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ID75 Hot-Swappable Ortholinear Keyboard Kit

ID75 Hot-Swappable Ortholinear Keyboard Kit

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Love to see this happen. Especially with flats, that’s only in my dreams.
Is this keyboard firmware-compatible with the Idobo (aka Massdrop-XD75)?
zygentom_a
yes, this is new version Idobo 75.
Can we be honest here... that's a horrible purple right? Like its a pink or violet... I really like purple cases, but that looks pretty god awful... anyone wanna chime in?
Can anyone comment on whethe or not all the firmware/flashing issues these boards had in the last have been fixed? I’m seeing all over reddit people who have received this drop before had tons of issues getting the key mapping going.
MrSantos
This is what I came here to find out too.
I am new to building keyboards from a kit. Am I correct in assuming that if I order this with the switches and source my own keycaps the kit will come with everything else I need?
webdev
You're correct. Although I doubt it comes with a cable, but you never know.
I'm guessing this kit doesn't come with keycaps? Nothing in the specs indicates otherwise.
So what is the difference between the ID75 and the XD75? Obviously miniUSB vs USB-C and the case, but beyond that.
ZUUL42
XD75 actually is USB-C since the new rev. But yeah with zero picture of the PCB we can't really tell the difference... Could be kailh socket clones or something :^
KIkaluna
Ahh. I must have a first-gen XD75. They seem to always be getting lighter and lighter on the details, but this is a bit too much for me to just jump in on assumptions & hope. Thanks.
Is the transparent layer optional? (Can the case be assembled without it?)
davidross
"And if you like LEDs, it also comes with an acrylic insert to emphasize the lighting" Its optional.
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Anywhere to source these same parts for the same price or cheaper so as not to wait? I want the hot swap pcb as I don’t wanna solder I did see the korepblic comment but they only have the pcb that needs soldering
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does it have any feet?
search
uhhhhh.... can we not even make keyboards that align correctly anymore?
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subadanus
Actually this is kind of a big deal, Massdrop has terrible quality control.. the fact that they can't even get the keyboard right in their sample photos is a little bit concerning. People work hard for their money, you guys making fun of this guy for not wanting to buy an inferior product are the reason why companies get away with giving you a broken or flawed product then we the consumers have to send it back on our dime just to get what we should have gotten in the first place. If you come from money, $100 isn't a lot, but for a lot of people who have to work minimum wage jobs that's more than a days pay. Instead of saying asinine comments like "move out of your parents house" or comparing his comment to a stupid restaurant situation that is nothing alike to ordering an expensive but flawed product off a website that you have to wait for months up to sometimes a year for, how about you hold big corporations like Massdrop responsible for shipping out products that are free of defects? Yes it's only a few mm's, but if you let them get away with that the bar slowly lowers and they let more and more slide in their quality control checks. Maybe you haven't gotten a bad product from Massdrop, but as someone who waited over a year for $400 order from a keycap drop then had it come with missing keycaps, I understand the frustration of not getting what you ordered.. Especially after shelling out lots of money and waiting over a year. We should all hold these companies responsible for shipping us a flawless product, because when they don't its a huge hassle to get it replaced and it's always at the consumer's cost of shipping plus the extra time you have to wait ontop of having waited for the group buy to ship originally. It's not being overly picky to expect that a company that makes millions upon millions a year ships you the product that you ordered free of defects, no matter how small. Massdrop has really bad quality control, it's a well known thing, and ridiculous comments like these justifying sending out defects to consumers just embolden companies to slack on quality control.
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Eiko
Honestly, it looks lined up, but the acrylic insert is rounded at the edges, and the case is square, so I think it gives that off set look. You are probably right, but it could just be the angle of the shot. Massdrop qc is notorious, so I wouldn't be surprised.
This is pretty similar to a Keeb.io Viterbi, which is a 70-key ortholinear split keyboard. I love the Viterbi, it was my first ortholinear keyboard, and my first split keyboard, and I really like both aspects. It completely removed any finger strain I had with previous keyboards. But I wish it had individual RGB backlighting, and I wish it would have hot-swappable keyswitches, because I'm still evaluating different switches. The ID75 ticks one of those boxes (hot-swappable keyswitches), but it's not a split keyboard, and I'm not sure I could go back to a non-split keyboard... I think a non-split ortholinear keyboard isn't nearly as ergonomic as a split one, although it's still probably better than a staggered (non-ortholinear) keyboard, at least for your left hand. With a split keyboard, you can set the sides further apart (about shoulder width), so that you don't "push" your elbows into your body, and you can rotate the sides of the keyboard, so that your wrists are straight (similar to a Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard, for example). This is pretty great for the price, if only it were a split keyboard (and I wouldn't mind individual RGB backlighting). I honestly wouldn't mind paying even ~300 $ for the "perfect" keyboard (I might even buy a second one for the office). I already have trigger finger on both middle fingers, the keyboard(s) would pay for themselves if they prevent me from needing surgery on my fingers. :P
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I've seen hot-swap sockets for LEDs too, but I've never tried them: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wholesales-DIY-200-pcs-lot-240pcs-lot-Crystal-Base-Long-Pin-Hot-Plug-Hot-Swap-For/32622320922.html But now that you mention it, I'm not at all sure if you can have both at the same time (hot-swap switches and LEDs), at least without modifying the switches. Or if the LED sockets would work for RGB or WS2812 LEDs at all. A guy on Reddit hand-wired individual RGB lighting under the switches (on the underside of the PCB), which might work nicely with transparent switch bodies (Zealios or similar): https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/4cqj56/my_hand_wired_655_keyboard_with_rgb_keysalmost/ I'd rather have individual RGB backlighting than hot-swap sockets though, I assume I'd settle on a favourite switch at some point.
The Massdrop CTRL and ALT are hotswappable and individually lit.
Who is the manufacturer? Is this kprepublic?
I think I want this? Anyone have similar and care to talk me into joining drop?
MdotMaxson
You can get all these parts through kprepublic. The only benefit here is the convenience of a one stop shop. The inconvenience part is a la k of information on the manufacturer, the type of sockets, info whether it has a reset button for flashing (lol) etc...
Eribabu
I'm not 100 that it's available at kprepublic, pretty sure it's a different case. KP has a bottom diffuser not a side slit, but maybe I'm missing it somewhere?
Is this from the same manufacturer as 75key drop? Is the PCB same as that?
Just to be sure, is it the case that regardless of the switch selection from those offered with the drop, no soldering is needed for keyboard assembly?
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Well you can buy sockets off KBD or Zeal in that case :D
I've had to resolder hotswap sockets before. Not hard at all, just surprised they pop off like that.
Where can I buy just the PCB?
Hindsketchup
Search XD75 PCB on kprepublic website or AliExpress.