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There is a new Interest Check form to fill out, for a vote on color options, please fill that out here: https://forms.gle/ErFxyj4R1AHUDVLfA so that I can get a better reference of colors to offer for the GB.

Hello Everyone!!

Introducing the Ellora65! This keyboard is named after my daughter, born earlier this year.

Feature List:

- Screwless Design

- Silicone Gasket Mounted

- Rotary Encoder

- Left Hand Macros

- OLED Screen

- Onboard USB-C w/ ESD Protection

- Internal Brass Weight

- QMK Compatibility

- 5 Degree Angle

- Included Plate/Case Foam

- Included Carrying Case

- Design Free Bottom Case

07/15/21 Feature List Edit

- Hotswap Support (ANSI PCB, ISO PCB)

- VIA Support will come as well

Layouts Supported:
270313-0

Estimated Cost of $350-$400 (Final Quotes are not in yet) with a target GB of October.
This could not be reached due to material prices skyrocketing.

Planned Colors:

- E White

- Black Ano

- Blue Pastel Ano (Pantone 0821 C)

- Violet Pastel Ano (Pantone 0631 C)

- Green Pastel Ano (Pantone 0921 C)

- Space Gray? (Debating this color still)

The first round of prototyping is underway, with hopes that they will arrive before the end of July. I plan on reaching out to streamers next week for potential build videos/content.

For the quickest updates, join my discord: https://discord.gg/BNnEGFr or follow me on instagram @kikos.lab

EDIT 10/11/2021

Prototypes have arrived!

Here is an imgur album of protos for you to enjoy: https://imgur.com/a/cUU6y4j

There will be a build stream done by Alexotos on Tuesday, Oct 19th at 4 PM PST! You can find that on https://twitch.tv/Alexotos

ManoliVisuals will also be getting a prototype unit with a video review TBD, and AndyVNguyen will also be receiving a proto unit for a stream.



There is still a debate on the Pastel Colors, as the process to do that would mean having to go to a different finisher, raising costs all around. Currently I’m landing on doing just a limited run of Pastels at a higher cost.

Now, GB details! There is no set date yet, but the target is currently either November/December.


GB will have a high cap of units, to allow as many people as possible a chance to purchase. Price breakdown will be as follows:

Ellora65 Standard Kit: $425 Solder, (+$25 Hotswap)
Kit Includes:
Anodized Alu Top Case (Or E-White)
Anodized Alu Bottom Case
Internal Brass Weight
PCB
Gaskets
Rubber Feet
Alu Plate (Anodized Black)
Encoder Knob (Sandblasted Brass or Anodized Alu)
Carrying Case
Plate and Case Foam (Provided by Stupidfish Designs)
All Screws

Polycarbonate is still up for debate. The quotes given to me by the manufacturer are $50 more expensive for PC, I assume due to failure rates of CNC PC. Let me know in the interest check if PC is something you’d like to see.

ALL BRASS ELLORA65 - 25 Units $750 Solder PCB (+$25 Hotswap)
Replace every “Alu” in Standard Kit with Brass
Sandblasted rather than polished, chosen for longevity and cost factors.

Limited Edition Pastel Cerakote?
Let me know if this is something you’re interested in. Estimation is +$75 to Standard price.

Vendor List is as follows:
US: Kiko’s Lab
UK: Prototypist
EU: Mykeyboard.eu
CA: Ashkeebs
AU: Daily Clack
SEA: iLumKB
ASIA: Zfrontier


GB Dates: Nov 19th-Dec10th

Pricing unfortunately went higher than I wanted it to. This is due to the fact that material and electronics pricing are currently skyrocketing at an unbelievable rate.


There will be an auction held for the “Baby Girl Pink” Prototype Ellora65. That will ship out immediately after a winner is decided, and all proceeds for that auction will go to a Breast Cancer Charity. For any questions, please join my discord and ask freely.

Enjoy these renders!

GMK Marmoreal
270315-1
270317-2

KAT Space Dust
270319-3

GMK Lazurite
270321-4
270323-5
270325-6

* Ellora65 Animated Explosion.mp4 (738 kB - downloaded 1279 times.)

