[Vendor] Cherry 'Klingon' Keyboard - Last Few

Right, I know they're not mechanical, only membrane, but...

As a PR 'Gimmick', we decided to show off our laser printing capabilities a little while ago and decided to produce a keyboard in an unusual language layout - Klingon.

It caused quite a stir. It was mentioned on Radio 2 here in the UK, featured on radio stations across Europe and in Canada and was featured in a number of magazines. Unfortunately, we were advised by our legal team to immediately stop making them - through simple fear that we may run into some issues from the owners of the Klingon name - Paramount Studios -and we'd already fallen foul when sending a PR out and used someone's Klingon title and had to issue an apology!!

So, although interest came from various European countries, no more were made than the original 65pcs we commissioned. Some were given away, some were sold, but 8pcs remain in stock at one of our distributors - Tekdata Distribution in Stoke-on-Trent (http://www.tekdata.co.uk / 0044 (0)1782 665500 - ask for Karen).

The keyboards will cost £30 each and there'll be shipping - I'm not getting involved in the transaction at all, it'll be something purely between the buyer and Tekdata.

The keyboard itself is simply our G83-6105LPNKL-2 - PS2 connection, black, laser print keys, UK English/Klingon layout - and received some nice feedback online when we produced it. However, this is all that's left and all that there'll ever be (well, unless the Klingons have any...), so it's a bit of a collectors item.

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robin13867 wrote:[...] The keyboard itself is simply our G83-6105LPNKL-2 [...]

Oh, so "KL" is for Klingon... :lol:

Just for info, G83 keycaps will not fit MX switches.
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Pfff, Klingons don't need mechanical switches.

Groupbuy anyone? I'd be in for one. :)
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TIL Klingon looks quite Tibetan.


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ripster wrote:TIL Klingon looks quite Tibetan.


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To be honesty, probably quite close, but there is a specific Klingon language and keyboard layout - we took this from a site on the internet and just got the factory to print them....Certainly a real rarity in the Cherry keyboard world anyway - with only 65pcs ever built, although it's a standard membrane product, the printing makes it extra special. :D
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There actually was another...

http://ps238principal.livejournal.com/73652.html

Comes up on EBay periodically.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Trek-TNG-I ... 4605076a27

I hope it doesn't have a Wesley key, that dickhead.
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ripster wrote:There actually was another...

http://ps238principal.livejournal.com/73652.html

Comes up on EBay periodically.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Trek-TNG-I ... 4605076a27

I hope it doesn't have a Wesley key, that dickhead.


Star-Trek yes, Klingon, no....awful thing though, isn't it?? Must have cost a fortune in rights....
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Gene Roddenbery's estate lawyers have a call into your office btw.

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO SUE!
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ripster wrote:Gene Roddenbery's estate lawyers have a call into your office btw.

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO SUE!

Thanks for that, most appreciated. Actually, during the making of the keyboard, no mention of Star Trek was made at all - it's not on the packaging, it wasn't in the PR, we just mentioned Klingon, nothing else. The language was taken from the KLI (Klingon Language Institute) website, as I remember and the project completely died almost as soon as it started. Caused a bit of a stir for around a year, by which time all versions had been sold through or given away.... No longer exists in the systems of us at all and will never be resurrected.

We'll have to think of another marketing gimmick....

For those that may be interested by the way, we also made two other 'special' keyboards - designed to go with the UK's 'Children in Need' charity night that takes place in November, we produced two specials that were sold on ebay, covered in the 'Pudsey' logos, the BBC logo and the year of production (2009 and 2010). All proceeds went to the charity...we will probably do this again this year too...and (potentially) we could do this on a G80-3000 if anyone wants one.
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Aha! So it was you that inspired CoolerMaster!

Do sort of like the 2010 version though.
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Not a Star Trek fan. If this had been Aurek-besh, I would have been all over it, though.
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ripster wrote:Gene Roddenbery's estate lawyers have a call into your office btw.

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO SUE!

Thanks for that, most appreciated. Actually, during the making of the keyboard, no mention of Star Trek was made at all - it's not on the packaging, it wasn't in the PR, we just mentioned Klingon, nothing else. The language was taken from the KLI (Klingon Language Institute) website, as I remember and the project completely died almost as soon as it started. Caused a bit of a stir for around a year, by which time all versions had been sold through or given away.... No longer exists in the systems of us at all and will never be resurrected.


Np. At Reddit the acronymn is IANAL (I Am Not A Lawyer).

ewwwwwww..................

Pudsey?



P.S. Added a Reddit link for some advertising but KL keeps downvoting me off the main page.
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Note to all - our distributor, Tekdata are currently auctioning a Klingon keyboard on ebay -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cherry-G83-61 ... 500wt_1413

As of today (4th July), still at 99p + postage!!
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The biggest problem of this keyboard is that it's not mechanical...
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Ah yes, but being only one of 65pcs, it's a bit of a collector's piece.....The Pudsey one above is even rarer - only 3pcs made. A must for the collector of all things Cherry, but only if you don't mind the non-mechanical bit....

Maybe next time we do this, I'll make it a mechanical version - there's a new Pudsey one perhaps due this year, so rather than using the inexpensive option, we'll use a mechanical and see what happens. There'll again only be one or two made....
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