Welcome back to our WhiteFox Eclipse Road to Fulfillment series, where we’ve taken you through the design innovations and technological advancements that set the WhiteFox Eclipse keyboard apart. Every journey has its bumps, and this one is no exception. Despite the meticulous planning poured into the WhiteFox Eclipse, Alpaca Keyboards, the designer and manufacturer, encountered an unexpected challenge that we want to make you aware of. Alpaca has informed us of a necessary delay in the shipping schedule, with orders being shipped out by the end of November.
The decision, made by the WhiteFox team, comes after their quality control processes identified an issue with the keyboard plate. During this QC process, they found an issue with the plate: a large percentage of switches were coming loose during keycap replacement. This was an issue created due to the materials used for the plate that resulted in the plate having slighter higher tolerances than desired. To rectify this, the decision was made to upgrade the plate component. Subsequently, a color inconsistency was identified in the new batch of plates, prompting a necessary reprinting to ensure the color met the specifications for the WhiteFox Eclipse. We encourage you to read the update from Kunal at Alpaca Keyboards on their Kickstarter Page, which provides the full context and the process behind making this decision.
Back at the beginning of our relationship with Alpaca Keyboards, when we first sat down with their team to discuss the WhiteFox Eclipse, it was their passion for excellence and their conscientious approach to product development that struck a chord with us. We’ve collaborated with dozens of brands, ushering hundreds of products into the market. Alpaca Keyboards is a standout brand for their unwavering dedication to excellence, and the delay in the dispatch of the WhiteFox Eclipse keyboard is a reflection of their commitment to quality over haste.
Our partnership with Alpaca Keyboards is a source of pride, and we’re grateful to contribute to this chapter of their story. Having experienced the WhiteFox Eclipse firsthand, we can affirm its distinction in design and performance—a product that truly stands out in the market.
We understand the anticipation that comes with every product launch and appreciate your patience as we work towards a resolution that meets everyone's expectations. While the WhiteFox team works on these final adjustments, we at Apos are excited to continue offering the WhiteFox Eclipse for orders. Our community's response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are putting together a series of blog posts that chronicle the journey of the WhiteFox Eclipse from conception to delivery. These posts will give you an insider's view of the meticulous attention to detail and the unwavering commitment to quality that define this product.
The WhiteFox Eclipse has garnered significant attention, and we’re gearing up to share new reviews and creative content soon, such as this ASMR demo of the WhiteFox Eclipse Low Profile and High Profile Keyboards:
We encourage our community to spread the word and to take advantage of the current availability. As the production run is limited, this is a unique opportunity to secure a keyboard that’s already creating waves in the mechanical keyboard community. Explore the WhiteFox Eclipse collection here.
Thank you for your support, understanding, and for being an integral part of the Apos family. We're excited to cross the finish line together and deliver a product that exceeds your expectations.
Now, we're eager to get back on track with our series, bringing you more behind-the-scenes insights into the WhiteFox Eclipse. Here’s what you can look forward to:
- Software Synergy: Dive into the details of our proprietary firmware that simplifies the WhiteFox Eclipse setup for both Mac and PC users.
- The Aluminum Odyssey: Explore the journey of integrating machined aluminum cases into our offering and the extensive effort to perfect them for our Kickstarter backers.
- The Eclipse Ecosystem: Discover our vision for the WhiteFox Eclipse as we aim to transition from a standalone product to a comprehensive, evolving ecosystem.
Stay tuned as we resume our Road to Fulfillment blog posts!