Vega Build Guide
- Part 1 - Begin here
- Part 2 - Pre-build preparations
- Part 3 - Preparing the case
- Part 4 - Assembling the internals
- Part 5 - Putting it all together
- Part 6 - Keymap editing and closing words
Part 1 - Begin here
Thank you for your purchase!
We’ve done our best to put in everything we know into this board.
To get the best out of it, it is important to assemble it correctly.
This build guide outlines the exact steps to take to get it built.
Warning: Damage, imperfections, etc. due to disregarding the build guide instructions cannot be accounted for. We won’t be able to refund or replace parts if you decide to build it by gut instinct and mess up somewhere.
What’s in the box
- The Vega case, plate, and PCB,
- A set of long gaskets,
- A set of short gaskets,
- A set of small rectangular gaskets,
- The foam layers, one for above the PCB and two for below the PCB,
- A wafer of stabilizer shims (break apart as necessary),
- A large hex key and a small hex key (2.0mm and 1.5mm respectively),
- Some rubber feet,
- A lot of custom cut packing foam,
- The piece of paper warning everyone to read the build guide.
If anything is missing, please let us know immediately and we'll supply it as soon as possible.
Parts and tools necessary for building
- Enough switches to cover your preferred layout, likely lubed and tuned,
- Stabilizers for all the larger keys of your preferred layout,
- Keycaps of your choice,
- A USB-C cable which follows USB spec,
- Soldering equipment if you purchased the soldering kit.
Tools that aren’t required but are useful
- A pair of flat-head pliers,
- Some sort of desoldering equipment (if you purchased a soldering kit).
Before we begin
Just a few quick heads up regarding some things you should know.
- Refrain from wiping down the board with strong chemicals such as 90+% isopropyl alcohol, especially for the weight. This will ruin the matte coat and leave you with a semi-glossy tacky mess.
The weight can handle a lighter alcohol mix for cleaning off the surface out of the box; however, please don't do this at too high of a frequency or with too strong of a chemical for the risk of coating damage.
- Both the case and USB port have extensive ESD protection circuitry; however, they are not fail-safes (e.g. it isn't ideal to set a house on fire even if it has a powerful sprinkler system). Take care to discharge any excess static buildup before use, especially during building or disassembling when the PCB circuitry is exposed and unprotected.
- Do not overtighten the screws. Simply stop when the screws want to stop; overtightening risks destroying the board as well as causing nasty acoustics such as excessive pinging.
- In addition, avoid the use of third party screwdrivers, for they risk being oversized for the task and scratching up the case parts. If using your own drivers, triple-check that the bit-size is correct and that it is not oversized for the task.
- Read through the build guide once before actually carrying through with it, so you have a good idea of what’s upcoming at the next step. You can navigate the book using the panel on the left (large screens) or in the info tab (mobile), or use the link at the end of each part.
- The custom cut foam and box is useful for storing and/or reselling the board. We recommend that you keep it for board safekeeping and transit; otherwise please recycle the box for the sake of our planet.
Part 2 - Pre-build preparations
Before assembling the board, there are a few things to check.
- Check for any major external flaws that would disqualify the board as an A-stock unit (if you have purchased a regular unit rather than B-stock).
If you have any flaws on the case that require a replacement, do not continue further and contact us immediately. We can't handle RMA units if the board has been built as per the return policy, so keep everything unused.
- If not already done, double-check that all the contents of the package listed in part 1 are actually included in the box. It's a nightmare if you get partway through the build and realize a part is missing.
- Plug in the PCB, and verify that it detects as a device.
Make sure there are no broken-off hotswap sockets or USB connectors rattling around in the bag.
Note: If you are testing key functionality at this stage, do note that the caps lock position is bound to Fn by default, and will not send a keystroke on its own. Instead, hold the caps lock position and press the numrow, and see if it sends F1~F12 rather than numerics.
This is important because replacement warranty of the board covers only units in unbuilt condition; if you spot any issues, please contact us for a replacement before building the board.
Once all are checked and ready, it's time to prepare the case.
Part 3 - Preparing the case
Let's begin with the case.