Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit
Portico Keyboard – Build Kit

Portico Keyboard – Build Kit

Regular price $134.99

Welcome to your gateway into mechanical keyboards. Portico is our entry-level keyboard designed to give you the perfect balance between form and function. It has a polycarbonate case and a compact 65% keyboard layout.

Extras released on Friday, June 4 at 3pm ET.

🌟 Hotswap PCB – No soldering! It's easy to build the keyboard and change switches when you want.

🛠️ Assembly Required – Building the Portico will take you 60–90 minutes. We've designed this to be a perfect starting place if you've never built a keyboard before. We've created a Build Tutorial with photos to walk you through every step.

⚠️ Switches and keycaps are not included. You'll need to buy these separately.

Featured on CNET: The Key Dot Company Portico is a DIY mechanical keyboard kit for everyone

Product images are photographs.

Specs

Polycarbonate case colors

Typing angle: 7 degrees

Plate

  • Mounting style: Gasket-mounted, for a luxurious and cushioned typing feel
  • Plate material: FR4
  • Plate thickness: 1.5mm

Download the plate file →

PCB

  • Hot swap – no soldering required. It's easy to insert and change switches.
  • In-switch RGB and underglow. Note: these are not individually addressable.
  • Compatible with VIA
  • USB-C connection. Includes a starter black coil cable.

Stabilizers

  • Screw-in, PCB-mounted stabilizers
  • Housings: includes 5 sets
  • Wires: includes four 2u wires, one 6.25u wire, and one 7u wire
  • Made by C³Equalz

What's Included

When you buy Portico, you'll get:

  • Portico case (top and bottom pieces)
  • PCB
  • Plate
  • Silicon dampening mat
  • Felt dampening mat
  • Standoffs
  • Screws
  • Stabilizers
  • USB-C coiled cable
  • Protective carrying case with matching zipper accents

Switches and keycaps are not included. You'll need to buy these separately.

Assembly Guide

Portico is a keyboard kit. You will have to assemble it yourself. You'll also need to buy separately:

  • Switches (x67)
  • Keycaps

Assembling a complete Portico keyboard will take around 60–90 minutes. See our written Build Guide, complete with photos, for a walkthrough of every step.

Keymap and RGB Settings

The default Portico layout can be adjusted in VIA Configurator.

You can adjust the RGB settings by holding down the Layer key (the key immediately to the right of the spacebar) and pressing:

  • Q - On/off
  • W - Mode
  • E - Hue up
  • R - Hue down
  • T - Saturation up
  • Y - Saturation down
  • U - Brightness up
  • I - Brightness down
  • A - Speed up
  • S - Speed down

Portico default layout

See high-res layout image →

Common Questions

Is this easy to build for beginners?

Yes! We designed this specifically for folks who have never built a keyboard before. You have to be mindful of small parts like screws, and check that things work, but it’s a straight forward process that anyone can do. A brief summary of steps is:

  1. Assemble and attach the stabilizers to the PCB.
  2. Screw together the plate and the PCB.
  3. Put this into the case, and screw it together,
  4. Insert switches.
  5. Put on keycaps.

And you’re done! You can get the full rundown in our Build Guide →

How do I configure the keymap?

Portico is compatible with VIA Configurator, which is an easy to use app. You click to change what keypresses do, and changes take place instantly—you don’t need to flash your keyboard to apply the changes.

Read more about using VIA Configurator →

In addition to this build kit, what else do I need to buy to build a complete keyboard?

You’ll need to buy switches and keycaps.

  • Switches: Portico uses 67 switches and works with MX-style switches. We recommend buying 70+, so that you have a few extra in case a pin gets bent or you lose one. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any switches in stock, but are expecting more to come in early 2021.
  • Keycaps: Portico has a 65% keyboard layout. We have keycaps designed specifically to go with Portico, which contains all the keycaps you’ll need. Portico is compatible with most custom keycap sets, as it doesn’t feature any unusual key sizes. As always, take care to double check the keycaps you’re buying to ensure it would fit on the Portico layout!

This layout is missing keys! How do I type them?

You access the missing keys via another “layer” of keys. It's like typing numbers or symbols on your smartphone, or holding 'shift' on your keyboard to type capital letters.

For example, to type F1, you would press FN + 1. Pressing FN toggles the next layer so you can access more keys that aren’t on the default layer.

This can all be configured in VIA.