[IC] GMK ThinkCaps // Please fill out the new form!

Hi all!

I would like to introduce GMK ThinkCaps. This project completes a trifecta of classic devices that still did not have their own keyset (with DSA Scientific and MT3 SNES).

ThinkCaps is based on the ThinkPad and IBM/Lenovo multimedia keyboards. It features the iconic Big Blue Enter key on a subdued white on black/grey colourway. This is a collaboration between geekhack member Croktopus and myself.

Features

  • Custom Big Blue Enter key
  • TKL base set with ISO support
  • Standalone Ortho & 40% set (Poll)
  • A more complete Numpad kit
  • Minila, split/ortho support with 3u spacebar!
  • Parallel group buy of RGBW add-on kit
  • Multimedia keys
  • Accent-only kit (for WoB owners)

Form (takes < 1 minute to fill out)

Kits

  • Covers Tenkeyless, 75%, 65% and 60% keyboards
  • Tsangan, HHKB, 1.75u Shift, and nav column
  • ISO support
     

  • Standalone orthogonal and 40% set (250 MOQ)
  • R3 1u Tab/Ctrl/Enter, all minibars, MiniVan modifiers, etc.
     

  • Complete numpad kit (rare for GMK sets!)
     

  • Support for exotic 60% boards such as the Yoda II, split spacebar and Minila
  • Opt-in “G H B” cut-out keys for TEX boards
  • Extra minibars for your ortho/40%
     

  • Icon modifiers (also compatible with OG Dolch and other N9 GMK sets)
  • Windows keys and 1.5u Meta (◇) keys
     

  • RGB modifiers (also compatible with a plethora of other GMK sets)
  • Fits many layouts, including ortho and 40%; icon and icon+text
     

  • Features Dots (a @Biip design)
  • Media keys for your full-size board, 96-key or macro
     

  • Spacebars for Cherry G80-1800, HHKB and small keyboards
  • Perfect for adding colour to your set
     

  • Accents only. For WoB, Hiragana, Dolch or any other keyset.
     

Renders

Filco Majestouch with TEX case


Doro67

Filco Minila Air

TKC1800

HHKB and RAMA M10

Prime_E and Ducky Pocket

OLKB Preonic

OLKB Planck

OTD Koala

Specs

  • Doubleshot ABS
  • Cherry profile (112344)
  • Manufactured by GMK electronic design GmbH in Germany

Colour codes

  • Alphas: CR, CP legends
  • Modifiers: N9, Custom, CP legends
  • RGB modifiers: P3, N7, V4, CP legends
  • Accent kit only: Custom, WS1 legends

Samples

Form

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Links

Your comments are appreciated! :slight_smile:

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Love the red dot. Very clever. I’m sure this will sell big.

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this aint for me, but gl. Arent thinkpad keyboards all black? I don’t think I’ve used one more than a few years old, did the mods used to grey?

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I’m lovin’ the red dot/nub on the Alice 2nd B

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They are indeed all black, which is why I’m not getting the Base Kit. Accent Kit + WoB would give you the closest look to an OG Thinkpad Keyboard.

Love this kit! I’m in, pending price. Great job on this kit and the renders!

Cheers :beers:

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No. The ones mostly from the 2000’s era have the blue Enter key. The T420 is one of the most popular models and is still in use today by many. That’s just before the chiclet keyboard was introduced. In 2017, Lenovo released the T25 anniversary edition, which had the much revered blue Enter key and 7-row (non-chiclet) keyboard.

Many of the IBM models (before Lenovo) had the grey F-row. The IBM/Lenovo multimedia keyboards also had the grey F-row and modifiers.

I stand corrected. There indeed are Thinkpad keyboards with a completely gray F row, and even some gray navigation keys (Insert, Delete, Home, End, PgUp, PgDn). Gray “Esc” as well.

@voodoo6k Would it be possible to add a completely gray F row to one of the kits? Maybe to the Novelties kit? That way we could get something as close as possible to an OG Thinkpad keyboard.

The base kit currently has gray F keys only on F5 through F8.

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its funny how much I love this set, even though I despise ABS. I can definitely consider this set as something I might get if the price is good. I’ll be keeping an eye on this for sure

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Will there be G H B cutouts? I believe GMK has the molds.

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Looking into it :wink:

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Doing the F-row and nav keys in grey was my original idea, but it gets a bit tricky when designing the kits. I think some people would appreciate the authenticity, but I guess most will take it at face value (and not really care what the reference is). Also, since this is GMK, having many kits is more difficult.

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Like it, if there is an ISO support, i can be in :slight_smile:

Oh that’s hot!

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reminds me of my old ThinkPad…nice design

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Nice set! I appreciate the key sizes in the pictures. Do you do your own renders? These are super nice.

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Thanks! Yes :slight_smile:

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For now, ISO is included in the icon mods. That may change.

Going with the theme I’m pretty sure my old thinkpad keyboard got some pretty intense keycap shine over the course of its life. So ABS would be the way to go.

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That’s sad. Unfortunately, I happen to be one that looks for authenticity in these kind of reproductions of classic key sets.

I might be in the minority, though.