BM Workshop BM43A 40% Programmable Keyboard Kit

BM Workshop BM43A 40% Programmable Keyboard Kit

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Small enough to take to a friend’s house or the café, the BM Workshop BM43A has just 43 keys. All 43 can be programmed to your liking, too, whether you prefer a more standard key layout or something a little more unconventional Read More
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pjmarsh
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Feb 24, 2021
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Great for what it is
If you take this board at face value it's an excellent product. It seems that it is a small board meant for gaming, occasional typing, and tinkering with this. For that purpose this is an excellent product. I've hooked mine up with Tealios v2, got some keycaps, and I've been extremely happy with it. It's been one of the best experiences I've had gaming in a while, as the small size leaves so much room for mouse use and lets me play games in a very compact space. I get that some people might want numbers for their games, but honestly it's not that difficult to either use a layer or just change the command in game. It's also small enough to practically use with a laptop and not look like an idiot. This means that I have started carrying it around to on the go gaming sessions and placing it on top of the palm rest on my laptop. Don't get me wrong, as soon as you try to use it for productivity, you'll get extremely frustrated. The lack of a question mark, parenthesis, quotation mark, and numbers make doing anything work related almost impossible without a second keyboard or a second layer, which I am far too lazy to set up. But for what the keyboard is intended for, this keyboard is excellent.
Sam_00
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Nov 11, 2020
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So when I first opened the box I found that the Aluminum plate was bent, I flattened that out but it was an inconvenience. Other than that I really liked the board and am using it now. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a budget board and likes how it looks. My one critique of this board would be that the USB C hole on the board is very big.
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masterc28
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Oct 6, 2020
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Rose Gold Ano issue
I pre-ordered this product thru Drop because they offered a color that no other in-stock vendor does (rose gold). I excitedly opened the package to find that the interior had not been fully CNC’ed, leaving a substantial raised area in the middle. The anodization on the back was also very uneven, appearing yellow-orange in both direct and indirect lighting. It also said “DEMO” on the bottom...? I am in the process of returning the kit for a refund as Drop has no replacements to send out. Nice.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
wudkeys
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Oct 6, 2020
Mine also says demo on the bottom. Not sure what to make of that, but it's weird. Mine had a fine CNC job, fortunately. I haven't put mine together yet, waiting on some millmax 7305 hotswap sockets to arrive.
kahlilnc
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Jul 20, 2021
Nice foot
Cpiece
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Jun 10, 2020
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Good Enough
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The 'hole in the plate' size was perfect. Others are good enough. Let me know if you are late. I know it's due to a virus, but let me know when to wait. And, I think it would be nice to have a Switch or Stabilizer option.
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BurbleAndPop
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May 14, 2020
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Nice quality board with only one small issue
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I love mine so far; I have lubed 72g gateron yellows for the alphas and trash pandas for the mods and space bars and it's a joy to type on. I've had no issues with it other than the stagger they went with being a little bit annoying to find keycaps for in the right profile. The case is nice and solid. Overall, I'd recommend this board for someone who wants to try out a 40% board.
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Gjamen
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Jul 22, 2020
is there a link to the layout & layers anywhere? I'm not seeing the comma and period keys, and I'm assuming they are just in a layer
Sam_00
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Nov 11, 2020
You have to configure it using QMK, the basic layout is shown in the pictures above. You can add me on discord if you have any other questions. keystream#4072
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Apr 12, 2020
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Cute little keebs! Function-wise, I'm not sure if I can use them as daily keyboards, but they look good :D
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CaptainSaif
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Apr 10, 2020
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epic small board.
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Jan 23, 2020
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Great entry 40% board, but R2 is rough
I've been looking to get into 40% for a while but was unable to find a board that stays in stock. Enter the BM43A. I believe it's usually available from KPrepublic, but I picked it up on this Drop instead. So far I'm enjoying it, but I'm a bit frustrated with R2, as the shift key is .25U longer than it should be. This shifts the offset of the row just enough to drive me mad, it turns out. I find myself missing the N key pretty much every time I go for it, since muscle memory tells me to hit the B key instead. Overall I'm fairly happy with it for the price. Note that finding keycaps for the board is very difficult, so I just went with a 128 key blank cherry profile set for about $25.
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known_wonder
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Apr 20, 2021
Thanks for the comment. I was just about to order when I noticed that Upper R1 was moved over .25U which seemed an odd choice. I get that it's a way to fit into a 12x4. I was curious to know what this was like to use IRL, as I could imagine that it would be tough to switch between boards because you'd have to get used to that. I think I would have also moved R2 over .25U with 1.5U ends for better uniformity, but that might also just have the same problem but at the top.
T0L0Y
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Jan 15, 2020
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CTRL socket doesn't work.
That's my experience. Didn't even have to solder. Tested my PCB and it arrived without the bottom left CRTL socket working when I applied tweezers to both pin nodes. Whatever.
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krazyken04
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Jul 9, 2019
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SUMMARY:
Pros: Heavy aluminum case, easy to solder, good quality PCB, after digging some you the instructions followed make it simple to do the normal flashing of QMK. Cons: Under-lighting will never be visible, instructions are difficult to track down, not hot-swappable (but read below to see how I made mine hot-swappable). EDIT: Almost forgot, I really wish they also sold some stabilizers with it. Having a really tough time tracking down these weird space bar sized stabs. The angle of the photo exaggerates the spacebar problems but you can definitely see the issue there. --------- 8 Pictures below all the rambling ---------- The board is really great and everything arrived on time and intact. The case is quite heavy. Nothing like the super premium stuff, but much heavier than I thought it would be. It is fully programmable via QMK. I've got an interesting layout that I have been able to fumble through while learning to program with. I used SIP sockets to make the board hot-swappable. You can find those over on Digikey.com with part #8134-HC-8P2-SI-ND Switches are a mix of several different ones while I wait on new switches to ship, though I quite like this setup currently:
  1. Majority of keys are Kailh BOX Thick Clicks (Navies)
  2. Bigger side keys like shift, tab, and enter are Kailh BOX Thick Clicks (Jades)
  3. Anything my weak pinky hits are Kailh Speed Golds
Keycaps: @MiTo's GMK Laser Set
  1. Cyberdeck kit
  2. Mitowaves
  3. Blocknet
On to the photos! PCB (Top side) - Note: SIP Sockets installed
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PCB (Bottom side) - Note: SIP Sockets installed You can actually see where I missed the "O" key here in this photo!
Third from the left side of the photo.
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PCB Side View with SIP Sockets
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Case Top
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Case Bottom
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Case with PCB
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Weird key combos for my wimpy pinkies
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Uppiiish
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Nov 12, 2020
Hey how do u make the underglow led work? they said on the aliexpress websitre that u have to use libusb
tetris
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Nov 13, 2020
Im not sure about kraken but I used qmk to flash it. You just have to create a hex file i believe.
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