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I want to be extremely clear that this is NOT the "XMIT Hall Effect Mechanical Keyboard", despite the fact that it is the same keyboard, built by the same factory, to the same specification. This board - this drop - is the result of Ace Pad Tech and Massdrop negotiating behind the scenes, to bypass the existing design, manufacturing, and vendor agreement we had in place.
I have my guesses as to why this happened. One is that my contact within Massdrop was powerless to prevent this. The other is that the parties in question thought that I was not being responsive. I wasn't - my family had a new baby and I took some months off. Nothing like seeing your design ripped off because you were too busy tending to a baby.
As of this writing there is no formal relationship between Massdrop and XMIT Keyboards. This offering is NOT for a board that was designed and QA'd by me. I may read some design feedback but I am powerless to make improvements (since this is a ripped off design).
I may offer a next generation keyboard at a future time but this is not it. If you want a keyboard that is basically a Gen 2 XMIT board, with minimal QA, different branding, and the same quality control issues, please buy this. Cheers.
I was on the fence about this, but this has convinced me not to support dodgy business practices :/
If you're ever able to continue the XMIT line of keyboards, sign me up!
YES, this keyboard has so much dubious connotations that the average customer would do best to avoid and look elsewhere.
Tom Yang, the owner of this Hall Effect Keyboard needs to first STOP complaining about XMIT and his involvement but instead, pull his own finger out and start actually making a QUALITY keyboard.
The complaints thus far of this keyboard doesn't inspire anyone here to spend their hard earned money on. So please get back into building a decent keyboard instead of taking short cuts in quality and trying desperately to blame others for it.
WILL not be buying any version of this keyboard until it's actually fixed. Use quality GMK stabilizers at least, then come here and boast about this so-called, NEW keyboard.
I've been super-curious about this. I found a APT branded hall effect keyboard on another site, and purchased it; I was surprised to see the header of the documentation looked exactly like the paper from my Gen1 XMIT 104-key, just without the letters XMIT in the keycap logo at the top. I believe it even mentioned XMIT further down in the copy, and referred to it as a second-generation run. I was confused, and assumed it to have been a factory knockoff / successor of the original design, picked up by a different name. It seems that's not uncommon with overseas biz.
Glad to see confirmation.
At least they listened to the feedback about not having the butt-ugly logo on the front of the cases.