Minerva is a 60% full isolation sleeve-gasket keyboard featuring a minimal design language, 5 row macro column and hidden screw assembly.
Silicone Sleeve Gaskets
Recessed Weight (Aluminum, Brass or Copper)
PCB (Featuring flex cuts and 6 through-switch UV LEDs.)
Daughter Board (with ESD and Reverse Current Protection)
Plate (Considering PC, POM, Aluminum and Carbon Fiber)
Top Case (Shown in Clear Polycarbonate)
Case Dimensions: 327 x 119mm
Front Height 18mm
Rear Height: 30mm
Case Angle: 5.5°
Pricing: Starting at ~$465
Lead Time: Approx. Late Q2 2023
NOTE: PROTOTYPE COLORWAY SHOWN
The backside of the board maintains our minimal approach with a center aligned USB-C connector and our “Nubbin Badge” aligned to the left. These magnetic pegs (or Nubbins, your choice) are our way of enabling you to easily customize your badge to fit your setup, your keysets, or your mood. The nubbins are resin cast in-house, and of course, you can expect us to release many options for you to choose from in the future.
Minerva is available in two primary designs with multiple layout options. Your layout options will vary depending on which Top Case design you choose. (WK or WKL).
Bottom Row (WKL)
Bottom Row (WK)
Minerva’s mounting system consists of 5 not so typical injection-molded silicone Sleeve-Gaskets slotted between the top and bottom case. These gaskets absorb vibrations generated by the plate and keep resonant frequencies from passing to the rest of the board, resulting in a genuinely isolated sound complimented by an inherent flex for a beautiful typing experience.
The recessed weight embodies a large portion of the bottom of the board, featuring a subtle nod to the Nubbin Badge design with its dimpled surface. Weights are available in Raw Sandblasted Brass (which encourages a natural patina), Brass Black Mirror PVD, Brass Black PVD, Brass Dark Gray PVD, Copper w/ Anti-Tarnish and Aluminum E-White.
PCB & Daughter Board
The PCB, designed by Wolf, keeps flexibility in mind in layout and feel. It features flex cuts around high-traffic areas such as the alphas. You can choose either Hotswap or Solderable. Another feature is UV LEDs to the escape key and macro columns to allow a unique way of highlighting artisan keycaps that are UV reactive. Installation of the UV LEDs requires through-switch soldering, and you will also be able to turn the functionality on and off as you wish. The Minerva PCB is QMK and VIA compatible. The PCB connects via a EZMATE connector to our custom low-profile Daughter Board, which features a USB-C Connector, ESD, and Reverse Current Protection.
Each plate has a flexible feel across the entire board, aided by the bridge-like contact points with our custom Sleeve-Gaskets. Plate are available in FR4, Carbon Fiber, or Black Anodized aluminum.
Every Minerva will ship in a neatly packed box with everything you need to build out your board.
Please let us know you think of Minerva LX in the feedback form.
Group buy set to go live on Sept. 30th.
Working with a reputable manufacturer to ensure we receive a timely and high quality product.
ETA for delivery is the late 2nd quarter of 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do you ship to Russia?
A. We will not be shipping directly to Russia.
Q. What are the “Nubbins”? Are they functional buttons?
A. Nubbins are 5mm round resin pegs that magnetically attach to Minerva. They serve no functional purpose outside of an additional layer of aesthetic customizability.
Q. What layout limitations are there with Hotswap vs Solderable PCB?
A. None. Both PCB options share the same exact layout possibilities. Your layout can only be limited based on if you choose WK or WKL top.
Q. Will I be able to get different durometer Silicone-Sleeves?
A. Sleeves are currently available in Hard(40A) and Soft(15A) variants.
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