XD87 TKL Keyboard kit – QMK firmware

I already went through the customization of the XD87 keyboard via TMK using a layout from KLE in this blog post (along with general information about keyboard layout customization). The XD87 now has QMK support. That firmware is based on TMK, so it has the same principles but is a bit different in multiple aspects. Let’s look at them and see how to flash QMK on the XD87.

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75% keyboard custom build – The parts

I told you I really wanted to build a new keyboard when I finished the previous one. Well here I am again, but with a different build in mind this time. First, I’m going for a smaller size. Second, I’m taking parts from different places (well, 2 different sellers…). Third, the RGB underglow is gonna be useful this time. Let’s dive in.

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Flash HM-10 and BT-05 firmware

The HM-10 and BT-05 modules are cheap bluetooth modules that can be used in various situations, like with an Arduino board, or even in a DIY electric skateboard. But most of the cheap ones use a buggy firmware that make them incompatible with Android 8. There’s a way to fix it though.

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XD87 TKL Keyboard kit – how to customize the layout/firmware and flash the keyboard

One of the best feature of the XD87 PCB is that its firmware is fully customizable. Although this might sound complex and probably way too much, customizing the firmware allows you to create your own layout for the keyboard. Let’s dive in. Don’t know what I’m talking about? See this article first.

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XD87 TKL keyboard kit – Kit content

Time has come for a new keyboard! Now that I know I will always use a mechanical keyboard from now on (the typing feeling ❤), I’ve decided to invest a bit more into something nice, beautiful and customizable. So I bought the new XD87 kit that came out not that long ago.

In this first article, I’ll just go through the parts that are included in the kit. I hope you like pictures, because I took quite a few.

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