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Massdrop x OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6

Massdrop x OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6

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Stickied
This is the new Planck! STM32 and a bunch of goodies - the same that the Preonic got in its latest drop. USB-C is the future, so I've integrated that, hot-swap sockets, and footprints for some cool add-ons, like a Qwiic port (https://www.sparkfun.com/qwiic) that will work well with Sparkfun's ecosystem, along with some other things that we're cooking up! Other footprints include WS2812B LEDs, a 4-channel DIP switch, a JST power plug, 4 encoder footprints, and some headers for breadboard fun - all these components will be coming up in a future drop with compatible Mod cases. By default, only the encoders and RGB LEDs will fit into the standard case without modifications.
We're also offering the Mid-Pro case for the first time in this drop - it gets this name because it's the same size as the Lo-Pro cases offered in the past, but uses the Hi-Pro top plate, so you can easily change between them if you want to change things up in the future. This also allows for some more color customizations that will coming up in a future drop as well :D
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jackhumbert
I the new plate compatible with the (old) lo-pro case (rev4)??
jackhumbert
Will the different case colors be sold separately on olkb website later? Like will i be able to buy purple and stuff at a later time?
Stickied
Hey everyone,
Since @jackhumbert already jumped in with details about this round of the Planck - I only want to share how excited I am with the different upgrades that went into this thing. The hot-swap sockets really make this a super accessible kit if you were ever interested in ortholinear keyboards.
I do have a mention a couple administrative things for this drop - 1) We will be launching a companion drop similar to what we did for the Preonic (https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-olkb-preonic-utility-kit) to allow people to further augment their Planck. In this drop, you have the choice to pick no case and no plate in preparation for this companion drop. I'm hoping to have it up mid November - we will definitely make sure there is some cross over with this drop so everyone can get what they want. 2) Please note that we will be collecting payment at the end of the October. This is to allow us to start prepping the the order to ensure smooth delivery. If this is an issue for you, please make sure to join the drop after October 31st.
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FrampTron
Wooo, thanks for the link and work on all this!
Question for OLKB veterans: how easy is it for you to switch between staggered and ortholinear layouts? First time going ortholinear. I'm excited to experiment!
SendMeYourCoconutCandy
not a veteran but been using a ergodox for three months give or take. took like three weeks to get used to the new layout. im switching between stagered and liner right now so thats another learning curve. the difficulty is the ECWXRV and OIU on liner where it takes three tries and i still get it wrong. the confusion with ECWXRV is because i game a lot, so musule memory is working against me there. and switching back on stagered ZXCVB is killing my left hand because the difference position from liner, and B is the hardest to reach, as in i had to make a conscious decision to reach for it where thats not a thing i ever thought about before liner happened in my life.
So I bit the bullet and went in on PCB and hi-pro purple w/plate. I was going to get PCB and super sciencey EOTW kit from MK.com, but for $20 more I get a nice aluminium case. This will be my first Planck. I have not decided on switches yet, but other than that. Is there anything I should know for transitioning to, or learning how to get the most out of the Ortho layout?
Does all the keycaps options allow for grid ?
faustri
Found the search field and found the answer (all keycaps allow for grid :)
With hot-swappable switches, would you just have to move two switches and re-flash the board to switch between grid and MIT layouts? Just wondering in case I decide I want to try them both out.
jjgg713
You do not have to re-flash the kbd. The left of the two 1u is what the 2u switch acts as (correct me if I am wrong anybody). So just lift up the two switches and replace them with the one and you are done. I have the left as space and the right as hyphen/underscore as it its also a kind of space.
what makes these tiny keyboards so expensive
mohamsters
Milled Aluminum, small production, specialty markets.
Pandemos
Yeah I know it's a specialty market but small production and milled ALUMINUM does not justify the price in any way aluminum is not a great metal in any way
I have a question: so no need to solder for this run at all? They switches we select will all be hot swappable? even zeals and like gateron browns?
