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Punchy KB68 Bluetooth 4.0 Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Punchy KB68 Bluetooth 4.0 Mechanical Keyboard Kit

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Has anyone been able to figure out the keycaps in the picture?
what a flop lol
Do i have to solder all the switches in, or is it pre-assembled and i only have to put everything in the case?
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Well, guess i have to pass along then... Soldering is not my thing sadly :/
winnduu
there are some nice 65% hotswappable boards on the market - maybe look into the alt?
For what it’s worth, I heard Punchy is the same group as REVO Team..and you know how badly some of their group buys went.
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Slayerage
sorry,you are wrong。punchy just employ revo designer。I‘m not participate in revo‘s operation
Love how the FOUNDER writes a long post about the pain of getting the case and PCB just right.  All those words about " sincerity and high quality"  There are no pictures of the PCB, Plate.  Only top angle shots of the case.  RGB board, with no picture of RGB. The two piece case looks like its different color. Also what are those slits in front of the case? Are there the same slits on the back? What does the inside of the case look like? How think is the alum? Doesn't all CNC alum case start as a big chunk? They post pictures of keys and switches, which is not included.  Show what you are selling, not what you are NOT selling. Only TWO people have join the drop. Looks like a fail.
panda713
preach.
I think Massdrop should post drops like these without keycaps and switches in the pictures. IMO it’s approaching false advertising to include pictures of a fully completed kit without any clear indications in the pictures of what is included and what is just an example photo of what the kit will look like completed. Or they could only show what is included in this kit for the first several photos and leave the last couple of photos showing the progression of the build with switches installed and ending with an example photo of the fully completed keyboard? For this drop in particular, you have to be somewhat of a detective to figure out what is actually included. After the first paragraph of the listing in the green highlighted box, Massdrop indicates that keycaps are not included. Then you have to scroll all the way past the photos, specs, and included sections to see the 2nd green highlighted box indicating that switches are also not included. Why couldn’t they have simply notified customers that both the switches and keycaps are not included in the same section of the listing instead of what seems like an attempt to generate confusion by splitting up relevant information? And from reading these comments, several were understandably confused as to what they are getting for a $300 mech keyboard kit drop.
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Gooms
Perfect example of how a drop like this should be presented: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/xd64-v3-custom-mechanical-keyboard-kit
This board neither fills any market holes or provides anything new. The only unique feature this board has is it's bluetooth and that alone is not worth the extra asking price.
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Space65 doesn't have a bluetooth pcb option that I know of, and does it's case design have enough empty space for a battery if someone does figure a way to hack bluetooth onto it's pcb?
sleepybrett
No Bluetooth.
@punchy_lab Despite the long background post, which is a good story, I don't think you really understand the market. Even complete, assembled, with key caps, switches, etc., $300 is going to be a stretch for a 68% Bluetooth keyboard, regardless of quality. In a kit without switches or caps? That's just not going to happen. A more realistic price range is $150-$180 for something like this. Get the bill of materials down to the point you can sell a complete keyboard in that range and you have a winner. When I saw the photo I was ready to buy it. When I saw the price and read a little further, that quickly became a no. $300 for the kit, another $50 of switches, and $50+ for a set of key caps. And then my time to source all that stuff, ship it, and build it? That's a $500+ keyboard all said and done. Yikes.
sardonyx
Also only windows support for updating? Does it work with straight QMK?
Niz Plum has a BT 60% that costs half this and comes with Topre AND comes with PBT caps. No way I'm paying 300 for a kit with no keycaps and no switches simply because it has Bluetooth...
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BT is cool but I'm not willing to spend $300 for it especially when not everything is included.
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agreed
I understand what you're saying. My personal endgames are either a mint cerakoted M65-A or the mint Maze Custom, later down the line when I'm able to spend that type of money on a board. For this drop in particular I'm just saying it's not quite worth the money when caps and switches aren't included, as well as a questionable build quality for the case/PCB. It just barely misses the mark at this price point but if it was a bit cheaper it'd definitely be a contender and something I'd consider purchasing!
