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(Pre Order) Neo-Ergo Keyboard Kit

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This is a Pre-Order, please read our guidance on Pre-Orders here: FAQ's


Pre-order open 20th May 2024 - 3rd June 2024

Expected to ship Q3 2024

 

Ergonomic keyboards were designed to alleviate chronic wrist and shoulder injuries caused by intensive typing. Most ergonomic mechanical keyboards available today are designed based on the Lynworks EM7 and TGR Alice in terms of layout and structure, primarily focusing on improving wrist and forearm angles. However, factors such as tilt angle, rotation, and finger placement are often overlooked. After using and analysing numerous open-source ergonomic projects, we incorporated all these essential elements into our design and created the Neo Ergo.

As Natural as Possible

Although the split ergo is a popular choice for ergonomic keyboards nowadays, it does come with a steep learning curve. To balance easy adoption with ergonomic design, we've chosen a tilted Alice layout for this project.

The standard Alice layout allows our wrists to maintain a relatively natural position during typing, yet it doesn't address the forearm rotation. Experience with Logitech K680 has enlightened us to explore beyond the two-dimensional system. Ideally, only the outer rims of the hands and the small fingers should make contact with the desk while typing. Therefore, the tent is added in the middle of Neo Ergo to allow hands to rotate slightly outwards, reducing wrist rotation and relieving tension in the forearm muscles.

Improved Layout

We believe symmetry is crucial to the aesthetics of the Alice-style keyboard, so it's one of our main considerations when designing the layout for Neo Ergo. We made the alpha areas to be nearly symmetric to accommodate different typing habits while incorporating multiple options such as 2.25+2.75 spacebars, split backspaces, split shift and arrow keys, all of which are configurable in VIA. Furthermore, we positioned the F and J keys symmetrically to minimize the height difference between the left and right hands while typing.

Case Design

The appearance of Neo Ergo continues the Neo family's simple and retro design style. We've added RGB light strips in the spaces between the keys for embellishment. The colour of the light strip can be adjusted according to personal preference, making it easy to match with different themed keycaps.

Like the Neo65 and Neo70, Ergo's side profile is simple and considerate, featuring an inward-sloping edge for easier pick-up. We've concentrated on the design around the USB port to minimize the bulky look created by the tenting case. The bevel above the USB port enhances the dynamism of the side profile, which also forms a natural transition from the top to side. 

This time, we've included “the kernel” between the top and bottom case. It does not only host the  batteries, daughterboard, and magnetic connectors, but also provides an additional element for customization.

The orbit logo on the weight has been redesigned. Customers have the option to choose different colours for the weight and badge to add a personal touch.

The Ergo wrist rest is the cherry on top. It's specially designed to match the outline and the tenting angle of the Neo Ergo, further lowering the front height to ensure your hands type in the most comfortable position. Customers can choose between the acrylic or cherry wood versions based on preference. The acrylic version undergoes multiple rounds of special treatments to enhance hardness and durability. Each wrist rest is hand-polished for an ultra-smooth texture.

Innovative Gasket Mount

During the prototyping phase, we found that the standard gasket mount couldn’t deliver consistent typing feedback or optimal acoustic performance in a tenting keyboard. As a result, we repositioned the gasket to the middle and corners for the Ergo. This adjustment offers a more evenly distributed typing and acoustic experience across the entire keyboard.

Ball-Catch Structure + Magnetic Connectors

The highly praised ball-catch structure and magnetic connectors from the Neo80 have been retained. Now, you can enjoy the fun of custom keyboards anytime and anywhere, without worrying about cables and screws. Kindly note that it’s advised to remove the top case when you remove keycaps or switches in case the pullers scratch the case.

PCB Options - All VIA-compatible

  • Tri-mode Hotswap PCB (Non-flex Cut)
    • 1.6mm thick
    • Support USB-C, Bluetooth, and 2.4GHz connection
    • NKRO
    • Polling rate: 1000Hz in wired and 2.4Ghz mode; 125Hz in BT mode
    • NO Per-key RGB
  • Wired Hotswap PCB (Non-flex Cut)
    • 1.6mm thick
    • USB-C connection only
    • NKRO
    • Polling rate: 1000Hz
    • NO Per-key RGB
  • Solder PCB (Non-flex Cut)
    • 1.6mm thick
    • USB-C connection only
    • NKRO
    • Polling rate: 1000Hz
    • NO Per-key RGB

Plates with distinctive characters

  • Hard ———————————————> Soft:

    Carbon Fibre > Aluminium > FR4 > POM > PC > PP

  • Clack ———————————————> Thock:

    Aluminium > Carbon Fibre > FR4 > POM > PC > PP

 

Specifications:

  • Typing angle:8°
  • Tenting angle:
  • Front height:14 ~ 27mm
  • Size: 112.2 x 355.8mm
  • Weight: Before assembly, the weights are as follows: approximately 1.7kg with a soldered PCB and regular plate, around 1.8kg with a hotswap PCB, and around 1.9kg with a hotswap PCB and batteries. Acrylic wrist rest: approximately 400g Cherry wood wrist rest: approximately 200g

 

Colour Options:

Case (same colour for both top and bottom)

Kernel

Badge

Weight

 

Contents List:

  • Case (Top + Bottom + Kernel + Weight)
    • Including one pre-installed external weight of your choice
    • Including one pre-installed kernel of your choice
    • Two 2200 mAh batteries will be installed inside of the kernel part for orders with Tri-mode PCBs
    • Orders with wired PCBs or solder PCBs will receive fillers for the battery compartments
  • PCB kit
    • PCB of your choice
    • 1x PE sheet
    • 1x PCB Foam
    • Tri-mode PCB comes with a 2.4Ghz dongle
  • Plate of your choice 
  • Poron case foam
  • PCB Daughterboard and magnetic connectors - installed
  • Gaskets
  • Rubber feet
  • LED diffusers
  • 4 Case corner protectors - installed 
  • Free Gifts (Not covered by warranty):
    • Keyboard carrying case
    • 1x Keycap & Switch puller
    • 1 set of PCB clip-in NeoStab
    • USB-C cable

 

Addons Available Here

 

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Disclaimers

Kindly note that the images are of 3D renders and are for illustration purposes only. The final colours may differ slightly.

Plateless Configuration is only available with solder PCB and is not compatible with the O-ring and sandwich mount.

QK Acceptable Quality Standard link here


Shipping Time and GB Agreements (PLEASE READ):
These products are set to be shipped out in Q3 2024 but please check our updates for the latest information.

Please note that this is a Group Buy. There can be delays and set backs. The timeline is only an estimate. By adding this item to your cart and purchasing you agree that you understand everything above. You will be charged immediately for this item. There is a chance that for customised orders you may be charged for customisations after the Group Buy closes. There are no refunds or cancellations on these orders. Please do not purchase this item with other group buys. Only the items specified in each product picture are included with that particular product.


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