Shipping is GO!
Apologies for missing last weeks update, but we’ve been very busy getting the last things set for production and shipping of the Almond+. By the time you read this update, the first units have been shipped and tracking numbers should be making their ways to backers in North America. As you can see from the pictures included in this post, production is ramping up quickly and yields are very good. We’ve also performed drop tests on the mass produced units to make sure they’ll live up to both our and your expectations of a solid product.
As you’ll see from the production photos, one feature that we haven’t announced is the inclusion of a heatpipe cooler in the Almond+. This is as far as we’re aware unique to the Almond+ and it makes it the first consumer router to have such an advanced cooling solution. This means that all the internal components can be cooled to a much lower temperature than a traditional heatsink, without the need of a fan. Fans are usually a major failure point in any device they go into and they tend to start making noise after some time.
We’ve stress tested the Almond+ at levels way beyond what you’ll be able to repeat at home and we’ve found our heatpipe to be an excellent cooling solution. The Beta/Dev units shipped with a much more basic heatsink and although that proved to be a “good enough” solution, our concern was for customers located in extremely hot regions of the world and this is why we went back to the drawing board to create a notebook level cooling solution for the Almond+.
The video below shows the heatink and heatpipe being mounted to the Almond+ PCB during the manufacturing.
A lot of you have asked us not to send your package via TNT and we’re working on a solution for this and we expect to be able to announce this next week. It will mean a slight delay in getting you your Almond+, as it’ll reqiure some extra work on our side.
We know this has been a long time coming and there have been more delays than we could’ve imagined in our worst nightmares, but the Almond+ is finally shipping and we want to thank you all for your patience and trust in us to deliver.
The Almond+ Team