11/27/13 - Our next batch of CODE keyboards will be available early Jan 2014. This batch will feature Cherry MX Green switches with our 40A-L O-rings pre-installed and will be available in 104-key or 87-key models.9/24/13 - More CODE keyboards will be available in approximately 4-6 months. Our next batch will include Cherry MX Blue, Brown, and Green switches. We do have Clear switches on order, but due to long lead times from Cherry, we do not expect another batch of Clear CODE keyboards for another 12-14 months.
8/29/13 - Our initial batch of CODE keyboards are currently sold out. We do not have an estimate for more stock at this time, but we will provide an update within the next few days.
We couldn’t find a simple, clean, beautiful mechanical keyboard that we truly loved. So we created the CODE keyboard. It’s the result of a collaboration between Weyman Kwong of WASD Keyboards, and Jeff “Coding Horror” Atwood. Two guys that love keyboards. Maybe a little too much.
Ultra-rare Cherry MX Clear mechanical keyswitches are the heart of the CODE keyboard. These switches are unique in the Cherry line because they combine solid actuation force with quiet, non-click activation, and a nice tactile bump on every keystroke. These hard to find switches deliver a superior typing experience over cheap rubber dome keyboards – without deafening your neighbors in the process.
We know you live and die by keyboard shortcuts. We do too. On the CODE keyboard, up to six keys can be pressed at once, which is known as 6-Key USB Rollover. Furthermore, Ctrl, Alt, and Shift do not count towards these six keys, making it possible to to hold up to nine keys simultaneously – sufficient for even the most arcane keyboard shortcuts. And if you really need it, N-Key Rollover is available over PS/2 with the included adapter.
The CODE keyboard is built to last through years of service.
All of the keyswitches are mounted to a steel backplate for a rock solid feel while typing. How do you know it’s solid? Because it weighs 2.42 pounds. However, please do not use the CODE keyboard as a weapon. Unless you have no other choice.
We didn’t skimp on what you can’t see, either. A dual layer PCB provides strong solder joints if you want to modify this keyboard yourself.
Clean, beautiful white LED backlighting means you can see your keyboard in even the lowest light conditions. We’ve also painted the steel backplate underneath the keys white to provide perfectly even light dispersion. Don’t care for backlighting? No problem. Enable or disable the backlight with a simple keypress, or select among seven brightness levels, anywhere from barely-there dim to daylight bright. Onboard memory saves your backlighting preferences, even if the keyboard is disconnected or the computer is turned off.
We chose a standard Helvetica font for the keys, because the classics never go out of style. We’ve carefully positioned the symbols on each individual key so they are evenly lit by the LED underneath.
The CODE keyboard is designed to be timeless – but modern and unobtrusive as well. We custom molded the case to be as minimalist as we could get away with. You won’t find any text or stickers on this keyboard, just small bezels and a classic angled design. This keyboard fits wherever you need it to go, and looks great doing it.
We paid just as much attention to the bottom of the keyboard as we did the top. Large rubber pads provide plenty of grip. We also added custom rubber coated flip out feet with matching angled rubber pads at the front. This is one keyboard that won’t slide around on you no matter how furiously you type.
Subtle 1mm LED indicator lights let you know when Caps, Num, or Scroll are locked without blinding you in the process, while keeping the case design clean and uncluttered. A textured case surface resists fingerprints and hairline scratches, too.
The CODE keyboard is as flexible as you are:
- Do you prefer QWERTY, Dvorak, or Colemak?
- Are you on a Mac, and need to swap Alt with Command?
- Are you a gamer who wishes you could disable the Windows key? Wouldn’t it be nice if the useless scroll lock key and scroll lock indicator could be a Windows key lock function instead?
- Do you think the Caps Lock key is pointless, and would be more useful as Ctrl?
Lots of keyboards have multimedia keys, but almost none of them do it right. Either they require weird hand contortions to use, or they tack on a bunch of extra unnecessary buttons and knobs all over the keyboard in strange places.
Our solution is more elegant. On the CODE keyboard, the Fn key replaces the Menu key (provided you’ve enabled it via the switches on the back of the keyboard), and moves the media shortcuts to the navigation cluster. This configuration allows you to comfortably and logically access multimedia shortcuts with one hand – pressing Page Up to turn up the volume just makes sense. If you forget which keys do what, we’ve helpfully printed subtle glyphs on the front of each key, facing you, so you can see which keys have secondary functions.
Rather than a weird custom cable, or even worse, a permanently attached cable, the CODE keyboard uses a detachable standard Micro USB cable that allows you to detach the keyboard without unplugging it from your computer. You can plug your keyboard in wherever a standard Micro USB cable is available.
The 5-way cable routing channels under the keyboard let you decide where you want to route the cable for a seamless look. We’ve even rounded the corners to keep your cable kink-free – and a cable strap is included to tidy up any extra.
We’ve also included some extra goodies inside the box:
- Wire keycap puller to remove keycaps for cleaning or modding purposes.
- PS/2 adapter to access N-KRO or legacy systems.
- 70.8” micro USB cable with cable strap.
We custom designed the CODE keyboard to be everything we’ve always wanted in a keyboard. We hope you’ll love it as much as we do.
Code Keyboard Specifications
- Dimensions: 87 Key: 363x142x30mm (14.3x5.6x1.2in)
- Weight: 87/88 Key: 907g (2.0 lbs)
- Interface: USB / PS2
- Compatibility: Windows, Mac, Linux
- Case Material: ABS
- Keycap Material: ABS
- Made in Taiwan. Designed and customized in USA.
104 Key: 445x142x30mm (17.5x5.6x1.2in)
104/105 Key: 1098g (2.42 lbs)
- Is the CODE keyboard available in ISO layouts? No, we currently only have the CODE available with the standard US ANSI layout. We do not have plans for an ISO layout, but we will try to come up with a solution for that in the future.
- Do you have extra/replacement keys for the CODE? We do not have any replacement/add-on keycap sets for the CODE. WASD Keyboards can make custom keys that can fit the CODE, but the legends will not be illuminated as our keys do not work with backlighting.
- Do you have any distributors outside of the US? Not at this time. We will work with distributors in the future to provide easier access to our keyboards for our international customers.
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