Byte Mk I

Update

All components are now ready; the main assembly run will start on Monday the 22nd and is expected to take 5 days.

Aug 16, 2022 11:45 am
Update

The first batch of the Byte's is now sold out. For this batch, they are running behind the original estimate and are now due for completion in the second week of August.

Jul 15, 2022 2:47 pm

StarBook Mk VI

Estimation

The factory found one small etching issue with the Nordic layouts, these have been re-made and are now complete along with the other layouts. The next step is for the keyboards to be fused into the Input Covers, which is scheduled for the end of the week.

Aug 16, 2022 11:43 am
Update

The factory found one small etching issue with the Nordic layouts, these have been re-made and are now complete along with the other layouts. The next step is for the keyboards to be fused into the Input Covers, which is scheduled for the end of the week.

Aug 8, 2022 1:04 pm
Update

The keyboards have now been etched and we are awaiting confirmation of when the next stage will begin.

Aug 1, 2022 2:14 pm
Update

The trackpads are all done, and there's some bonus news. For a long time, we've wanted to include fingerprint readers on our laptops but haven't been able to source one that would reliably work with Linux.

You may have seen that we have a new laptop in the works, it's a while away from production, but we finally managed to source one for that. These details were confirmed after production for the StarBooks had commenced, but we asked a factory if it could be added mid-production. The agreement was that they would attempt the alignment on 50 StarBooks; if we achieved a 100% yield, they would add the rest. That has now been confirmed, so all of the StarBooks include the new reader, which is awesome because typing in passwords is over-rated.

As for the keyboards, we're waiting on confirmation that these are all done.

In summary, things are moving slower than we'd like, but they are constantly moving!

Jul 26, 2022 7:01 pm
Update

We've had a few requests for our updates to be more verbose,  so here goes.

As we've lost our predefined time slots, things will happen more sporadically. This isn't necessarily bad, as it's more similar to how the factories normally work.

Two things are happening today, the keyboards are being etched, and the glass for the trackpads is being cut. There won't be much t to report on the keyboards; the same factory has been etching our keyboards for the last four years; they know what they're doing.

For the trackpads, one of the common misconceptions is that trackpads are one part. They're made up of many, but there are three main components; the surface, the sensor and the controller. For the last three years, we've used glass for the surface, as it provides a much better experience than the more common Mylar (the same material that balloons are made from).

One awesome thing that will feature on the StarBook Mk VI's is the "Cassidy Glass". To explain what that is, for the LabTop Mk IVs, we found a tiny company based in Hong Kong that made the most amazing glass. It's unofficially referred to as the "Cassidy Glass", because when Cassidy James Blaede made an overview video of the LabTop, he spent most of it talking about the glass (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiBzY31xlo0&t=431s). It was amazing, but unfortunately, when COVID arrived, the company making this closed, so it was only ever used on one batch.

Now, after two years, it's back!

Jul 18, 2022 8:11 am

System Statuses

In Production Byte Mk I

1 update

In Production StarBook Mk VI

1 update

In-Stock Star Lite Mk IV