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[GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 01:31:27 »
Hey Clackers,

After many design tweaks and prototypes, we're proud to finally announce the launch of the Zephyr 65% kit. Inspired by clean designs and sleek looks, no compromises were made in the production of this keyboard. There will be four colors to choose from: Midnight Blue, Onyx Black, Scarlet Red, and Cool Gray. Each Zephyr will be carefully packed in a custom black & gold box, paired with a Zeal65 黑金 Special Edition RGB PCB. Quantities are limited, and the buy is subject to closure without notice upon reaching the target quantity OR GB end date.




Midnight Blue


Onyx Black


Scarlet Red


Cool Gray


Zeal65 黑金 Special Edition RGB PCB



With GMK Yuri



Proper high-profile case


GMK Red Alert






GB link: https://zealpc.net/products/zephyr

What's included?
Zephyr Black & Gold Box
Zephyr 65% Aluminum Keyboard
5mm CNC PVD Brass Plate
PVD Brass Nameplate
Zeal65 黑金 Special Edition RGB PCB
Bag of Screws (Gold, Silver, Black, all inclusive)
Custom Bumpons


Specs:
USB C
QMK
In Switch RGB LEDs
Black & Gold "黑金" PCB, Gold Traces
PCB Fully Factory Soldered
5mm Plate, CNC Cut to Support Switch Snap Fit
Polished PVD Brass Plate & Nameplate
ANSI WKL only (1.5/1.5/7/1.5/1.5/1/1/1)
Regular/Stepped Caps Lock Support
Split Backspace Support
Dovetail Inspired Interlocking Construction
Anti Stabilizer Wire Popping Out Technology

Price: Starting at $550 + S&H

Option to add Zealios/Zilents/Tealios + 1x 7u, 3x 2u stabilizer set to Zephyr shipment.
« Last Edit: Wed, 28 February 2018, 07:28:20 by Zeal »
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 01:32:00 »
Reserved

Time Frame:

Feb 7 - Feb 28, collecting orders. Subject to early closure if target quantities met.

March 1: Submit order to the manufacturer

March 15: Receive Zeal65 黑金 Special Edition RGB PCBs (Delayed, Shipping out end of April)

June 15: Zephyrs partially received, Packing/Shipping.
« Last Edit: Sat, 16 June 2018, 02:32:01 by Zeal »
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 03:52:14 »
Approval bump  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 04:00:55 »
I'm curious as to how well switches stay on the keyboard. With the plate being so thick they can't 'click' in and a solderless PCB, what's holding them in?

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« Reply #4 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 04:15:40 »
I'm curious as to how well switches stay on the keyboard. With the plate being so thick they can't 'click' in and a solderless PCB, what's holding them in?
 

The plate is milled, where the switch is supposed to clip, in that point the plate is 1.5mm 

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 04:21:29 »
I'm curious as to how well switches stay on the keyboard. With the plate being so thick they can't 'click' in and a solderless PCB, what's holding them in?

This isn't a solderless PCB.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 06:24:06 »
I'm curious as to how well switches stay on the keyboard. With the plate being so thick they can't 'click' in and a solderless PCB, what's holding them in?
 

The plate is milled, where the switch is supposed to clip, in that point the plate is 1.5mm

I wonder how a 5mm plate sounds.

The Zephyr looks fantastic, but the Stabilizer cutouts are quite a concern since it doesn’t extend farther than the nearby switches. It may suffer from the same issue the KBD75 R1 plate had, not allowing the Stabilizer Wire to fully go up, and hitting the plate. Testing with a Aristotle switch may be a good way to test it. :(

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 06:57:00 »
The Zephyr looks fantastic, but the Stabilizer cutouts are quite a concern since it doesn’t extend farther than the nearby switches. It may suffer from the same issue the KBD75 R1 plate had, not allowing the Stabilizer Wire to fully go up, and hitting the plate. Testing with a Aristotle switch may be a good way to test it. :(

Clearance with the wire won't be a problem.



There's a cavity in the plate for the length of the wire. Zeal calls this "Anti Stabilizer Wire Popping Out Technology"  ;D

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 07:08:11 »
The Zephyr looks fantastic, but the Stabilizer cutouts are quite a concern since it doesn’t extend farther than the nearby switches. It may suffer from the same issue the KBD75 R1 plate had, not allowing the Stabilizer Wire to fully go up, and hitting the plate. Testing with a Aristotle switch may be a good way to test it. :(

Clearance with the wire won't be a problem.

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There's a cavity in the plate for the length of the wire. Zeal calls this "Anti Stabilizer Wire Popping Out Technology"  ;D

That’s really good to hear. Thank you for the picture Wilba!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 08:40:12 »
Any full pictures of the top of the case?  Any info on layout compatibility without having to decipher from several partial pics of the plate?  And if one of the prototypes has been built, I'd be curious to see a typing video or a write up on how the plate sounds and feels compared to a thinner brass.  thanks
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 09:12:55 »
That blue + gold combination looks great.
I'm wondering what keyset to pair it with?


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 09:13:03 »
Any full pictures of the top of the case?  Any info on layout compatibility without having to decipher from several partial pics of the plate?  And if one of the prototypes has been built, I'd be curious to see a typing video or a write up on how the plate sounds and feels compared to a thinner brass.  thanks

Only have this image from the camera from the last shoot.



Don't have the USB C Zeal65 PCB yet, so can't do a build log yet until after CNY is over. I can outfit the Zephyr with some keycaps and do a photoshoot over the weekend.

That blue + gold combination looks great.
I'm wondering what keyset to pair it with?


Nautilus? I wish I had picked up a set now.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 09:47:40 »
With a 5 mm thick plate, wouldn't it touch the PCB?
I also don't see any soldermask on these PCB images.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 10:04:00 »
With a 5 mm thick plate, wouldn't it touch the PCB?
I also don't see any soldermask on these PCB images.

There is a very fine routing underneath the plate for a bit of clearance from the PCB.

Soldermask is clear on the Zeal65 黑金 PCBs. You can see the slight "halo" around traces/text in the sample images. I'll take a new photo once I get factory assembled versions of the new USB C Zeal65s.
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« Reply #14 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 10:30:16 »
Any pictures of the sides, how about some full view photos also please?

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« Reply #15 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 11:22:34 »
Just want to make sure this will support hot swap sockets sold by Zeal. For a keyboard as expensive as this I don't want it to be locked in with one kind of switch (don't want to do de-solder work either)

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« Reply #16 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 11:48:20 »
Just want to make sure this will support hot swap sockets sold by Zeal. For a keyboard as expensive as this I don't want it to be locked in with one kind of switch (don't want to do de-solder work either)

I was thinking the same thing.  Got to protect that investment.

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« Reply #17 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 12:12:42 »
Just want to make sure this will support hot swap sockets sold by Zeal. For a keyboard as expensive as this I don't want it to be locked in with one kind of switch (don't want to do de-solder work either)

I was thinking the same thing.  Got to protect that investment.

Yea, the M60-A and the Tokyo60 are both solderless assembly right out the box. Seems like a tread now. Could the Zephyr65 adopt the same given the layout is already somewhat fixed to ANSI WKL already, shouldn't be too hard

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 12:37:52 »
What's the case slope angle? And how high is the front bezel? And I assume it's full hi pro, not fake like m65a?
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« Reply #19 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 13:13:29 »
What's the case slope angle? And how high is the front bezel? And I assume it's full hi pro, not fake like m65a?

