can get in on this, even if I have to move heaven and earth.

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« Reply #47 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 11:32:28 »
With Originative involved does that mean Mod switches?

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« Reply #48 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 11:38:08 »
My face every day from now until that keyboard arrives at my home.


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« Reply #49 on: Sun, 08 January 2017, 12:44:35 »
With Originative involved does that mean Mod switches?

The correct question is 'With Originative involved does that mean GMK Penumbra?' :P