When I first joined the Mech Keys community, I really wanted to try out an ortholinear board. But the prices were just too expensive! It was $70 for an item I wasn't sure I would like.
This is my solution to that problem - the Ortho60.
The Ortho60 is a 12x5 ortholinear keyboard kit, similar to other offerings. It has almost everything you need to build out a keyboard- just add switches and keycaps!
The board also supports RGB underglow, per-key LED backlighting with south facing LEDs, and is powered by an STM32 Blue Pill board running QMK. It is fully programmable with QMK, and can be flashed with dfu-util.
The Ortho60 kit comes with:
- 1 Ortho60 PCB
- 1 Ortho60 Plate Set (top and bottom)
- 1 STM32 based Blue Pill
- 60 diodes
- 60 resistors
- 1 USB Mini Port
- 1 MOSFET
- 1 Resistor for MOSFET
- 1 Right angle reset switch
- 12 M2 screws
- 6 15mm M2 standoffs
Note 1: As of May 2020, this kit no longer includes the USBLC6-4SC6 ESD protection chip, as most customers did not use it. You can source it at DigiKey, Mouser, or any other local electronics suppliers.
The Ortho60 has 19.05mm spacing, and is compatible with any cases that support it, such as the jj50 from KPRepublic.
You will need some tools to put the kit together. There is a full build guide available on our documentation site.
Note 2: The JJ50 case shown in the 2nd photo is NOT included, but if you have the case, the Ortho60 kit will fit inside with low profile sockets.