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ThumbsUp! Keyboard Versions

Updated: Oct 31

This table compares features of the ThumbsUp! keyboard versions.


Model


Features

v2 ATMEGA

v2 ProMicro

v2 RP2040

v3

v3 MX/ALPS, v4

v5

v6*

v7

v8

Body

Unibody

Unibody

Unibody

Split

Split

Unibody

Split

Split

Unibody

Switches

Kailh Choc

Kailh Choc

Kailh Choc

Kailh Choc

MX/ALPS

MX/ALPS

MX/ALPS

MX

Kailh Choc

Numbers Row

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Thumb Keys per Side

2

2

2

2

2

3

2

2 or 3 in different positions

3

Controller,

Connector

Atmega32U4, Mini USB

ProMicro and compatibles (e.g. nice!nano), USB-C or Micro USB, depending on MCU

RP2040, USB-C (currently)

Mini USB (earlier revisions)

RP2040, USB-C

RP2040, USB-C

ProMicro and compatibles (e.g. nice!nano), USB-C or Micro USB, depending on MCU

RP2040, USB-C

RP2040, USB

ProMicro and compatibles (e.g. nice!nano), USB-C or Micro USB, depending on MCU

VIA/REMAP support

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Wireless

No

Yes - with nice!nano

No

No

No

Yes, with nice!nano

No

No

Yes, with nice!nano

PCB Color

Green

Green

Black, Green (earlier revisions)

Navy Blue

Navy Blue

Navy Blue

Red

Navy Blue

Black

ThumbsUp! v2 sub-versions got the very same key layout, the biggest differences are the controller and USB connector type used. Otherwise they are the same, and PCBs are interchangeable.


ThumbsUp! v4 is a revision of ThumbsUp! v3 MX/ALPS with tracks relocated and some no-longer available electronic parts replaced.

ThumbsUp! v6 is v4 sans the numbers row, the rest is the same.


ThubmsUp! v7 is an evolution of v3/v4 with an extra thumb key added. That required schematics change, so while they look almost the same, they are not compatible and use different firmware.


ThumbsUp! v5 and v8 use the same schematics, use the same firmware, the biggest difference is the switch types used - MX/ALPS for v5 and Kailh Choc for v8.


All unibody versions support Cirque Proglide touchpad. All ProMicro-based unibody versions have spot for the hardware power switch for battery-powered nice!nano.


VIA/REMAP support for the versions marked with asterisk - firmware is being re-worked to have the VIA support turned on by default. Until then the VIA-supporting version is installed on request.

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