7.5 degrees, just a bit over 2cm high before bumpons (so expect under 2.5cm with feet), true high profile. You won't see any gaps when keycaps are mounted.

Quick phone pics for now, til I do photoshoot with full keycaps etc over weekend. Actual blue is a bit darker than pictured, but blue colour also shifts depending on day and ambient lighting.




*closest to the blue of the case when no direct light. If under dark ambient conditions, the blue does become very deep/navy.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 13:34:13 »
Sexy board, I like how the PCB hold is right in the centre.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 13:55:49 »
Reserved

Time Frame:

Feb 7 - Feb 28, collecting orders. Subject to early closure if target quantities met.

March 1: Submit order to the manufacturer

March 15: Receive Zeal65 黑金 Special Edition RGB PCBs

April X: Receive Zephyr bulk shipment, perform QC, etc.

Fulfill all orders within 1 week.

So what are targets? Just curious....I already ordered a Grey, just want to try it asap! lol

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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 14:37:07 »
true high profile. You won't see any gaps when keycaps are mounted.


I'm very happy to hear this, it's settled I'm buying it.

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« Reply #23 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 14:43:39 »
Thanks for answering all my questions and being prompt with pictures.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 15:59:06 »
The Zephyr looks fantastic, but the Stabilizer cutouts are quite a concern since it doesn’t extend farther than the nearby switches. It may suffer from the same issue the KBD75 R1 plate had, not allowing the Stabilizer Wire to fully go up, and hitting the plate. Testing with a Aristotle switch may be a good way to test it. :(

Clearance with the wire won't be a problem.

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There's a cavity in the plate for the length of the wire. Zeal calls this "Anti Stabilizer Wire Popping Out Technology"  ;D


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 18:36:25 »
such a beautiful looking board! Would get it in a heartbeat if it wasn't WKL, sorely tempted anyway...

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 18:37:05 »
Just want to make sure this will support hot swap sockets sold by Zeal. For a keyboard as expensive as this I don't want it to be locked in with one kind of switch (don't want to do de-solder work either)

I was thinking the same thing.  Got to protect that investment.

Yea, the M60-A and the Tokyo60 are both solderless assembly right out the box. Seems like a tread now. Could the Zephyr65 adopt the same given the layout is already somewhat fixed to ANSI WKL already, shouldn't be too hard

The Zeal65 PCB is mostly the same design as the Zeal60, and both are compatible with the hot swap sockets that Zeal stocks (aka. Holtite sockets).

Due to the ENIG (gold plated) pads, these sockets don't "stick" if inserted with a soldering iron (one method that's been demonstrated), like they do for HASL (solder tinned) pads. What I do is solder the pads first, then remove solder from the pad holes, before installing the sockets with a soldering iron. It's a little more work, but then you have a PCB that can have switches swapped without the sockets coming out.

Due to a few possible layout options, using Kailh switch sockets like I use on the M60-A isn't possible. While the bottom row is fixed to 1.5-1.5-7-1.5-1.5-1-1-1, there are split backspace and stepped caps lock options. Kailh switch sockets also aren't (very) compatible with putting a USB connector in between two switches, when the sockets are on the edge of the PCB (i.e. when switches are oriented with LEDs at the bottom).


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 19:09:36 »
What I do is solder the pads first, then remove solder from the pad holes, before installing the sockets with a soldering iron. It's a little more work, but then you have a PCB that can have switches swapped without the sockets coming out.

Any chance you have a picture? Would like to see how much solder you use etc.

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« Reply #28 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 19:23:34 »
What I do is solder the pads first, then remove solder from the pad holes, before installing the sockets with a soldering iron. It's a little more work, but then you have a PCB that can have switches swapped without the sockets coming out.

Any chance you have a picture? Would like to see how much solder you use etc.

A picture now won't really help, maybe one before you put in the socket would.

I just fill the inside of all the holes with solder, just like making a nice solder joint, so there's a slight dome on the whole pad. Then I put the PCB in a vice and heat up the "joint" with an iron while using a desoldering pump (solder sucker) to suck out the solder from the switch side of the PCB. Then clean up any excess solder from the pad with wick. Ideally you get a very thin amount of solder inside the hole. If it's got a little more (i.e. the hole isn't perfectly round), that's fine, it means the socket won't fit and while you push in the socket with the iron, it will heat up that solder and let it go in fully.

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« Reply #29 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 21:50:02 »
Does the plate support costar stabs?

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« Reply #30 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 22:31:15 »
Does the plate support costar stabs?

no, you can tell from the shape of the cutout
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« Reply #31 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 23:38:33 »
What I do is solder the pads first, then remove solder from the pad holes, before installing the sockets with a soldering iron. It's a little more work, but then you have a PCB that can have switches swapped without the sockets coming out.

Any chance you have a picture? Would like to see how much solder you use etc.

A picture now won't really help, maybe one before you put in the socket would.

I just fill the inside of all the holes with solder, just like making a nice solder joint, so there's a slight dome on the whole pad. Then I put the PCB in a vice and heat up the "joint" with an iron while using a desoldering pump (solder sucker) to suck out the solder from the switch side of the PCB. Then clean up any excess solder from the pad with wick. Ideally you get a very thin amount of solder inside the hole. If it's got a little more (i.e. the hole isn't perfectly round), that's fine, it means the socket won't fit and while you push in the socket with the iron, it will heat up that solder and let it go in fully.

I do this too when I use holtites. One thing to be careful of is if you have too much solder, it will flow through the gaps in the holtites (at least the gold zeal ones) and block the center.

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« Reply #32 on: Fri, 09 February 2018, 09:43:14 »
What I do is solder the pads first, then remove solder from the pad holes, before installing the sockets with a soldering iron. It's a little more work, but then you have a PCB that can have switches swapped without the sockets coming out.

Any chance you have a picture? Would like to see how much solder you use etc.

A picture now won't really help, maybe one before you put in the socket would.

I just fill the inside of all the holes with solder, just like making a nice solder joint, so there's a slight dome on the whole pad. Then I put the PCB in a vice and heat up the "joint" with an iron while using a desoldering pump (solder sucker) to suck out the solder from the switch side of the PCB. Then clean up any excess solder from the pad with wick. Ideally you get a very thin amount of solder inside the hole. If it's got a little more (i.e. the hole isn't perfectly round), that's fine, it means the socket won't fit and while you push in the socket with the iron, it will heat up that solder and let it go in fully.

I do this too when I use holtites. One thing to be careful of is if you have too much solder, it will flow through the gaps in the holtites (at least the gold zeal ones) and block the center.

thx guys. Sounds like a project especially for newbie like me (I'm too bad at using the solder sucker..). How much time do you expect it to take?

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« Reply #33 on: Tue, 13 February 2018, 12:39:35 »
What's the case slope angle? And how high is the front bezel? And I assume it's full hi pro, not fake like m65a?

7.5 degrees, just a bit over 2cm high before bumpons (so expect under 2.5cm with feet), true high profile. You won't see any gaps when keycaps are mounted.

