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KBD66 Custom Mechanical Keyboard Kit

KBD66 Custom Mechanical Keyboard Kit

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Please drop this soon.
Anyone has a review on this?? Am comparing this to the tada68. Which has a better build quality?
I would not recommend this keyboard if you want to use GMK keycaps. I regret buying this kit. I didn't know south-facing switches are not compatible with GMK keycaps.
In the picture it looks like a lot of the keycaps are crooked. Should I expect mine to look like that too?
Just so everyone is aware: the plate that ships with this is not compatible with the split spacebar layouts, and the gradient keycap set does not include a standard sized right shift key. I got screwed on both of these things when I purchased this kit (I could have figured the keycap thing out if I was smarter but the fact that MD shows the split spacebar layout when their plate isn't compatible kind of triggered me).
Is this kit compatible with Matias Switches?
wwwerdnaaa
Unfortunately not.
Are the switches on this pcb mounted upside down?
Razor_blade
From what I can tell from the PCB picture, backlight LEDs appear to be at the top of the switch.
msandiford
They're south-facing switches.
anyone have an assembly details? the middle of my board bows and doesn't want to sit flush with the switches. I can't see what's causing it.
I started working on the layout this evening and, hey... the plate doesn't support split spacebar, does it? Dammit!
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:( well I didn’t really have a choice
jcook793
You can take a file to remove this part. Takes some time but doesn't seem to interfere with stability as far as I can tell. Still it is ridiculous to tell you that the board supports split layout and then without any notice the plate doesn't. When asking massdrop support about it, all you get is basically "screw you, we don't care"
My mini-USB port seems really loose, so my keyboard easily looses connection to the computer. Does anybody know of a good fix for this? P.S.: I tried with different cables, one was slightly better, but still not near as good as it should be.
I just got a notice of delivery
I still haven't received mine
So is this shipping soon or ...?
But to choose this or Preonic? Oh man oh man oh man
May I know if the weight at the bottom comes the same color as the case, or a random color? Because actually it would be nice if we can choose the color of the weight, too.
Isaac.Z
same
ugh I want this but can't decided if I want to get it directly from KBDFan's are from Massdrop!
Sorry if I'm just being dense here—but would someone please explain why there are options to buy sets of 108 keys with a kit for a 66-key board?
Ander
Most likely because they're 3rd party keycap sets that aren't produced by KDB, in the same way they don't produce the switches or LEDs themselves. When more generic keycap sets are sold they usually come in full sets of 104 keys (and sometimes even more, to cover the full spectrum of common non-standard keys). It's really only high-end custom keycap sets that you can buy in parts (and have to buy in parts, actually) such as alphas, modifiers, numpad, etc. They're including options for people who don't have keycap sets they can add on already. don't want to spend a lot of money on a high-end custom set, or just want an all inclusive package. So they include options of more mass-produced sets that are generally available at any time rather than the sets you see on Massdrop by a specific maker.
Nice board, i like having the split spacebar certainly if the board is fully programable like this beauty is.. I absolutely love my FC660M only problem is that it's not fully programable .. so this is a kit i wil be considering in the future..
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There's also the Tina from kbdfans. I have the PCB and am building a split keeb with it.
i definitely consider the CleuBoard to be the best out there. i have both the FC660C and the FC660M with mx-clears. ever since i added the HASU controller in my FC660C turning it to a fully programmable board. I have bin looking for a way to turn my FC660M in to a fully programmable board. i quickly landed on the CleuBoard being the better option fully programmable and a split spacebar and a fully custom bottom row. i love your pic. only thing i would have different is the right shift. But the bottom row looks awesome.
Since Leopold has discontinued MX-clears in the FC660M i have a pretty rear board. i paid €204 for it that’s including a extra keycap set €38,51 and €48 customs fees. i’m hoping to sell it in the future for around that price perhaps nock of a bit. And buy the CleuBoard only problem is that i would have to probably ad $50 to $70 customs fees again really hate that chit.
For now i’m waiting on the K-type board to get in.. And i heard that input club is talking with third party vendors to sell the whitefox in Europe. Still your CleuBoard pick wins out. only thing missing is backlighting i know i i know it’s just nice to have and probably won’t care buying PBT caps hahah.. Will keep this pic it’s soooo good looking..
Is there a guide to programming this board anywhere? I have one from the kbdfans gb but, their kbd66 page does not exist anymore.
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You're welcome. Afaict it's nigh impossible to brick the chip because it has a dedicated programming mode.
Vol control is super easy, a lot of boards put those on a second layer reachable by holding the FN key, but since this is your keyboard feel free to reverse this and make them dedicated with insert and delete on layer 1.
