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System76 announce the 67% Launch Lite keyboard

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System76 have revealed the Launch Lite, a smaller version of their rather fancy and highly customizable keyboard that will properly launch for ordering tomorrow.

Featuring the same fancy tricks as the bigger Launch keyboard like custom multi-layer layouts, solid aluminum chassis, RGB LED patterns, magnetic angle bar and secure open source firmware. The difference of course is the size. This is a 67% keyboard and doesn't have the USB hub integrated so overall it's a bit more portable.

You will be able to customize the layout with the updated System76 Keyboard Configurator application allowing you to set 4 different layers, LED patterns and more with it all saved directly to the keyboard so you can take the layout with you anywhere to any system.

System76 say the Launch Lite comes with a "key and switch puller, as well as a few extra essential keys (Esc, Shift, arrows) in different sizes and accent colors" and in addition to the Jade and Royal switches you can also pick it up with either Silent Pink or Silent Brown switches. Additionally, the newer switch options will also be available for the bigger Launch keyboard too!

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More info on their teaser page.

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elmapul 13 Jul
i want some keyboard with 10+ extra keys.
not kidding.

the main issue is that i probably wont be able to afford the keyboard+importing


Last edited by elmapul on 13 July 2022 at 11:59 am UTC
Bogomips 13 Jul
I still don't understand why nobody wants to take the ortholinear route as an option.

Fortunately, a lot of custom keyboards are available in the OS/OH world but still not cheap and for tech savvy people.


Last edited by Bogomips on 13 July 2022 at 12:44 pm UTC
as an accountant, every time i see a keyboard without numpad, i just feel so scared...
Quoting: fenglengshunas an accountant, every time i see a keyboard without numpad, i just feel so scared...
Same here!

I always feel like I have a "half keyboard" when the numpad is missing!

I don't use it solely for accounting, but anything with lots of numbers? Has to be on a numpad! I can blitz through a lot of number entries using the numpad, even for using a calculator. The numbers above the letters always feel slower to me for number entry and less comfortable, I use them for an odd number here and there, but for serious number entry it has to be the numpad, so my numpads tend to be more worn than the letter keys. My last keyboard had to meet three criteria:

At least 5 programmable "G" buttons (Used for lockscreen, language entry switching, workspace switching etc), have a numpad and be in UK qewtry, ended up settle on a corsair keyboard.


Last edited by BlackBloodRum on 13 July 2022 at 2:06 pm UTC
Tuxee 13 Jul
Quoting: fenglengshunas an accountant, every time i see a keyboard without numpad, i just feel so scared...

As a developer I am turned off by a keyboard without dedicated function keys, no insert key and no numpad (which is actually very handy with games like War Thunder, too).
Termy 13 Jul
Great - the first one is already too small and instead of following up with a proper size keyboard they make an even smaller version? :/
buono 13 Jul
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The main thing about ten keyless keyboards that I don't like is the missing PRT SCN button. Just in case I need to REISUB the machine.


Last edited by buono on 13 July 2022 at 3:43 pm UTC
Quinn 13 Jul
System76 really need to get their European distribution center up and running so I can order one of the full-size keyboards without excessive import fees.


Last edited by Quinn on 13 July 2022 at 3:49 pm UTC
ljrk 13 Jul
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: fenglengshunas an accountant, every time i see a keyboard without numpad, i just feel so scared...

As a developer I am turned off by a keyboard without dedicated function keys, no insert key and no numpad (which is actually very handy with games like War Thunder, too).

It works fine if you use a modal editor. I'm not running a 60% (anymore) but it's not that bad.
My son loves minimalist keyboards like this, but I personally can't stand them. Give me my full 104-key monstronsity any day!
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