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The Hall sensor, for which this innovative keyboard is named, was popular in keyboards of the 1970s and ‘80s thanks to its reliability. Frequently used in nuclear reactors, missile silos, and aircraft cockpits, the sensor steadily became less popular due to high cost of production Read More
The Hall sensor, for which this innovative keyboard is named, was popular in keyboards of the 1970s and ‘80s thanks to its reliability. Frequently used in nuclear reactors, missile silos, and aircraft cockpits, the sensor steadily became less popular due to high cost of production. But we couldn’t let such a cherished switch fall by the wayside, so we’re bringing it back, in the form of a stylish bamboo keyboard design from community member XMIT. This time around we’ve made some serious upgrades, too. See below for more details.
Note: At checkout, you’ll have your choice from five different layouts: 61-key 60%, 87-key TKL (+ $20), 98-key 1800 (+ $30), 108-key full size (+ $40), and 120-key Sun layout (+ $50). You can also add a matching bamboo wrist rest for (+ $12).
New Switches, Layouts, Stabilizers & More
Since launching the keyboard last November, we’ve made notable improvements thanks to community feedback in the discussion section, on forums, and in mech keys meetups. First, the new Hall Effect keyboard has clicky and tactile switches and a new spring weight. The feel is similar to vintage Alps Blue and Orange switches. (With a simple modification you can get the linear feel back.) Next, this time we’ll be offering five different layouts—from the 61-key on the small end to the 120-key on the large end. Finally, we’ve updated the stabilizers to help level larger keys, updated the switch slider molds for better keycap retention, strengthened the bamboo case to prevent cracking, made electrical improvements for better key rollover, and rounded the corners for a smoother overall package.
The Hall Effect: A Bounce-Free Magnetic Switch
Most keyboards on the market use a rubber dome and membranes, a physical switch, or a capacitance sensor to detect key position. The Hall Effect uses magnets. Compared to a mechanical switch, the Hall sensor is inherently bounce free and water resistant, and it offers short response time. Key action is super smooth because there are no contacts being brought together. Plus, since there are no contacts to wear out, the keys will last a lifetime (or as long as the magnet stays strong and the plastics don’t wear out).
Additional Design Features
The Hall Effect keyboard is covered from head to toe in epoxy coating, meaning it’s IPX-6 water resistant if you have an accidental spill. As for backlighting, it’s outfitted with an oven-soldered circuit board with a host of colorful modes to set the tone for your setup. Plus, each key is LED customizable to your exacting standards. PBT/POM doubleshot shine-through keycaps help further illuminate the keyboard. Cherry stabilizers allow for rapid key switches, too.
Designed by XMIT Keyboards
Produced by Massdrop
Layout: 61-key 60%, 87-key TKL, 108-key full size, 98-key 1800, and 120-key Sun layout
Body material: CNC bamboo
IPX-6 waterproof rating
Keycaps: PBT + POM doubleshot with backlight compatibility, Cherry MX mount (The 1800 and Sun layouts have certain keys made from laser-etched ABS. On the 1800 layout they are: 1u windows, alt, ctrl, and short right shift. On the Sun layout they are the left-hand macro keys.)
Spring weight: 60 g
Actuation point: 1.8 – 2 mm
Key travel: 4 mm
Backlighting: Full RGB backlighting with surface mount LEDs and a variety of patterns
High-frequency, silent PWM brightness control
Key sliders: POM slider with upstroke damping in polycarbonate housing
Interface: Mini USB
Stabilizers: Integrated Cherry style key stabilizers with updated design to reduce binding
PCB assembly: surface mount
Compatible with most Cherry MX mount key caps (including all Tai-Hao, Vortex, GMK, and Signature Plastics)
Dimensions, 61-key: 12 x 4.5 x 1.7 in (30.5 x 11.4 x 4 cm)
Weight, 61-key: 1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
Dimensions, 87-key: 14.5 x 5.8 x 1.9 in (36.8 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm)
Weight, 87-key: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
Dimensions, 98-key: 15.6 x 5.8 x 1.9 in (39.6 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm)
Weight, 98-key: 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
Dimensions, 108-key: 18 x 5.8 x 1.9 in (45.7 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm)
Weight, 108-key: 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
Dimensions, 120-key: 19.8 x 5.8 x 1.9 in (50.3 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm)
Weight, 120-key: 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)
Estimated ship date is Apr 2, 2018 PT.
Payment will be collected at checkout.
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