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The M0ii0 + KaWaii PCB kit

This is the M0ii0 + KaWaii PCB mechanical keyboard by Yohe, it looks like it is about $266 USD in beige, blue gray, or dark blue, but it is only currently available through the booth.pm webstore in Japan during this group buy. The keyboard layout looks like it would be a real challenge to get used to. If you’re up to the challenge, check it out at this link and there is an optional parts kit here that appears to just be an extra PCB and plate so you can have an extra if something goes wrong with the original. The group buy is open until April 25th.

The layout of the M0ii0 + KaWaii is based off of the original Apple M0110 from 1984 which had a few more keys. I absolutely love that layout and shrinking it down to make it extra small just makes it cooler, even if it is more challenging.

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Nephlock’s GMK Metropolis R2 Available

GMK Metropolis by Nephlock is one of the most visually arresting keycap sets I’ve seen, with bold colors on a dark blue base and symbology for transit enthusiasts. Unfortunately, Metropolis has been one of the most expensive keycap sets to get on the second-hand market, because it is so popular. Finally, in about a year, new copies of GMK Metropolis will be shipping again after people who purchase it before April 30th, 2021, receive their sets. GMK, the company that makes these keycaps, really needs the pandemic to be over.

If you find the colors to be a bit much, but enjoy the mass-transit symbology, there is a more subdued base kit with teal highlights called Midnight:

Midnight

The regular Metropolis base kit is $120 USD, Midnight is slightly cheaper at $110 presumably because the kit is a little smaller and uses fewer colors. As with all of these Group Buys there’s a risk of delays if the 

GMK Metropolis is available with more options, matching deskmats, and more, until the 30th of April at Novelkeys for North America, Desk Hero for Canada, proto[Typist] in the UK, Oblotzky Industries for the EU, Daily Clack in Australia, zFrontier in Asia, and monokei in South East Asia. You can read a bit more about the set in this thread from Nephlock on Geekhack.

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A TKL Model M from Unicomp: The Mini M

The most beloved mechanical keyboard among some is IBM’s Model M keyboard, it popularized the buckling spring switch for the utmost tactility and sound. Now, Unicomp is making a Mini M in a familiar design that sacrifices the number pad in order to use less desk space than the original Model M. Unicomp also swapped out the detachable PS2 cable for a new detachable USB wire.

This Mini M is only available in black, and there are two keycap color options (All Gray or White & Gray) however the buckling spring switches most likely aren’t compatible with most custom keycap sets. Those custom keycap sets are designed to work with Cherry MX-compatible switches that have a different mounting mechanism for keycaps.

The Mini M is available now from Unicomp for $121.

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Hello, again

The developers behind a previous Hello keyboard that went wrong for various reasons are working on a new iteration in the same spirit. This is the Hello, again inspired by the classic Apple M0110 keyboard layout.

Find out more about their project at this link. It’s currently in “interest check” status where people who are interested can submit feedback before Hello, again goes into the group buy phase.

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ePBT RamenStop From Plop

ePBT RamenStop is “a two-toned Katakana set themed around small ramen shops” in the group buy phase from the designer Plop from now until February 22nd via the Kono store and looks absolutely awesome. Estimated delivery is in 6-8 months and the set starts at $75 for the base kit.