Current status of V2 keyboard
First, we would like to thank everyone for their support, feedback and patience during our development of the V2 keyboard. The release date was delayed several times, but the keyboard is now ready and mass production is underway. That being said, we still cannot give a firm release date of the keyboard. All we can say is that we are pushing the factory to finish mass production as soon possible. We will ship a limited number of keyboards over by air freight to minimize the transit time. We are not going to give any time frame for this at the moment as we don't want to keep dragging the release date if something were to go wrong. However, as of today, we can definitely say that it will not be here by May as previously expected. We will only announce a release date once we can confirm an actual ship date from the factory.
However, the good news is that we will have the full selection of switches for this production and we are adding Cherry MX Clear switches to our lineup.
Many people have been asking to preorder the V2 keyboard. Since it's still too far out to give a firm release date, we will not take any preorders until we have that. Once we have confirmation of a ship date, we will announce a day and time that we will start accepting pre-orders. We will only accept pre-orders for the quantity that we are shipping in by air. Once pre-orders sell out, everyone will need to wait until the following shipment arrives a few weeks later.
Some thoughts behind the V2 design
Our goal was to create something clean and simple, but improve on various things that we weren't quite happy with on the V1 keyboard.
The first thing we wanted to change was the overall look, feel, and size of the exterior case. The V1 sat a little taller than we would have liked, so made sure to make the V2 sit as low as possible so typing without a wrist rest is more comfortable. The V2 sits 3mm lower than the V1. Doesn't sound like a lot, but you can definitely feel the difference. We also added a bit of texture to the case to help reduce unwanted finger prints and hairline scratches.
The biggest complaint about the V1 was the brightness of the LEDs. We switched over to a lower intensity red LED and made the LED holes only 1.5mm wide. The LED is recessed so the light is very subtle.
The detachable cable system is very similar to other keyboards on the market, but with a few key differences. We are the first ones to use a Micro USB which has a much better connect/disconnect cycle rating. The routing channels on the back of the case also provides the user with 5 different routing options so it can better adapt to different computing setups.
The DIP switch system allows us to pre-program several operation modes into the firmware so it can be adjusted based on the individual person's needs. QWERTY, Dvorak, or Colemak input layouts are embedded into the keyboard.
Multimedia keys were frequently requested, but we didn't like the way this was implemented on other keyboards. The hotkeys were generally set up in a way that either required two hands or required you bend and twist your hand around in unnatural ways. We positioned our hotkeys in the Ins, Del, Home, End, PgUp, PgDn cluster. It's designed for you to press the Fn/Menu Key with your right thumb so you use your middle and ring fingers to comfortably access the multimedia hotkeys.
Unfortunately, we will not have the mod friendly backplates for this keyboard.
Code - the backlight variant
With the release of the V2 keyboard, a version with LED backlighting will be available under a new line called "Code." The Code keyboards will use the same case as our V2 keyboards but will feature slightly different internal components. A new site will be launch to give the full details on why the keyboards were made the way they were.
The Code keyboard only be available with a standard US layout in 104-key and 87-key variants. LED backlighting is white with a white backplate. It will only only be available with Cherry MX Clear switches.
More teaser pics