Unicorn? 65/68 key | BLE/Bluetooth 4 | Hotswappable/no solder switches | QMK programmable or similar
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G’day - I’m after something that I think may exist, or if it doesn’t, it’s on the cusp of existing. If you know of the unicorn of which I seek, I’d really appreciate a pointer to what it is and where I can get one! In short, I’m looking for the following for use in my open plan, multi-device office setting, and would like all of the following in one keyboard:
  1. Form factor - 65/68 key. Like the MagicForce 68, the Leopold FC660M - must have arrow keys, don’t care if it doesn’t have an F1-F12 row.
  2. Bluetooth 4 / Bluetooth Low Energy BLE multi-device pairing . Modern, multi-device BT pair switching, like the Logitech K480 or K380 and predecessors. Most keyboards with this functionality have the ability to link to at least three devices - in my case I want one keyboard to swap between at least two paired devices - a PC laptop and an iPad Pro; and it’d be nice to also be able to connect to a third item (an iPhone), but not essential.
  3. Hotswappable switches. Nope, I’m not hardcore and do not give a rat’s about learning to solder. Hey, I’m late to the buy-your-own-switches party, but now with some heavy Halos, Zealios, Hakos, Box Royals and some others on hand to deal with the not-so-keen-on-clicky open plan office, I really like the option to use my own switches. Hell, if the GK-68 can do hotswap for $142 and the Glorious Modular Keyboard for $85 (and it’s a great keyboard for the money), then it can be done!
  4. QMK Programmable (or similar). Usually this isn’t a factor, although always nice to have - buuuuut now with a locked-down work Windows laptop, on-keyboard QMK-ish editability to swapping the functions of CTRL / WIN / ALT to act pretty much like CTRL / OPT / CMD is now front and centre.
I have or have on order the following related keyboards, which tick some of the boxes, but not one of them ticks ALL the boxes in one package: Are these worthwhile options? I’ve looked at a few others, but they all seem to have no more than three out of the four things I want: {EDIT - I have tried the USB-Bluetooth adaptor that Massdrop has up a while ago - I bought this one https://www.massdrop.com/buy/handheld-scientific-bt-500-bluetooth-adapter. It’s a bit hit and miss with connection, and clunky. Hey, the fact it exists is good, however ideally BT built-in with multi-pairing is much, much better.} Lonnnnnng story short - there’s a really obvious one (or seven) keyboards with all four attributes that I’ve missed by being inattentive, right? Help much appreciated! {EDIT2 - looks like the answer to this question is ‘it almost exists but not quite yet’. Thanks to everyone who replied, and I’ll keep an eye on KBDFans.} {EDIT3 - Might have found it on Kickstarter... So, this looks interesting enough on all criteria that I backed it... for those wondering, I went with the version that includes a battery. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/woo-dy/woo-dy-a-67-keys-mechanical-keyboard-that-is-breathing }
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So, this looks interesting enough on all criteria that I backed it... for those wondering, i went with the version that includes a battery. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/woo-dy/woo-dy-a-67-keys-mechanical-keyboard-that-is-breathing
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So, this looks interesting enough on all criteria that I backed it... for those wondering, i went with the version that includes a battery. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/woo-dy/woo-dy-a-67-keys-mechanical-keyboard-that-is-breathing
  1. Form factor is good to go - 67 key, including arrows. The Right Shift key is short, but thats not unexpected, and easily catered for in specialist keysets. The keys on either side of the spacebar look like they may be a slightly odd size, but perhaps not - anyway, no big deal.
  2. Bluetooth, yep, three device connections. Nice. Doesn’t say BT4 or 5, but I’ll take that chance.
  3. Hotswap switches, yes, and comes with Gaterons. But most importantly, hotswappable for my own switches.
  4. Reprogrammable, yep. Its not QMK, but it seems to have a good chance of being actually serviceable. Also: Woo-dy has it own memory chip to save the settings/keyboard profile in the keyboard. Therefore, users won't need to running the software on computer.
From the press release: Woo-dy is a premium mechanical keyboard built with natural wood, Gateron key switches, spherical keycaps and stunning RGB backlighting.
 
Woo-dy is the perfect keyboard for modern digital lifestyles. It helps users maintain productivity and a better typing experience as they change seamlessly from device to device and even across operating systems. The wireless mechanical keyboard easily connects to devices via Bluetooth or plugs in using a USB Type-C cable for hassle-free connectivity. It makes typing on almost any device easy and can connect wirelessly with up to 3 devices at once. 


