A macro pad keyboard with 16 keys, two rotary encoders, a three port USB hub, and plenty of LEDs!Designed by Josh Johnson in Australia
Due to manufacturing and supply chain issues, I've decided to ship units with minor imperfections that are visible under the right light, but once on your desk won't be easy to notice. I'm sorry to d…Read More…
Due to manufacturing and supply chain issues, I've decided to ship units with minor imperfections that are visible under the right light, but once on your desk won't be easy to notice. I'm sorry to decrease the quality of Hub16 but given the current supply chain issues it's the only way I can get these to people without increasing cost and lead times. Please see "Notes on Quality" below for more info.
If you live in North America, ClickClackMacPack has stock which will get to you quicker than shipping from Australia.
If you would prefer a numpad, Hub20 is also a option.
Hub16 is a macropad with a bunch of features you never knew you needed. They include:
This project was started to enable a more intuitive interface to software such as CAD and photo/video editing tools where you rely on complex keyboard shortcuts to get your work done. Hub16 achieves this by not only allows you to graphically program your favourite (or complex) shortcuts to it's keys, but can interface with software on your computer to enable even more powerful, context aware macros and scrips to be run.
It also adds two rotary encoders which are great for continuous controls such as track and grid size in your PCB design tool, or brush size and opacity settings in your photo editing software. Following success of version 0.1, an USB hub was added to enable you to de-clutter your desk.
For more info on Hub16's features including assembly and programming guide, please read the getting started guide.
Please note this listing is a kit. It requires some assembly including soldering of the rotary encoders. Please read the assembly guide before purchasing to ensure you are aware of what is involved. If the default configuration is not to your liking you may also need to customise the firmware. Please reach out before ordering if you have any questions.
Hub16-HS PCBA: Included by default / required. Hotswap PCB only, no encoders or case. Perfect if you intend to manufacture your own case and have all the required parts at home. Last photo shows the PCB, however there may be small differences as we improve the product.
Acrylic Case: Included by default. Three colour options: Clear, Black, and White. All come with a frosted bottom plate to ensure the LEDs can light up your desk. See the 6th photo for a side by side comparison, and second last image for what is included. All you need to provide is 16 Cherry MX compatible switches and keycaps.
Bare-bones Case: Can be selected instead of the acrylic case. Swaps the acrylic for a single piece of FR4 used as the bottom plate, perfect for those who want a lower cost option. See the 7th photo for a side by side comparison.
Add Key Switches: Need some keys for your new Hub16? If so select the preferred colour of switch and 16 will be added to your order.
Add Key Caps: Need key caps to sit atop your switches? If so select this and leave a comment during checkout with what quantity and colour of each you desire. Available colours will be listed below, but are manually updated so may not be up to date. Includes 16 key caps.
The hub is a four port USB 2.0 Hub with Type-C connectors, aimed at allowing connection of keyboards, mice, memory sticks, wireless receivers, and other small devices (including a second macro pad!) to your computer.
Due to cost and space constraints, the hub has some limitations. The hub is not:
Might you be able to charge your phone whilst copying files at full speed off a spinning hard drive over a long cable? Maybe. However Hub16 is a macropad first, USB hub second, so if you are looking for a high performance device I'd suggest picking up a dedicated USB hub and just using Hub16 as a macropad.
Due to a high scrap rate of FR4 top plates (went from 80% pass to 80% fail) I've had to make the hard decision to ship less than perfect FR4 plates with Hub16. At the time of writing I've ordered over 4 times the normal number of plates to get enough to finish assembling the cases, and if I kept my previous quality standards I'd estimate I'd require 10 times the normal number of plates, which would result in more delays and an increased price, whereas I've decided to keep price the same and ship the less than perfect plates as once it's on your desk the imperfections are hard to notice.
If you receive a board which is not to the standard you expect, please get in touch.
Australia Post is having major issues with delayed freight, please see their current status for estimated freight times to your country. Express post has been added as an option if you would like for it to arrive quicker, as it jumps to the front of parcels escaping the country, but may still take a long time to arrive.
Whilst I try and ship ASAP, I can only guarantee parcels being dropped off on Saturdays due to my day job sometimes preventing trips to the post office.
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Australia Post is currently experiencing delays with international freight, and as such is not uncommon for standard mail to sit at the airport for 3 weeks before departing. Express post has been added as an option if you would like for it to arrive quicker, as it jumps to the front of parcels escaping the country.
Whilst I try and ship within 48 hours, I can only guarantee parcels being dropped off on Saturdays due to my day job sometimes preventing trips to the post office.
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