The feature of Piantor:
- using the same layout as Cantor – the stronger column stagger making typing more comfortable for those who have short pinkies like me
- diodleless & non-flippable – with the minimalist and error avoidance design, it can definitely be your first soldering project.
- soldered in / hotswappable key switches – with the choc hotswap sockets, you can change and lube Kailh Choc v1 key switches when needed
- breakable pinky column – you can convert the 42-key keyboard to a 36-key (same layout as Cantor Remix)
- RP2040 MCU (Raspberry Pi Pico / WeAct RP2040 / WaveShare RP2040-Plus) – with huge memory in the controllers the keyboard can have 10 layers. You can also use the U2F flashing feature
- supports C (QMK) and Python (KMK) based firmwares
- programmable – you can use QWERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, Miryoku or any keymaps that you like
- Hotswap version is slightly wobbly, but you can swap the switches by hand.
- Soldered in switches are more stable but they are not hotswappable.
- 2x PCBs
- 2x MCU Raspberry Pi Pico (Micro-USB 2MB Flash Memory) / WeAct RP2040 (USB-C 2MB Flash Memory) / WaveShare RP2040-Plus (USB-C 4MB Flash Memory)
- (Optional) Pin header for WeAct RP2040 MCU
- (Optional) Resistors for WeAct RP2040 MCU
- 2x TRRS Jack
- 42x Kailh hotswap sockets
- 1x TRRS cable
- A pair of 3D printed top / switch plates – it’s less wobbly using switch plates in builds with hotswap sockets.
- A pair of 3D printed low profile bottom case
- Rubber Feet
- Don’t connect or disconnect the TRRS cable when the keyboard is powered. Always disconnect the USB cable first.
- You need soldering tool to solder this keyboard. Build Guide: https://s.beekeeb.com/piantorbg
- Pre-soldered Piantor Keyboard is available here.
Source & License: https://github.com/beekeeb/piantor
This kit is fantastic and very well put together. There are extras of all the smaller pieces that you may drop or mess up during the build. This was my first build, and it went well. I definitely think this is as approachable a first keyboard build as you will find. I chose the black, but I think the green controller may be a bit easier since each pin is a single solder joint on the top instead of messing with all the pins of the header on both the PCB and controller side. I also think I would prefer how it sits a little more flush. Still, I’m extremely happy. The board itself is about as compact as you could want, but it still has a top and bottom case and stays together if you commute with it, as I do. That’s why I chose this over the Cantor. I had a couple issues during the build that I was able to sort out on my own, so I can’t say anything about the support, but judging from how well the kit was put together and packaged, I’m sure support is very good. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another keyboard here the next time I’m looking.
I’ve finished my build. Leo, owner of beekeeb is very helpful. He contacted my personally had help guide me until I could finish my build.
The kit is nicely packed and easy to build. The case is really nice. Thanks a lot !!
Super easy build! Everything worked first try, very happy with it.
Great compact design. Quick easy build. 3D printed case is made really well.
excellent quality and very easy to build