Update 11/8/21: We should have all of the most recent orders fulfilled by the end of the week, thanks for your patience! We should have another restock within a few weeks.
If you haven’t gotten a shipping number, contact us and we’ll resend it. It looks like some emails didn’t go through.

Nolltronics is now selling the EcoSteno! – a durable, affordable, entry-level steno keyboard for use with Plover (an open-source stenography engine).

The EcoSteno is now in production with the following features:

Noll Electronics EcoSteno
EcoSteno v1.0.17

EcoSteno Specs (v1.0.18 as of 6/23/2021)

  • USB-C port connectivity
  • Kailh gChoc switches – linear 20gf actuation (can be DIY spring-swapped with the right tools)
  • 32 keys (Split S-, Quad *, 4-segment number bar, two extra meta buttons)
  • Supports NKRO Steno, Serial Steno (TX-Bolt protocol before July 2021, Gemini PR after), and Qwerty mode, indicated by 2 LEDs on top of the board
  • 4×10″ footprint, <1″ height
  • 1/8″ laser-cut aluminum backplate with 1/4-20 camera mount1 and rubber bumpers
  • Powered by QMK running on GD32F103CBT6
  • Easily accessible reset button for end-user reprogramming over USB
  • Lead-free construction
  • $85 price point before shipping and taxes – subject to increase. We’ll try our best to keep it under $100!

1: This allows the keyboard to fit onto most tripods that have a platform smaller than 3″. You may run into issues if you’re using a professional video-style tripod that has a much longer platform as there are nuts on the underside of the backplate.

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Update 10/22/21: We’ve been at work on the current batch, but with work and school ramping up, it’s taking more time than usual. The current plan is to list what we have completed before Halloween and allow backorder for the rest of the in-progress batch that we have on hand (if they aren’t completed by then).

Update 10/5/21: We received a batch of boards with GD32F103C8T6 chips and are running into issues getting them working with the CBT6 firmware although I’m hoping I can get them figured out this week. The large batch with the usual chips is still in production. We also now have a discord server!

Update 9/10/21: We’ve started the process of manufacturing in bulk and should have several hundred boards arriving mid-October. In the mean time, we will try to have another small batch ready earlier.

Update 8/19/21: Restock today at noon EST! This restock took longer than usual to show up but the boards are almost completely done (instead of partially done) so we should be able to ship them sooner than we could with the past restocks. Update update: With how fast this batch sold out, we’re looking at greatly increasing our capacity in the coming month.

Update 7/28/21: We’re dealing with a few outside issues that popped up that will be delaying this batch by a week or two, but we should have them ready to list by early August at this point.

Update 7/12/21: The raw materials for the third batch are just now arriving and we should be able to finish putting this batch together by the end of the month.

Update 6/30/2021: We’re finishing up cleaning and boxing the current batch and should have shipping numbers within the next day or two!

Update 6/24/2021: The second batch of EcoStenos have been sold out! Materials for the third batch have already been ordered and the next restock should be in mid to late July.

Update 6/23/2021: The EcoSteno will be restocked at noon eastern time on June 24th! We now also offer shipping to Canada and the UK! In case you miss this restock, we should have another batch ready within 2-3 weeks.

Quick update 6/8/2021: We’ve gotten in most of the materials needed for the second batch and should be announcing the next batch for sale within the next week or two!

Update 4/27/2021: We have vastly underestimated demand and have sold out of our first batch of EcoStenos in an hour! We are now hard at work getting these shipped and ordering materials for a larger second batch.

Newest Update

  • Fourth Batch Restock! – October 2021

    The fourth batch of roughly ~50 boards will be restocked at 12:00PM EST October 29th 2021! We’ve had everything in place for a much larger batch to be ready for almost two months now, but all of that has been held up by a singular slow USPS package. However, this should be figured out within the next few weeks which will hopefully (finally) lead to a much smaller gap in-between restocks assuming everything else goes smoothly. We’re still working on finishing up this batch, so while the first orders may ship next week, the rest may take another week or so. I’ve been mentioning an October restock for a while, so I didn’t want to completely miss that deadline.

    Changelog from 1.0.19 to 1.0.20

    • Switched voltage regulator back to the original XC6206 as the previous one was unnecessary
    • Changed MCU footprint footprint to work better for pick-and-place assembly (this makes it less suitable for DIY assembly – the recommend DIY version is v1.0.18)
    • Added the GD32F103C8T6 into the pool of potential MCUs that may be installed on the EcoSteno to better deal with chip shortages (it has half the storage size which is still plenty for QMK, but is otherwise identical). All EcoStenos in this batch should have one

    None of these changes should be visible to the end user. Any previously noticed bugs should be fixed and all 1.0.20 boards will be shipping with Gemini PR as the serial protocol, though this can be changed by reflashing the board (instructions here).