Quick phone pics for now, til I do photoshoot with full keycaps etc over weekend. Actual blue is a bit darker than pictured, but blue colour also shifts depending on day and ambient lighting.
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*closest to the blue of the case when no direct light. If under dark ambient conditions, the blue does become very deep/navy.
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Hi Zeal - did you get a chance to take any Zephyr pics with switches/keycaps this weekend? Really interested to see more!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #34 on: Tue, 13 February 2018, 13:02:21 »
Quote from: MajorKoos links=topic=93966.msg2558899#msg2558899 date=1518112100
Just want to make sure this will support hot swap sockets sold by Zeal. For a keyboard as expensive as this I don't want it to be locked in with one kind of switch (don't want to do de-solder work either)

I was thinking the same thing.  Got to protect that investment.

Yea, the M60-A and the Tokyo60 are both solderless assembly right out the box. Seems like a tread now. Could the Zephyr65 adopt the same given the layout is already somewhat fixed to ANSI WKL already, shouldn't be too hard

Is it possible to change the color of my order? That blue looks fantastic

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #35 on: Tue, 13 February 2018, 15:04:14 »
Beautiful case & PCB.  That plate looks THICCCC.  When you work your way up to a 75% my wallet is ready.   ;)

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« Reply #36 on: Tue, 13 February 2018, 18:20:27 »
Beautiful case & PCB.  That plate looks THICCCC.  When you work your way up to a 75% my wallet is ready.   ;)

Still battling b/w this vs. M60-A. The blue looks amazing

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« Reply #37 on: Tue, 13 February 2018, 19:42:53 »
Dropped by Zeal's office today to pick up some Zilents...and take some spy shots of the Zephyr. Gotta say it's one of the best keyboard's I've had my grubby hands on! The red is so much better in person than in pictures, with the gold plate and weight it looks like Ironman's suit.



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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #38 on: Wed, 14 February 2018, 01:46:52 »
Beautiful.. is there any shot of the grey case ? Very interested in an clear shot of it.

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« Reply #39 on: Wed, 14 February 2018, 03:19:59 »
Seeing more shots of the monochrome black and silver make me regret cancelling it and reordering gray instead. I'm definitely interested in seeing more shots of the gray case; would be nice to know what caps will match it in preparation. Also curious whether it's unmistakably a gray shade or whether it's gray in name only meaning if you didn't know it was called gray whether you could just as well think it was dark silver instead as the initial teaser shot suggests.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #40 on: Wed, 14 February 2018, 07:34:36 »
Seeing more shots of the monochrome black and silver make me regret cancelling it and reordering gray instead.

I originally planned on going with red but the black with silver pvd just looked too damn good.

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« Reply #41 on: Wed, 14 February 2018, 08:00:28 »
Seeing more shots of the monochrome black and silver make me regret cancelling it and reordering gray instead. I'm definitely interested in seeing more shots of the gray case; would be nice to know what caps will match it in preparation. Also curious whether it's unmistakably a gray shade or whether it's gray in name only meaning if you didn't know it was called gray whether you could just as well think it was dark silver instead as the initial teaser shot suggests.

This was Zeal's response when I asked for a little more detail about the Cool Gray color:

"It's hard to evaluate picture colours online, but Cool Gray is a bit darker than regular brushed stainless steel http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2016/09/05215318/Stainless_Steel-main.jpg "

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #42 on: Wed, 14 February 2018, 08:41:32 »
would be cool if the grey is like Engima Grey from Norbauer Case or Grey with no blue tint.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #43 on: Wed, 14 February 2018, 10:51:00 »
would be cool if the grey is like Engima Grey from Norbauer Case or Grey with no blue tint.

The grey is nice and leans towards the silver side of the spectrum rather than the blueish grey side. The description above from Zeal is quite accurate.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #44 on: Wed, 14 February 2018, 22:00:53 »
I ordered blue one.    ;D
What are In Switch RGB LEDs? GMK keycaps are not very translucent.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #45 on: Thu, 15 February 2018, 06:56:47 »
I ordered blue one.    ;D
What are In Switch RGB LEDs? GMK keycaps are not very translucent.

LEDs in the switches. You don't need translucent caps because the light will shine around them.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #46 on: Thu, 15 February 2018, 07:55:42 »
I ordered blue one.    ;D
What are In Switch RGB LEDs? GMK keycaps are not very translucent.

The LEDs are underneath each switch, requiring either transparent/translucent switches (ideally), or switches with a cutout in the bottom housing and a transparent top housing.

Some animated lighting effects are available, but the main intention with Zeal65 PCB (and Zeal60 PCB) is just to give a glow between the keycaps in a choice of color or color blends to match keycaps, rather than being locked into one color by using single-color LEDs.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #47 on: Thu, 15 February 2018, 08:27:08 »
I ordered blue one.    ;D
What are In Switch RGB LEDs? GMK keycaps are not very translucent.

I’m interested in the blue one as well but can’t decide between silver and gold plates.  It seems like silver would be less impactful to any lighting scheme on the exposed silver parts.  I wish there were some pics with keycaps and lighting to help me decide.  :)


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #48 on: Thu, 15 February 2018, 10:14:09 »
Really nice board and I'm considering getting a Black/Silver kit. Would be even more compelling if it had blockers available  ;).
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #49 on: Thu, 15 February 2018, 12:17:37 »
I ordered blue one.    ;D
What are In Switch RGB LEDs? GMK keycaps are not very translucent.

I’m interested in the blue one as well but can’t decide between silver and gold plates.  It seems like silver would be less impactful to any lighting scheme on the exposed silver parts.  I wish there were some pics with keycaps and lighting to help me decide.  :)


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #50 on: Fri, 16 February 2018, 22:13:38 »
I'd be all over this if 65% wasn't my least favorite layout. Looks great though, can't wait to see the next project.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #51 on: Sat, 17 February 2018, 03:13:34 »
My only issue is lack of customization. I'd totally consider this if it had winkey layout support.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #52 on: Sat, 17 February 2018, 03:31:19 »
I'd be all over this if 65% wasn't my least favorite layout. Looks great though, can't wait to see the next project.

Damn least fav eh :P.

It is my favorite layout and I'm just curious to as why you do not like it? :)

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #53 on: Tue, 20 February 2018, 08:03:31 »
No ISO option on this PCB? Is that right? Seems an oversight given so many boards offer this? :(

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #54 on: Tue, 20 February 2018, 08:28:48 »
My only issue is lack of customization. I'd totally consider this if it had winkey layout support.

Unfortunately, the RGB LEDs restricted the bottom row options, and supporting two bottom row options wasn't possible.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #55 on: Tue, 20 February 2018, 08:37:29 »
No ISO option on this PCB? Is that right? Seems an oversight given so many boards offer this? :(

It's not an oversight, it's a design choice, to preserve the integrity of the plate, hence the very limited switch position options. Plates with ISO layout cutouts on top of ANSI layout cutouts are a mess around the ISO Enter. Since the plate in this case design is an integral and major design feature, we wanted to make it the best it could be, rather than compromise it for a small minority of potential users.

The Zeal65 PCB supports ISO Enter, so if there were enough people wanting a Zephyr with an ISO plate, then it's possible we could arrange that.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #56 on: Wed, 21 February 2018, 05:42:52 »
My only issue is lack of customization. I'd totally consider this if it had winkey layout support.

Unfortunately, the RGB LEDs restricted the bottom row options, and supporting two bottom row options wasn't possible.

