*** NEW HOTSWAP VERSION - BOARDWALK PROFESSIONAL 2 ***
The Boardwalk Professional 2 is the same Boardwalk you've come to know and love, but now has Kailh MX Hotswap Sockets. It has a much more limited layout, allowing for Ortholinear only (all 1u center keys, no 65% style) and 2 options for space bar - 2x2u or 7u. These limitations are due to the nature of hotswap sockets being so large.
The Boardwalk is a 60% ortholinear keyboard, designed around Ergodox keycap sets and to fit into standard 60% cases. The project was inspired by OLKB’s Atomic keyboard, which used larger 2u mods, making it easier to hit the modifiers/outside keys. 2u caps are hard to source, and outright impossible if you want to use sculpted sets, so the move was made to 1.5u keys from Ergodox sets. The rest of the board is can be filled using standard key sizes from 60% sets.
The board supports two primary types of layouts, a true ortholinear grid using only 1u, 1.5u, 2u, and 7u keycaps, and an unorthodox “arrow” layout, using 1.25u keycaps in the bottom row to allow an arrow cluster in the bottom right corner. The PCB and plate are universal and will support both types of layouts, although there’s MANY options for the bottom row.
Here at MKUltra we believe the Boardwalk may be the finest PCB ever developed. It allows for a gradual escape from brainwashing through a transition from that horrible staggered to 65%, then ortho, then ergo.
I love this PCB. Although one might find the uniform 5x15 grid of a PCB such as the XD75 more functional because of its extra column, I find the layouts the Boardwalk supports much more aesthetically pleasing, and effectively no less functional, once you get layers involved.
Speaking of layers, the PCB works great with VIA and QMK. I can't confirm whether or not VIA support comes out of the box as I flashed the board right away, but the either way, once flashed with VIA everything works as expected. A button is present on the bottom of the board for resetting, although depending on your case you may find it easier to map the reset key to a layer.
This board sits just fine in the KPrepublic XD64 HHKB-style case (pictured) when using a custom plate file found on Thingiverse. I purchased both a hotswap and solderable version of the board, although currently I have only tested the hotswap version, and only with the 2x2u spacebar layout. This layout works great for me once I configure layers to provide all of the keys that I need; the numerous keys near my thumbs make great function buttons.
I can also confirm that this PCB will work with a USB-C to USB-C cable plugged directly into a USB-C port -- unlike other PCBs I've tested that require a USB-C to USB-A cable to function for whatever reason.
Overall, I am *very* pleased with this PCB. Its extensive layout options and ability to sit in most standard-sized 60% cases makes it an easy recommendation for anyone looking to make an 'endgame' (whatever that may mean) ortholinear keyboard.
Tbh I didn't expect that much of quality as a service. I'm not a US resident so I thought either my order would be declined or took at least 2 months of shipment due to cheap tranformation methods. My order processed immidiately and I received my package sooner than I expected. And at perfect condition
These things are so great! Thanks for being so awesome MKUltra!
This is the first board I ordered for a custom build. I ordered a brass plate too, and I could not be happier with the quality of the products. I soldered in hotswap mill-max sockets and it was incredibly easy to do. MKUltra has great packaging, fast shipping, and I will be buying again in the future.
After a few weeks of adjusting to the ortho/65% from a staggered 60%, I’ll never go back. overall shorted strokes, more speed, less hand fatigue. What more can you ask for?! Nothing. Buy more. Allow the corruption.
Don’t forget the 2mm foam! For HS
Oh, and 2mm foam works great in the melgeek MOJO60, but not 4mm.
4mm works great in the TOfUs
I really enjoy 40% ortho boards…. but generally only use splits as single boards like the planck feel too cramped with my hands pushed together. When I saw this board with the ergodox compatible layout, I though it might be just the ticket.
Putting two rows between the left and right hand alpha clusters is enough space to remove that cramped feeling and I’m really digging the 1.5u pinky keys and side by side 2u keys on the bottom row is wonderful.
The PCB worked great out of the box and the steel plate is well cut with a nice finish and great tolerances. For anyone interested, the soldered version does fit millmax sockets, so you can use it as a hot swap and still have the layout flexilibility!