The Hall sensor, for which this innovative keyboard is named, was popular in keyboards of the 1970s and ‘80s thanks to its reliability. Frequently used in nuclear reactors, missile silos, and aircraft cockpits, the sensor steadily became less popular due to high cost of production. Lucky for you, we’re bringing it back with this keyboard from APT, available in five layouts with your choice of linear of clicky switches. This version has some key improvements, including an EVA foam piece at the bottom of the magnets to reduce noise when pressing down, another piece of foam between the housing and the slider to reduce noise when the switch comes back up, yet another piece of foam added to the end of the wire to reduce noise from pressing down on the plate, plus a longer slot for the spacebar to improve smoothness.
Note: The base price is for the acrylic or teak one-piece 61-key keyboard. At checkout, you can choose a one-piece acrylic keyboard with 87 keys (+ $15), 98 keys (+ $15), or 108 keys (+ $20). You will also have your choice of linear or clicky switches.
Most keyboards on the market use a rubber dome and membranes, a physical switch, or a capacitance sensor to detect key position. The APT Hall Effect uses magnets. Compared to a mechanical switch, the Hall sensor is inherently bounce free and water resistant, and it offers short response time. Key action is super smooth because there are no contacts being brought together. Plus, since there are no contacts to wear out, the keys will last a lifetime (or as long as the magnet stays strong and the plastics don’t wear out).
The APT Hall Effect keyboard is fitted with brilliant RGB backlighting, which, when paired with the acrylic case, will really pop off your desktop. The oven-soldered circuit board also offers a host of colorful modes to set the tone in your setup. Plus, each key is LED customizable to your exacting standards. PBT/POM doubleshot shine-through keycaps help further illuminate the keyboard.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is Oct 23, 2018 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.