If only this had a .5 blocker and a windows key... it would be perfect. Your pcbs are soooo nice :O.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #57 on: Wed, 21 February 2018, 07:18:07 »
Agreed, hope next round has .5 blocker. Also would be cool to expose the thicc plate out to the sides and back.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #58 on: Thu, 22 February 2018, 00:22:45 »

Hi Zeal - did you get a chance to take any Zephyr pics with switches/keycaps this weekend? Really interested to see more!


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #59 on: Thu, 22 February 2018, 09:41:21 »
looks nice,  I am glad I ordered blue zephyr    :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #61 on: Sun, 25 February 2018, 00:50:17 »
Will the Zeal65 PCB offered by itself in the future, like the Zeal60? And will it support other layouts for the bottom?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #62 on: Sun, 25 February 2018, 01:56:56 »
Will the Zeal65 PCB offered by itself in the future, like the Zeal60? And will it support other layouts for the bottom?

i asked zeal about this while i was trying to get a PCB for a 65% some friends and i are working on, it will NOT be available on its own
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #63 on: Sun, 25 February 2018, 06:05:01 »
Will the Zeal65 PCB offered by itself in the future, like the Zeal60? And will it support other layouts for the bottom?

i asked zeal about this while i was trying to get a PCB for a 65% some friends and i are working on, it will NOT be available on its own

To be perfectly clear, the Zeal65 PCB being produced for Zephyr is also a limited run, as it's specifically designed for the Zephyr case.

That doesn't rule out it being produced in future for other case designs (perhaps with modifications to suit, i.e. USB location, etc.) either sold through ZealPC.net or other vendors.


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #64 on: Sun, 25 February 2018, 12:59:40 »
Will the Zeal65 PCB offered by itself in the future, like the Zeal60? And will it support other layouts for the bottom?

i asked zeal about this while i was trying to get a PCB for a 65% some friends and i are working on, it will NOT be available on its own

To be perfectly clear, the Zeal65 PCB being produced for Zephyr is also a limited run, as it's specifically designed for the Zephyr case.

That doesn't rule out it being produced in future for other case designs (perhaps with modifications to suit, i.e. USB location, etc.) either sold through ZealPC.net or other vendors.

this is not what zeal told me but i guess you'd know better since you designed the thing
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #65 on: Sun, 25 February 2018, 13:03:09 »
Thanks for the replies! Don't have the money for the Zephyr kit, as much as I would like it, so I will be hoping a Zeal65 PCB will come out separately in the future.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #66 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 10:29:19 »
Waitin on that red now, comes out close to my bday, so hopefully it stays on schedule for a late bday gift.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #67 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 11:44:04 »
Waitin on that red now, comes out close to my bday, so hopefully it stays on schedule for a late bday gift.
Last time I spoke to Zeal nobody had ordered red. You might be the first Dale :)

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #68 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 11:47:24 »
Waitin on that red now, comes out close to my bday, so hopefully it stays on schedule for a late bday gift.
Last time I spoke to Zeal nobody had ordered red. You might be the first Dale :)

I can only hope  :))

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #69 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 11:54:57 »
To be perfectly clear, the Zeal65 PCB being produced for Zephyr is also a limited run, as it's specifically designed for the Zephyr case.

What happens if you spill beer in your zephyr and PCB dies?

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« Reply #70 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 12:07:21 »
To be perfectly clear, the Zeal65 PCB being produced for Zephyr is also a limited run, as it's specifically designed for the Zephyr case.

What happens if you spill beer in your zephyr and PCB dies?

Haha, if I paid this much for a keyboard, I would be too afraid to drink anything near it.

I won't even have bread crumbs near my CA66 when it arrives.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #71 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 12:09:50 »
To be perfectly clear, the Zeal65 PCB being produced for Zephyr is also a limited run, as it's specifically designed for the Zephyr case.

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« Reply #72 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 12:16:28 »
To be perfectly clear, the Zeal65 PCB being produced for Zephyr is also a limited run, as it's specifically designed for the Zephyr case.

What happens if you spill beer in your zephyr and PCB dies?
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« Reply #73 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 12:19:58 »
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This should be clean enough right?

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« Reply #74 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 12:36:40 »
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This should be clean enough right?

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« Reply #76 on: Mon, 26 February 2018, 15:47:58 »
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #77 on: Wed, 28 February 2018, 07:29:15 »
Today's the last day for the Zephyr GB!

Updated OP with some shots of the Red Zephyr with GMK RA caps.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #78 on: Fri, 20 April 2018, 16:21:37 »
are we going to get our boards soon?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #79 on: Fri, 20 April 2018, 19:25:28 »
Oh yeah, I forgot about it supposedly coming out the end of this month, early May...SWEET  :))

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #80 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 00:33:15 »
Aluminum parts are being anodized, PCBs scheduled to ship out end of April. Looking at first week of May fulfillment right now.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #81 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 15:24:20 »
Any chance for extras?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #82 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 17:14:49 »
Any chance for extras?

Probably a R2 later on.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #83 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 17:38:12 »
Any chance for extras?

Probably a R2 later on.

Please do, I would love another shot at this.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #84 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 18:17:33 »
Aluminum parts are being anodized, PCBs scheduled to ship out end of April. Looking at first week of May fulfillment right now.

Aww yeah, can't wait to live stream / build this baby!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #85 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 21:55:07 »
Any chance for extras?

Probably a R2 later on.


Please do an R2 with a MAO case! Money ready!!! Thank you so much.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #86 on: Sun, 22 April 2018, 04:32:24 »
Definitely in for R2.  :thumb:

Edit: Although I would prefer Winkey or blockers just for keycap compatibility.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #87 on: Sun, 29 April 2018, 17:49:49 »
Zeal65 黑金 PCBs picked up on Saturday. I expect to receive them Monday afternoon!
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #88 on: Sun, 29 April 2018, 19:13:26 »
Awesome. Thanks for the update, Zeal!

What's the current status on the brass plates, nameplates, etc.?
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #89 on: Mon, 07 May 2018, 00:35:13 »
First week of May passed. Is there any updates?  ;)
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #90 on: Tue, 08 May 2018, 11:44:22 »
Aluminum is done anodizing, a few pictures below.
Switch plate is done, PVD looks great. Excuse the lighting / colours of the anodizing, fluorescent factory lighting + phone pics = colours are all off.

PVD nameplate needs to be redone as there are some finish issues. Requested to recut brass / PVD.  This will delay the shipment a bit.  :(




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« Reply #91 on: Wed, 06 June 2018, 23:52:11 »
Hey man! It's been awhile. Can we expect fulfillment before FIFA world cup?  ;D
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« Reply #92 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 00:36:00 »
Hey man! It's been awhile. Can we expect fulfillment before FIFA world cup?  ;D

that's very specific
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #93 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 00:59:13 »
damn...this is some high quality stuff...cant wait to see some builds

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« Reply #94 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 07:55:49 »
Zeal website says they are all out until 6/10. Hopefully we get an update then.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #95 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 09:52:30 »
Fingers crossed to get this one soon, can't wait to build it  :D

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« Reply #96 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 10:40:41 »
Wah the latest photos look reeeeeally nice!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #97 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 11:43:07 »
I still need to decide on switches for this. Maybe MX silent stems in zeal housings..

What do you guys plan on using?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #98 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 11:52:32 »
I still need to decide on switches for this. Maybe MX silent stems in zeal housings..

What do you guys plan on using?

