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.
🌟 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.
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:
Assemble and attach the stabilizers to the PCB.
Screw together the plate and the PCB.
Put this into the case, and screw it together,
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.
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.