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[GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 08:14:48 »


Updates:
GB form 10/11 -> 13/11
Invoices 14/11 -> 19/11
Manufacturer Paid 20/11

Update: 17/12
Aegis Cases are in Production. Hopefully be complete before CNY
Foam padding is complete and received.
Boxes are complete and being shipped.
PCBs are completed and being shipped.
RAMA caps are in production. 25 Navy, 25 Black. The samples look rad as!



Update: I've paid the manufacturer. Right now, I'm getting one sample made of the production run in Navy. I'll post up pictures when I get it. PCBS are currently being ordered so we will do final test fitting etc to ensure a quality product before going ahead with the other boards.
Everyone who entered got an invoice. We did NOT hit the 50moq unfortunately, but managed enough to get this going. I'm paying out of my pocket for the difference between the actual moq and 50 moq. I did order extras to get this project going, which means that there will be extras after the buy, but at a higher price to cover this difference.
I'm still talking to my packaging guy, and getting a sample of the packaging box. Should be dope as.
Sleeve sample is also being sent, so I can test fit.
Rama caps are being made, with 2 colours! Black and Navy versions of the cap. If you chose a rama cap, I'll ask for which colour you prefer, I'll get photos up when I receive them.
Things are looking on track, thanks for joining my first keyboard buy. Much love!








Hello Geekhack!


We are a small group of keyboard enthusiasts from the Australian community who are collaborating together as aeboards to design and manufacture our dream keyboard. With this keyboard, we wanted to bring together a popular layout, in this case it was the 1800, and give it a modern twist to create a tool befitting of the modern software and applications one might find in a workplace.


After months of design, feedback and iteration, we present to you our board.

The
AEGIS







Features & Specifications
  • Grade 6063 anodised aluminum
  • Bead blasted CNC’d 1.5mm brass plate
  • Sandwich mount design
  • 6.50 Degrees typing incline
  • PCB is fully programmable with the QMK firmware
  • PCB is of 1.6mm thickness with support for PCB mount stabilisers
  • USB Type C connector
  • No switch top opening for a tighter fit and snapping
  • 19mm Height at the front
  • Case dimensions: 396.50mm x 150.85mm x 35.20mm
  • ~3300 grams built

Layout Support


  • Bottom row: 1.25u - 1.25u - 6.25u - 1.5u - 1.25u - 1.5u and 1u - 1u - 7u - 1.5u - 1u - 1.5u
  • Number pad section supports all 1u keys, two vertical 2u keys on the left, one vertical 2u key on the right, and a 2u key on the bottom row
  • Split backspace
  • Split right shift
  • Regular and stepped caps lock

Colour Choices
  • Silver
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Navy

Pricing
  • Complete Kit (Includes 1x Case Top, 1x Case Base, 1x Plate, 1x PCB) - $380 USD
  • Extra PCB and Plate - $90 USD
  • Extra PCB - $50 USD
  • Extra Plate - $50 USD


Shipping

All orders will be shipping from Australia. Shipping cost will depend on your location.
Each set weighs approximately 4.00 kg with packaging.
Shipping fee will be invoiced only after the keyboards are ready.

These are estimated shipping prices:
AU: ~$35 USD
ROW: ~$85 USD


Timeline for orders and payment

The group buy will end as soon as the MOQ of 50 is met or within 2 weeks of the purchase form being released.
Payment is due as soon as possible after invoices are issued.


Lead Time

Estimated as 4 - 6 months


Purchase Form

This is a FCFS groupbuy.
Stay tuned for updates for when the purchase form will come up.


Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the Australian discord who have provided feedback and criticisms on preliminary designs and layouts.
A thank you to taekeyboards for recording a sound test, and video, with professional equipment.












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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 17:09:45 »
Approved :D

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 17:29:28 »
I've been dreaming about something like this for a long time. Looks like you got further than some dodgy keyboard layout editor stuff. :) Hope I have the funds for this.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 17:36:15 »
Out of this world :cool: :thumb:

Gonna have to think about it due to the bottom row tho.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 17:42:20 »
Great Job guys, looks sexy, cant wait to buy one of these babies to hit some dropbears with, aussie represent.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 17:42:38 »
i iike this

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 19:46:02 »
very good :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 20:47:20 »
Thanks for the kind words everyone. It took some months to get here, but yeah, all the designers on the team want this board and not just a KLE idea. We had to deal with compromises throughout the project in regards to some of the layout support, we did several iterations getting feedback and changing them. I know it's not a board for everybody, but I hope those who are interested will be happy with what we are making.


