Smell of pumpkin spice latte, Wooting news… It’s October

A personal notation

We’re a 3 man company that covers everything from Production to customer service and it’s tough to prioritize. It’s very easy to fall into a trap of being busy but not productive.

Answering customer questions, processing orders, dealing with emails, product functions and discussing “things”. All things that keep you busy and shouldn’t ignore but aren’t productive at all. These are the day-to-day that suck you into a comfort zone and give you a false sensation of things running well. Busy, not productive.

The reality is, you’re paddling against the stream without a sense of direction.

That’s why it’s so important to have a moment to reflect, revise and refuel. At these moments, you can take the time to breathe and realize what the situation is.

The funny thing is, this happens in a place of business but can easily apply to your personal life as well.

Alright, let’s go into this month’s updates.

Production Batches

This week is a new production for:

  • US ANSI
  • UK ISO
  • DE ISO

06/11/2017 UPDATE EDIT: The UK/DE ISO delayed due to keycap manufacturer :(. Everybody affected by the delay is contacted by email. New production date on 18 November.

If you have an order, we expect to deliver them at your door ending November. The production date had suffered a small delay due to improved switch stems (see below).

You can already and still (pre-)order the keyboards on the website.

Alternate, Benelux

We’re excited to announce that we have a new distributor in the Benelux, Alternate. They’re reselling the Wooting one and have stock right now.

Alternate offers great service and attitude towards their customers in Benelux. Something we can stand by. It also helps that their Netherlands division is a cool bunch of people.

Wootility

The new Wootility is quite exciting. A couple of highlights:

  • Major back-end overhaul, which you won’t notice but makes things go a lot faster on our end
  • Reorganized the profile cards to make place for…
  • DKS in the analog profiles

I want to focus a moment on DKS. In the analog profile, it will give you an endless amount of cool things you can do.

For example, PUBG you’re now able to walk analog and do flawless crouch-jumps.

If you follow the PUBG analog profile guide, then you can add a spacebar+C DKS in the same profile. Like so:

DKS key: Spacebar (or anything else, if you want to alternate Spacebar jumps)
Actuation 1, 1.5mm: empty
Actuation 2, 1.5mm: Spacebar + C

The great thing is that you’re not forced to use analog, you can also only use DKS and digital keys in the analog profile. Unbind all the Xinput/DirectInput keys, or more extreme, turn off Xinput (in the general settings).

The new Wootility is in public release now.

Re-do the analog curve

We are not too happy about the current analog curve implementation. It is easy to use and quite to the point. The problem; it’s mathematical, not everybody understands it and it has limited control.

We had a moment of insight during a random moment of the day and decided it had to change. It’s not part of the next update, but it’s coming fast.

The new analog curve will change into an analog gradient. It will become more visual, interactive and allow advanced controls. We hope this will make it easier to understand and open up more possibilities to play around with.

The first rough-rough sketch:

We’ll go into more depth in another post.

The Feedback Survey

We recently sent out a feedback survey to everybody with a Wooting one. By accident, we also sent it to a few still waiting. Oops, sorry for that.

The first reactions on the survey are great, and already more than 200 Wooting one owners filled in the survey! We will share these results in the next blog post.

Product developments

Switch stem improvement

The current switch stem can break if pulled out at the wrong angle. Especially with the modifier keys. It’s a problem we had addressed with growing concern to the manufacturer.

The problem exists because the stem of the switch is POM plastic for the optical lens inside. This is also one of the reasons the switch is so extremely smooth. The con of using POM, however, is that it’s stiffer and easier to snap. ABS, in contrast, will flex a bit more.

The manufacturer has decided to address the issue and fixed it by adjusting the small bite in the stem. It’s the injection and weakest point.

The new switch stem is part of our upcoming productions. We will also use them for our separate switch boxes.

Keyboard Silence Material

06/11/2017 UPDATE EDIT: We had to cancel this because the material’s fireproof level wasn’t up to our standards. We’re now looking for different material.

A mechanical keyboard makes noise, that’s a fact. I’ve written an entire blog post about it in the past. The Wooting one is definitely not the most silent keyboard but we hadn’t realized it was that noisy. Thanks to your feedback it got addressed and we’ve been working on a fix.

We found out that the bottom case of the keyboard is too hollow, causing a drum effect when typing. That’s why we’ve made a custom foam pad that can be installed underneath the PCB. It will soften vibration and fill the hollow areas.

I’ve used it over the last weeks and it makes the keyboard much more snappy and removes that hollow clack sound. We will introduce the pad in the next two weeks at a small price and show you how to install it. You can also buy similar material in a DIY store and fill the hollow areas underneath the keyboard.

