Curio Group Buy Starts Feb 3rd, ends March 3rd

[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit
[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit
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[Group Buy] Vault 35 Aluminum Mini Keyboard Kit

Regular price
$185.00
Sale price
$185.00
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Vault 35 is an 11-unit-wide 30% mechanical keyboard kit for enthusiasts interested in a minimalist typing experience. Expanding on the pioneering concept introduced to the community with the QAZ keyboard designed by tominabox1, this design removes a column from the left side of a typical 12-unit-wide 40% keyboard while keeping the right side the same.

The idea behind this and many other 30% keyboards is removing the command and modifier keys (Enter, Tab, Escape, Shift) from the outer columns of the board and replacing them with alphas only. There’s no more need to reach to the left and right with your pinky fingers when everything’s within reach of home row.

**Sold in group buy format this round. This unlimited sale will run for one month (Jan 3rd to Jan 31st) Units are expected to ship to customers in April 2023 Please remember that this is a group buy and can be subject to unforeseen delays**

**P3Dstore.com is handling all cerakoting for this group buy. If you order a raw aluminum case, we will ship it to P3Dstore unless otherwise instructed in the order notes. After cerakote, P3Dstore will ship all group buy orders back to MechVault for fulfillment to customers. Please reach out to P3Dstore directly for custom cerakoting quotes**

Kit Features:

  • Single-piece aluminum HHKB-style case with three finish options
  • 2.5 degree typing angle
  • Bottom mount style via plate. The pcb hangs freely within the case
  • 3mm thick CNC-milled Black ABS or White Polypropylene plastic plate
  • White solderable USB-C PCB with QMK and Vial firmware available here. Integrated RGB underglow included in V2 PCB. PR pending for updated firmware. 
  • Six different bottom row/space bar options with ease of assembly due to KLE guide/reference printed on PCB.
  • Designed by projectcain
  • Finish options are: Stormtrooper White, Graphite Black, or Raw Polished Aluminum (this last option is highly susceptible to fingerprints. Recommended for customers seeking aftermarket finishing) 

Kit Contents:

  • Milled aluminum case
  • Vault 35 white USB-C PCB
  • CNC-milled Black ABS or White Polypropylene plate
  • Screws, clear bumpons, allen key

Frequently asked questions: 

Is this just a novelty board?
  • If you want it to be, sure. However, the amount of people that use this size of keyboard for daily work (regardless of number/symbol/navigation key usage frequency) is growing at a fast pace. With a bit of commitment to the learning curve, most people experience typing speed either returning to what they could achieve on a larger board, or getting even more efficient. 
But where are the Q, A, and Z, keys?
  • They never left, though a couple of them are a little wider now that they occupy what used to be command or modifier keycap locations. The layout option picture on this product page gives a good example of what a typical base layer for this type of keyboard looks like.
Okay, but how do I use my enter, tab, esc, and shifts now?
  • However you want with the power of QMK and Vial firmware. Popular suggestions: Combos. Hit A+S at the same time to get Tab. Hit Q+W at the same time to get Esc. Make the Z and / keys function as shifts when held instead of tapped. These are just a few possibilities of the extensive keymap customization possible.