Everything You Need to Know About the CU80 (and the Upcoming Group Buy)

With the CU80 group buy right around the corner, we decided to create a post highlighting all of the specs, info and feature list of the CU80.

The Case

The case consists of three main 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 footbar is a solid Aluminium triangular prism. It attaches to the base plate (3 x M4 screws) and supports the entire keyboard giving it an eight-degree gradient.

The final piece of the case is the rubber foot that also sits underneath the case (on the edge closest to the user). This foot allows the case to sit comfortably on any typing surface; you don’t need to worry about scratching your beautiful CU80 (trust us, they really are beautiful).

The PCB

There are two PCBs; one for ISO users and one for ANSI users. Both PCB variants have the same feature set with the only difference being the layouts.

The PCBs come with QMK loaded onto them. QMK is highly customisable and allows mechanical keyboard enthusiasts to really make their CU80, their CU80. QMK allows users to re-map keys, control lighting effect, create layers and more! Although the CU80 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 CU80 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.

In our quest to eliminate soldering, each switch has an SMD RGB LED (say that three times) underneath it. Whilst we recommend using switches with transparent cases to experience the full lighting effect, switches with black (or solid colour) cases may still be used. Please be aware that using switches with opaque cases may reduce the amount, or fully stop, the amount of light that can be seen.

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

The PCBs support standard keycap layouts and a 6.25u spacebar.

The CU80 ISO PCB is the first custom TKL ISO PCB in the world to feature QMK support, per key SMD RGB LEDs, hot-swap sockets; we are excited to finally bring these features to ISO users.

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

In addition to switches, customers will also have the option to purchase Tai-Hao keycaps. These keycaps are ABS and have backlit support. There is support for ANSI and ISO-UK layouts.

Finally, we are offering all customers with the chance to have their board assembled for free! If you are new to customs, or don’t have the time to place switches and keycaps, you can have us do it for free!

The Group Buy

The group buy will be launching on 06-09-2019 and will close on the 29-09-2019. The MOQ is 25 units and the lead time is esitmated to be about a month and a half. 

Those are the main features of the CU80 – we are excited about the upcoming group buy and we hope that, with your help, this product will be successful.

The CU80 group buy will be going live on Friday. We will be providing everyone who signs up to the CU80 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.


[UPDATE] Click Here to visit the store page!