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Velvet

Velvet pushes the limit on typing comfort with poron gasket mount on a plateless 1.2 mm thick PCB, and a comfortable 5.5 degree typing angle. An all-new PCB features in-browser keymap customization with Remap, multi-layout hotswap support, and epoxy-reinforced 2nd generation Kailh hotswap sockets.

Preorder Notice

Estimated shipping date: Q1 2023

Group buy + preorder limit: 250 units

Please note that this is a preorder, not an in-stock and ready-to-ship product. Group buy orders are collected prior to manufacturing, while preorders are collected after a group buy ends and production begins. There can be delays and setbacks, and the timeline is only an estimate. By adding this item to your cart and purchasing, you agree that you understand everything above, and have read the refund policy and stock grading policy. You will be charged immediately for this item.

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Technical Specifications

Velvet keyboard

Meet Velvet

Velvet pushes the limit on typing comfort with poron gasket mount on a plateless 1.2 mm thick PCB, and a comfortable 5.5 degree typing angle. An all-new PCB features in-browser keymap customization with Remap, multi-layout hotswap support, and 2nd generation Kailh hotswap sockets reinforced with epoxy for resistance against being sheared off the PCB and loose contact from repeated switch insertions.

Velvet rear
Velvet

Beautiful new design

Velvet features a radically new exterior with an immense, mirror-polished stainless steel weight, custom silicone feet, and comes in a new anodized lavender finish. The thin side bezels provide a slimmer appearance, and the side ledges allow you to easily pick up the keyboard, easing the stainless steel weight below. A center-aligned USB-C port provides a neutral cable position with a larger port for greater cable compatibility, the daughterboard offers simple and inexpensive replacements, and the JST cable channel now comes covered for improved cable management and PCB clearance.

Velvet with ePBT Samurai Velvet with silver-polished brass weight Velvet interior

Plateless typing comfort

Configure Velvet the way you want with a fully customizable and versatile feature set. Achieve an ultrasoft feel with the 1.2 mm thin PCB by omitting the plate, build with a balanced aluminum plate for a crisp bottom-out response to complement tactile switches, or opt for a soft and stable configuration with a POM plate. And a comfortable 5.5 degree typing angle means you can type for hours while minmizing wrist strain.

Velvet plateless Velvet PCB assembly

Multi-layout, reinforced hotswap PCB.

The new and improved Velvet hotswap PCB features 2nd generation Kailh hotswap sockets with stronger leaves that maintain switch pin contact after repeated switch insertions, and are adhered to the PCB with epoxy to resist being sheared off. With support for 6.25u and 7u spacebar, regular and stepped caps lock, split backspace, and split right shift, Velvet combines the convenience of hotswap with the layout compatibility of solder.

Velvet hotswap PCB

Layout compatibility, pushed further.

For even greater layout compatibility, a solder PCB is available separately with support for split left shift, ISO enter, and multiple split spacebar layouts. Solder switches in for further improved stability when building plateless, as well as support for 3-pin switches in half plate or plateless configurations.

Velvet solder PCB

Leaf spring and gasket mounting

Velvet improves upon the traditional dual mounting system with leaf-spring top mount and poron gasket mount for a versatile mounting system. Leaf spring top mount delivers a super-flexible and bouncy typing feel across the keyboard, while gasket mount offers a firmer, more consistent feel with a soft and creamy sound signature. This versatility enables Velvet to be tuned perfectly for every switch type, from the ultrasoft keystrokes for linear switches to the crisp bottom-out feel for tactile switches.

Velvet plateless
Gasket mount

Gasket mount.

The PCB is sandwiched by the case from above and poron gaskets below, stopping the leaf springs from flexing for a firmer typing experience.

Leaf spring top mount

Leaf spring top mount.

Screws fasten the PCB to the top case, and leaf springs allow the PCB assembly to freely move up and down to cushion your keystrokes.

Faster and simpler assembly

Velvet optimizes the assembly process so you can get typing sooner, and makes modifications and comparisons more convenient when taking the keyboard apart and rebuilding frequently. Velvet now uses just four screws for the case with larger M3 screws for stronger screw threads, the USB-C daughterboard channel has been covered for improved cable management, the daughterboard can be accessed without removing the stainless steel weight, and building plateless allows the stabilizers to be removed and tuned without fully disassembling the keyboard. View the Velvet build guide for the optimal assembly process and troubleshooting steps for common issues.

Velvet exploded view Velvet unbuilt

Balanced plate materials.

Each kit includes an anodized aluminum plate for a balanced typing feel while bringing out the unique sound signature of your switches. Its special alloy allows it to be softer than FR4 and carbon fiber, with a richer sound signature over traditional 6061 alumminum plates. POM plates are available separately in a matte black finish for a softer feel and muted sound profile.

Velvet plate

Mirror polished weight

An immense stainless steel weight occupies half of the bottom case, chosen for its corrosion resistance so you can polish and maintain your weight to keep it looking pristine. A mirror polish delivers a luxury aesthetic, with the natural silver color contrasting beautifully against the case.

Velvet brass weight

What's Included

Technical Specifications

What's Included

1x Top case

1x Bottom case

1x Stainless steel weight

1x Aluminum plate

8x Poron gaskets

1x Velvet PCB

10x Stabilizer shims

1x USB-C daughterboard

1x 150 mm JST cable

4x Silicone feet

12x M3 5 mm flat head hex screws

8x M3 5 mm button head hex screws

4x M2 4 mm socket cap hex screws

1x Hex 2 mm allen key

1x Hex 1.5 mm allen key

1x Carrying case

Case

Anodized aluminum case

Stainless steel weight, mirror polished

Gasket mount and leaf-spring top mount

Width: 13.96 inches (354.7 mm)

Depth: 5.36 inches (136.1 mm)

Height: 0.72–1.21 inches (18.8–30.7 mm)

Weight: 4.6 lbs (2.1 kg) unbuilt

Angle: 5.5 degrees

Plates

POM, matte black finish

Aluminum, black anodized finish

Carbon fiber, woven finish

Hotswap PCB

Kailh hotswap sockets (2nd gen.)

ESD, over-voltage, and over-current protection

USB-C Unified C3 daughterboard

JST cable (150 mm)

QMK, VIA, and Remap compatible firmware

AT90USB646-MU microcontroller

FR4 Tg 170–180

ENIG surface finish

Matte black solder mask

1.2 mm thick

0.4 mm thick stabilizer shims (set of 5 pairs)

Velvet hotswap PCB Layout

Solder PCB

ESD, over-voltage, and over-current protection

USB-C Unified C3 daughterboard

JST cable (150 mm)

QMK, VIA, and Remap compatible firmware

AT90USB646-MU microcontroller

FR4 Tg 170–180

ENIG surface finish

Matte black solder mask

1.2 mm thick

0.4 mm thick stabilizer shims (set of 5 pairs)

Velvet solder PCB Layout

¹Split spacebar not supported by stock plates and included stabilizer shims