GMK Pharoah
277182-8
277184-9277186-10
277188-11


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Offline Kokaloo

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 15:44:57 »
every box is checked except my interest

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 15:53:31 »
i think you should design the bottom case

jokes aside, i like macro columns on frls. this is nice

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 15:56:08 »
i think you should design the bottom case

jokes aside, i like macro columns on frls. this is nice

LOL. I didn't want to put something on that for all those love the clean keeb booties.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 16:04:47 »
Another great looking board. Would like to see the bottom tho

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 16:11:33 »
Another great looking board. Would like to see the bottom tho

The bottom has no design on it, just the rubber feet

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 16:41:06 »
Kiko is GOAT. The grey render looks dope, definitely in once the Gb starts.
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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 16:42:17 »
this is way too early of an IC. No bottom design ready? No renders of the internals, mounting system? No actual IC, just this is my unfinished board where I crammed everything into one box with 0 creativity.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 16:47:16 »
this is way too early of an IC. No bottom design ready? No renders of the internals, mounting system? No actual IC, just this is my unfinished board where I crammed everything into one box with 0 creativity.

No Bottom Design is intentional, there's also an MP4 that's downloadable showing an exploded view with internals/how it'll mount.

Prototype PCBs are already here to me, and the cases will be manufactured soon enough. The board is essentially 90% finished, missing a design on the internal/non visible weight only. Barring any issues with the protos, it's all good to go. This isn't my first keyboard made. It may not be what you like, and thats fine. You glossed over some details in the IC though it seems.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 16:48:26 »
this is way too early of an IC. No bottom design ready? No renders of the internals, mounting system? No actual IC, just this is my unfinished board where I crammed everything into one box with 0 creativity.

Did you actually read the entire post?..

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 19:29:54 »
Is this an attempt at leaf spring? I don't think it will be leaf-springing at all

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 19:59:32 »
Is this an attempt at leaf spring? I don't think it will be leaf-springing at all

It is not, its a gasket mount. Not going for leaf spring, as I feel calling keebs that is misleading.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 10 June 2021, 00:26:47 »
Thank you for including a split spacebar support !

I hope more vendor will include this at least with the solder PCB.

That is a extremely under utilized productivity feature (and making the typing experience very comfortable too by reducing pinky modifier access)
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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 10 June 2021, 01:50:04 »
I need it.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 10 June 2021, 02:49:49 »
Definitely interested, love the layout.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 10 June 2021, 04:04:09 »
I like how the bottom has no design, much cleaner imo.
Any idea of the front height?

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 10 June 2021, 07:25:48 »
Oh man, I know its way too early but will this follow the KL-90 route and have a polycarbonate option eventually? This board in that tiffany blue polycarbonate... instant buy.

Also: hotswap pleaseeeeeeeee.

Looks amazing, man.
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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 10 June 2021, 08:20:21 »
This look interesting!! Little brother of KL-90 =)

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 10 June 2021, 09:44:49 »
I like how the bottom has no design, much cleaner imo.
Any idea of the front height?

Currently 19mm, with some room to drop it. But I want to receive the protos back before making any decisions

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 10 June 2021, 16:03:39 »
Super neat layout!

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 10:01:44 »
How should I expect to program the OLED? Never actually worked with one on a custom before, so just wondering if there's an API for it, if it's through QMK/VIA, or if I just need to write instructions myself? Thanks :)

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 10:58:14 »
How should I expect to program the OLED? Never actually worked with one on a custom before, so just wondering if there's an API for it, if it's through QMK/VIA, or if I just need to write instructions myself? Thanks :)

OLED Can be programmed using QMK! r/OLKB has plenty of awesome resources

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 11:07:42 »
Curious to know how big text/other stuff will look on the OLED!

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 11:09:04 »
Curious to know how big text/other stuff will look on the OLED!

It's honestly not super big, but readable! The Lily58, Satisfaction75, KL-90 all use the same OLED on them

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 12 June 2021, 04:23:15 »
The layout options picked my interest.... and on such a neat design (please don't add any logo/branding) :cool:
Can't wait to see the prototype !