If you're gonna go that route, just go zilents. I went with 65g's and lubed them, can't even hear them  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #99 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 12:07:13 »
Good impressions overall for the zilents? I've definitely considered it, but I was kinda leaning towards linears for this build. Still undecided though.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #100 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 12:09:40 »
I still need to decide on switches for this. Maybe MX silent stems in zeal housings..

What do you guys plan on using?

I did this with some 67g Zealios and MX silent black stems on one of my LZ Ergos (67g Zilents on the other  :thumb:)
Along with some lube they turned out buttery smooth.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #101 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 12:19:09 »
Good impressions overall for the zilents? I've definitely considered it, but I was kinda leaning towards linears for this build. Still undecided though.

The Zeal Zilents are very nice! I'm typing on them now in a TX-1800 v2 I built a week or so ago and I can't get it off my desk. The switches (sitting on an amazing acrylic plate Kin had done for this) feel excellent- snappy and tactile but quiet so you're not that guy in conference calls. I'll be going with 67g Zilents in the Zephyr, mostly because the blue in that switch matches the case perfectly and I'm a nerd like that. Otherwise, the 78g Zilents are  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:.

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« Reply #102 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 12:24:14 »
Zilents are dope. I have them in my tx1800 for work

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« Reply #103 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 12:50:54 »
Zilents are dope. I have them in my tx1800 for work

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The Zeal Zilents are very nice! I'm typing on them now in a TX-1800 v2 I built a week or so ago and I can't get it off my desk. The switches (sitting on an amazing acrylic plate Kin had done for this) feel excellent- snappy and tactile but quiet so you're not that guy in conference calls. I'll be going with 67g Zilents in the Zephyr, mostly because the blue in that switch matches the case perfectly and I'm a nerd like that. Otherwise, the 78g Zilents are  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:.


I did this with some 67g Zealios and MX silent black stems on one of my LZ Ergos (67g Zilents on the other  :thumb:)
Along with some lube they turned out buttery smooth.

Now I'm even more conflicted lol  :confused: Good to know both options are solid, regardless of which route I take. Thanks  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #104 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 13:25:48 »
A true beaut

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #105 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 13:29:06 »
Definitely looking forward to experiencing the wonders of ASWPOT   ;D

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #106 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 16:42:39 »
Good impressions overall for the zilents? I've definitely considered it, but I was kinda leaning towards linears for this build. Still undecided though.

Pretty sure he is coming out with some silent linears  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #107 on: Sun, 10 June 2018, 08:58:34 »
Manufacturer has said they'll start shipping in batches on Monday, so it's getting close.
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« Reply #108 on: Sun, 10 June 2018, 09:49:42 »
Hey man! It's been awhile. Can we expect fulfillment before FIFA world cup?  ;D

that's very specific
Some people need their new keyboards to type on Google looking for streams okay

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #109 on: Mon, 11 June 2018, 10:01:16 »
Manufacturer has said they'll start shipping in batches on Monday, so it's getting close.

Awesome news - thanks for the update!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #110 on: Mon, 11 June 2018, 10:04:02 »
Manufacturer has said they'll start shipping in batches on Monday, so it's getting close.

Good news! Can't wait to see more photos of it :p

Hey man! It's been awhile. Can we expect fulfillment before FIFA world cup?  ;D

that's very specific
Some people need their new keyboards to type on Google looking for streams okay

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #111 on: Fri, 15 June 2018, 23:45:02 »
If anyone wants to sell me their black one hit me up  :)

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #112 on: Sat, 16 June 2018, 03:12:30 »
Will there be an R2?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #113 on: Sat, 16 June 2018, 10:02:33 »
Built this beauty last night! I'll let the pics and sound test do the speaking.





https://youtu.be/pWmRqPhRIPw
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #114 on: Sat, 16 June 2018, 10:09:27 »
I want mine! Getting anxious
Built this beauty last night! I'll let the pics and sound test do the speaking.

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« Reply #115 on: Sun, 17 June 2018, 01:29:06 »
Will there be an R2?
yes

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #116 on: Sun, 17 June 2018, 10:50:07 »
Built this beauty last night! I'll let the pics and sound test do the speaking.

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https://youtu.be/pWmRqPhRIPw

Hmm, that doesn't look like midnight blue to me.
Hope it's just the lighting in the photo.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #117 on: Sun, 17 June 2018, 12:18:32 »
Built this beauty last night! I'll let the pics and sound test do the speaking.

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https://youtu.be/pWmRqPhRIPw

Hmm, that doesn't look like midnight blue to me.
Hope it's just the lighting in the photo.

you're probably right that its the lighting, quite a colour shift depending on light enviroment. Both times I saw it IRL it looked nice and dark blue.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #118 on: Sun, 17 June 2018, 12:35:13 »
Built this beauty last night! I'll let the pics and sound test do the speaking.

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https://youtu.be/pWmRqPhRIPw

Hmm, that doesn't look like midnight blue to me.
Hope it's just the lighting in the photo.

you're probably right that its the lighting, quite a colour shift depending on light enviroment. Both times I saw it IRL it looked nice and dark blue.

Excellent  :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #119 on: Mon, 18 June 2018, 12:51:26 »
Built this beauty last night! I'll let the pics and sound test do the speaking.

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https://youtu.be/pWmRqPhRIPw

Hmm, that doesn't look like midnight blue to me.
Hope it's just the lighting in the photo.
Ya this was taken outside in bright sunlight. It's a lot darker under normal lighting conditions.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #120 on: Mon, 18 June 2018, 14:23:29 »
Built this beauty last night! I'll let the pics and sound test do the speaking.

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https://youtu.be/pWmRqPhRIPw

How do you like the build quality?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #121 on: Mon, 18 June 2018, 15:11:20 »
Both times I saw it IRL it looked nice and dark blue.

I got my blue zephyr today.    it looks better than in this photo.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #122 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 07:19:46 »
where is software for programming of this board?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #123 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 07:31:06 »
found this  https://zealpc.net/blogs/news/programming-your-zephyr
do I need windows to program zephyr?  WTF?   

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #124 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 07:31:11 »
where is software for programming of this board?
I would check in his website. I think I saw something posted there last week. I'm still waiting on a shipping notification.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #125 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 07:48:12 »

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #126 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 07:49:28 »
where is software for programming of this board?
I would check in his website. I think I saw something posted there last week. I'm still waiting on a shipping notification.

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https://zealpc.net/blogs/news/programming-your-zephyr

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #127 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 07:59:54 »
people are forced to use windows just to program zephyr  ??? :eek:
I don't have any computer with windows.    I don't want to buy windows computer to program zephyr.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #128 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 08:12:31 »
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #129 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 08:54:58 »
people are forced to use windows just to program zephyr  ??? :eek:
I don't have any computer with windows.    I don't want to buy windows computer to program zephyr.

The command line tool is here along with instructions for building under Windows, Linux and Mac:
https://github.com/Wilba6582/zeal60

Or you could forgo eeprom based keymaps and just compile & flash your own QMK build for it.
https://github.com/Wilba6582/qmk_firmware/tree/zeal60

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #130 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 09:02:17 »
people are forced to use windows just to program zephyr  ??? :eek:
I don't have any computer with windows.    I don't want to buy windows computer to program zephyr.

I will be releasing an OSX version of the Zeal60/Zeal65 configuration tool very soon... i.e. a pre-built executable for OSX.