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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 31 October 2018, 02:58:29 »
Take my money
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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 31 October 2018, 08:30:21 »
Big thumbs up for more southpaw layouts, even though I'm right handed myself. I still love me some southpaw!

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 31 October 2018, 08:45:36 »
Where's the ISO mate ?

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[GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 31 October 2018, 08:55:39 »
Do you have color samples / swatches of the navy?

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« Reply #12 on: Wed, 31 October 2018, 10:05:33 »
That looks sweet, I hope I get in  :D

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 31 October 2018, 10:34:52 »
Where's the ISO mate ?
It's impossible due to the small left shift.  I suppose you could put the extra key where FN goes on a 60% if you can get your head around shift not being where it should be...
                               
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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 31 October 2018, 15:36:54 »
Where's the ISO mate ?
It's impossible due to the small left shift.  I suppose you could put the extra key where FN goes on a 60% if you can get your head around shift not being where it should be...

Oh yeah my bad. I was only looking at the Enter actually but you're right.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 01 November 2018, 00:57:52 »
Only gripe is no 1.5-1.5-7-1.5-1.5 bottom row option, but aside from that I'm definitely interested in the board.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 01 November 2018, 01:17:46 »
ooohh I like this

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 01 November 2018, 01:24:58 »
This looks nice!  I've never tried a southpaw board so I may have to get in on this.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 02 November 2018, 23:11:00 »
Do you have color samples / swatches of the navy?

We are working on getting one. Our original sample was pretty dark, but still quite nice. We are looking at getting something more blue navy then dark navy thought. I'll let you know more details when we have that information.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 02 November 2018, 23:15:37 »
Our tentative date for the gb form opening will be at Midnight AEST, 10th of November.
This would be 9:00 AM (9:00) on the Previous Day for Eastern Standard Time, or  6:00 AM (6:00) on the Previous Day for Pacific.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 03 November 2018, 00:31:45 »
There's an additional sound test, for those who favour cherry profile. Check it out below, once again a big thanks to taekeyboards for doing the extra miles for us!


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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 03 November 2018, 02:02:55 »
Do you have color samples / swatches of the navy?

We are working on getting one. Our original sample was pretty dark, but still quite nice. We are looking at getting something more blue navy then dark navy thought. I'll let you know more details when we have that information.

As you may have seen, interpretations of 'dark or navy or blue' has varied so wildly from maker to maker, far more than it should, considering.

Personally whatever dark sample you had could never be too dark for me --- most of the ano processes seem like they lighten and end nowhere close to their intended navy, deep, or dark, by the time they ship..... stoked to likely get in on your version of dark navy, soon.

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« Reply #22 on: Sat, 03 November 2018, 02:03:47 »
There's an additional sound test, for those who favour cherry profile. Check it out below, once again a big thanks to taekeyboards for doing the extra miles for us!


Random non-sequitur - - - taekbs is the friggin best.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 03 November 2018, 03:23:06 »
That's so true about navy.
Yes, taekb is a great dude and big community member in Australia. There's a sydney meetup he's organising in december so if you are local, be sure to check it out :)

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« Reply #24 on: Sat, 03 November 2018, 04:29:49 »
That's so true about navy.
Yes, taekb is a great dude and big community member in Australia. There's a sydney meetup he's organising in december so if you are local, be sure to check it out :)

I know A very well! Sadly i am across the globe in Cali. Have a great meet!

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 23:06:11 »
Can't wait to see the navy sample this looks really nice

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #26 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 00:25:23 »
I have attached the colours samples we have received.
Our prototype unit is the gray we are offering, the other colours from left to right are - black, silver, rose gold and navy.

I am coming around to liking this navy more for the board, since it would match the brass accent. We are not doing rose gold for that reason.

If people are happy with this navy (it's grown on me), then we will run it as navy.

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« Reply #27 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 06:19:39 »
I have attached the colours samples we have received.
Our prototype unit is the gray we are offering, the other colours from left to right are - black, silver, rose gold and navy.

