New Layouts for ‘XMIT Hall Effect’ Mechanical Keyboard are Available at Massdrop

New Layouts for ‘XMIT Hall Effect’ Mechanical Keyboard are Available at Massdrop

Massdrop, a community-driven commerce platform, had a poll started by Omniscient3 revealed the demand for additional layouts and features of the popular Hall Effect 60% keyboard. JoséSoltren is the man behind the XMIT keyboard series. In a new drop, you can now choose one of five layouts and the new Hall Effect Mechanical Keyboard features few improvements over its predecessor.

Technical Specifications:

  • Designed by XMIT Keyboards
  • Produced by Massdrop
  • Layout: 61-key 60%, 87-key TKL, 108-key full size, 98-key 1800, and 120-key Sun layout
  • Body material: CNC bamboo
  • IPX-6 waterproof rating
  • Keycaps: PBT + POM doubleshot with backlight compatibility, Cherry MX mount (The 1800 and Sun layouts have certain keys made from laser-etched ABS. On the 1800 layout they are: 1u windows, alt, ctrl, and short right shift. On the Sun layout they are the left-hand macro keys.)
  • Spring weight: 60 g
  • Actuation point: 1.8 – 2 mm
  • Key travel: 4 mm
  • Backlighting: Full RGB backlighting with surface mount LEDs and a variety of patterns
  • High-frequency, silent PWM brightness control
  • Key sliders: POM slider with upstroke damping in polycarbonate housing
  • Interface: Mini USB
  • Stabilizers: Integrated Cherry style key stabilizers with updated to reduce binding
  • PCB assembly: surface mount
  • Compatible with most Cherry MX mount key caps (including all Tai-Hao, Vortex, GMK, and Signature Plastics)
  • Dimensions, 61-key: 12 x 4.5 x 1.7 in (30.5 x 11.4 x 4 cm)
  • Weight, 61-key: 1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
  • Dimensions, 87-key: 14.5 x 5.8 x 1.9 in (36.8 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm)
  • Weight, 87-key: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Dimensions, 98-key: 15.6 x 5.8 x 1.9 in (39.6 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm)
  • Weight, 98-key: 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
  • Dimensions, 108-key: 18 x 5.8 x 1.9 in (45.7 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm)
  • Weight, 108-key: 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
  • Dimensions, 120-key: 19.8 x 5.8 x 1.9 in (50.3 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm)
  • Weight, 120-key: 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)

One major change is that you can get click or tactile switches, although with a simple modification you can restore the linear feel if you so desire. There is also a new 60g spring weight, landing between the previous generation’s 50g or 70g spring, which is designed to be similar to a vintage Alps Blue or Orange switch. The actuation point is between 1.8-2mm, and the total key travel is 4mm.

The keycaps are PBT + POM doubleshot, and the characters are translucent to let the RGB lights shine through. However, a few of the keys on the 1800 and Sun layouts are actually laser-etched ABS plastic.

The bamboo case now features rounded corners and has been strengthened to prevent cracking. The entire keyboard is now coated in epoxy, giving it an IPX-6 water resistance. Electronic updates improve key rollover, and there is a host of preset LED modes. Each key is also customizable for personalized LED patterns.

The keyboard has an updated Cherry-compatible stabilizer that helps keep larger keys level and new switch slider molds designed for ‘better keycap retention’, and the drop stated that it has ‘electrical improvements for better key rollover’.

The original 61-key 60% implementation is listed at $109.99, and the other four layouts are available for additional fees. The 87-key TKL, 98-key “1800”-style, 108-key full size, or 120-key Sun layouts cost another $20, $30, $40, and $50, respectively. You can throw in a bamboo wrist rest for $12 if you like, too. The drop runs until November 29; shipping is scheduled for April 2 of next year.


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