The Atreus is a small mechanical keyboard that is based around the shape of the human hand. It combines the comfort of a split ergonomic keyboard with the crisp key action of mechanical switches, all while fitting into a tiny profile.
Nothing quite matches the satisfaction of typing on a keyboard you've constructed with your own hands. The Atreus DIY kit contains all the parts and detailed instructions you need to put together your own unique, handmade keyboard.
The Atreus's Cherry MX blue switches enjoy great popularity among keyboard enthusiasts for their precise, crisp action. Most keyboards use a layer of rubber to provide resistance under the keys, but each Cherry switch has a separate spring and emits an audible click to let you know precisely when the switch has activated.
Many other ergonomic keyboards offer a split design where each hand can be naturally positioned at a different angle, but nearly all of them use the typewriter-style staggering where each row is shifted over a bit to allow the striking arm to come up. To reflect the fact that the fingers of the human hand are of different lengths, the Atreus staggers by column instead. It also places more keys within the reach of the thumbs.
The case measures merely 26×12cm, and a fully assembled board weighs only 285 grams, (380 grams in acrylic) making it easy to take with you. The small size means that your fingers never have far to reach, and it fits easily in your lap where your arms can stay in a comfortable, neutral position.
With a soldering iron setup, hookup wire, wire strippers, a glue gun, and a free afternoon, you'll be ready to roll. The detailed assembly guide steps through all that's needed to go from a kit to a working keyboard. Some soldering experience will help, but most mistakes can be easily corrected.
Given that there are so few keys, there is a heavy reliance on the fn key, which switches to a layer containing a numpad and punctuation. The final layer contains function and arrow keys, but the firmware is open source and can be modified to do nearly anything.
$149. Shipping within the continental US included. 10% of proceeds go to relief efforts in Burma.
Note: there are currently some delays sourcing the parts; expect a few weeks before delivery.