Monstargear HHKB

Looks like the company is going to release an HHKB style 60% - I cannot tell from the video whether it is top mount or tray mount.

In any case, the affordable board competition is really heating up.

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Screw holes in bottom means it’s 2 pieces so almost certainly top mount. Thanks for sharing. :pray:t3:

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I don’t know why I am automatically dismissing any mx ‘hhkb’ keyboard.

There something about the original that makes the others feel fake.

I like the shape of that a lot

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Found it on GH. It’s a gasket mount:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=111295

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Some images from their Discord (looks like standard ANSI and WKL will be options as well) -


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There is a geekhack IC for it. =)

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=111295.0

I really like the design.

Other than the obvious switch feel difference, I dislike that most (if not all?) MX HHKBs have a 7u spacebar. Why not 6.25u when the original was 6u?

#firstworldHHKBproblems

I actually havent been this interested in a new board in a while, def in for a WKL of this one

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For symmetry

i.e., form over function

respectfully, I don’t think that a 6.25u has any functional advantage over a 7u. They are certainly easy to find mainstream kits that include 6.25u spaces though (though there are tonnes that include 7u).

I do agree that the main draw of a 7u spacebar is aesthetics though. I like Topre HHKBs but the unbalanced bottom blockers is not as appealing to me as MX HHKBs.

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Pretty interesting, love the weight design myself! Kinda curious as to how stiff this will be, that’s a lot of fin & gasket area, but it does have relief cuts between the fins & main plate? Overall at $295 it seems worth a shot to me!

I thought my collection of 60% cases was “complete”, but this looks great! I’d definitely consider it.

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The standard ANSI version reminds me of the Tind.

Isn’t anyone bothered by the MX “HHKB” keyboard which doesn’t have split backspace?

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Nope. I find it to be the most easy to use and visually appealing layouts out there. I have 7 keyboards like this :slight_smile:

I always built my HHKBs with full backspace.

There is room for split backspace on the plate. U have to provide pcb by yourself.

That’s really odd, I didn’t expect 3 people to agree with what they call “HHKB”. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: I mean, for me HHKB is exactly that split spacebar, everything else about the layout can be reprogrammed on any custom board (or even more; for example CTRL on Caps Lock I’ve used since forever anyway, via remapping in OS before I got into custom keyboards), keys which would be on spacers on the bottom could be simply not used on any remotely regular 60%.

Since I got my first HHKB I can’t even type anymore on keyboards with full backspace, I am about to resolder few of my keyboards I want to use still (just waiting to have some free time for it).

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I started out with 60% ansi. Got used to that layout for a few years. Then I found the amazing HHKB split right shift arrow/nav layout. Not too picky about the bottom row, and I can take or leave control at the caps position. I still usually program it to function on hold.

I do have 5 HHKB layout boards with backspace on the pipe key. It usually only takes me a few minutes to adjust, but I still prefer it in the top right.