Everything You Need To Know About the CU65 (and the Upcoming Group Buy)

With the CU65 group buy going live on Sunday, we decided to create a post detailing the features, specs and GB info.

The Case

The case consists of three parts – a top case, a bottom plate and a footbar – with all three being crafted using high quality Aluminium. The top case has been milled from a solid Aluminium block and features and integrated plate that supports both ANSI and ISO layouts. Alongside its light weight, the case features filleted edges and rounded corners making it extremely nice and easy to hold when you want to move it. The case is high profile and the plate is integrated.

The footbar is milled from a solid block of Aluminium. It attaches to the base plate (3 x M3 screws) and supports the entire keyboard giving it an eight-degree gradient.

Case Extras

The case also comes with two rubber feet – this allows users to comfortably use their CU65 with a 0 degree gradient if preferred.

Finally the case will come with a foam sheet to ensure that the keyboard not only feels, but also sounds great, straight out of the box. 

The PCB

One PCB, two layouts. We are going to have both ANSI and ISO layouts on a single hot-swap PCB.

The PCB will come loaded with QMK. QMK is highly customisable and allows mechanical keyboard enthusiasts to really make their CU65, their CU65. QMK allows users to re-map keys, control lighting effect, create layers and more! Although the CU65 will come with our firmware loaded, meaning that you can plug in and use, more experienced users still have the option to re-map keys and functions as they see fit.

Don’t like soldering? That’s ok, neither do we – that’s why the CU65 features hot-swap sockets underneath each key! Want to try out some new MX style switches? All you have to do is pull your current switches out, and pop your new switches in – yes, it’s that simple.

The PCB supports plate and PCB mounted switches. In addition to this, users may also use PCB, plate or screw-in stabilisers.

The full variety of layouts can be seen below. All of these layouts will be on a single PCB.

The PCB will not have any LEDs and the price has been reduced to £129.99incVAT (from £134.99incVAT) to reflect this change. 

The PCB uses a Type-C connection. 

Meet the (Optional) Extras

The product page will have a variety of optional extras for those whom have never built a custom keyboard before.

A variety of RGB Cherry MX Switches (sold as packs of 90) will be available to purchase during the group buy. The following switches will be available:

  • RGB Cherry MX Black
  • RGB Cherry MX Blue
  • RGB Cherry MX Brown
  • RGB Cherry MX Red
  • RGB Cherry MX Silent Red
  • RGB Cherry MX Speed Silver
  • RGB Cherry MX Silent Black

Many customers have been asking us to expand the switch options available at launch, and whilst we couldn’t secure more switch types for this GB, we guarantee that they will be available in future group buys.

Customers will have the option to purchase GMK Screw-In Stabilisers.

Finally, we are offering all customers with the chance to have their board assembled - if you are new to customs, or don’t have the time to assemble, you can have us do it for free!

The Group Buy

The group buy will be launching on 01-12-2019 and will close on the 14-12-2019. The MOQ is 25 units and we expect to start shipping units early-February. 

Those are the main features of the CU65 – we are excited about the upcoming group buy and we hope that, with your help, this product will be successful.

The CU65 group buy will be going live on Sunday. We will be providing everyone who signs up to the CU65 mailing list with a £5 discount code. To sign up to the list click here – you will not be able to sign up after 00:00 on 06-09-2019.