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    Weyman

    We've been exploring the possibility of a hot swap compatible PCB. This model would be a little more expensive than what we offer, but would allow us to offer additional switch options along with the freedom of the customer to change them at will. The only issue right now is that the parts are relatively new and we don't want to run into any reliability issues.

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    Dav1

    It has been a year.  Any news on keyboards with hot swap switches?  I love WASB keyboards, but I don't see myself ever buying another keyboard that forces me to make a one time decision on switches.  My last purchase was a Glorious GMMK Compact and 6 different types of switches.  It has been great being able to try various switches and mix them up on a hot swap board. 

    And, one more for the WASD wish list, please offer a 65% keyboard, 67/68 keys.  I don't think many people even use function keys anymore, and if they do, wouldn't mind once in a great while pressing FN+1 for F1, FN+2 for F2, etc.  Function keys are a good use case for a FN key layer, along with other seldom used keys.  Additionally, 67/68 keys allows for an arrow cluster, which I missed on the GMMK Compact (61 keys).  67/68 keys are perfect.  Because, 67/68 keys can be very compact, but not too compact for long time full size keyboard users.  I am going to buy another keyboard soon, I want it to be a WASD.

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    Paige

    Still no immediate plans in the works for hotswap PCBs or other sizes right now, unfortunately. Expanding options is definitely something we're working on, but we can't say for sure when new models might become available.

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    Gregory Naughton

    I created an account to bump this thread. I love the selection you offer at WASD. I am a TKL guy and see no reason to buy anything else. I have been researching buying another keyboard for a few months now. I lurk several discord channels, r/mechanicalkeyboards, and other places, and observe there is a LOT going on with switches. I have testers for all of Cherry, Kailh and Gateron and can genuinely say that WASD is missing out. There are several Kailh switches that are IMO (at least for me anyway) superior to anything out there. At very least you really need to explore offering the Kailh BOX Jade and BOX Navy, like Anna D who started this thread mentioned. BOX Pale Blue and BOX Burnt Orange would be nice too. Regular Kailh blues are easily superior to MX Blues, and the discord servers won't shut up about Gateron Yellows, though I have no idea why.  There is nothing else out there like the Kailh BOX offerings. To my mind they are superior in every way.  I am looking at buying several new keyboards over the extended future. They don't have to be hot-swappable. But I've already got MX switches and am attempting to improve on them. I haven't tried Zealios yet. If it turns out they feel nicer than I suspect they do, I will definitely buy a WASD.  At very least, I would advise to please consider offering a few Kailh options. Oh well, one can dream, can't they? Cheers from a code monkey and keyboard junkie.

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    Paige

    There are a ton of switches out there, it's true. We'd love to do some more exploration of them but we have some limiting factors as a small company. Warehouse space is one, I'm sure there are some sourcing and/or manufacturing concerns as well. We also have to consider the fact that while the enthusiast community would be all over BOX switches, the average user may not be interested. Introducing people to new switches would be fantastic, but I don't think we have the resources to add a lot more options yet. 

    Thanks for letting us know your interest and your thoughts! We appreciate getting feedback for what people are looking for!

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    Gregory Naughton

    Paige, well said. I totally understand your concerns to do with sourcing, and warehouse space, quality and consistency as well. In addition, with what is going on in China right now availability has all but dried up. I just thought I would mention it, but I'm sure this isn't the first (or 100th) time you have pondered the issue.

    Best, Greg

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