Ordering a Pre-Built Keyboard

Need some help navigating our order system for buying a pre-built keyboard? Here's some info about the different options and what they mean.

General Notes

None of the pre-built keyboards includes keycaps or USB-C to USB-A cable to connect the board to your computer. Those two components must be purchased separately elsewhere.

PCB Revision

Some of the pre-built keyboards allow you to select a PCB revision, such as the Quefrency. The difference between revisions is noted in the dropdowns, and the main difference between versions the interconnect cable used (the cable that connects the two halves of the keyboard together).

Switches

Unless you are getting a board that has hotswaps, you will need to select switches for your board. Here's a list of our current options:

  • Kailh Box Jades (Note: Midnight Box Jades might be substituted in, they are the same except for the color) (Clicky)
  • Gazzew Boba U4 62g (Silent Tactiles)
  • Gazzew Boba U4T 62g (Thocky Tactiles)
  • Gazzew Bobagum 62g (Silent Linears)
  • Milky Gateron Yellows (Linear)
  • Customer Supplied
    • For this option, email us in advance so we can give you the mailing address to send switches to

We don't provide lubing service for the switches, so they will be stock. The Gazzew switches do have some factory lube already applied. For lubing services, we can recommend Kirball's Keys.

Mill-Max Hotswap Sockets

You can have Mill-Max hotswap sockets added to your board as an option. Some switches have compatibility issues with these sockets due to wider switch pins. Please check the Mill-Max Compatibility Table if you are unsure if your switches will work with the sockets. Do note that we haven't noticed issues with using Kailh Box switches with the Mill-Max sockets as shown in the table.

Encoder pins are not hotswapped - If you order encoders, then they will be pre-soldered on for you at the spots you specify.

Either Mill-Max 7305-0 or 3305-1 gold sockets will be used.

Rotary Encoders

Some boards allow for rotary encoders to be added in place of a switch (typically at the top corners of the board). Note that to remap/reprogram the function of the encoders, you will need to setup a QMK build environment and modify code, since VIA Configurator and QMK Configurator can not change the encoder functions at this time.

Case Parts

With the way Keebio keyboards are usually constructed, there are 2 main case components: Plates and Middle layer. Some boards will have different plates to choose from and some will also have middle layers that can be added.

Plates

A set of plates includes a switch plate and a bottom plate. The switch plate is what all the switches are placed into before the switches are soldered onto the PCB. Standoffs are connected to the switch plate using screws, and then a bottom plate is connected to the bottom part of the standoff to complete the "sandwich case" for the keyboard.

Possible materials for the plates:

  • FR4 (1.6mm thick) - Same material as used in circuit boards (PCBs), has very good strength and has some flex
  • Acrylic (3mm thick) - Various colors available, flex is similar to that of FR4
  • Stainless Steel (1.5mm thick) - Much stiffer than FR4 or acrylic, and it is much heavier

If a pre-built board does not have an option to select plates, then it will use FR4 plates.

Middle Layer

An optional middle layer can be added that will go in between the switch plate and the bottom plate, giving the board a more enclosed and complete look. Currently, middle layers made of acrylic are available.

USB-C to USB-C or TRRS Cable

Depending on which PCB revision is used, a USB-C to USB-C cable or TRRS cable will be required to connect the two halves of the keyboard together. The options selector will automatically display the appropriate dropdown for selecting the cable you need for the board.

Layout Options

Various layout options can be selected.

Each board will typically have an image of the different layout options you can choose from on its product page. For example the one below is for the Quefrency.

If you are unfamiliar with keycap sizes, here's a quick explanation of it. The standard width of a keycap is considered to be 1u. Examples of 1u sized keycaps are alphas (i.e A through Z), numbers, and arrow keys. Modifier keys such as Ctrl, Alt, and Win are typically 1.25u. Left Shift keys are usually 2.25u, and Right Shift keys are usually 2.75u. Some people prefer to replace a 2.75u Right Shift with a 1.75u Right Shift and a 1u Function key.

In the Quefrency layout options example above, for the Right Half Bottom Row, you can choose between "2.75u + 6x1u" or "2.75u/1.25u/1.25u__3x1u".

The way to interpret the "2.75u + 6x1u" option is that there's a 2.75u key, followed by six 1u keys. For the "2.75u/1.25u/1.25u__3x1u" option, there's a 2.75u key, then a 1.25u key, then another 1.25u key. Next the "__" (underscores) in the option indicate a blocker (meaning a gap between keycaps). After that blocker/gap, there's three 1u keys.