There hasn't been much need to do an OSX version, since no one has asked for one for Zeal60... most OSX users seem happy to compile QMK themselves.

FWIW I'm working on a GUI-based tool that will be a lot easier to use and will be cross-platform.
 

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #131 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 09:10:00 »
ok,  that sounds great,  thank you
I am happy to compile QMK myself.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #132 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 12:11:33 »
could someone please post a video about this keyboard on Youtube?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #133 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 12:37:51 »
could someone please post a video about this keyboard on Youtube?

What would you like to see? I posted a typing/sound test above. Is there anything else you want to know?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #134 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 12:38:37 »
How do you like the build quality?

You would be hard pressed to find a fault in anything, it's near perfect

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #135 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 12:40:22 »
...

I will be releasing an OSX version of the Zeal60/Zeal65 configuration tool very soon... i.e. a pre-built executable for OSX.

There hasn't been much need to do an OSX version, since no one has asked for one for Zeal60... most OSX users seem happy to compile QMK themselves.

FWIW I'm working on a GUI-based tool that will be a lot easier to use and will be cross-platform.

IMO your implementation of QMK along with the config tool is the best available.
I'd love to see that functionality move upstream to QMK so we can stop buggering around with flashing hex files all the time.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #136 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 12:41:10 »
How do you like the build quality?

You would be hard pressed to find a fault in anything, it's near perfect

Build quality is stunning. Just had mine show up at work... closed the door for a private moment of unboxing and wow, as expected everything is flawless. I've held one before, but seeing it on my desk and looking at the profile and the lines and everything again, got my little heart pitter-pattering just a bit. Amazing board, thank you, Zeal!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #137 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 13:09:47 »
could someone please post a video about this keyboard on Youtube?

What would you like to see? I posted a typing/sound test above. Is there anything else you want to know?

Hi, I would like to see the actual appearance of each surface/angle. Thank you.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #138 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 15:46:48 »

Hi, I would like to see the actual appearance of each surface/angle. Thank you.

Should be able to swing something like that this week!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #139 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 18:27:43 »
Don't forget this part:

To turn on the stabilizer LEDs, simply bridge "JC16A", "JD5A", "JD8A", "JB4A", "JB4". If you're using HHKB layout split backspace, don't bridge "JB4". You should also use zeal65_keymap_wilba.bat as a starting point for HHKB layout editing.


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #140 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 18:31:52 »
Anyone got a soundtest with something that isn't silents?
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #141 on: Tue, 19 June 2018, 19:20:52 »
Some potatoes.
I'll try to get some snaps with a real camera tomorrow.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #142 on: Wed, 20 June 2018, 11:29:00 »
I had to swap SA Penumbra for GMK Penumbra.  The right CTRL and ALT keys were rubbing against the case and making a racket each time I hit those keys off center.  On the plus side I think I've found something that GMK Penumbra actually looks good on.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #143 on: Thu, 21 June 2018, 07:13:28 »
I had to swap SA Penumbra for GMK Penumbra.  The right CTRL and ALT keys were rubbing against the case and making a racket each time I hit those keys off center.  On the plus side I think I've found something that GMK Penumbra actually looks good on.

I was curious about how SA keycaps could be rubbing against the case so I tried some SA keycaps and I can't reproduce.

There is plenty of clearance with the case edge, and I can't make the keycaps rub even if I push it intentionally towards the case.

See attached photo with two SA Retro caps compared to GMK Carbon.


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #144 on: Thu, 21 June 2018, 08:22:06 »
I had to swap SA Penumbra for GMK Penumbra.  The right CTRL and ALT keys were rubbing against the case and making a racket each time I hit those keys off center.  On the plus side I think I've found something that GMK Penumbra actually looks good on.

I was curious about how SA keycaps could be rubbing against the case so I tried some SA keycaps and I can't reproduce.

There is plenty of clearance with the case edge, and I can't make the keycaps rub even if I push it intentionally towards the case.

See attached photo with two SA Retro caps compared to GMK Carbon.

TBH I think its the key stem which is rotated half a degree or so.
Ill grab a photo to show you in a bit.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #145 on: Thu, 21 June 2018, 08:33:02 »
could someone please post a video about this keyboard on Youtube?

What would you like to see? I posted a typing/sound test above. Is there anything else you want to know?

Hi, I would like to see the actual appearance of each surface/angle. Thank you.

https://youtu.be/I6Fh67jMtYU
A little bit of a mini video review!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #146 on: Thu, 21 June 2018, 09:15:19 »

I was curious about how SA keycaps could be rubbing against the case so I tried some SA keycaps and I can't reproduce.

There is plenty of clearance with the case edge, and I can't make the keycaps rub even if I push it intentionally towards the case.

See attached photo with two SA Retro caps compared to GMK Carbon.

Yeah, it's the stems which aren't perfectly square.
Along with the inevitable wobble caused by SA keycaps the bottom left of each of those keys rubs the case when pressed slightly off-center, (most of the time).

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Sigh - SA profile is so overrated.

I don't mind though.
GMK Penumbra looks really good on this keyboard.

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(For some reason I can't get these photos to rotate the correct way)
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #147 on: Thu, 21 June 2018, 09:48:45 »
A little bit of a mini video review!

How exciting !   Does Zephyr work with default zeal65 keymap from this repo  https://github.com/Wilba6582/qmk_firmware/tree/zeal60  ?

I got Zeal 67g switches with my zephyr.   They are more tactile (bit more heavy) than older 67g zealios.     I don't know which switches I want to use now. 
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #148 on: Thu, 21 June 2018, 11:48:53 »
A little bit of a mini video review!

How exciting !   Does Zephyr work with default zeal65 keymap from this repo  https://github.com/Wilba6582/qmk_firmware/tree/zeal60  ?

I got Zeal 67g switches with my zephyr.   They are more tactile (bit more heavy) than older 67g zealios.     I don't know which switches I want to use now.

It's already got that default keymap installed.

If you want to change the keymap, you don't need to build QMK.

https://zealpc.net/blogs/news/programming-your-zephyr


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #149 on: Thu, 21 June 2018, 12:00:03 »
https://zealpc.net/blogs/news/programming-your-zephyr

There is that Zeal65.exe thing again!   I cant use it on Apple computer.   I dont have windows computer. I haven't used windows for many years.
I am going to use QMK build if you dont mind.   

I flashed zephyr with compiled hex file.   It seems to work fine.    Does zephyr have key combination that enables programming mode?
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #150 on: Thu, 21 June 2018, 12:56:26 »
https://zealpc.net/blogs/news/programming-your-zephyr

There is that Zeal65.exe thing again!   I cant use it in Apple computer.   I dont have windows computer. 
I am going to use QMK build if you dont mind.

Sorry, I thought I was replying to someone else.

I got a friend to build the OSX version. You are welcome to try it.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #151 on: Sat, 23 June 2018, 05:14:58 »
Anyone wants to transfer their spot of sell their kit, let me know this is a true beauty


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #152 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 02:07:53 »
I got a friend to build the OSX version. You are welcome to try it.

Holy moly.. as a first time QMK user and a MAC user, this took me 2 freaking days to finally be able to change keymaps on my Zephyr :-X.

Thanks for posting the osx build version.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #153 on: Mon, 25 June 2018, 14:02:09 »
https://zealpc.net/blogs/news/programming-your-zephyr

There is that Zeal65.exe thing again!   I cant use it in Apple computer.   I dont have windows computer. 
I am going to use QMK build if you dont mind.

