1800 layout / 96% layout / full size compact - Catch all

I’ve been putting this off for a while now, but I figure it’s a good time as any to get this guide started. When I started getting into the hobby I had a pretty hard time finding good compact full size board as I wanted that mouse real-estate without compromising on the numpad or arrow clusters. As a hobbyist and a working professional this format is a fun blend for me. Here’s a compiled list of what I’ve found. I do own a couple of board listed (e.g. 3x Leopold FC980M) and most are modified extensively.

Type of compact full-size/1800:

  • 96% or 96 - This a compact layout that often have 96-98 key there are no blockers between the arrow cluster, numpad and function rows

  • Traditional 1800 - These will have blockers between arrow cluster, numpad, and/or navigation cluster.

  • Function Row Less (FRL-1800) - Similar to a traditional, but the top row (aka function keys) is absent. These are sometimes called mini-1800.

  • Unique - Just interesting layout or non-traditional (southpaw)


96%

Name Specs Cost (USD) Comment
IQUINIX F97 wireless, hot-swap $250 Wireless 2.4Gz or Bluetooth 5.0, Costar stab
IQUINIX F96 wireless, hot-swap $200-250 Bluetooth 4.0, Costar stab
Keychron K4 entry-budget, wireless, per key RGB, hot-swap $70-90 Bluetooth 5.1 option, Mac toggle
Keychron Q5 QMK, hot-swap, knob (different SKU) TBD Additional F13, F14, Mac toggle
KPRepublic XD96 underglow RGB $130-140 Note: mini usb
Kono Kira hot-swap, underglow RGB $170-260
YMDK Melody96 QMK, hotswap, underglow $140-190 CNC acryllic bottom. Plate option: aluminum or brass
YMDK NYM96 QMK, hot-swap $60-125 Case option: wood or aluminum
Tofu96 QMK, underglow RGB $200
Vortex Tab 90 pre-build, wireless $140 Bluetooth X.0

Traditional

Name Specs Cost (USD) Comment
Akko MOD003 or MOD004 hot-swap, per key RGB $150-170 Mount: gasket (MOD003), tray mount (MOD004)
Akko 3098 series prebuild, hot-swap, wireless $120-125 prebuild to specific themes, keebtalk thread
Akko ACR98 hot-swap, RGB $110 acryllic case with ASA keycaps
BM980 entry budget, QMK, hot-swap, per key RGB $60-75
DOIO Tank980 QMK, hot-swap, PKRGB $172 Has F13 and OLED
CannonKeys Stacked1800 entry budget, QMK, solderable hotswap $90 Hot-swapable with solderable sockets (purchase sperately), stack acryllic
CannonKeys Rekt1800 QMK, solderable hotswap $320-330 Hot-swapable with solderable sockets (purchase sperately), anodize aluminum
CherryB Works - CB:1800/Zanbato QMK Secondary Market GB MSRP $490
Drop SHIFT QMK, hot-swap, per key RGB, side glow $250 Need a DROP account
Epomaker TH96 Hotswap, QMK wired/bluetooth $150-180
Everglide 98 Hotswap, Bluetooth $300
FL Esport KK220 (FL980) entry budget, wireless (SKU specific) hot-swap, per key RGB $99-130 Bluetooth 5.0, wireless 2.4Ghz
Hineybush HBCP QMK, solderable underglow RGB Secondary Market keebtalk thread
HMKB 95 QMK Secondary Market
KBDFans KBD19X QMK, mini USB €224/Secondary Market
Leopold FC980M pre-build, mini usb $120 Significant after market mod options (e.g. case, pcb, plate, bluetooth). keebtalk thread
LeopoldFC980C pre-build, Topre (45g), mini usb $260 Significant after market mod options (e.g. case, pcb, plate, bluetooth)
NT980 entry budget, hot-swap, per key RGB $60-80 Easily found on aliexpress
TheKeyCompany TKC1800 QMK, Alps compatible $130-150 Parts: drop in PCB ($70), Plate ($50-55) for G80/81-1800
TX-1800 QMK Secondary Market
TX-CP QMK Secondary Market
Velocifire kk98 QMK, hot-swap, integrated plate $208-219 keebtalk thread
WindStudio WindX 98 QMK, hot-swap, bluetooth optional $320/$350
Zambumon SAR QMK, hot-swap TBD WKL-layout, 4.75mm plate