Hello everyone. I’m the founder of Punchy Studio. When I bought my first DIY mechanical keyboard in 2013, I fell in love with this baby. In the next few years, I joined every buying group I found and bought every keyboard I liked. While enjoying the pleasure that these pieces of art brought me, I had a great deal of respect for the manufacturers, and their meticulous attitude and spirit of excellence also affects my life, work and study. But later I also found several problems: while mass-produced RGB keyboards flooded the market, DIY users were still struggling for the lights; while Bluetooth became standard, we had no choice but to comfort ourselves with “metal housing affects Bluetooth”; upper frame fastening, base frame fastening, semi-steel housing, PC positioning plate, carbon fiber positioning plate… none of these attempts could give us a feeling of finger massage. The year 2018 came and these regrets lingered in my mind. At the beginning of 2018, I made up my mind to live my life with no regrets and set up the Punchy studio, determined to make a full-featured, industry-leading, stable and comfortable product to fill the market gap of customized DIY keyboards. However, my intuition and working experience in the manufacturing industry told me that things would not be that easy. Later I found that it had been pretty much the case. I kissed goodbye to all my holidays and free time and put a lot of energy into product design, packaging, and many other things. I used all my resources to look for a manufacturer that met my standards. After confirming the product positioning and the general plan in March, we began to look for a high-end housing manufacturer. After consulting and visiting no less than ten factories, we managed to have the prototype sample produced by the end of April, mainly to test if the aluminum alloy processing and anode treatment meets our requirements. In the next 3 months, we made a total of five prototypes: the first model modified the overall height for more comfortable and practical use without hand support; the second model modified the internal battery compartment; the third model continued to modify the battery compartment for large-capacity battery and symmetry of appearance; the fourth model modified thickness of the frame so that the keyboard can be put into a briefcase; the fifth model modified the thickness of positioning plate. After collecting thousands of feedbacks from users and opinions of manufacturers, we changed the bearing pattern of the positioning plate to achieve more stable clicking and changed the thickness to meet the different requirements of users who prefer the linear switch or clicky switch. Finally, we made the prototype of the finished housing at the end of July. Next, we continued to look for a PCB supplier with a small order not even tenth of the large manufacturers’ MOQ. Doors were closed on us one by one, but we opened them again time after time. In the end, several companies agreed to cooperate with us. After determining appropriate plans for team product, we initiated a series of negotiations with the manufacturer and reached a costly contract of specially developed PCB for KB68. After that, we immediately produced more than ten sets of KB68 for inspection, problem-solving and various limit tests. In October, we received our first finished product. As a newly established studio, we have no fame of well-known designers or representative works, but only our sincerity and high quality. In order to show our sincerity, we ordered 200 sets on our own funds just to relieve our customers of the anxiety of waiting. As to the quality of the keyboards, please have a look at the following data: In mid-December, 200 sets of KB68 were produced, and less than 120 sets met our standard and were accepted. 12 sets were slightly bumped during delivery with hardly visible damage of no more than 2mm x 2mm. Some other keyboards failed the checking due to some minor flaws, such as tiny scratches, anode stains no larger than a Cherry switch’s area, etc., because we want to provide the most cost-effective products to our customers and let everyone get to know Punchy as a brand of excellent quality and sincerity. This is how KB68 was developed from concept to manufacture, from trial to finished product. Considering all the time, money and resources we put into it in nearly 300 days from February to December, the total cost and effort are beyond words. But when the keyboards are finished to my satisfaction, I can’t help but want to share with you. We are proud to tell you that KB68 is a keyboard with stable transmission, complete functions, diverse usage and guaranteed quality. And so will be any other products from Punchy! This is Punchy’s promise. I want to thank you for your interest and support, with which we will steadily move forward and further improve our products!
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punchy_lab
Unfortunately massdrop is not the place to sell high-end boards. I think that’s what you intend this GB to. The target customer is just not right. The base who are willing to pay 300+ board is very limited. Geekhack is a better place, and then you will need to engage with the community a lot before they are willing to pour the money. Just my 0.02.
punchy_lab
Cool story sis
Ridiculous price. If you're spending $300 may as well get an HHKB BT.
