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The Kailh BIG Switch by NovelKeys

The Kailh BIG Switch by NovelKeys

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How long is the y-axis of the stem, I don't want it breaking my huge keycaps
So, if you buy this, and the PCB and case from Woodkeys (https://woodkeys.click/product/big-switch-case-and-pcb/), does it require soldering?
Also, how user friendly is QMK? I did Arduino for my Keyboard.io Model 01, and programming was easy enough, but getting everything installed and configured and actually *working* to GET to that point was a giant pain (granted, at least partly due to fragmented and poorly written documentation).
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Bummer. Thanks!
Good to know, thanks so much!
Already have a couple, going to buy a few more for gimmick purposes. Does anyone know if the solid keycaps like the ones from the WoodKeys bases are available anywhere? Link for reference.
https://woodkeys.click/product/big-series-3-key-case/
Or just a 3d printing file so I can do it myself?
Thanks
DrJedi1983
A Seattle /r/my Community member just started a 3d printing shop and does the caps. He is a great guy and Here is his web shop: https://www.mtnmech.com/collections/frontpage/products/big-switch-keycap
He has glow-in-the-dark plastic as well as heat-sensitive/color-changing.
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Thanks a ton. Huge help.
Will this break my GMK keycaps?
xctmiz
Lube generously before attempting
Did someone manager to break the switch apart and reassemble it? Is it even possible without breaking the plastic?
abbabon
I have and it worked fine. A bit difficult though.
abbabon
I have also. It isn’t that hard, but I can se how someone could break one doing it.
Jesus the ship date. Too bad the pale blues are out of stock or else I would have bought it directly from NovelKeys
myanngo
Same. Really unfortunate
I would've bought one, if it weren't for the $18.04 international shipping costs... :-(
Goliath has arrived.
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My big switch arrived. So awesome. Thanks @mgsickler
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yanfali
Thanks!
https://i.imgur.com/mxUoqg5.png Massdrop still pretending that the MSRPs they come up with are true/accurate. Doesn't change that this drop is cheaper than the normal price, but lying about MSRP to make people think they're getting a better deal is kinda sketch.
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Free shipping for US buyers... so when you factor in the *$18.25* Massdrop wants for international shipping... dang
sevenseacat
International shipping is definitely more expensive than I would like it to be, but unfortunately there’s nothing we can really do about those costs.
I think it would be great if someone printed round keycaps and used these for Pop'n Music.
Has anyone considered using these for foot switches (with QMK or some other firmware, maybe modifier keys, backspace, or other frequently used keys)?
Xorian
Novel Keys sells a PCB for these so you can do that very thing.
For $10 = 100% sure $20 = maybe $30 = well.. for fun it's expensive, but still... maybe $45.04 = for fun, it's no.
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Unless they're international.
BlueCrowned
  • Quantity1
  • Subtotal$25.00
  • Shipping & Handling$18.04
  • Tax$0.00
Total (USD)$43.04
If anyone is interested woodkeys.click has a case and pcb for sale now. Its pretty expensive but really pretty.
I purchase the one switch wood case. I'll review once I get it.
I hope it doesn't need a bottle of lube to be smooth..
I want one... and don't have a CLUE what I would do with it... can someone please tell me, using small words, so that I understand? I'm not into electronics, although I could possibly figure it out, with instructions... and lots of pretty pictures...
HELP! Brenda
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Unfortunately, I have ZERO understanding of how keyboard switches work...
brenda52411
Hopefully you would gain some knowledge by looking at the insides of a big switch while it's working. That's my plan at least.
For those interested, I found the datasheet for the switch, which includes the dimensions that will be helpful in designing a PCB for it. If it's one key only, you won't need to mess with key matrix etc., so it should be easy. I'll probably do one when I have time. I think I'm gonna be using a pro micro and flash qmk firmware in, maybe try to put some RGB leds on the board.
https://cdn.sparkfun.com/assets/8/7/a/e/6/BS-Tac_Spec_Sheet.pdf
AzureSerenity
All the spec sheets for the Big Switches are available directly from my site. :)
https://novelkeys.xyz/collections/frontpage/products/the-big-switch-series
Alright, just ordered 1 for each. Now how do I make the switch functional? Is there a PCB for them?