Sorry, I thought I was replying to someone else.

I got a friend to build the OSX version. You are welcome to try it.


I tried using the OSX version and it seems to work. The only thing is when trying to use the function style mappings, i.e. LT(1,KC_CAPS) it yells at you about having a parenthesis. Any idea why it doesn't like that syntax?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #154 on: Mon, 25 June 2018, 14:07:09 »
https://zealpc.net/blogs/news/programming-your-zephyr

There is that Zeal65.exe thing again!   I cant use it in Apple computer.   I dont have windows computer. 
I am going to use QMK build if you dont mind.

Sorry, I thought I was replying to someone else.

I got a friend to build the OSX version. You are welcome to try it.


I tried using the OSX version and it seems to work. The only thing is when trying to use the function style mappings, i.e. LT(1,KC_CAPS) it yells at you about having a parenthesis. Any idea why it doesn't like that syntax?

It turns out you need to escape the parenthesis.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #155 on: Mon, 25 June 2018, 23:11:04 »
If anyone wants to see how I programmed the Zeal / Built or just wants my profile to start from. Please take a look on my Youtube Channel. Links are in the info section of the video.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #156 on: Wed, 27 June 2018, 11:28:25 »
waiting for R2 to start

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #157 on: Mon, 02 July 2018, 01:35:49 »
waiting for R2 to start

It seems like R2 just started today.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #158 on: Mon, 02 July 2018, 05:22:51 »
Looks nice but man, so damn expensive...


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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #159 on: Mon, 02 July 2018, 06:19:56 »
Damnit they removed gray as an option!!  :'( Was waiting for R2 in gray to go with some sets coming in...

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #160 on: Mon, 02 July 2018, 06:44:42 »
But that Eggplant Purple....  :eek:

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #161 on: Tue, 03 July 2018, 14:05:09 »
Argh should have jumped on round 1, there's also no scarlet red anymore :(

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #162 on: Fri, 06 July 2018, 18:37:29 »
does this https://docs.qmk.fm/#/feature_rgblight work for zephyr ?

I want to program some keys for RGB control.

The doc says I need this:

#define RGB_DI_PIN D7     // The pin the LED strip is connected to
#define RGBLED_NUM 14     // Number of LEDs in your strip

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #163 on: Fri, 06 July 2018, 20:57:17 »
does this https://docs.qmk.fm/#/feature_rgblight work for zephyr ?

I want to program some keys for RGB control.

The doc says I need this:

#define RGB_DI_PIN D7     // The pin the LED strip is connected to
#define RGBLED_NUM 14     // Number of LEDs in your strip


That's for enabling an RGB strip hooked up as a backlight.
It doesn't work correctly at the moment - conflicts and ROM size issues.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #164 on: Sat, 07 July 2018, 17:51:44 »
I flashed my zephyr today.  I had to do "eeprom reset" because it was ignoring keymap changes.
https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/quantum/tool

I flashed default keymap from https://github.com/Wilba6582/qmk_firmware/tree/zeal60
make zeal65:default:dfu

It seems to have lost some LED effects.  "Rainbow" effect is no longer there.   For some reason two LEDs turned off permanently.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #165 on: Sat, 07 July 2018, 18:17:47 »
I flashed my zephyr today.  I had to do "eeprom reset" because it was ignoring keymap changes.
https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/quantum/tool

I flashed default keymap from https://github.com/Wilba6582/qmk_firmware/tree/zeal60
make zeal65:default:dfu

It seems to have lost some LED effects.  "Rainbow" effect is no longer there.   For some reason two LEDs turned off permanently.

https://zealpc.net/blogs/news/programming-your-zephyr

Try using the firmware linked in that post.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #166 on: Sun, 08 July 2018, 17:16:33 »
I flashed my zephyr today.  I had to do "eeprom reset" because it was ignoring keymap changes.
https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/quantum/tool

I flashed default keymap from https://github.com/Wilba6582/qmk_firmware/tree/zeal60
make zeal65:default:dfu

It seems to have lost some LED effects.  "Rainbow" effect is no longer there.   For some reason two LEDs turned off permanently.
Make sure your definitions are set correctly for some reason Wilbas bundled setup for zeal65 doesn’t have 7u space bar set.

It all works for me, building qmk. Although I had to turn off eeprom layout storage, which caused a build error but easily fixed.

You might be right about some of the rgb effects not being there. But I don’t miss those.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #167 on: Mon, 09 July 2018, 07:17:07 »
I am not too worried about LED effects.   QMK is more important for me, for example, I want to use macros.

Does all LEDs turn on for you?   Can you post your QMK config on github?   On my zephyr 3 LEDs are off:   under UP key and both split backspace keys. 
I think I need to bridge some contacts on PCB to turn on split backspace LEDs.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #168 on: Mon, 09 July 2018, 07:41:09 »
I am not too worried about LED effects.   QMK is more important for me, for example, I want to use macros.

Does all LEDs turn on for you?   Can you post your QMK config on github?   On my zephyr 3 LEDs are off:   under UP key and both split backspace keys. 
I think I need to bridge some contacts on PCB to turn on split backspace LEDs.

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To turn on the stabilizer LEDs, simply bridge "JC16A", "JD5A", "JB8A", "JB4A", "JB4". If you're using HHKB layout split backspace, don't bridge "JB4".

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #169 on: Wed, 11 July 2018, 08:09:32 »
I think Wilba's firmware flash tool has code that is not on github.  Perhaps he forgot to push some code changes? 
LED effects are not the same obviously. I am not sure why.   

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #170 on: Wed, 11 July 2018, 08:16:19 »
I think Wilba's firmware flash tool has code that is not on github.  Perhaps he forgot to push some code changes? 
LED effects are not the same obviously. I am not sure why.

There was one small difference that didn't get pushed, but I don't know if it is relevant. I've pushed now, report back with any outstanding issues.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #171 on: Thu, 12 July 2018, 14:04:15 »
thank you,  all LED effects are there.   effect speed was too low.  I added ES_DEC ,  ES_INC to my keymap

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #172 on: Sun, 15 July 2018, 13:17:15 »
Will there more color options in future rounds?

The current ones feels kinda limiting. I want dark grey :(

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #173 on: Mon, 16 July 2018, 00:20:02 »
Will there more color options in future rounds?

The current ones feels kinda limiting. I want dark grey :(

Unlikely, not too many dark gray units sold from R1, even less for red.
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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #174 on: Sun, 29 July 2018, 11:50:17 »
blue zephyr with gmk nautilus

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #175 on: Thu, 06 September 2018, 02:25:27 »
Does anyone have experience with this board and Mill-Max sockets? Or could you tell me the diameter of the switch holes? And what about the stabilisers? Some people had issues with stabilised keys being lower with PCB mount stabs.
Anyways, I'm planning to apply those and get me a hot-swappable Zephyr, and I don't intend to screw up the PCB for a 600$ plus shipping and import taxes board.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #176 on: Thu, 06 September 2018, 05:35:45 »
Does anyone have experience with this board and Mill-Max sockets? Or could you tell me the diameter of the switch holes? And what about the stabilisers? Some people had issues with stabilised keys being lower with PCB mount stabs.
Anyways, I'm planning to apply those and get me a hot-swappable Zephyr, and I don't intend to screw up the PCB for a 600$ plus shipping and import taxes board.

