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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
Any idea when this will drop again?
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!
Very excited about next time the planck drops. Count me in!
When is this dropping again? Looking forward to getting one.
This is a really interesting design, but I don't totally understand the appeal. It looks nice and compact, but isn't it harder to use/not as ergonomic as a staggered keyboard layout? What is it that makes this worth it to people who use them?
Jschillr
I firmly believe that a non-staggered layout is more ergonomic. I always had trouble with the z-row on standard staggered keyboards. Before even learning of olkb, I always loved the layout of a number pad with all of the keys in straight columns. Once I got used to typing on my first planck, I couldn't go back, not that I can't make do with a regular keyboard, I just really prefer my plancks. As far as what makes it worth it to use, I'd have to say QMK. Using the regular qwerty layer and two additional layers (one for numbers, one for symbols) I can reach anything I'd need to type without moving any finger more than 2 keys, and most within 1.
Why even though I made an order in 2018 November 12 it will only be shipped in April 30? What is taking so long?
kugismugis
The wait time is fairly standard for niche keyboards like this. Nearly everything here is custom made and doesn't have the speed and efficiency of mass-production, so it takes time to get everything right.
Got this as a birthday gift for myself and can't wait to get it 😍 got the purple case and plate as well as sa vilebloom keycaps!
Are the plates sold in this drop compatible with the Low-Pro cases or no?
Sheeepman
Nope.
sevenseacat
Guessed as much :( Low Pro plates are out of stock on OLKB and I don't want to pay through the nose to get one custom cut...
I still can't wrap my head around the price tag.
When we these guys ship?
mettaworldj
Check the ship date at the bottom of the drop page.
Do any of the keycap sets have locating bumps on J and F?
inqbus406
Homing keys will be as follows: Acute - bars XDA blanks - deep dish ABS OEM blanks - bars
Newbie here. Just want to confirm that when I receive this, all I have to do is screws the pcb, plate, and cases together then drop the switches and keycaps right?
yohannes
Yep, no soldering required! (Unless you're using Matias switches, they need to be soldered.)
sevenseacat
Noted w/ thanks.
@jackhumbert Are the new Zealios V2 switches (https://zealpc.net/collections/switches/products/zealio) implemented in the switch options for this release of the Planck? I was wondering about this, since I could not find this particular specification.
Is there a way to just get the Acute Keycap Set, I got all the parts except a working Keycap set. I'd love to get the keycap set shown here as it looks REAL good.
Will there be a brass plate option anywhere?
could a 6.25u spacebar fit on this? Not a fan of the tiny space bars.
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Jmorc
Alternatively you could use 6 buttons for spacebar ;)
Jmorc
You need a 12u space bar to make it work, and you could fit up to four of them. Reminder you can only have 32 layers though... :D
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!
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SendMeYourCoconutCandy
Very very easy, just a few days. It's funny because it becomes fast a very smooth and natural layout to my fingers. I must say I was used to change as I switched from qwerty to Dvorak (spanish version) a couple of years ago. And never come back. And now I know I will never come back from my Planck.
Ballesteros
I’m on Dvorak on a Planck too. Expensive, but it’s awesome. I take my keyboard everywhere and type Dvorak no matter what! Not to mention having mechanical tactile switches always available to me…
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
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I just don't get why I can buy a full size keyboard as good or better for $150 why would I pay $200 for this? yeah it's nice it's not $200 nice
mohamsters
I`am curious. Where you can get full size keyboard with aluminum case? Not cheap plastics?
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
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.
FiR3K
Thanks for taking the time to replay @gimpel , @hampusk and @PoisonOak and sorry for the late response. I work in a call center and the clacking of my Kailh brown switches can be heard when doing phone call customer quality control (helping agents improve upon their skills, as opposed to tossing them out the door for "bad customer service" ), so it can become quiet annoying when you are listening to the call and through the playback, I can hear my own keyboard typing ( :D ) going "click, clack, clock..." . I will further look into different type switches and educated my self, thanks for getting me into the right direction !!! P.S. If any one else would like to leave his two cents on the matter, please feel free to do so, as I am sure that this could help other people as well.
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.