This blog post was originally sent as an email update to our mailing list on 03/21/2023.
I'm happy to announce that today we reached a big milestone toward the next launch of Hydrogen: we finished up the review process with our injection molding partners, so work on a brand-new mold will begin shortly. This means we'll be ready to start producing new and improved mice as soon as that's done.
Here are just a few of the major improvements that will be present on the new mouse:
• We've redesigned our primary click mechanisms to eliminate pre-travel and allow a more uniform click feeling through the length of each button.
• We're now using Kailh GM 8.0 for the side switches. The Kailh switches have very pleasant clicking characteristics: they're crisp, snappy, and still heavy enough to prevent accidental presses. (We'll still be using Japanese Omron for the main switches.)
• Our scroll wheel is still the same beautiful anodized aluminum, but we've redesigned the internal mechanism for a much smoother and more consistent scroll experience.
• We're very happy to be partnering with Corepad, an industry leader in PTFE skate manufacturing, to make the new skates. They are larger and will provide a more even sliding area, with rounded edges so that the glide is ideal out of the box, with no break-in time.
We made so many improvements to the Hydrogen that we're launching the new mouse as Hydrogen 2. The new mouse will, of course, be fully supported in our Atompalm Web Manager, which we launched with the last email update.
I'm excited that we're so close to launching Hydrogen 2. As soon as we receive samples from our plastic partners, I'll be sending an email update with more exciting details about Hydrogen 2, and announcing a date when pre-orders will open -- so stay tuned!
As always, thanks for your support.