Having used both mill-max and holtites i definitely recommend using holtites over mill-max sockets. The mill-max has a lip that will raise the switch a bit in comparison to pcb mount stabs like you say.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #177 on: Thu, 06 September 2018, 05:53:46 »
Having used both mill-max and holtites i definitely recommend using holtites over mill-max sockets. The mill-max has a lip that will raise the switch a bit in comparison to pcb mount stabs like you say.

Hm, suspected as much. I still don't fully understand how the holtites work though. They are solderless, right? So how are they held in place?
Plus there was a post about them having problems of staying in place on the Zephyr PCB, somewhere.

EDIT: I found it in this post. Will probably be what I'm trying then. But only AFTER testing this method on my broken Ducky One PCB, and then applying them to the DZ60, I have, which I am going to desolder anyways.

The Zeal65 PCB is mostly the same design as the Zeal60, and both are compatible with the hot swap sockets that Zeal stocks (aka. Holtite sockets).

Due to the ENIG (gold plated) pads, these sockets don't "stick" if inserted with a soldering iron (one method that's been demonstrated), like they do for HASL (solder tinned) pads. What I do is solder the pads first, then remove solder from the pad holes, before installing the sockets with a soldering iron. It's a little more work, but then you have a PCB that can have switches swapped without the sockets coming out.

Due to a few possible layout options, using Kailh switch sockets like I use on the M60-A isn't possible. While the bottom row is fixed to 1.5-1.5-7-1.5-1.5-1-1-1, there are split backspace and stepped caps lock options. Kailh switch sockets also aren't (very) compatible with putting a USB connector in between two switches, when the sockets are on the edge of the PCB (i.e. when switches are oriented with LEDs at the bottom).
« Last Edit: Thu, 06 September 2018, 05:59:26 by HerrmannStahl »

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #178 on: Thu, 06 September 2018, 05:58:50 »
Having used both mill-max and holtites i definitely recommend using holtites over mill-max sockets. The mill-max has a lip that will raise the switch a bit in comparison to pcb mount stabs like you say.

Hm, suspected as much. I still don't fully understand how the holtites work though. They are solderless, right? So how are they held in place?
Plus there was a post about them having problems of staying in place on the Zephyr PCB, somewhere.

I recommend pre-tinning the holes.
1. Add some solder and then remove it again using a solder-sucker or just some solder-wick. This leaves a thin layer of solder in the holes for the holtites to adhere to.
2. Push the holtites down into the holes with a heated iron which heats the layer of solder that was left from step one and secures the holtites.

Just make sure to not have a bunch of solder on the tip that will flow into the holtite and that you don't leave too much solder in the hole in step 1 as that will fill the legs of the holtite and prohibit them from expanding when pushing in the switch.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #179 on: Thu, 06 September 2018, 06:02:17 »
Having used both mill-max and holtites i definitely recommend using holtites over mill-max sockets. The mill-max has a lip that will raise the switch a bit in comparison to pcb mount stabs like you say.

Hm, suspected as much. I still don't fully understand how the holtites work though. They are solderless, right? So how are they held in place?
Plus there was a post about them having problems of staying in place on the Zephyr PCB, somewhere.

I recommend pre-tinning the holes.
1. Add some solder and then remove it again using a solder-sucker or just some solder-wick. This leaves a thin layer of solder in the holes for the holtites to adhere to.
2. Push the holtites down into the holes with a heated iron which heats the layer of solder that was left from step one and secures the holtites.

Just make sure to not have a bunch of solder on the tip that will flow into the holtite and that you don't leave too much solder in the hole in step 1 as that will fill the legs of the holtite and prohibit them from expanding when pushing in the switch.

Yeah, like I stated in my edit, there will be some trial and error involved. Mainly just because I don't want to screw up an expensive board like that. And I'm not the best at soldering, but I know what I'm doing.

Thanks for your insights on the matter

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #180 on: Thu, 06 September 2018, 07:18:05 »
You've quoted me above, but I can confirm I've used holtites on quite a few PCBs with the pre-tinned pad method with excellent results.

When pushing them in fully with a dry, hot soldering iron (400-450 deg is good), often there will be a "pop" when the solder melts and the holtite drops lower. This "pop" can cause other loose holtites in pads to come out and fly everywhere. So my method is do one switch at a time, insert two holtites, finger on one (to stop it popping out) while pushing in the other one.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #181 on: Thu, 06 September 2018, 07:42:51 »
Thanks Wilba. This will spare me the rage inducing task of searching for 100 dropped holtites on the floor!

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #182 on: Sat, 25 May 2019, 16:56:18 »
Been drooling over this board for the past few weeks. Are there any plans on a R3 for the Zephyr? And if so, a ballpark estimate on when?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #183 on: Sat, 25 May 2019, 22:01:45 »
I would like to buy one of these amazing keyboards.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #184 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 15:58:42 »
these keyboards are so beautiful. i really want one..

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #185 on: Tue, 25 June 2019, 23:40:32 »
Does anyone have a spare PCB I could buy?
   

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #186 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 05:10:28 »
Does anyone have a spare PCB I could buy?

Zeal should have some in stock.

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« Reply #187 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 10:12:24 »
Does anyone have a spare PCB I could buy?

Zeal should have some in stock.

Can you link me? I checked their site and couldn't find any in stock.
   

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #188 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 13:14:43 »
PCBs are sold out

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #189 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 20:47:50 »
PCBs are sold out


Do you know, or know who I could ask, if there will be another run?
   

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #190 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 03:32:25 »
It's time for another round now!! :D

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« Reply #191 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 05:37:07 »
New round would ruin value for those who bought first time. You must remember that we are some sort of collectors.

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« Reply #192 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 06:21:51 »
New round would ruin value for those who bought first time. You must remember that we are some sort of collectors.

Oh no, how terrible that would be if more people could own something.

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« Reply #193 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 06:30:27 »
New round would ruin value for those who bought first time. You must remember that we are some sort of collectors.

Oh no, how terrible that would be if more people could own something.

You should not have ran Oblivion v2 as it ruined the value for those who bought first time. You must remember that they are some sort of collectors.
                   

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #194 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 06:56:01 »
New round would ruin value for those who bought first time. You must remember that we are some sort of collectors.

Oh no, how terrible that would be if more people could own something.

You should not have ran Oblivion v2 as it ruined the value for those who bought first time. You must remember that they are some sort of collectors.

I agree, I chose not to buy Oblivion v2 in solidarity with those who bought first time. You must remember that they are some sort of collectors.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #195 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 08:32:39 »
New round would ruin value for those who bought first time. You must remember that we are some sort of collectors.
:))

New round would ruin value for those who bought first time. You must remember that we are some sort of collectors.

Oh no, how terrible that would be if more people could own something.

You should not have ran Oblivion v2 as it ruined the value for those who bought first time. You must remember that they are some sort of collectors.

I agree, I chose not to buy Oblivion v2 in solidarity with those who bought first time. You must remember that they are some sort of collectors.
Stop the production plssss.

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #196 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 13:00:52 »
New round would ruin value for those who bought first time. You must remember that we are some sort of collectors.

who cares about value if you're collecting?

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Re: [GB] Zephyr 65% Custom RGB Keyboard Kit
« Reply #197 on: Mon, 15 July 2019, 17:57:22 »
The irony with that Oblivion v2 banner is just

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