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I'd like to just throw out a quick warning. I have a smart68 and it's a wonderful keyboard... however, there were a lot of issues with the last group buy and there are STILL users who have not gotten their keyboard or have a broken keyboard that has not been taken care of. Problems included missing components on the PCB, loose/broken USB connectors, scratchy FN bars.... as well as people who have not gotten their keyboard (it's been over a year). Contact with Feng was generally non-existent throughout the process even with him posting on other areas of the forum. If MD ran this internally then I'd be OK with jumping in again, but otherwise just be careful out there and weigh the risks. Check out the smart68 thread on GH if you need more info and want to see how everything went down. https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=83442
Why is everyone loosing their shit over the Smart68? This board can easily be reproduced with existing parts.
That smart68 sure is appealing, but DAMN The White Fox is sexy. It doesn't have flashy RGB, but damn it, I want it!
The problem I have with Massdrop compact keyboards, is that they are all so darn thick! Please let me now if there's an option I'm not aware of, but the height of the tops of the keys on all of the Massdrop compact keyboards is such that I need to carry a wrist rest with me for an optimal typing experience. This isn't true for this Cherry keyboard: http://a.co/12UEr1t -- however this comes with some layout compromises.
If Massdrop drops 'smart68' , I would like to drop it with version 'v1', 'v2' and 'Pad' options.
magicforce 68
Does nobody else use right shift?
baomi6
I've only ever used it once. A videogame had my hands in such positions it was my only option. I changed keybindings after that. Every single layout I've ever planned out for a board lack the right shift. Sadly I can never find any keycap to fit the spot where it would have been that's tied to the function I've given it.
Are the mount points for the Smart68 compatible with pok3r?
Slippery_John
No they are not. The Smart68 features, you guessed it, 68 keys. More than the Pok3r could ever fit. That's why the 68 is one row longer.
TTheuns
BTW if you are looking for a 60% layout with arrow keys take a look at the XD64 that dropped recently.
Damn Massdrop needs to get on this Smart 68 board. Over at gh many others would like to get hands on this board (me included). Please talk with feng and get this done, somehow, any means necessary. I just love this design while still being compact! Maybe Massdrop can drop down the price a bit <3
genkidama
+1 I did not discover the Smart 68 until the order was closed :( I would go all in for V.1 (low profile) Smart 68 & Smart Pad!
What would be very similar to the pok3r (poker 3) backlight but with dedicated arrow keys?
M_at_o
XD64
It's an old picture of smart68, the new one features a huge ugly bezel around the keyboard http://world.taobao.com/item/521044971611.htm?spm=a312a.7700714.0.0.3Fk6H7#detail
I need the smart 68
Is that the latest design for the Smart 68 keyboard? Because last time I saw, it looked like a toy.
Now it looks nice. But 300$ MSRP is, eh.
Please drop the SMART 68 MASSDROP!!!!!!
You want discrete arrow keys, not discreet.
murich
But what if I want them subtly positioned close to other keys?
romevi
very timely comment
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Have you read the updates: https://www.keychatter.com/2015/07/26/whats-clacking-xx7-topre-megatron-artisans-smart68-hot-swappable-keyboard-and-more/
It should start around August. I had been so excited about this concept, but one year is a long time. By now i can get 3-4 KC60 for the same money depending on the switches i choose, with pbt keycaps, which can be easily moded.
I'm on the fence
Smart 68 would sell like hot cakes.
Will there ever be an ISO option??
Pablo82
I second this, would be nice to have an ISO option.
Is it possible to have this in ISO as well?
This is Topre switch with 87 keys, the only other item in this category is the Leopold with only 66 keys. This differs from that in the sense that this just skips the num keys, but retains the same standard keybouard layout with 87 while the Leopold has a non standard keys and employs a Fn key.
The Smart 68 keyboard looks so good and hope this could turn into a GB soon.
This looks awesome, would love to see a drop!!!!
Guys look at that 300$ price tag come on most of us can't buy that.
Marvellion
Are you joking? This is massdrop. We drop thousand dollar products every day, and have sold shittier keyboards at this tag.
Marvellion
Says whom?
bump. any news on this one?
I hope this keyboard is not vapor-ware. This keyboard is the reason I bought $200 worth of Dolch keysets ;( If I ever get this keyboard, I can stop collecting bunch of keyboards. This is my dream keyboard!
Taffyman
I agree, I want the smart68 pretty fkin bad.
Any update on finding a new producer?
This is the keyboard of my dreams
Thanks for the update. Does this keyboard still seem to be feasible? Would MD be following up and producing this product? or will MD be organising through Feng or someone who is in contact with relevant parties and has reason to bring this product to MD.
I would imagine that the Infinity Kb among many custom boards should keep MD busy for a while.
I held off on the infinity in the end because of the keycap compatibility. I have too many good looking sets with 2u backspace keys ;)
I need arrow keys! I picked up a Pure Pro with PBT but the smart 68 seems better.
sudo
I´m with you, buddy!
Am I the only one who doesn't want browns? It seems like it