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Azraelian
No need to solder for MX switches and it's clones. If you'd like to use Matias switches, you've gotta prepare soldering equipment.
Nebukadnezzar
thank your for this confirmation!
will the new model maintain plover functionality? i literally care about nothing else... well ok, keep it orthogonal. but yeah :) ship it to me 3 years from now, as long as it supports plover, i'll be happy.
[this isn't my cup of tea] thank you i’ll keep scrolling now. [moderated]
Hello everyone! I have been looking for a mechanical keyboard that I could carry around for both my OTG compatible table (for which I have been using Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000) and my work. I've been watching plank keyboards and I really want to get one, but I am confused as to what and how to go about it, especially the switch side. I am simply looking to get this model, all a while being able to work at work and at home and have some fun from time to time playing a game or two (mostly FPS) on the side. (while at home). I've read that Cherry MX switches are the most silent ones and adding O-Rings (as I have done so far for my Rosewill Kailh Brown Switches keyboard) will reduce the sound even further. I work in a call center and I enter mostly data (so using a small sized keyboard that reduces the travel distance of both my fingers, palms, my wrists and my arm is a MUST for me at this point) and I want to make it as silent as possible. What configuration would one suggest ? Any thoughts ? If any of you have sites to suggest (to learn more on the subject), feel free to share (I like learning new things). Thanks!
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FiR3K
I have personal experience with two silent switches. Zeal's Blue Zilents (MX mount) and Matias Quiet Click (Alps mount). Both are tactile and impressively silent. I prefer the Zilents which are my daily drivers at work right now. I used Matias Quiet Click for 6 months before these and while they are also sufficiently silent I never loved the feel. Check out the Chyrosran22 Youtube channel. He has a video on the 10 most silent keyboard switches. Not all of them are mechanical though but he mentions both the Zilents and the Matias Quiet Click if I remember correctly.
FiR3K
There are a lot of factors that contribute to keyboard noise: case, plate, switch and cap all influence the sound. There are so many good switches these days that it’s hard to go wrong. I use QMK clips in a couple of my boards, and they are almost as effective as the ZealPC Zilents I have. That said, I use Gateron Greens at work and on the go and have never had any complaints about the noise.
So i just joined the drop. And I see that first payment collecting was the end of October. Wondering when will I get the kit? Checked the ETA on description. Looks too long for me lol Or just sometime after the drop ends?
ZhongP
The description seems about right. It may take that long or possibly more, you never know sometimes. I think they will also be collecting payment again at the end of the drop.
Are these V2 Zealios?
Seems like a pretty obvious question but I just wanted to clarify, will the Matias plate support MX switches? Or is it purely for Matias switches? Thanks in advance.
Eri_Kasamoto
At least with the low-pro alps top plate I got on the rev5, it only supports matias/alps switches. I believe the footprint is the same on the newer top plates, so this should still be the case.
Eri_Kasamoto
Matias plate will only support Matias switches. The good news is the plate will support all 3 layouts (Grid, 1x2u, and 2x2u).
will this PBC work with RGB cherry mx switches? also -- does it matter if those switches pcb or plate mounted?
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Yes those will work just fine, but if you're planning on getting LEDs for the switches im pretty sure you'll have to solder them on yourself and from the looks of the PCB it supports only single color and not RGB.
What good are Cherry RGB switches, If you can not take advantage of it? It has no difference with common Cherry MX switches except that the body is transparent. Its purpose is to pass the LED lights coming from below through the holes of the PCB board.
Anyone know if Kailh Choc (low profile) switches are compatible with hotswap?
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joshea
Keep an eye out for an update to the Planck Light. Choc hot swap sockets DO exist, but this V6 Planck has regular MX style sockets.
joshea
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As you see, it ain't fit on the PCB.
