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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chrstphrmllr
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Jul 10, 2019
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Everyone complaining about the layout, all 40% boards can be tricky but there are plenty of sets available on the internet. If you go with XDA or DSA then it’s easier because you don’t have to worry about rows profiles, sculpted sets you need to be careful. It’s just part of the 40% game, it’s the only keyboard size I use myself, I can’t even use a 60% anymore. Sets often have the 40% kit when sold on drop like Pulse, Canvas and any decent set. This only needs a 1.75u enter, a 2u shift, a 1.25 tab and either two 3u space bars or a 2.75u and 2.25u space bar depending on your layout. The rest is just 1u. Also, because some keys might be hard to find in the right size and row with Cherry or SA, you can always use XDA or DSA. The legends may be wrong for example 2u backspace for shift on this keyboard but it will work just fine. That’s why 40% users like icon mods so we can place them anywhere and complete builds such as this without having to find the exact size, row and label.
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Jul 10, 2019
Geo.Li
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Jul 10, 2019
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This is great and all, but does anyone even know where to find the corresponding keycaps for this thing?
Jul 10, 2019
Graphicwave
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Jul 10, 2019
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Doesn't it come already assembled?
Jul 10, 2019
Geo.Li
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Jul 10, 2019
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the keycaps aren't included, though.
Jul 10, 2019
EliN
109
Jul 9, 2019
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Drop... if you're posting a board with a weird layout like this, please have an option to include keycaps. I would have bought in already, but I'm going to pass. Having to find caps for this weirdo layout sounds like too much bother.
Jul 9, 2019
Hendoe
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Jul 9, 2019
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I'm assuming not, but does this come with switches + keycaps?
Jul 9, 2019
Keycore
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Jul 9, 2019
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can we get a keyboard layout editor link please so we can set up our own layouts based on this?
Jul 9, 2019
Keycore
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Jul 9, 2019
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disregard didnt take long: http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/##@_name=BM%20WORKSHOP%20BM43A%2040%25%3B&@=Esc&=Q&=W&=E&=R&=T&=Y&=U&=I&=O&=P&=Back%3Cbr%3ESpace%3B&@_w:1.25%3B&=Tab&=A&=S&=D&=F&=G&=H&=J&=K&=L&_w:1.75%3B&=Enter%3B&@_w:2%3B&=Shift&=Z&=X&=C&=V&=B&=N&=M&=Shift&_a:7%3B&=&_a:4%3B&=Fn%3B&@=Ctrl&=Super&=Alt&_a:7&w:2.75%3B&=&_w:2.25%3B&=&=&=&=&=
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Jul 9, 2019
joeltrane
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Jul 8, 2019
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I was hoping that this would have been more like the kumo, by the van keyboards: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thevankeyboards/kumo-a-compact-mechanical-keyboard If the kit supported hot-swapple switch sockets, I probably would have jumped on this drop, especially considering the reasonable price.
Jul 8, 2019
chrstphrmllr
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Jul 11, 2019
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You can get proper Kalih hot swap sockets from KBDfans and Novelkeys too, same ones used on the MV PCBs, I got a Kumo and I’m loving it.
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Jul 11, 2019
ARCFXX
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Jul 11, 2019
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Those only work if the PCB is designed for it, though. If you've got a regular PCB that's meant to be soldered, look up Mill-Max sockets, they're a widely compatible option.
Jul 11, 2019
daviddoctorrose
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Jul 8, 2019
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Interesting... Does this fully support Alps switches as stated? (i.e. is the pcb actually Alps-compatible)? Are there any photos of the actual pcb included in this drop? And I'm assuming the Alps plate use PBC-mounted stabilizers?
Jul 8, 2019
krazyken04
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Jul 9, 2019
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I can't speak for the alps switches, but I've added a lot of photos in my review here: https://drop.com/buy/bm-workshop-bm43a-40-programmable-keyboard-kit/reviews/2466953 Posting the pcb photos here for ya as well! I used SIP sockets to make it hot-swappable, so it's going to look a little weird.
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Jul 9, 2019
daviddoctorrose
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Jul 9, 2019
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thanks for the write-up and the photos! That pcb definitely does not look to be alps-compatible... I'm still hopeful, since the description and the specs note alps-stem compatibility... but may be setting myself up for disappointment. I'm hoping someone from Drop might be able to weigh in before the close date!
Jul 9, 2019
AfroSolider
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Jul 7, 2019
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would like to see a picture of the buttom of the keyboard and some info on the coloring way anodized or something else ?
Jul 7, 2019
martinr99
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Jul 7, 2019
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Amazon has a $18 Planck set that will get you started with this keyboard. Not perfect, but usable. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B8HFY9L/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 2u space bar is a little short for the 2.25u slot 1u return key for the 1.75u return slot 1u blank key in the 1.75u left shift slot 1.25u blank key in the left 1.25u return slot
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Jul 7, 2019
AfroSolider
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Jul 8, 2019
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how is the quality of the board did it come with any dings or scratches ?
Jul 8, 2019
krazyken04
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Jul 9, 2019
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Really great quality on my end
Jul 9, 2019
LifeIsOnTheWire
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Jul 7, 2019
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I would have been interested if it wasn't such a silly layout. The designer obviously made a decision to prioritize the need for arrow keys above all else.
Jul 7, 2019
Cyphre
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Jul 7, 2019
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All layouts smaller than 60% are silly because they suit the needs of those willing to adapt. What one things is better or more efficient is not the same for everyone else.
Jul 7, 2019
XTaran
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Jul 7, 2019
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> All layouts smaller than 60% are silly I think most of the people interested in this or any other 40% board will heavily disagree. :-) > because they suit the needs of those willing to adapt. What's bad with this?
Jul 7, 2019
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