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 12 June 2021, 05:30:43 »
ne price estimate?

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 12 June 2021, 05:50:53 »
ne price estimate?

$350-$400 USD according to the mm post.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 12 June 2021, 06:58:53 »
damn you named your kid after a keyboard?

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #28 on: Sat, 12 June 2021, 07:11:01 »
looks nice! GLWIC

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 14 June 2021, 12:56:11 »
The layout options picked my interest.... and on such a neat design (please don't add any logo/branding) :cool:
Can't wait to see the prototype !

I don't want to add any branding to it! I may put a design on the internal weight, but I'm still undecided.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 01:38:19 »
Dropping by to say Hi. GLWIC brother! :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 10:22:44 »
Hope I can get my hands on one dude, looks great fantastic work!

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 17 June 2021, 00:37:33 »
Since you did not check all of my boxes I feel obligated to tell you that I am not interested.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 17 June 2021, 18:11:51 »
i like... please make

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 05 July 2021, 23:46:32 »
Looks amazing! Any chance of navy colour and hotswap? :D

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 15 July 2021, 03:48:46 »
Thank you for including a split spacebar support !

I hope more vendor will include this at least with the solder PCB.

That is a extremely under utilized productivity feature (and making the typing experience very comfortable too by reducing pinky modifier access)

I completely agree!

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 15 July 2021, 11:52:19 »
+1 for hot swap :-)

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 15 July 2021, 12:32:39 »
+1 for hot swap :-)

Hotswap and VIA support will be coming!

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 15 July 2021, 12:45:44 »
+1 for hot swap :-)

Hotswap and VIA support will be coming!

will be waiting for this!

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #40 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 14:13:58 »
1000% interested. I'm more than interested, I'm excited!


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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #41 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 14:30:56 »
oops..
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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #42 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 19:38:40 »
Beautiful! Love everything about; please tell me the case is aluminum? Can you make windows on the bottom to allow LED light to bleed through?

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #43 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 20:36:25 »
Make sure you get the finish right this time please. The "purple" on my Whale is a sad joke compared to the renders/prototypes. If i wasn't planning to paint/cerakote it anyway, i would of thrown a fit.

Oh man! I wasn’t in charge of the Whale, but I’m getting prototypes made and additional color samples as well to verify what I want in the board. I wouldn’t start a GB without having it in hand!

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #44 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 20:37:35 »
Beautiful! Love everything about; please tell me the case is aluminum? Can you make windows on the bottom to allow LED light to bleed through?

It will be Aluminum case, LEDs are still being considered

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #45 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:24:46 »

It will be Aluminum case, LEDs are still being considered

Thank you. Would you consider making a TKL version?

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #46 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 23:59:19 »

It will be Aluminum case, LEDs are still being considered

Thank you. Would you consider making a TKL version?

The closest to a TKL i’d make is the KL-90 I’ve already put through a GB phase. Look up that, its essentially a TKL

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #47 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 11:16:14 »
But that's sold out! :(

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #48 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 16:26:33 »
Make sure you get the finish right this time please. The "purple" on my Whale is a sad joke compared to the renders/prototypes. If i wasn't planning to paint/cerakote it anyway, i would of thrown a fit.

Oh man! I wasn’t in charge of the Whale, but I’m getting prototypes made and additional color samples as well to verify what I want in the board. I wouldn’t start a GB without having it in hand!

Oh, okay, never-mind. :thumb:
 It's looks like to me, what happened was, the protos/renders used cerokoting or powdercoating or something, while the actual product was anodized. Given how saturated the purple was on the renders/prototypes, compared to the silver, with the slightest touch of purple in.... certain light... kind of.., that i actually received, that's what makes sense to me.

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Re: [IC] Ellora65 - The 65% That checks all the boxes from Kiko's Lab
« Reply #49 on: Sat, 21 August 2021, 09:43:35 »
Knob on the left side with macro keys  :eek: Please, please tell me there will be EU vendor.