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Wowww~ Thanks for the link m8! I'll make it as play/pause media button lol This is lit.
Can someone post a banana next to the keycap for scale
kmxx
I don't own one of these, but if you watch this video at
https://youtu.be/HE0un0BoUwo and go to around 10:30, you can see it with PCB in a guy's hands for some perspective.
Hope it helps!
Here is a shoutout; maybe have the drops for artisan keycaps during the big switch drop? So people can actually buy? (I'm still very sore about that drop failing because it got 9/10 orders.)
Also I hope we get a nice pcb/stand like the woodkeys one soon. I really wanna use it as an alarm clock somehow.
Which artisan keycaps?
I did a writeup of how I programmed mine! http://nerdblog.io/archives/911
Here is a picture of it in action (gif, massdrop doesn't like anything > 10mb). https://i0.wp.com/media.giphy.com/media/k517LWEx70bNBd20Ww/giphy.gif?resize=270%2C480&ssl=1
Paired with a woodkeys PCB & Case, you can program them to do pretty cool things!!! I have mine set to send (WINKEY + L) to my desktop, so when I'm getting up from my computer - I hit the button & It locks my screen!!!
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hrabosky
If MassDrop sold them like that, I'd buy one. Fricken awesome!!!!
kittykatmax
You can buy both parts right now...
I wish whoever did the photo copy for massdrop would put a hand or a banana or something next to these so we can get a feel for how big they are.
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perfect, thanks
PigmonkeY
Hrabosky posted a writeup on his blog and i pulled this image that shows his hand pushing it:
https://i1.wp.com/media.giphy.com/media/k517LWEx70bNBd20Ww/giphy.gif?resize=270%2C480&ssl=1
$18 for shipping but i want it 🤣
108 of these is $2700 if anyone wants to make a full size keyboard. :D
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boot2skull
$1525 for 60% ;)
RehnMan
$25 for a morse key... or $50 if you favor iambic paddles.
Just got my clicky switch, and I'm a bit dissapointed that it doesn't use the MX blue mechanism: the click is just made by a piece of spring wire on the outside. It does NOT have the MX Blue slider.
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Nomadluap
You're disappointed it uses the superior BOX switch mechanism?
KONATAonPC
They have a non-box click-bar-design switch as well: Kailh Bronze.
I just got mine and am trying to pick one to be my new doorbell!
One small issue: the tactile keycap has a scratch on it. Is that something that can get sorted out?
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xevious
If they haven't been in touch with you, contact MassDrop support directly. They've always been amazing when I've had problems, but they might not see this post. Even this late - in my experiences at least - they will help you. It doesn't hurt that you have proof that this scratch has been there and isn't something recent you managed to do yourself.
Just got mine! Very nice overall. Although squeaky, so it's going to need a bit of lube.
Cyphre
I agree... they're definitely squeaky. Any suggestions for which lubricant to use? I've got some Molykote 111: would that be appropriate?
xevious
Because of the size, I'll just be using a polymer grease (can't recall what I have at work) same as I use on stabilizers. Molykote 111 seems like it would work fine, since it specifies plastic o-rings, but I'm not seeing any info on composition. Never used it myself, so I can't say for certain.
It shipped!
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Mine hasn't arrived yet but I'm very excited for it. Even more so due to this: https://keeb.io/products/big-switch-pcb?variant=7507922845726 which will hopefully be in stock very soon.
TanvirK175
That PCB is really neat! I had seen other stands and such for this switch, such as the one @XIK posted recently, but I didn't know anything so bare-bones existed. Initially I bought my switch as a desk ornament, but now...
There must be a Trump joke here somewhere...
WHEN
gaberade
Do you mean when it will ship? March 5 2018 according to the description page, the gods willing.