Lynx

The missing link to a better keyboard.

A Split "65%" Keyboard

Your desk just found it's newest reigning cat; Lynx is a powerful and agile keyboard that you'll love to use and show off. Based off the traditional 65% Keyboard layout, the Lynx capitalizes on using standard keycap sizes to create the most functional and smallest split keyboard around. We may be biased, but this is the best split keyboard ever.

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Features

  • Fully Programmable: Powered by QMK Firmware.
  • Switch Options: Lynx supports both MX and ALPS switch options.
  • Standard Key Sizes: No need to hunt for too odd of sized spacebars, the Lynx utilizes standard left and right shift sizes as spacebars. (2.25u and 2.75u)
  • Layout Options: Lynx supports stepped capslock, split backspace, and a few bottom row options. (Sorry ISO users, no love for you this time around.)
  • Lighting: Lynx supports in switch LEDs.
  • Case: Powdercoated Aluminum Sandwich Case. Color choices: Black or White
  • PCB: Developed and produced by TBD.
early prototype of split keyboard made out of cardboardcnc aluminum feet that can we attached via screw to keyboardscreenshot of a 3d modeled prototype of split keyboard

Kit Includes:

  • Case & Plate
  • PCB
  • Stabilizers: Cherry - PCB mount
  • Bumpons
  • Standoffs and Screws

You Will Also Need

  • 70-72 Switches
  • Aluminum Cone Feet: For angle or tenting.
  • Mini USB Cable: To connect to computer.
  • TRRS Cable: To connect the two halves.
  • Keycaps: Beyond the standard set you will need the following size keycaps:
    • R4 - 1x 1.75u: Right Shift, which frees up use of the Standard 2.75u for a spacebar
    • R4 - 4x 1u: R.Alt, Fn, R.Ctrl, Key to the right of the "Up Arrow" ↑.
    • R4 - 1x 2.25: Left Shift, for your 2nd spacebar.
    • R3 - 1x 1u: Key to the right of Enter.
illustration of keyboard layouts available

Sol

The very compact '1800' style inspired keyboard.

Inspired by many other compact renditions of the 1800 layout or "60% with arrows & numpad" the Sol takes a shape of its own. Drawing inspiration from the following keyboards:

  • Duck Blackbird / AL1
  • TX-CP / BOK-CP / SAiB

compact keyboard sitting on a table

Features

  • Fully Programmable: Powered by QMK Firmware.
  • Switch Options: MX and ALPS switch options.
  • Layout Options: Stepped capslock, split backspace, ISO layouts, a few bottom row options, numpad options.
  • Lighting: In switch LEDs as well as RGB Underglow
  • Case: Powdercoated Aluminum CNC Machined Case. Color choices: Black, Space Gray, or White
  • PCB: 'LFKeyboards 1800-C' is developed and produced by Scott from LFKeyboards.
compact keyboard sitting on a table

Kit Includes:

  • Case
  • PCB
  • Stabilizers: Cherry - PCB mount
  • Bumpons

You Will Also Need

  • Switches
  • USB-C Cable
  • LEDs: For in switch LED support
  • Keycaps
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Kayak

A 65% DIY Keyboard inspired by the Canoe keyboard.

I joined a private group buy for the Canoe keyboard in September 2017, 6 months later I still had no keyboard nor a ship date in sight. Thus I created my own version, the Kayak was born as a meme that tranformed into something beautiful. Thanks to Josh thebeephaha for helping me through the first two revisions.

Donate to download the .dxf and .svg files to cut your own parts to create your very own Kayak Keyboard. This was designed to use a TADA68 PCB.

Revisions:

  • v2 - As depicted in the photos on this page.
  • v3 - Design altered to be more like the Canoe.
  • 65% kayak keyboard

    Features

    • Fully Programmable: Powered by a TADA68 PCB.
    • Layout Options: Stepped capslock, split backspace, and optional ISO plate.
    • Lighting: In switch LEDs.
    • Case: Laser cut wood and acrylic.
    65% kayak keyboard

    Additional hardware:

    • Hex Head Screws - M2.5 x 25mm : eBay
    • Counter Sunk Screws - M2.5 x 25mm : eBay
    • Nuts - M2.5 x 0.4mm : eBay
    • Bumpons: For supporting the gap between pcb and switch plate : eBay
    65% kayak keyboard 65% kayak keyboard
    Personal Project ::: Kayak - A Canoe inspired 65%

SunDevil

Fire & brimstone bellows.

Technical Specs:::

  • Doubleshot ABS
  • DCS Profile
  • 65% and smaller compatability
  • Signature Plastics: Made in the USA

Frequently Asked Questions:::

Release Date? DCS Sun Devil will be released at the same time as the Lynx keyboard debuts. TBD whether it will be Group Buy or limited quantity.

Why DCS? Due to the overwhelming number of group buys and keycap sets being produced we want to do something a tad different. DCS is a good economical alternative to GMK for a well sculpted profile.

Why not add more keys? This set is tailored to 65% and smaller keyboards, specifically to 65% users. It will cover popular 65% board such as: TADA, Clueboard, RedScarf68, M-65a, and even the Exent (including the split spacebar).

In the future we may entertain a GMK set that will cover more boards.


Check out progress on SunDevil and Lynx on Instagram: @sonorankeyboards

About

Hi! I am Devin, also known as /u/koduh, I fell in love with 65% keyboards years ago. Lauding them for their superior layout which is the perfect mix of compactness & efficiency. Spending 10+ hours a day at the computer had me searching for more ergonomic solutions in the best form factor around. That lead to the birth of the Lynx.


Where does "Sonoran" come from?

We are based in Phoenix, AZ which is located in the northern part of the Sonoran Desert:

The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California and of Northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. It is the hottest desert in Mexico.

The largest city in the Sonoran Desert is Phoenix, Arizona, with a 2013 metropolitan population of about 4.3 million. It is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. In 2007 in the Phoenix area, desert was losing ground to urban sprawl at a rate of approximately 4,000 square meters per hour.

The Sonoran Desert's biseasonal rainfall pattern results in more plant species than any other desert in the world. The Sonoran is the only place in the world where the famous saguaro cactus grows in the wild.

- Wikipedia

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