Thanks for that link, I had soo much trouble with TMK for some reason, but QMK was no trouble! :)
Will this case work with leo' FC660m? If so, any way to purchase it separately?
Kiryu
Sorry no, it won't fit.
New to all this, can I buy new key caps for this. Would a standard ANSI set fit this properly with the keys at the proper heights in each row?
Arct
You wouldn't have any problem with the various rows, however the right Shift is non-standard. Looks like you would either need a duplicate left Shift, or any other 1.25u and 1u keys to fill it. Also this is a kit, so it would be up to you which format you would set it up as.
Does this PCB support UK ISO?
JollyGreenJames
Yes.
Stupid question, but does this require soldering skills?
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MadGinga
If soldering isn't your thing then you can always put some Holtite (8134-HC-8P3) in the board. These will allow you to swap out your switches without soldering, and you can even get some for the LED holes.
ZealPC has some gold ones that you can buy https://zealpc.net/collections/accessories/products/gold-plated-hot-swap-sockets-for-pcbs
You can also get them from Digikey in bulk, the led ones are cheaper then the golden ones so you can save a little there. https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/te-connectivity-amp-connectors/8134-HC-8P3/A114359-ND/1151726
The hurdles against soldering are: space, knowledge, and tools.
Space: If you have a kitchen table, then you have space for soldering. Knowledge: As others have posted, there are very good videos online that can train you. It will work. Tools: This is the one thing that you probably don't yet have, and must physically acquire. The Sparkfun site has many appropriate tools for sale, though: https://www.sparkfun.com/. Other posters will probably have links to other good sites. You will need a soldering iron, solder, flux, and de-soldering wick and/or a solder-vac. Those tools don't take up much space when you pack them into a box in a closet, so space is not too much of a concern.
You can ask yourself if you want to own the tools at all. I think that if you are planning to solder even two different projects of this cost level, then it is worth owning the tools. One project? Maybe you could borrow the tools?
Have fun!
Is this a DIY?
tscolari
Yes
I am just wondering why the price of this is fairly low, and that there aren't that many purchasing this keyboard. This deal seems too good to be true when comparing this product to leopolds, and cluboards
Thugric
It is pretty cheap. and for a first alu custom its definitely good for the money. the build quality is alright. cheap ass screws and subpar anodizing. but, really for the money you are getting a fully programmable alu case keyboard. for under OEM prices.
Thugric
I got this kit on the last drop and I'm very happy with it's quality. I just pre-tested the pcb before soldering/building it and everything checks out great. This kit checks out 100%. The only issue I have with the case is that it doesn't have a reset switch hole. That's not a show stopper for me because the board has a software reset key combo (which I can't remember right now). Or I might just drill a reset hole.
PCB + main page show support for a split spacebar... except the plate doesn't?
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I'm pretty sure you could dremel the plate, but I haven't built a keyboard before so a) I'm not sure and b) I'll have to ask around about where I should be cutting. But I think I'm still gonna be in for this drop.
jcook793
Looking at plate I would just use a small metal file. It's soft aluminum and you'll need to mount the stabilizers and trial fit the plate. I'd be afraid of taking too much off with a Dremel.
Ooh nice to see this drop again! I would join, but I think i'm gonna wait for the KBD 90% instead.
Anyone know where I can get another PCB for this build? I ordered two of these kits, one PCB is working and the other is not responding at all. Looked around online but can't find where to get a replacement. Any recommendations on where to get the same PCB or something different that would fit the case/layout?
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It's pretty easy to test before you assemble. Take a pair of metal tweasers and using an online keeb tester or down load the free windows app from elite keyboards, trigger all the switches connectors for each key on the PCB. Then at the very least if it doesn't work you can complain to customer support and get a replacement.
yanfali
Great idea! Thanks :-)
Anyone else have trouble with the USB cable included in the kit not fitting in the socket of the case? I couldn't get a firm connection because the block around the mini USB connector is too large and the bevel around the socket interferes. I used another USB cord for now and the keyboard works great with that. I'm considering taking a knife and cutting the plastic around the plug back just a little bit but wondered if anyone else had this issue and what they did to deal with the problem.
Klingon00
Yes, it looks like the cable's plug is too thick to make a snug fit. So I sliced off about 1mm of the black plastic on the top and bottom of the plug and it fits fine now.
Klingon00
yeah, I had to file back the rubber a bit to get a good connection.
Just built this keyboard(this is the first kit I've built) and I dont think my computer detects the PCB/keyboard at all. Cant find it in device manager or anything like that. Could this happen if I soldered something wrong or anything? Haven't put LED's in yet but I might so that I can see if it powers.