I am coming around to liking this navy more for the board, since it would match the brass accent. We are not doing rose gold for that reason.

If people are happy with this navy (it's grown on me), then we will run it as navy.
The Navy looks fantastic! From the photo it reads as almost a blue-gray. Would it be possible to get a couple more photos of that sample at different angles relative to the light?

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« Reply #28 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 16:16:24 »
I'm a big fan of that navy sample as well. Personally I wish there were indicator lights, but I would still be in for this.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #29 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 20:29:51 »
Thanks for the feedback. It seems that this kind of navy is acceptable and we'll offer it as the navy for the aegis. Thanks all :)


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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 06 November 2018, 02:13:05 »
Blue. IN.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 06 November 2018, 02:29:12 »
What's the height of the front side?

19.00mm, has it on the website under "Specifications", as well as under "Features & Specifications" on the OP :)

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 07 November 2018, 22:43:37 »
Just a day and bit before I open up the forms. Thanks for the patience everyone!

Just to reiterate our colour intentions, we'll be running Navy in the sample colour as shown above, which is closer to a dark navy than a blue steel. Added the samples under different angles and light.

206906-0
206908-1
206910-2

We will NOT be running rose gold for this buy, the sample is nice but we felt like it took away from the brass accent.


There's also some collaborations to go with the Aegis:

First up, we are in talks with rama.works to design a nice little memento of our brand launch, a nice aluminium cap with AE logo with an enamel fill. This cap will only be available with purchases for the aegis for now, but I may order a few extras depending on how we go. Big shout out to rama.works for talking and designing the cap with us, especially in their busy schedule. Legends.

Next, is a braided cable with tech flex from Australia's own DMacMakes. Cable quality is great and he also does colour matching custom cables upon request. The cable in the set will match your aegis chosen colour. They will be USB A -> XLR, and XLR -> USB C, with gold connectors.

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206902-5

Finally, a custom sleeve for the aegis, with aegis art on the back and logo on the front.

206904-6

All of these collabs are option and limited for this aegis run, and entirely up to you if you want them. I'm excited to be able to bring these to you with the gb launch!
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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 08 November 2018, 00:13:42 »
Excellent job on the board! I will absolutely be snagging one, provided I can get to the form in time!
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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 08 November 2018, 06:49:42 »
Extras look excellent, nice work on the local collabs

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« Reply #36 on: Thu, 08 November 2018, 07:17:15 »
Thanks so much for the photos! Does the price include PP fees?  ( if using PP...)

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« Reply #37 on: Thu, 08 November 2018, 19:15:31 »
Yes. Shipping is invoiced later, once I have the keyboard in my hands and the team starts quality checking. So there's the initial order invoice to get the group buy started, then one later to get the keyboard from me to you. I hope that clears it up.

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« Reply #38 on: Thu, 08 November 2018, 23:31:32 »
Oi vey, that logo.  :-[

I would pay 800 for one w\o that stuff.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #39 on: Fri, 09 November 2018, 07:01:29 »
Jump in!

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 09 November 2018, 07:07:09 »
I'm in !  :D

You've got a PM btw.
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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #41 on: Fri, 09 November 2018, 07:21:06 »
Such an interesting layout, love this!

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« Reply #42 on: Fri, 09 November 2018, 07:43:40 »
I'm in!  :thumb:
(like 30mins ago, forgot to hit post lol)

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #43 on: Fri, 09 November 2018, 08:05:10 »
will this be limited to 50 pcs only :O

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #44 on: Fri, 09 November 2018, 15:47:12 »
Yeap. Join in :)

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #45 on: Fri, 09 November 2018, 16:12:43 »
Managed to join this morning. Very excited! Held out on 1800 layouts since I want to preserve mouse space, and this seemed to be the perfect solution!
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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #46 on: Sat, 10 November 2018, 05:56:48 »
Thanks for joining. I will wrap up the form at the end of the weekend and start invoicing and get the ball rolling.

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #47 on: Sat, 10 November 2018, 12:12:37 »
Holy crap, this is awesome  :eek:

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 10 November 2018, 19:48:20 »
Thanks for the kind words :)

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Re: [GB] Aegis: Left Hand 1800
« Reply #49 on: Sat, 10 November 2018, 21:20:53 »
Just filled out the form. How will we know if we are one of the lucky 50?

This looks amazing either way.