Keystone Analog Mechanical Keyboard
Note: This is a Pre-order for the first batch of Keystones. Production is expected to complete in February 2020. Beam Spring switches will ship later.
PBT Doubleshot Keycaps in Cherry profile, an industry first, and SILO Beam Spring Switches are also available for purchase!
|PBT Doubleshot Keycaps||SILO Beam Spring Switches|
the future of mechanical keyboards
The Input Club Keystone Mechanical Keyboard is an unparalleled leap forward in typing and gaming technology. The Keystone combines two new keyboard features — High Definition Analog Control and per-key fast Hall Effect (magnetic) sensing — for supreme performance. Our magnetic switch technology enables near-infinite customization, billion-press durability (20x the industry standard), and analog control benefits for everyone. Full firmware programmability and RGB lighting round out its features.
analog input and typing ai
Keystone uses magnetic sensing to provide two important features: analog stick-like input for each key and an activation point that adjusts to your hands as you type. If you press a key all the way down, or just halfway, the keyboard will learn and adapt to your style over time (keyboards ship with this disabled). Analog control in games and software will also be possible.
This also allows advanced macros, functions, and manual activation point adjustments. Pressing and holding a key down could create a capital letter or begin a macro. Analog sensing should allow 2-3 functions or more per switch, not including any resulting steps from macros.
learn more about magnetic silo switches
Read Jacob Alexander's article explaining analog Silo Beam spring switches for more history and technical details!
Input Club and Kailh engineers reinvigorated Hall Effect keyboard switches, an ultra-durable and super smooth switch tech developed in the 1960s, for the Keystone mechanical keyboard. Hall Effect sensors were prohibitively expensive in the past, so they were only used in mission-critical keyboards and devices.
Today, Hall Effect sensors are widely available. They’re used in everything from electric motors to laptop lids — new manufacturing techniques made them affordable. Sensitivity improvements and modern programming knowledge allowed our teams to innovate with Hall Effect; we’re bringing magnetic switches back the right way.
Input Club Silo Switch Advantages
- Can function for billions of presses vs. millions
- Extra-smooth feel vs. scratchy contact based switches
- Programmable analog activation points (200+ levels)
- Native analog sensing vs. non-native solutions with poor granularity
- Easy socketless hotswap vs. hotswap sockets and finicky metal pins
Codes were sent to backers. Various prototypes were completed and evaluated. Please view the Kickstarter updates for more details.
features and details
- Full-Size or Tenkeyless physical layout, ANSI-US only
- SILO Tactile or SILO Linear switches
- Per-key HD Analog Control — fine movement in games and apps
- Adaptive Typing AI — modifies activation point based on your hands
- Per-key custom RGB lighting and animations
- Configurable switch activation point for comfort and performance
- Hotswap switches without troublesome metal legs or sockets
- Custom key assignments, macros, and more via firmware
- Dual RGB indicator LEDs (Caps Lock / Num Lock)
- Elevation angle adjustment (5, 10, and 15 degrees)
- 1000 Hz USB polling and NKRO
- Programmable Open Source Firmware
- Magnetic (Hall Effect) sensing, billion-press switch technology
- Generic ABS keycaps (PBT available separately)
- Prototype dimensions (full-size): 460mm L x 144mm W x 38mm H
- Prototype weight (full-size): 1500g
- Doubleshot PBT shine-through keycaps in Cherry profile
- SILO Beam spring clicky switches (delivered later)