A unique, tweakable 65% keyboard kit
The NIBBLE is a low-cost, high-quality 65% keyboard kit with tons of room for user customization. Inspired by keyboards like the Plaid or Discipline, the NIBBLE uses a Pro Micro, rather than a discrete microcontroller. This saves assembly time, and also reduces the build difficulty, since components like the USB connector are difficult to solder by hand. The NIBBLE has more programmable keys than a standard 65%, and allow for multiple layouts. More below!
Customizable Macro Keys
Any of the below options can be used in place of the four programmable macro keys on the left of the keyboard. Use some, all, or none of these. It's your call.
With a built-in switch, a rotary encoder can be customized to control audio, RGB modes, keyboard layers, video and audio editing, just to name a few.
Giant RGB LED
What's better than an RGB LED? A giant RGB LED. It's a cool way to display keyboard status, and can be controlled from QMK to show caps lock, layer, whether you're muted on Discord...etc.
100% through hole design*
The NIBBLE utilizes a Pro Micro MCU instead of a discrete micro-controller chip. It offers the fun and aesthetic of a kit keyboard without having to worry about soldering the difficult bits like USB connectors. All required parts (diodes, caps, and ICs) are through-hole, meaning they're easy and forgiving to solder. ICs come with a socket, so you don't need to worry about cooking them during soldering.
*Optional underglow LEDs and expansion port are surface-mount
The NIBBLE supports many different key configurations and layouts: split space, stepped caps lock, and multiple different function rows. See here for the default key layout, and here for the function row options. Since it runs QMK firmware, it's easy to change keymaps, program macros, and customize functionality, even beyond what's been discussed here.
RGB underglow ready
10x optional bottom-mounted SMT LEDs shine nicely through the acrylic support material. RGB underglow is supported natively in QMK, allowing for easy programming and configuration.
(in the box)
- Top & bottom PCBs. Make the PCB sleeve into dampening foam!
- top & middle acrylic supports
- M2 standoffs & screws
- Core electronic components:
- 1N4148 axial diodes, column driver ICs & sockets, 0.1μF decoupling caps, reset switch
- Column driver ICs & sockets
- WS2812 RGB underglow & BIG RGB LEDs
- Rotary encoder & color-matched Kilo knob
- Getting started guide
(you'll also need)
- Pro Micro Compatible MCU. Consider using a Bit-C!
- Qty. 72 PCB mount MX-compatible keyswitches & keycaps
- PCB-mount stabilizers
- [Optional] Mill-Max 0305 or 7305 hot-swap sockets
- A good fine-tip soldering iron
- High quality thin solder
- Side cutting snips for trimming leads
- A fine-tip Phillips (#00 or #0) screwdriver
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