ZX81 External Keyboard

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Daeve
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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by Daeve » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:46 am

I definitely want to get get my hands on one (or two) of these!

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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by sboisvert » Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:07 am

Count me in too!

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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by msch » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:53 am

We will present the new zx81 keyboard at our ZX-Team annual meeting (29th until 31st March). See http://www.zx81.de/zxcms/English.html
Short after that we will open the preorder list. Further information will follow shortly after the meeting.
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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by McKlaud » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:43 am

Impressive work! The keyboard looks amazing. :!:
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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by msch » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:46 am

Yes, it a very nice "high quality" keyboard with mechanical Cherry MX switches. We tested different switch types (clicky and silent types, i.e. MX red, black and blue). The type feeling is outstanding - You will never use another keyboard for Your Zeddy ;-)
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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by hsimpson » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:41 pm

McKlaud wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:43 am
Impressive work! The keyboard looks amazing. :!:
Indeed :).

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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by Andy Rea » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:42 pm

Thnaks for the quick update, Sadly Charlie and I cannot make the zx-team meet this year, maybe next. i look forward to the pre-order.

regards Andy
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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by Daeve » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:33 pm

Naive question perhaps? Can the keyboard be attached to the internal headers for easier use in a new case rather than via the expansion port/board? It’d make a great keyboard for an enclosure for an “all in one” system.

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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by Paul » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:48 pm

Sure, no problem. It's compatible.
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Re: ZX81 External Keyboard

Post by msch » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:59 pm

As Paul already said, yes. It is an plug and play replacement for the origininal membrane keyboard. No additional electronics needed.
We will offer a nice cable set:
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The external / edge connector interface solution is only for users who do not want to open the ZX81.
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