- Groupbuy Start Time: 02/16/2023 12:01 PM EST
- Groupbuy End Time: 03/02/2023 11:59 AM EST
- Sale Format: Unlimited Groupbuy
- Pricing: $439 - $465
- Estimated Fulfillment Time: Q3 2023
Z80 Great Sword View all
This time we’ve worked with Zero-G Studio in China to bring to you their first kit, the Z80 – titled “Great Sword”! With a lot of arguing and hard thinking within the studio, over 8 months of experimenting with the design, adding and taking details to see what would be just right, living up to their slogan of “All or Nothing!” we’re delighted to bring to you the “Great Sword”, an amazing board with a complex design and amazing profiles from any angle!
"We tried to incorporate thematic elements of the forging process into the design of the whole kit. Whether it is the blade-bezel inspired side-profile, the highlighting of the blade on the back, or the handling of every sharp line and angle, the theme of the kit has been truly embraced in looks, feel and weight. We wanted this to be more than just a tool, but to add character to your desktop – in the same way, this kit is loaded with our passion and attitude."
We wanted to convey a spirit through the theme of great swords. In life there are always pressures and difficulties, we must remain determined and brave and always believe that no difficulty is insurmountable. For when you are not afraid of hardship and danger, the sword in your heart can make you invincible!
It’s intended to look like a great sword without the lethality. The overall design is based on simple lines to create a three-dimensional geometric aesthetic. We have preserved the sharpness of a great sword as much as possible while keeping in mind safety to the user as well. The 3mm wide high gloss open edge on the rear side of the keyboard adds the touch of shine that we wanted, to the Great Sword.
For this kit, we have utilised the current mainstream leaf-spring gasket mounting structure to mount the internal build to the case. The inline screws and internal weight design give the kit a neat and tidy appearance.
PCB has two options
Hotswap: ANSI layout, stepped caps support, 7u WK and WKL support. Soldered: ANSI and ISO layouts, stepped caps support, split left shift support, 7u WK and WKL support
Anodized Dark Gray
► Top and bottom case: Aluminum
► Inner weight: Brass
► Plate choices: PC, FR4, Aluminum
► PCB: Hotswap or Soldered
► USB-C daughterboard x2
► JST x2
► Rubber Feet
► 3.5mm Poron® Plate Foam
► 0.5mm IXPE PCB layer
► 2.5mm Poron® case foam
► 0.5mm Poron® laminated anti-static layer
► Set of gaskets x1
► Additional screws
1. In order to better support different sized keycaps, the inner sink of the keyboard is now 0.5mm, and the thickness of the case foam has also been changed from 3mm to 2.5mm.
2.We have changed the bottom case recess to allow a slot for a second weight piece, which shows through the cut-out logo on the bottom of the case! Users can see the material body of the second weight through the logo, but without changing much of the original design concept. The optimisation of the design is due to the fact that all special cold weapons have their own special attributes in may games and films. From the beginning we intended to enchant the Great Sword in some way, but without working out how we could do that until now. In the early hours of the morning a few days ago, we found a way to do it and finished and perfected the concept renders.
Our initial second weight will be made of brass - this is the default provided with the kit. This allows customers to be able to replace it as well - if replaced by an aluminium piece of the same colour, it will be returned to the original bottom case design.
For example, it can be brass for strength, aluminium for agility, PVD for magic, wood for life, damascus for artisanship, PC for space. Any kind of material that can be cut into that piece! Files will be provided for customising the piece as well.