Hiro by MONOKEI

Hiro by MONOKEI

It's been an amazing 2021 at MONOKEI, with collaborations and designs made with our favourite keyboard friends. And at rare junctures, friends become collaborators become co-workers. The Hiro marks the formation of the MONOKEI design team based entirely in Singapore and Malaysia.

 
The Hiro is a gasket mount 65% keyboard kit utilising PORON® gasket strips. We've kept our favourite design elements of the Kei intact while tweaking the Hiro for easier assembly without sacrificing its distinct sound signature.

 

Sound test here , with build streams by Taeha Types and Lightning Keyboards soon.

 

Group buy link here . 

 

1. Sale Format:

This sale is an unlimited group buy with the caveat of The Human Limit as always. We have paid for production slots with the manufacturers for this design.

The Hiro will only be sold via MONOKEI.

 

  • The sale will run from the 6th of December 2021 till 12pm (GMT+8), 27th December 2021. 
  • A helpful timer for the duration of the sale is available here.
  • Delivery ETA: Q4 2022

 

 

 

2. Combinations:

 

Hiro Standard Kit

The available colours (aluminium top) for the group buy are:

  • Blush Pink
  • Olive Green
  • Royal Purple
  • Suave Blue
  • Titan Grey
  • Silver 

 

Each Hiro Standard Kit comes with:

  • Frosted White polycarbonate plate with universal layout support
  • Brass or Silver (excluding Silver kits) bottom 

 

 

Hiro SE Kit

The SE version of the Hiro comes in a new Bounty Hunter PVD finish. This is our first all brass keyboard kit release and we can't wait to share more photos of this incredibly gorgeous kit soon. 

 

Hiro SE

This is the way. 

 

Kit Colour Plate 
Brass Top & Bottom,
Bounty Hunter PVD finish 
Brass Plate,
Bounty Hunter PVD finish 

  

Both Standard and SE editions include: 

  • Solder or hotswap PCB with JST cable and daughterboard
  • Gasket strips (PORON®)
  • Rubber feet
  • Torx screws and Torx key
  • Plate foam (PORON®)
  • Seion sheet (PORON®)

3. Prices:

 

Kit Price
Hiro Standard Kit with Silver bottom (Solder) S$580
Hiro Standard Kit with Silver bottom (Hotswap)
S$595
Hiro Standard Kit with Brass bottom (Solder) S$710
Hiro Standard Kit with Brass bottom (Hotswap) S$725
Hiro SE Kit (Solder)
S$1180
Hiro SE Kit (Hotswap)
S$1195

4. Supported Layouts:

Each Hiro kit comes with a MNK65 solder or hotswap PCB designed by Kopibeng for MONOKEI. 
Each PCB comes with a JST cable and daughterboard.
Solder PCB:
Hiro Solder PCB Layout
Hotswap PCB:

 

Hiro Hotswap PCB Layout 

 

 

5. Addons:

We're offering the following items as addons:

  • Frosted White polycarbonate plate with universal layout support
  • Silver aluminium plate with universal layout support
  • Solder / Hotswap PCBs with JST cable and daughterboard
  • Kaban upgrade (matching colour only)

 

6. Shipping & Taxes:

For Singapore residents, GST will be absorbed by MONOKEI.

For non-Singaporean residents, items will be shipped via DHL Express.

We've also implemented revised international shipping rates for Hiro purchases.

 

7. Quality Expectations:

While we strive to provide a perfect experience, no kit can be 100% flawless at our scale of production, as such the caveats are as follows:

  • No scratches on exposed / user facing parts of the keyboard (after installation of plate & PCB).
  • Possible machining marks / scratches on the inside of the kit / pieces not exposed to the user. This includes scratches arising from anodisation hooks.
  • Screw holes are NOT anodised.
  • (Standard Kit only) Brass weight patina: brass can tarnish over time, you can clean it but note that it's a form of oxidation that we cannot control. 
  • (SE Kit only) PVD surfaces may have slight micro-scratches and are only polished on their external surfaces. Machining marks may also be evident on the internal surfaces. Read more here.

 

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