So the board is back for a round 2 with some changes (the GB went live at 8am EDT this morning with a soft cap of 250 units). It’s offered with a few anno colors, 2 e-colors (e-beige anyone?), and a pc option. $300 for anno and PC kits, $338 for e-colors – international shipping (only option) is a bit steep but understandable at $44-55. PC plate, and solderable PCB come with the kit, but alu and cf plates are available as extras (the plate files will be released as well). It also comes with a gasket set which can be used in leu of top-mounting the plate – these gaskets can also retrofit the previous round top mount only to a gasket mount. The board now uses aio3’s unified daughterboard with the JST connector instead of the previous ribbon cable so I’m assuming that we are getting ESD protection through the daughterboard. Also of note, the HHKB version no longer has the “hello” badge on the top of the case as there was a lot of support in the IC to remove it.
There was a little drama with the first run which is explained in the IC thread, and it appears that this round will be much smoother. The runner is very active and responsive on their discord as well.