9 Keycap set

We’ve been working on a 9 keycap “gaming” set to get more familiar with the keycap scene. With our ultimate goal in mind; a full set custom made (by Wooting) double-shot PBT backlight keys.

The 9 keycap set are double-shot PBT backlight keys. They have a very clean injection, very good backlight balance, thick borders and good design with that slight rough PBT surface. The set will include the keys: Esc, W, A, S, D, Left, Up, Right, Down.

We’re now in a sample stage, and opted for a very dark purple color based on feedback on Discord and Twitter. We expect it to arrive in mid-November.

When it’s deemed Wooting worthy, we will run a production and make them available for sale.

Feedback here

As always, let us know what you think and share your opinion. We are always here.

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🙌🏼  Calder

Calder Limmen Written by:

Founder of Wooting. Entrepreneur, gamer and any(thing)thusiast living in Taiwan.

14 Comments

  1. Joe
    November 3, 2017
    Reply

    I realize you guys have no control over this, but is there any news on when we might be able to buy switches by themselves for those that didn’t get the premium version?

    • November 3, 2017
      Reply

      Not yet. We’re working as fast as we can. I personally hope to get them out in December but I’m doubtful. Packaging is now in the sample stage. We’ll share more about it.

  2. Rob
    November 7, 2017
    Reply

    I, too, would be interested in switches. I have a keyboard that allows me to hot-swap switches and would love to try these out. The keycaps are also of interest.

    • November 9, 2017
      Reply

      Working on the packaging. Next update will include more details.

  3. pRICE
    November 8, 2017
    Reply

    wILL THERE IN tHE FUTURE AN INDICATOR THAT SHOWS WHEN i AM IN caps MODE?

    • November 9, 2017
      Reply

      It’s on the capslock. You can choose the color it should alternate to in the Wootility, by coloring the small circle at the capslock. Same can be done with FN for the FN toggle function (FN+MODE).

      Make sure you’ve updated to the latest Wootility/firmware version (treasurechest left bottom, yellow=update). If you’re running on a legacy version (anything below 2.0.0) and there’s no update. Download the latest on http://www.wooting.nl/wootility

  4. Alvin F
    November 8, 2017
    Reply

    I like the design of your keyboard and would love one for myself (although some saving as €199,99 is around $335.34 NZ). However, the main thing I am waiting for is improved keycaps, If I understand you are looking at making double-shot abs keys?
    Still im holding out as I have heard some reviews say the keycaps are as amazing as the rest of the keyboard.
    If you made a split version to be more ergo I would definitly buy, however, I am just waiting for reviews that say the keys are better then I will be buying/saving.

    • November 9, 2017
      Reply

      You can also go for the basic, ~160eur incl. shipping to NZ (it deducts the EU taxes) and wait with buying the additional/other type of switches.

      We’ve gone over our options and we’re not able to offer the double-short keycaps we want until we make our own mold (very expensive). All the keycap mold designs on the open market are not our style (gamery, flashy, not clean) and otherwise not available to other parties.

      We decided to start slow with the 9-keycaps set and grow it from there.

      So, the keycaps we have now, which are equal to any other gaming keyboard keycaps, is what it is for now.

  5. Roveel
    November 15, 2017
    Reply

    When might you release a full size keyboard which includes the numpad?

    • Jeroen Langelaan
      November 29, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Roveel,

      Thanks for reaching out. Right now we’re still focussed on making the Wooting one the best product possible. Like Calder said, with a a small team it’s hard to focus on many different aspects. This makes it really hard for us to give an estimation of a full size version. Keep an eye out on our socials, as soon as we know more we’ll inform everyone.

  6. Nigel
    November 15, 2017
    Reply

    when will we be able to buy a top plate by its self. It would be cool to have the possibility to make a custom one without having the problem that you could ruin your only top plate.

    • Jeroen Langelaan
      November 29, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Nigel,

      We put special top plates on hold until next year. We do have some extra in the factory that we might start selling soon, keep an eye out on social!

      ~Jeroen

  7. LeGrandArkan
    November 19, 2017
    Reply

    I want to encourage you to all the harm you give yourself to create the keyboard of the future x)
    Seriously, I hope to be able to offer your keyboard in the coming months, maybe for Christmas, and finally enjoy all the pleasure that the keyboard will get me
    Good luck to you !

    • Jeroen Langelaan
      November 29, 2017
      Reply

      Thanks LeGrandArkan for the kind words! It means a lot to all of us. Hoping you have a merry Wooting christmas!

      ~Jeroen

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