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Sentraq TK78 Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Sentraq TK78 Mechanical Keyboard Kit

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I think the layout is one of the best - slap on an Aluminum case... ooohwee.
I need this in my life, please make it so MD.
Wish this comes back
how much is it
It is a little too much money for me right now, but it does look nice.
This is an awesome layout, but it's just a bit too pricey, I think.
Really expensive :(
Looks like this one isn't gonna make it. Wondering if the Duck Blackbird will gain more traction. Kind of like this but more like a Leopold fc660 with attached numpad.... on the right side!
One day there will be a left hand numpad, no FN row and arrows+macro strip on the right =\
RELLIK
I dream of the same keyboard. Vortex put out a prototype photo on their website for a left-side numpad keyboard, but they never released it.
Been looking for a keyboard without the unnecessary arrow keys and del,home keys. And it also have 105 ISO layout hotdamn... I shame it doesn't have the f1-f12 keys. Would have been a instant buy if the board had the functions keys.
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Yes, exactly. Do you have anymore info on that board / layout?
Edit: The only slight difference I would make is have the arrow keys be 1235 rather than 4268.
usename
It's a Chinese custom aluminum kb called the ZZ96. Another one nearing group buy stage on GH is called AMJ96, with an identical layout.
I sincerely hope they add a bit more time to this drop, it would be a damn shame to see it not hit.
SmithTheNinja
If their 60% drop is any indication, this drop will get time extension and price reduction.
priyadi
So, now issuing drops are a way to set prices? LOL.
Will this hit production only if it reaches 30?
I love this keyboard & layout. Really really like it. But $250 is just too much for me. I probably don't understand why this is so much more than a Ducky or Varmilo, but I would expect (and buy) it around $150.
usename
Full aluminum case alone would put you at ~$150 alone. Plus you have a programmable PCB. It might seem like a lot when you're comparing to off the shelf boards, but as for a custom, it really isn't bad at all.
UsualSuspectXXX
Interesting... thanks.
Hey Massdrop, it would really help to have creative take a photo of the keyboard with a keycap set that has legends. We know its a 60% plus a numpad, but for those that want legends, it would help with selling the set. Its a good value as is and considering this is $240 to start, some more would perhaps join once they see the key layout with the legends.
Wow. Really shocked that I can't just eliminate the keycaps. They're the only thing that I don't really need.
There is now a "Barebones Kit (No Switches, LEDs, Keycaps)" option. but the savings is just -30$? or am i missing something?
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The default keycaps are actually 1.5mm thick blanks, quite a bit thicker than the cheapos
Howser
They had similar pricing with their 60%. Only $6 reduction for no case and no switch option.
I desperately want this layout with a left numpad... I would pay 250 bucks for that. I hope enough people buy this to make my dreams a reality.
Dhupp
The Monarch Alps Custom is what you want then!
livingspeedbump
I love the monarch but I really want cherry MX support. :S
For everyone asking for left numpad, the developers said they'd work on a left numpad after this keyboard hits production.
HGHarmon8
That is good to know, but if the development of a version with left numpad is subject to this hitting production, it may never happens, as this does not appear to get enough orders.
Now I remember there was an IC on GH about 60+num keyboard. Is this drop done by the same person? Because if it is a yes I remember he developed the left numpad ver too.
Jebbra
Yep!
Once a left hand variant is out, I'm all over it.
Layout reminds me of an "Apple Keyboard II". Fairly pricey IMHO unfortunately, it's a shame you can't order without switches, leds and key-caps.
Just curious, why miniUSB and not microUSB?
Think you guys will be offering a pre-built option? My soldering skills leave a bit to be desired and with a keyboard this nice I would hate for that to be it's short coming.
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Not quite, the smd components on the PCB are pre soldered, you just have to solder the switches.
jbyoung
You're right.
"All base components such as the diodes and micro-controller have been pre-soldered, so all you have to do is solder your choice of LEDs and switches."
Since this is the case, why the heck can't we buy it without switches and caps??? Makes no sense.
Are photos of the other case/plate colors available?
I came here expecting a criticism shit-show and I was not disappointed. If only the next drop could solve generations of design inertia and ergonomics issues while meeting the community's demands--all in one go.
/s
Pianock
If you are expecting YOUR own ideal keyboard with all the solved design issues, then sunshine you'll be waiting FOREVER.
You grab what you can, before your life expires due to waiting for that "perfect keyboard" ; )
Pianock
Because we're all here on massdrop to buy something that is otherwise easy to find and is in perfect lock step with previous design trends/etc (including those which are only, at this point, maintained for consistency's sake due to what are now anachronisms carried over from mechanical demands of mechanisms for typewriters).
/s ? I can't speak for everyone, but for things *I* think are neat projects that are close to something I might buy, but fall into the "not worth my money, especially that much of my money, due to…" I personally like to leave a little feedback instead of just walking away. Especially on something that looks unlikely, at this rate, to get funded.
I'm in the market for a 60% that would be good for coding and travel. This is different from many, and interesting in its differences, but specific aspects kill it for me, personally.
Normally I would rather just have a 60% with a separate USB numpad, and I think a matched set of both (it's otherwise hard to find a numpad that matches a given 60% board very well in design/features/switches/etc) would have been a better choice than this personally, for me. But if you *have* to put a numpad on a 60% keyboard (I could see it being easier to travel with), I have to echo everyone else saying the ergonomics would have been SOOO much better with it on the left, like the Monarch.
Any chance to get this with Cherry MX Green?
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Yeah the fundamental aspect of decent switches being bought up like that. What's left is the rubbish, that no one wants in their keyboards unfortunately.
Although you can buy the standard switches being offered at the lowest price, then de-solder them when it arrives. You replace them all with the switches you love. I know it's a waste of time and money but some already buy whole keyboards and de-solder them for full switch replacements.
May I ask why there isn't an option to drop switches and caps from this buy? Many people like to source their own.
If I could get this without switches/caps, or with a zealios option, I'd buy it today.
Those caps look great.
Will this drop have the left numpad version available?
i like the storm tk but would prefer the numpad on the left. and i'd prefer the arrow keys remapped to the 2,4,6 and 8. kinda like a left-hand model F but without the dumb F-keys on the side. I love the http://22kbd.com/156 but wouldnt want the extra keys to the right of enter key - my hand wants the really important keys in the corners and edges - ctrl, space, enter, BS, etc... overall i really like the TK78 form factor of the 60% + TK but nobody seems to have gotten it quite where I want it yet - and this is quite pricey...