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HerpDerpenberg
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May 18, 2018
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@YanboWu Are the "light pipes" something that only come in the switches themselves? Therefore, if you ordered a board with the barebones selection, is there no way to get "light pipes" benefit? I don't know why it took until now to realize this and they were in the switches themselves and not the keyboard (even though it does state " The switches on the CTRL feature light pipes "), because I would have probably got the switches, but had no interest in the keycap set.
When I do a quick google search to find vendors of switches with light pipes included, and it seems hit or miss and the light pipes are only limited in some switches but not available in others?
Is there some way that future Massdrop switch buys will have light pipe switch tops that I could put into this keyboard? Seems a bit of an oversight on my part, but now it seems a lot worse of a mistake since I can't seem to fix it.
May 18, 2018
YanboWu
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May 22, 2018
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Hi yes the "light pipes" are part of the top cap for these switches.
Also yes in our usual kaihua speed switch drops - the switches do not have the light pipes built in (mostly because the pipe would prevent the switch from sitting flush with a lot of the PCBs out there and also prevent through hole LEDs from been used).
I'll see what we can do about making some of these switches more available.
May 22, 2018
HerpDerpenberg
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May 23, 2018
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Awesome. I've only been able to find online speed gold and copper that come with light switches through some google searching and contacting online shops to see if they would get in any with no luck, due to the same comment you made where light pipes make them incompatible with a lot of boards and they'd rather not deal with the hastle.
Are all the available switches with CTRL (ALT as well) available with light pipes? I was looking at Box Whites possibly so I might be able to pick up a set of switches nobody needs on the mech market. But I've had my eye on Box Jade and Speed Bronze as well which is why I wondered if there were any available elsewhere. I thought I could just buy up speed gold switches and swap out the tops/light pipe, but it turns out, due to the whole different stem design, the bottom "pipe" area is narrower on the speed copper vs gold.
But sorry for the long winded response, but I'll keep my eye out if you guys do a light pipe switch drop between now and ~August when I get my CTRL. Thanks for your response!
May 23, 2018
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