GB START : February 3, 2023
GB END : March 3, 2023
ETA : 4-6 months after GB
An keyboard kit include:
1x Top upper and lower case
1x Bottom case
1x PCB of your choice
1x plate of your choice
1x front accent piece of your choice
1x back weight of your choice
1x foam kit
1x accessories bag (include gaskets, screws, type c, spanners, bumpons)
1x free artisan keycap
【GB】WIND X R2
Hello everyone, we are Wind Studio.
Before Wind X98 group buy, there were a lot of you who wanted a rerun of the original Wind X. At the time, we had to focus on pushing through X98 so there wasn’t time to respond to the community. We want to start by thanking the community for your overwhelming support as Wind X98 delivered 2000+ units world wide and it’s a confirmation of our team’s efforts.
We will delivery all x98 GB orders to vendors before middle of Jan.
After over a month of brainstorming, gathering opinions, and testing, we are excited to bring you the upgraded Wind X R2. This is not just a rerun of the original Wind X, we put a lot of thought and design improvements to create a Wind X R2 worthy of being the ONE.
Wind X lay out can be simplified as 65% with numpad. We initially chose this layout because boards with numpad are very rare in the community, those that do often sacrifice 2U 0 key for a more compact layout. However, for many a 2U 0 is essential on a numpad and we feel the same. That was our original intention when designing the keyboard. We applied for a patent of the layout and have received certification.
Layout Specific Pros
*Provide streamlined and familiar typing experience with 2U 0 key
*Visual symmetry by keeping the arrow keys level with the rest of the board
*3 customizable keys on the left side of numpad instead of F row, keeping functionality while saving space.
A Keyboard with Soul
We have always believed in a simplistic design that will withstand the test of time. However simplicity does not apply to all parts of a keyboard equally, we want to pursue a balance of form and function. By optimizing our internal layout, we want to emphasize functionality and customizability.
For those of you who are looking at the Wind X for the first time, we want to re-introduce you to the brand new X R2.
*Sandwich layout brings attention to the signature Wind Studios look, while preventing the board from looking bulky overall.
*Front gold color line accent adds to the long and sleek rectangular look of the keyboard
*Triangular rubber feet cutout on four corners, creating a camera lens effect and shifting focus towards the back weight
*X% filled progress bar weight, a symbolic representation of our progress toward the perfect board
*Independent quick release design, making stabilizer tuning a breeze
*Split PCB design with daughterboard numpad to improve typing experience
*Asymmetrical PCB flex cut improves sound evenness across the board
*A front facing engraved logo, a brand-new look from Wind Studios
Because of gasket design and large layout, we continue to use split PCB design and a ribbon cable will connect the main PCB with numpad. This split PCB layout prevents the board from feeling stiff on the sides and soft in the middle, providing a more uniform typing experience.
For PCB flex cut, we continue to use the original Wind X’s unique asymmetrical cutout for the below reason:
- The acoustic performance of the original Wind X had been positive from the community
- We did multiple tests internally and concluded asymmetrical cutout provides a more nuanced and unique sound. Of course, sound is subjective and that’s the whole point of a customizable keyboard.
- After communicating with LDN both Bluetooth and wired version will come with split PCB.
For plates, we’ve made new changes. Plates now support both top and gasket mount. There are still no flex cuts on the plate as it will soften the plate and lead to switch insertion and removal difficulty, a pain many of you would understand. As a result, we are increasing the thickness of plates to 1.5mm.
Stabilizer tuning on a fully assembled keyboard is a huge hassle, we’ve all been there. In order to have quick release stabilizers, we needed to hollow out the respective areas on the plate which will lead to the problem we just described related to switches. To counteract this, we are using a “H” shape cutout to both achieve quick release and maintain plate rigidity.
Additionally, we are keeping IXPE top plate foam as it effectively eliminates resonance between switches and plate. In our testing, there is a difference in sound and feel with and without this foam.
We also provide both poron and silicon gaskets for customization.
Above are all the optimizations that went into Wind X R2. Please see below for group buy details.
1.Time and shipping
Ship out within 1 week of payment
GB sale: No limited qty Feb 3rd to March 3rd （the exact hour depend on different vendor）
Ship out 4 to 6 months after group buy
Please note that this is a group buy. Estimates are our best guesses, they’re not guaranteed. Delays and setbacks may occur. DO NOT PURCHASE if you do not agree with the terms and conditions.
There will be no refunds or cancellations after the group buy ends.