Kyria rev3 PCB Kit
The Kyria is a 40% split keyboard with up to 50 keys. What sets it apart are its aggressive yet comfortable columnar stagger, its number of thumb keys that allow you to place many utilities at a thumb's reach, and its many encoder position options.
This is the third major revision of the Kyria, and with it come some cool new features! Here's what's new:
- Per key RGB LEDs are a new option that light up each individual switch from below the PCB, allowing you to add cool effects or a subtle glow.
- New kit options allow you to use MX or Kailh Choc hot swap sockets. A new hand solder option allows you to still solder on MX or Choc switches with or without sockets, as it allows you to use Mill Max sockets for either switch kind.
- New encoder positions now allow you to choose from five positions, with up to one encoder per half.
Coming from a previous revision? Be sure to check the remarks at the bottom of this page.
The Kyria rev 3 supports the following features:
- A comfortable layout with 50 keys;
- Powered by QMK or ZMK firmware;
- Support for MX (see remarks) or Kailh Choc (v1 sold at splitkb.com, not v2) switches;
- MX spacing for all variants;
- Top mounted controllers for a lower profile;
- Up to two 128×64 pixel OLED displays;
- Up to one EC11 rotary encoders per half in one of five possible positions (marked by white circles);
- Per-key RGB backlight by individual RGB LEDs;
- Underglow by individual RGB LEDs;
- Support for a power switch and JST jack for wireless controllers;
- Support for the splitkb.com tenting puck.
Every kit includes:
- 1 × Left PCB;
- 1 × Right PCB;
- 65 × 1N4148 axial signal diode;
- 5 × 4k7 Ohm axial resistor;
- 2 × PJ-3200B-4A TRRS Jack, black, and;
- 2 × Reset button.
The Choc Hotswap kit includes SMD diodes and SMD resistors instead of axial ones.
If you get a hot swap kit, the kit will also include:
- 50 × Kailh Hotswap socket in either Choc or MX, black.
Beyond the kit contents, you'll also need to get the following items to make a working keyboard:
- 2 × Pro Micro-compatible controller (Pro Micro, Elite C, Elite Pi, Liatris, nice!nano);
- 50 × Kailh Choc or MX-compatible switch;
- 50 × Kailh Choc or MX-compatible keycap;
- 1 × TRRS cable, and;
- 1 × USB cable compatible with your controller of choice (usually USB C or Micro USB to USB A).
If you're getting the hand solder kit and are going to use Choc switches with a conductive case (like aluminium or FR4 plates), you'll also want to get a set of SMD diodes. You won't be able to clip the legs of axial diodes short enough to avoid accidental shorts.
And lastly, you can get these options to add some bling to your keyboard:
- A set of case parts is recommended to use to protect your keyboard during use and transport;
- 2 × 128x64 OLED display with optional 4-pin OLED sockets;
- 2 × Set of controller sockets, with optional pins;
- 50 × SK6812MINI-E per-key RGB LEDs;
- 12 × WS2812B underglow RGB LEDs;
- Up to 2 × Encoder with knobs, and;
- 2 × Tenting puck (compatible with most camera tripods, like the Manfrotto Pocket Tripod).
The Kyria is made according to our own Aurora kit standards, and as such you can use our elaborate Aurora Build Guide on our documentation site. It's perfect for beginners and experts alike!
The LEDs on this kit are north-facing. This means they'll light up any legends that may be on your keycaps nicely, provided they're translucent. The caveat of this, is that Cherry-profile keycaps (such as by those by GMK) may interfere with the switch housing. Other keycap profiles together with MX-style switches, along with Kailh low profile choc switches, are all not affected.
Kailh Choc low profile switches and encoders aren't compatible due to current plate options. You can still use them, but you'll want to modify the plate files and cut your own, or modify a store-bought plate with a tool like a file or Dremel.
This revision isn't fully case compatible with earlier revisions. Due to using hot swap sockets on two of the kit options, we had to change the position of the tenting puck and several mounting holes. If you're not using a puck, you can still use previous revision high profile cases.
This revision doesn't allow the use of 2u keycaps on the thumb cluster. Due to using hot swap sockets on two of the kit options and the addition of per-key RGB, there wasn't enough space to accommodate 2u keycaps on the thumb cluster anymore.
This revision did away with the optional 5-column layout. You can't snap off the outer column anymore. It wasn't very popular and it allowed us to add the new kit hot swap options.
There is extensive documentation available on most aspects of this keyboard. Have a look at these resources to start with:
- Introducing: The Kyria
- What can you use an OLED display for?
- How can I use a rotary encoder?
- Why would I want to socket my microcontroller?
- Why would I want to use an Elite C? (Also goes into the details of what's different between the Elite C and the Pro Micro, and when to use which)
The case and keycaps shown are not included with this item. This product includes the PCB kit only.