FRL-1800/Mini-1800

Name Specs Cost (USD) Comment
980Mini QMK, solder/hot-swap $75-79 3x5 numpad
Akko ACR98 Mini hot-swap $110 acryllic case with ASA keycaps, 3x5 numpad
Alchemist Keyboard Petrichor QMK Secondary Market Based on WestFoxTrot Cypher PCB design
Alf AL1 FRL-1800 TMK Secondary Market WKL Blocker option
CannonKey Balance QMK Secondary Market Designed by Upas
Block boy AC980 mini QMK, hot-swap $85 Standard numpad
DOIO Retro83 QMK, hot-swap, PKRGB $156
Duck Blackbird QMK, RGB underglow Secondary Market FRL-1800
WestFoxTrot Cypher FRL-1800 QMK Secondary Market PCB design on GitHub
Wind Studio Wind X QMK, hot-swap/solder $298

Unique

Name Specs Cost (USD) Comment
Aeboard Aegis QMK Secondary Market Southpaw Numpad
Austin QMK Secondary Market Almost 100%
BlindAssassin SP-111 QMK Secondary Market Split south-paw
Duck Jetfire QMK Secondary Market Almost 100%
Yiancar Barleycorn QMK, DIY Kit, plateless $115 Through hole solder kit
Yicancar P3D Barleycorn SMD QMK $150 (case), $40 (SMD PCB) Customizable stack acrylic case
KBDFans Odin QMK, hotswap/solder $320 Almost 100% layout
Mystic Works Wvyern QMK Secondary Market Southpaw FRL-1800. Closer to a 65% with numpad
Monokei x Thesiscamper - Hidari QMK (MNK1800s) Secondary Market Southpaw FRL-1800 with southpaw arrow

Let me know I’m missing anything. I’ll try my best to keep this updated.

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1800s for everyone!

Great work, Tin. Do you think it’s worth including g80-1800 style 1800 layouts, too? :grin:

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I forgot to add it when I first made this list.

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Do you want to include premium customs as well? As an example: Hineybush HBCP

I could probably contribute a few more off the top of my head, so just curious.

1800 gang!

You could add the Kono Kira to the 96 key, the Barleycorn is technically an minus F-row. There’s also things like the very rare Austin that KBDFans ripped off with the Odin and Zambumon’s Sar.

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I definitely can. I’ll have to mark those as secondary market as the GB is long over.

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To add a few more:

  • TKC1800
  • TX-1800
  • Cypher 1800
  • aeboards Aegis

Added those bad boys!

HMKB 95 should be on the list.

And Duck Jetfire.

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Kbdfans’ KBD19X

Why does it say KBDFans by the TKC1800? FYI, the TKC1800 is solder in only.

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Do you recall the specs on it by any chance? I can’t find that page on their site any more. :frowning: I just remembered it was usb mini and maybe hotswap?

Duck Blackbird and petrichor by alchemist keyboards.

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Since we’re doing this. It’s gonna become a “catch 'em all” situation for tinster if we’re not careful :grin:

Alf AL1 FRL-1800

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I was going to add the Wind X. This list is growing fast lol.

what i really want to know–

which one of the aliexpress ones fit stock leopold housings + vice versa where leo internals fit them? i’ve been trying to get the 980M Parrot PD/OE case. Some of these budget 1800s have a similar yellow case (Akko 3098 comes to mind) that I want to cop and eventually put a 980C in.

It’s soldered only + mini USB :smiley:

That’s pretty hard to say the pcb/plate compatibly between other manufacturers (akko/FL980) and the Leopold. So YMMV if you’re lucky. I just assume that’s not compatible unless someone have confirmed it. There’s a separate post that discussed QMK PCB and plate options for Leopold stock case.

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Great list. I hope you’ll continue to add new ones as they’re discovered. Especially the southpaw ones.

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