Sep 18, 2019
Elemk
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Nov 7, 2019
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68 keys with arrows, QMK, Hotswap, BT, we are working on one! Hope to launch it in 1-2 monthes!!!
Nov 7, 2019
DaKeebTypes
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Nov 21, 2019
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Awesome! Can't wait to hear about this unicorn of a kb! @Elemk
Nov 21, 2019
Dezn
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Sep 6, 2019
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100% Agree. Waiting on Hotswappable with Bluetooth 4, Good programming software, USB TYPE C, And a really big size of battery like 3500 or 4000mah and most of all dedicated arrow keys and maybe more keys on the side like the GK66!! 60% is so annoying having to switch between them. Reason why i'm not going with the GK66 is because of the bluetooth 3.0 isn't good on it from what I've been reading it's slow and recommended to use wired for gaming. Have you found any coming out? I have a 60% GMMK and that's hotswappable i do most of my testing with switches. But want a good bluetooth keyboard with all those features and i'm happy to wait.
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Sep 6, 2019
jhawkinsvalrico
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Aug 20, 2019
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I have been looking for the same unicorn. I have an Anne Pro2 and while I like the small form factor, not having dedicated arrow keys bothers me. Maybe given enough time I would get used to it, but I'd rather not spend the time learning. Another keyboard that I an trying out is the Drevo Calibur which I have only had for the past couple of days. I am liking it, but really am seeking a bluetooth PCB like the YD68, which I simply cannot find, so I can build my own. I could give up hot swappable switches as I kind of like spending time building my projects, but them I lose the ability to quickly switch to new keys if I decide that I would like to try something different. For now the Drevo will have to fill the void until my unicorn PCB comes along.
Aug 20, 2019
cankoklu
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Aug 13, 2019
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I'm looking for the exact same setup.. frustrated by the exact same reasons.. The closest I've come is a GK64S DIY solution.. which seems like it's going to be expensive but might be worth it.. I did order the Keychron K2, but it is much noisier that I anticipated and the keys are scratchy as hell too. not diggin it at all.
Aug 13, 2019
KrishantL
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Jul 21, 2019
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Did you ever manage the find the unicorn? 6 months later, I came here looking for the same answer. I tried a TKL, its nice, but I think the 65% is the sweetspot.
Jul 21, 2019
feedmebrie
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Aug 11, 2019
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I'd also like to hear the upcoming prospects. I haven't been able to find a 65% with Tada68 layout and Bluetooth 4.0 with USB-C
Aug 11, 2019
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Sep 18, 2019
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Sep 18, 2019
Artiiz
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Jul 8, 2019
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Have you made any further progress in this search? You literally have the exact same dream as me,, so close but not quite is all that I can ever come to.
Jul 8, 2019
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Jul 8, 2019
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I need to update the original post with progress, but in summary:
  • the Magicforce 68 BT with Cherry White switches was pretty good! Decent switches available (but no hotswap), good Bluetooth implementation and reliability, good layout, not programmable though so I was stuck with a standard Windows bottom row. Then it died within a week, damnit.
  • The GK-66 DDD is decent, and hits the mark in many ways, but misses too. Form factor is pretty good (I can take or leave the split spacebars, they don’t have much effect positive or negative for me), Bluetooth reliability and switching between devices is excellent. Reprogramability is as yet untested because the software is some one of a kind Windows only mostly in Chinese thing that gets roundly derided, so again I’m stuck with a Windows bottom row. Switches that were offered on Massdrop are disappointing linear things that aren’t great, but they *are* hotswap... but not standard MX switch hotswap, they’re some optical weird things that are incompatible with MX switches. So close, but nope. I’m still using it daily - if a version with hotswap MX switches was available, I’d buy it and battle through the reprogramming.
Jul 8, 2019
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Jul 1, 2019
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Unfortunately my Magicforce 68 Bluetooth died after a week. Disappointed, with MX Whites it was pretty good, and fairly close to the unicorn. MD refunded me, as they had no more keyboards to replace it with.
Jul 1, 2019
onelivesleft
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Jun 4, 2019
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Your unicorn is my unicorn... except I also want it in ISO :/
Jun 4, 2019
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Jun 6, 2019
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Your unicorn is even rarer!
Jun 6, 2019
juliandoucette
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Jul 2, 2019
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Sorry about that :(
Jul 2, 2019
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Jul 8, 2019
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Ah, it was worth a try! Its still a good board, just not quite the Unicorn.
Jul 8, 2019
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