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I'm interested in Matias Quiet Linear switches (which aren't an option, but fine I can buy them from Matias). Would I be right to assume the PCB is identical for the Matias option as it is for Gateron / Cherry switches?
What might stop me is the keycaps: does anybody have more info on exactly what ALPS keycaps one can buy that will fit the infinity well?
The PCB is the same for both types of switches, yes. As for caps, I am holding some type of hope that MD either gets more or does a drop for an ALPS set - it seems like a few people in this discussion have been asking about them; the time may be right for a set to come out. Other than that, you can try to piece together a set from PMK, but they are out of stock on certain colors/sizes right now (and it is more expensive than it was to buy them with the drop). Other than that, there aren't going to be a whole lot of options that fit well.
Thanks. How often have these infinity ergodox massdrops happened in the past? Maybe I should just wait for the next one?
I'm not in any hurry and spending lots of time hunting for keycaps that may or may not be suitable really doesn't appeal...
I'm not familiar with this stuff, I'm very new, but for the sake of a swift response, I've seen someone say this is the fourth or fifth drop of this particular item. And each one was not completely identical, there were minor improvements. Maybe you should wait for someone to give a knowledgeable answer, though. The only hurry right now is the 8 day deadline to "JOIN DROP".
Thanks - but third or fourth over what time period? Five years? One year?
I don't know how long the ergodox has been around even...
This is drop 4, and the first one was about a year and a half ago. Each drop started almost immediately after the preceding drop shipped, so if past performance is any indication you can expect the next drop to go live within a month of the expected ship date in the description (unless there is a delay).
Keep in mind fulfillment time as well if you decide to wait for the next drop - it may happen shortly after this one ships, but this one doesn't ship for four months. If you assume a drop early to mid-march with a two week availability (similar to this one) and a four month fulfillment time (similar to this one), you're looking at towards the middle of July. If you want to wait that long, it may not be a bad idea - maybe get a couple minor changes, jump in early and secure some caps... but it is a long time to wait.
Damn man, I want some matias linears too...