Heard that box switches has an issue with some keycaps, do you know if these keycaps will be okay with box switches? I'm keen to get this drop with boxes
I know the first run of the Rev6 Planck PCB on OLKB ended up with the silver solder mask by accident, but I read that the PCBs on this drop will be made by a different manufacturer so will they be using ENIG / gold mask or something else?
monsieurtaco
Yeap! Totally different manufacturer, and this will be ENIG :)
Can I use it without a plate like a Clueboard?
Anyone have one of the purple cases with GMK Laser caps? Trying to decide which color to go with.
What is the benefit of getting charged on OCT 31st vs just waiting until later and getting on the train afterwards? It doesn't cost more or anything...kind of pointless.
Is there a spec sheet, description , or even bigger images of what the felt case looks like?
Which switches in the dropdown menu best resembles MX clears? I have chosen the MX-plate and beige mx-compatible keycaps, not sure what I should do about the switcehs
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aoueaoeu
I had the same question for myself.. Currently on a Pok3r with clears as my daily driver and absolutely in love with the way these switches behave. Besides Cherry, I'm only familiar with Gaterons so all other options are new to me. After researching the internet, I went for the purple Zealios switches with the higher actuation force.
cinisi
I came to the comments hoping to find this exact conversation. Thanks all! @meatloaf and @cinisi @cinisi you said you went with the "higher actuation force"- does that mean you went with "Zealpc - 67G Zealios (Tactile)"? I was looking on their site but just wanted make sure. https://zealpc.net/products/zealio
International shipping will be with tracking? This is my first massdrop ;)
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expect to have also duty/custom fees
giammin
yeah, I know courier will contact if fees will apply I have experiences with fedex international shipping
Have already ordered. But just clarifying. So the beige blank xda keycaps comes with both 1x2u and 2x1u space and are there 2 dish homing keys? Either I read it wrong or it is unclear from description. Anyone found a response to this in the discussion?
Looking forward to this arriving with the sleek purple hi pro case next year. Till then gotta try and find some nice caps for it. Wish I could have gotten the Milkshake GB with Weirdo caps. Would have looked incredible with that purple case imo. Especially with the purple and banana yellow ortho mod keys.
Zacipult
I bought a lot of Milkshake (not the weirdo caps though)... Now there's an idea....
sevenseacat
Well I would be very envious / love to see it if you did ;-)
What I would like to do is build an EOTW Planck right now, and then swap the PCB into one of these purple cases later. I realize that this drop doesn't allow you to buy just the case, and I read that the supplemental drop will offer different case options, but I'm wondering if that drop will offer only the cases with extra holes that allow for the modding, or if a purple version of the regular case, without the extra holes, will be offered?
is this case compatible with older Planck models? i have a revision two and my engraving has inconsistencies i'd like to replace.
I'm new to custom keyboard, I joined the drop, but what if I want RGB backlighting ? Do I need to get another PCB with included LEDs ?
MacGamerFR
not sure about this model, but i own a V2 planck, and all I had to do was buy flangeless LEDs (or whatever is compatible with the pcb) and solder it in. I have no idea about the LEDs being rgb, but only because I went with solid blue for my planck. AND if this is anything like when I bought my Planck, you WILL need to solder it together yourself, unless they added hotswappable switches, which would make LED soldering more complicated...
TLDR; if this is built like the old ones, you can solder in your own LEDs
MacGamerFR
From the looks of the PCB it doesn't support per-key RGB only single color.
I have No problem Building it but don't have a Soldering iron (as i remember it being needed), Does this Version come pre-built or Build yourself?? This keyboard is just so eye pleasing
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if I dont want to solder I can get this with the Kaihua switches?
fraincs
Yes, that is correct.
I want to get this but I have never soldered or done my own DIY keyboard before. How easy or hard is it? What are the odds of me breaking this whole thing and wasting my money? And also what all tools do I need to purchase? Would be good if someone gave links to necessary stuff required to assemble this keyboard :)
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good to know.
What a gracious gospel for those.. ME lol.