Looking back at the project, it has been over a year since we started it. How do we give the design a sharp and defined personality? What would make a keyboard "unique"? To what extent can we consider a design as complete? Time and again, we've hit a wall and climbed over it, and with that inertia, we have pushed hard past the narrow doors to seek our answers.
You can quickly switch to match your desire. The completely horizontally symmetrical design of the mounting mechanism for the bottom weight to the lower case, as well as the split PCB design for the different areas, allow for a more harmonious appearance and a better typing experience.
One keyboard with two layout configurations
It also serves another unique purpose: to allow transformable layout configurations. The ability to switch between a Regular (directional key section to the right of the main keys) to a Southpaw (arrow keys to the left) layout. The trouble with 80% layouts with the isolated arrow and macro key section, while clean and more straightforward to use, inadvertently steals from the mouse's effective area of movement. In order to give the mouse more space, the southpaw layout was designed with this in mind. Rather than being torn between the tradeoffs between each layout, the TENET70 allows you to use both. To switch between the two layout configurations after assembly, all the user has to do is to undo the screws holding the upper and lower cases together, disconnect the cables between the PCBs, and switch the different area PCBs around, disconnect the bottom weight from the lower case, then rotate the upper and lower case by 180° and reassembling the keyboard as such. Although slightly tedious, the whole switching process doesn't damage the keyboard and can theoretically be switched as many times as desired without affecting lifespan.
▲ Separate CapsLock indicator and screen status indicators
More intuitive feedback on the keyboard status and ability to customize the RGB will be available via HEXCORE Software.
PCB Software and OLED Interface
UNBOXING AND BUILD
"Tenet" is one of the few palindromes in English, and it means "creed", "purpose", "principle". Other similar palindromes are kayak, racecar, level, etc. Having decided on the design feature of a changeable layout, I felt I had to find a palindrome to fulfill the role of this keyboard's name. A palindrome that could be read from left to right and right to left, just as the keyboard can be built both right-handed and left-handed.
I personally prefer the 60/65 column and size specification, but couldn't bear the thought of having 80% separate arrow keys, as well as pgup, pgdn, insert, delete etc., so I opted for the rarer column size of 70%.
The default is to switch between screen modes, but you can also customize them to any key, layer cut, shortcut, macro, etc.
Other materials have been considered, such as aluminum, brass, POM, forged carbon, etc. During GB, there may be an option for additional plates that can be purchased separately.
Other modes may be available at a later stage, but that's all I can think of and implement at the moment, from taking the functional requirements and design concepts to the team at Anne Pro2, also known as HEXCORE, to implementing the details step by step and fixing the problems, to having a satisfactory finished product now, it's really been a non-stop process. The firmware of the keyboard will be upgraded, so there are plans to fix issues and introduce new features.
This will be a groupbuy, and so has a wider range of customization available. Colors available may change.
We don’t know yet. But we plan to do it in 2-3 months.
We haven’t finalized groupbuy pricing yet. In the upcoming groupbuy, there will be a full alu version available at a lower price. For China in-stock sale, the Anodized Sandblasted Weight version price was set at $518 (3299CNY).