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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Hardware' started by stenchlord, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. randomman

    randomman Member

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    So I ended up with Gateron Aliaz 60G, as they were recommended over Gateron Brown Silent. I ordered them end of December and they only just crossed the border from the US. Now I have to wait for all the Canada Post delays. My GMMK base and keycaps are already here. :(
     
  2. RaihaX

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    welcome to the keeb world :( wait till you order a GMK set!
     
  3. randomman

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    I dunno I'm hoping this will be a big upgrade from a Logitech Wave and should keep me satisfied for a few years.
     
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  4. adz

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    By the time I had finished my two keyboards, 8 months had elapsed...
     
  5. randomman

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    So after ranting about the switches still not being here, they arrived! I've got my TKL GMMK setup with Gateron Aliaz Silent. Let me tell you, they are pretty goddamn quiet even with my aggressive typing. The wife will appreciate them over the Logitech Wave when I'm doing some late night work while she's in bed (1br apt).

    The absence of the ten-keys and media keys are a bit of an adjustment, but I found AutoHotKey scripts for both. One uses the arrow keys with ctrl+alt and ctrl+alt+shift for media and volume keys respectively. The other uses 789 and below, enabled with alt+caps (and a nice "Numpad ON" popup), for the ten-keys.
     
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  6. adz

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    Niiice :thumbup:
     
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    I decided to treat myself to a hand made artisan keycap:

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    I've been looking at them for a while but couldn't decide on one, but then I found this one on Etsy, I think it adds a nice touch:

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    Geez, I didn't realise how dirty my keboard was getting, I suppose I should use the dust cover :lol:
     
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  8. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Anyone used a Keychron K4? Like the concept of a wireless mech. Need a numpad, and decent battery life.

    There's a V2 and one with hotswappable switches, but apparently reviews have the V2 as being of lesser build quality, and the Hotswappable board as being really spongy and inconsistent in it's keys.
     
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    I just took delivery and am now using a K1 104 Brown. I'm loving it so far!!
     
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  11. OCMunkee

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    Has anyone had success here in retrofitting USB-C to a mech KB?

    I've got a WASD Code 87 (TKL) that has a micro-USB and I hate it because the cables are so fragile and keep failing after a few months of moving / wriggling loose and reconnecting etc.
     
  12. Humane

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    It's pretty difficult as you won't find one with the same footprint on the PCB.

    It is possible to desolder the MicroUSB port and solder on some wire to connect a USB C port instead, as in the picture below, but then you'll still have to find a way to secure the USB C port to the case.

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  13. OCMunkee

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    Well, I'm actually luckier than that I guess, the USB connector is a daughterboard connected with a cable and socket.



    I imagine if I could get a breakout board that would fit that spot...
    - solder the USB2.0 cable to the USB V/GND/D+/D- pins on the breakout (checking the USB-C has pull-down resistor for device mode)
    - drill out the hole for microUSB connector (in the plastic casing) to fit the type-C socket
    - drill holes for PCB to align & screw down
    - reconnect USB2.0 cable to KB controller & reassemble

    Then it should be good to go?
    ::EDIT:: Something like this guy from Amazon https://www.amazon.com.au/SUKRAGRAHA-Connector-Female-Adapter-Testing/dp/B07TB8FMYK/
     
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  14. MxBluE

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    Buy some usb C daughterboard, glue it down or something then get at the case with a dremel. Personally, I say just live with micro.

    https://imgur.com/a/a3neV

    Just need to resolder the 4 lines to the new board.
     
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  15. OCMunkee

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    Cheers MxBluE - If I end up giving this a shot I'll post the results :)
     
  16. Aetherone

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    Have you considered using one of the magnetic breakaway cables?
     
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    sort of related, but not really

    but apart from Logitech, do any other companies do the unifying receiver for kb and mouse?? my laptop only has 2 USB ports, and i don't want to use a dock or anything
     
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    There are some Microsoft kits, but I don't think they have a single receiver that can mix-and-match products like the Logitech.

    The industry wants you to use Bluetooth. I haven't had good experiences with bluetooth peripherals, but they sell a whole bunch of them...
     
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  20. Aetherone

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    Yep, I think it's Logitech or Bluetooth. BT works, but I don't think anyone would describe it as "good" for anything beyond tapping out a word doc.
     
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