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If only it was a 5 pin config
They already announced it would be Q1 2021 when they could release the updated 5 pin compatible ALT and CNTRL PCB. These are just the current ones.
Maybe they'll sell out of these sooner rather than later now that they aren't priced the same as a Wilba PCB. Hopefully the new PCB will support VIA, 5-pin switches, multiple hot-swap layouts (like the CU65 PCB) and a more reasonable power requirement.
I'm new to the keyboard scene so correct me if I am wrong, but according to Google, a PCBA is essentially a "ready to go PCB" as in it doesn't require any extra work like soldering, right? And the PCBA is meant to just be placed in the case which just leaves the stabilizers, switches, and keycaps for a full keyboard?
Yes, pcbs with “hotswap” sockets allow you to just pop switches in without soldering. Also, there is the “plate” that goes between the switches and pcb if you forgot to list it.
Unfortunately they mentioned what all changes/upgrades they would have and due to how long both the ALT and CNTRL keyboards have been around and the several different models they had to make sure the upgrades and changes to the PCBs wouldn't make it where they wouldn't be able to fit in all of the new barebone cases they are selling now. Which is why even if they wanted to, it wouldn't be able to have PCB mount stabs (as opposed to the plate mount stabs) otherwise it wouldn't fit into the solid aluminum cases with the built in plates. I'll have to find the exact thread from last year where they said what all it would have upgraded. But at this point spending all this money to make a completely new PCB, they might as well spend a little extra and wait a while longer and just make a V2 or 2nd Gen ALT and CNTRL with dual USB-C port daughter boards to put in the front with a Bluetooth 5.1 LE chip and then just make them gasket mount.
They def couldn't add multiple hotswap layouts as the ALT HIGH-PROFILE top peice is thick solid aluminum with no removable plate (as its just one solid peice) so as much as I'd love to have an upgraded PCB for the ALT with all the features like you mentioned similar to like the ikki68 and ikki68aurora PCB 's it would be useless since all the money and new colors of the new high profile and low profile cases they sell wouldn't be able to accommodate it. And changing the power requirements (as much as I'd love two usb-c 3.0 ports instead of 2 usb-c 2.0 ports....it would cause even more chaos than their already is with new people just coming into the mech keyboard hobby and getting mad, overwhelmed and angry if they were trying to upgrade a previously owned Massdrop ALT, or the slightly different and upgraded Drop ALTs PCB and then finding out none of the old cables would work etc etc)
Haha I'm totally on the same page as you but they are limited as to what they can change without it more or less being a completely different keyboard. Which then they'd have to make specific new cases for them and give them a new name. And I can just imagine the uproar that would have on someone who just bought one of those special edition bronze or purple MITO high profile ALTs for $400+ and not able to pop in the new PCB.
But they did say they were making a GUI peice of software to change the underglow rgb lights and the backlit LEDs as well as much easier and faster key binding and macros without having to compile and flash an entire new QMK firmware file /update for the ALT/CNTRL /1800 layout. This was around the time the pandemic just started so kinda curious on the status of how that's coming along even though people on github have uploaded many cool custom new LED modes and patterns etc.
Correct....sorry for the extremely delayed reply my dude. I'm just now seeing these comments.