StarBook Mk V


Firstly, we wanted to thank you for your continued patience. The component shortage and COVID delays have put us into a new situation; we know that we are geeks, and some of the choices that have faced us throughout have been easy for us to make - but they've come at the cost of time.
In the case of some components, we don't have an alternative supplier for the same part. When offered a choice of using a lesser component or a longer lead time - it's a no-brainer as we will always prioritise the quality of our machines, regardless of time frames.
This has made production slow and almost impossible to predict the lead times accurately. Tied together with the fact that when one stage falls behind, it has a knock-on effect on the following stages. However, the good news is that all of the complicated bits involving numerous suppliers and processes are complete, leaving the more straightforward parts to do.

After numerous discussions with our factory, the estimated time until production is complete is the 18th of July. This is still an estimate, but we are more confident of its accuracy than before. We've got an extensive plan for the next 31 days, which will allow us to keep the status page up to date.

Day 1 - Battery cycle testing and conformity
Day 2 - Display pre-assembly check and CCD test
Day 4 - Pre-assembly run components preparation; Keyboard etching, speaker wiring and DC jack connectors stamped for 50 StarBooks
Day 7 - Pre-assembly run of 50 StarBooks
Day 10 - Pre-assembly run verified
Day 12 - Keyboard etching, speaker wiring and DC jack connectors stamped for the remainder of the batch.
Day 18 - Main assembly run
Day 24 - Nickel stars inlayed
Day 25 - Post assembly visual inspection and quality control
Day 26 - Serial numbers and model information etching
Day 27 - Extended wear testing in progress
Day 30 - Packaging and cleaning
Day 31 - Quality Control

We'll keep the status page up to date through the final stages of production.

Jun 17, 2022 10:37 am

The vast majority of the restrictions due to COVID have now been lifted so we can expect to see progress as normal. Given the backlog that now exists, predicting dates is extremely difficult, but our best estimate puts the Intel variants now arriving in early June and the AMD variants in early July.

May 5, 2022 11:04 am