- PBT White and Gray Keycaps
- Can be used wirelessly over bluetooth and wired over USB-C
- Electro-Capacitative keyboard (Like Topre)
- Pre-installed silencing rings
- Self-lubricating POM sliders
- Double kickstand for a total of 3 possible typing angles
- USB-C connection (comes with USB-C cable)
- Reprogrammable layout and macro recording
- 35g domes
The Atom 66 has the best of both worlds. It comes with Topre-like capacitative domes which make that clean “thock” as you press down, yet also comes with MX keycap compatible stems so that you can use this keyboard with a variety of keycap sets out there. In addition, it comes with a rounded spacebar which provides maximum comfort while hitting the spacebar- no painful edges to hit your finger on. (see last pic)
Companion Software and Firmware Update as well as instruction manuals:
Atom66 BLE Non-RGB Firmware and Software
The keyboard has two modes called “Office” mode and “Program” mode.
Press and hold the right “Fn” button and F12 for about 2 seconds to toggle these two modes.
While in “Office” mode, the keyboard uses the default layout as programmed from the factory, and this layout is unchangable.
In “Program” mode, it uses the user defined layout as made through the programming software.
You can tell which mode it is in after pressing “Fn+F12” by looking at the LED under F12 key. If it lights up for 2 seconds and shuts off, then the keyboard is in “Office” mode. If it stays lit for 10 seconds and then shuts off, it is in “Program” mode.
When using the programming software to change the layout of the board, it doesn’t matter what mode you are in when writing a user-defined layout to the board. However, if you are in “Office” mode when you read the key layout from the software, it will only show you the “Office” default layout. If you switch to “Program” mode, it will display the layout that you made on the onscreen keyboard.
escapeindustry (verified owner) –
This is a review of the Atom66 itself, and in no way a reflection of Flashquark itself (for whose service I would give five stars easily).
I bought the Atom66 because I love light linears, and specifically silenced light linears. I like Gateron Clears, I like using O-rings or QMX clips. That being said, I saw this, along with the rounded spacebar and bluetooth capability, and zeroed right in on it. I was super stoked to buy this, and saved up for it.
I’ve now on my second one, and it isn’t for the right reasons. The first one I bought–for a total of almost $195 to be shipped to my house in MN–tilted and had a defective rubber foot, so I returned it. It was an easily solvable problem: the keyboard flexes anyway, and I could’ve tilted it back to its original level. (I didn’t know this, but the guys at Flashquark were super cool and made a video for me, and sent me a new one anyway.)
So now I have the new one. I went on ahead and did what I did to the last Atom66 and disabled the tilde key, so I could use the 2U backspace key, since I am an American. I immediately noticed it did not fit right: the plastic of the PBT backspace had warped so badly that it didn’t fit right; I had to jam it in there, and it still doesn’t fit right. I’m looking at it now and the backspace key is SIGNIFICANTLY higher than the rest of the keys. It sucks, but I can live with it.
Then I tried the springs. The Atom66 is 35g, so it comes with some ten- or twenty-gram springs to put in the modifiers or wherever you want, which is what I did. Unfortunately, I noticed right away that three keys–1; Y; F–came off remarkably easy. I didn’t think much of it. Then I tried to put them back on, with the springs this time. The keycaps popped off. I mean the springs pushed them OFF the fxcking board. For some reason, as far as I can tell, the stems of these three switches–which are electro-capacitive and not at all easily replaceable, especially for me–did not hold the keycaps very tightly. In fact, they don’t hold them at all. I could flip the board upside down and shake it lightly and they would fall off.
Now, I have had a lot of mechanical keyboards, about fifteen, and I have changed keycaps A LOT on some of them. My Anne Pro 1, I’ve probably changed the keycaps on that sucker at least fifty times, and the Gateron Red stems have never done this. Every time I push down, it always fit nice and snug. These weren’t keycaps that experienced old-stock BOX stems, either, these were a wide range of pbt, abs, oem and cherry profile. I even put on brand-new EnjoyPBT BoW on this Atom66, and every single one was like mush.
This isn’t a dealbreaker–I guess I could put Saran Wrap or something inside to help (which is so fxcking ghetto I don’t even want to think about it), but this along with the horrible software I cannot program (and hardly anyone out there has this board, so can’t help), the wack right shift/arrow sharing (which I hate so much and wish I could disable), the keycaps on which the RGB lighting bleeds through badly (along with defective lighting that changes subtly when I have it set on a solid color), and the ever-present Mt. Everest that is my backspace key….well this mean amounts to why I gave this thing two stars. It has good rubber feet, the bluetooth is solid, I love the rounded spacebar and don’t care if it isn’t replaceable, it fxcking makes a great sound when you type and feels good all over–so there is the two stars.
But I basically have an unuseable keyboard that I paid a lot for. Now I wish I had bought Topre. I can’t return it, because I already used the warranty and I don’t like being that asshole customer anyway, or perceived as those who just test run the boards and return them. Shoot, I can’t even sell this thing on MechMarket because I don’t want to deal with explaining the defective switch stems, so now I have a $200 keyboard I basically have to give to some girl who doesn’t know any better, and will see the pretty lights and go “Oooh!” while I wince in pain, knowing that’s the least cool part about a keyboard like this.