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You guys don't even have to time to route the traces correctly. Truly unbelievable, this is a disgusting looking PCB.
These are current version PCBAs with no changes.
Yes, lets increase the price of the board so less people buy it to make sure that the traces on the board are more aesthetically pleasing. Such silliness in the mech keyboard community sometimes.
Lol wut? I didnt even realize this pcb looked bad?
Okay, maybe you pay the engineer a little bit more to route the traces, at the end of the day that cost averages out over the cost of the 1000s of PCBs and ends up being hardly anything. I would also reason to say that manufacturing may be cheaper because their would be fewer vias that need to be drilled and filled. As far as I'm concerned, It's really about attention to detail. If someone is paying $75 for a pcb, they deserve to have a quality product, especially if that person is new to the hobby and may not know any different. Drop is the entry point for lots of people into the mechkeys community and I argue should feel some sense of moral obligation to make sure people get what they pay for.
Pardon me, but why does the tracing matter? From my understanding, as long as the PCB works the tracing doesn't matter because its hidden under the keyboard and you won't ever see it?
but a lot of people have PCB issues with the Alt. Not saying its related to the horrible tracing buuuutttttt.... it takes two seconds to make it not suck
I hadn't looked at the traces until you mentioned it, but DAMN. That's embarrassing. For a brand that is marketed as higher end, to invest absolutely nothing in design is a stunning admission that their quality has gone to crap.
I wonder if these have the static build up problem fixed or if they're still just accepting the failure rate.
There are many things that need to be taken into account when designing and routing a pcb. An experienced professional engineer will be able to do much a better job than an autorouter can.
For one, horrible traces like these may result in more resistance, hence might require slightly more power. Someone also mentioned a valid point about the number of vias on the pcb.
Spaghetti traces isn't optimal for minimum number of vias, or minimum track length. In PCB design corners that are sharper than 45 degrees are bad practice. It makes it a nightmare to troubleshoot for those who are inclined to do so and it makes it virtually impossible to fix if there is a bad trace. At the end of the day it none of these are huge issues, to me it primarily shows a lack of care put into the product.