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honestly, what i want is:
OR aluminum case.
i am not a big fan of acrylic case.
How do you know we don't have one?
Because it isn't listed :D
Zhon answered wisely and with great insight.
I would be very interested in the aluminum case.
I personally was hoping for an aluminum top plate with this drop.
Could we get more information about the features that are missing from this drop that were in previous drops and why they are missing? Specifically: LEDs, Top Plates, Full Hand ErgoDoxes, Labeled Keycaps, pre-assembly.
Asking the hard questions so the rest of us can eat popcorn and watch.
I want to wait for those features, but I don't want to wait till next year, lol.
I calls it like I sees it.
The PCB is LED capable. There is an LED driver chip on the PCB to use the LEDs. We just are not including LEDs in the drop. Aluminum top plates: it can most likely be a thing before the drop ends. Same goes for full hand. labeled keycaps.. no idea that's not my area :) and what do you want to know about pre-assembly? The PCB's come fully assembled except for switches and LEDs. edit: and possibly the LCD. not sure about that one yet.
RGB driver? Or just power?
Honestly if these are going to be offered with led's... I'd rather wait for that! And doubleshot caps! please T_T
You can buy your own LEDs and solder them on. The PCB has the LED holes and the hardware for it.
Thanks for the responses. I have a couple questions:
Aluminum case: Is there a possibility of a fully aluminum case rather than acrylic?
Other Keycaps: Can you check or get the person who's area it is to respond?
Pre-Assembly: I haven't ever soldered before, so I would have been interested in the option to spend an extra $50 to buy a fully assembled kit, which I read was offered in previous drops.
Response to your responses:
LEDs: Good to know, glad it is available for us.
Aluminum Top Plates: That would be great, I know I want one. I just assumed that there wasn't enough interest in the past, thus why you didn't offer it this time.
Full Hand: Great that it is a possibility with this drop, I don't want it, but others do.
For those of us that have already committed. Will we be able to modify our orders if these options are added?
> Pre-Assembly: I haven't ever soldered before, so I would have been interested in the option to spend an extra $50 to buy a fully assembled kit
Don’t be scared. I hadn’t soldered a single joint before building my first Ergodox and it was not even remotely a problem. With this kit, you only need to solder the switches. Those really are the easiest parts to solder _by far_.
This. If you're worried about your soldering skills, I think key switches are actually an excellent beginners project. Very large through hole pins with little chance(zero? ) of actually damaging any real components as opposed to little diodes.
Plus every time you type on it you get a little extra satisfaction as you admire your handy work.
absolutely, and honestly I built the first ergo by just watching a ton of tutorials on soldering on youtube. I didn't even do the best... but when I plugged it in the first time, everything worked, which I completely didn't expect.
Granted I did have a decent soldering station already so that helped. That's the one thing I would recommend is spend more than $15 on a soldering kit... something more like 60-100