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Koxinga
To be fair the HHKB is a different layout, and the AA battery holder on the BT one looks like a afterthought vs this one with a internal rechargeable battery. If this was closer to $200 without the RGB I'd be seriously considering it because I love the layout, basically a BT KBD67. But since the HKKB BT is $340 (complete keyboard but no RGB, and the KBD67 is ~$200 for a kit like this one but no RGB or BT -I can honestly see how the price would seem appropriate. I just wish it was also offered in a cheaper no RGB option.
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Koxinga
Comparing this to a plastic keyboard with the build quality of a child's toy isn't really fair.
There is hot swaps on Amazon for $50. Get with it, MD.
If you want me to pay that kind of money for a keyboard, it better not be f$#@ing ruined by a stopper or similar WKL-type nonsense. Welp, at least the keycaps (not included in the drop apparently) look nice.
Has anyone gotten a "coffee" case? Is it like a bronze or does it look more like plastic or matte in texture?
The Good:
  1. the layout is pretty nice
  2. the key caps look great
  3. it's programmable
  4. supports bluetooth and usb-c
The Bad:
  1. the case is fugly and rgb is stupid
  2. the key caps are cheap
  3. the price is ridiculous
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Shalakazaam
Keycaps aren't included.
steveowashere
omg hahah thats even worse
I could buy a Korean custom with 300 dollars. Pass!
Only $300? Wow.
Wait is this thing programmable? Does it use QMK?
ZoeFiri
Looking at the manual download, it looks to be a proprietary driver, and Windows only. Bluetooth version does not seem to be specified. No QMK and that is a deal breaker for me. I was strongly considering this, but if not open firmware, no way am I trusting some unknown with $300.
Vandenhul
Oh lol. Yeesh.
Lovely keyboard and I totally support bluetooth implementation, but this price is insane! I'll stick with my Anne Pro 2, thanks. That said, those keycaps are soooo delicious! I love the colors and the typeface. Are they available separately?
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Those are the chalk caps. They were a drop recently ended. You can find them on kdbfans webpage or AliExpress store.
888mjl
Thanks for the tip! I checked both sites and the versions they sell aren't quite the same as the one pictured here (i.e. the WinMix one featured in the drop I sadly missed). They don't have the same typeface for the legends, they all have WIN keys rather than "Super", and the colors are not as soft. I guess they are knockoffs. I put in a request for the WinMix set and will keep my fingers crossed.
It looks like the switches are non-solder. I wonder if it would be better to get this or to disassemble and resolder an Anne Pro 2
ValianTkz
this pcb requires soldering
It's pretty, but that price!
For $300, you would think there would be at least one picture of the RGB lighting in action.
Unbelievable 25% percent discount and free shipping too! Plus it has the elusive 'Punchy' cap, I haven't been able to find this anywhere.
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You so right!
your link is not the same keycaps, the keycaps shown here are SA not OEM.
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Such a ridiculous price. I bought the KeyWalker here which is similar in specification but a third of the price AND includes switches and caps. The software is even the same!!
$300??? this is getting out of hand. Who is setting the precedence for these prices?! God, I remember back in 2017 when you could buy a perfectly good Anne Pro for $70 bucks.... Ahhhh yoot.
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I was j/k'ing. I was just noting that the prices on here have become insane with the (mostly) unproven designs and manufacturers. I get the high prices when when it comes to proven short run "artisanal" kits. But MD has become notorious for throwing up these overpriced, fly by night, flashy looking kbs hoping some suckers will hop on anything shiny, kind of drops.
enero
Ah i see, I agree with you man. I am all over the space65 group buy, but def passing on this
Wow this is a lovely case. I've already joined space65 which is a little cheaper and similar layout, but this does look good!
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Me being a douche aside, good point, you are right, I can man up. I use cheaper as less expensive but on a technical level they are different, and you right boo boo
usernamelol
Thanks, sweetheart. You earned yourself a meal instead of the value menu tonight.
KBD67 you're welcome
Can we get a better definition than "lengthy" on the battery time. If I spend 300 dollars on something I'd kind of like to have a better time estimate on the battery.
If there was a non-Bluetooth version for cheaper I would consider buying it.
dinosaur_meat
KBD67 meets that criteria and has extra features to spare, like a brass plate and hot-swap sockets. https://kbdfans.cn/collections/diy-kit/products/coming-soon-kbd67-mechanical-keyboard-diy-kit