Update 1/18/2022: All boards are now in the hands of the USPS! If you haven’t gotten an email with your tracking number and would like to have it, send us an email and we can forward it.

Update 1/7/2022: The first batch of the year has been sold! We’ll be packaging and shipping these boards over the next week, but don’t worry if you missed out because the next batch shouldn’t be more than a month away. We also have almost 200 boards that we’re considering opening preorders for so we can get the next big batch paid for and on its way sooner rather than later (but we’ll get this first batch out the door first). We’re getting ~10 shipped a day, so every board from this batch should be out the door by the end of the week.

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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Newest Update

  • First Restock of 2022!

    We’re getting ready for the first of several batches to come out in Q1 2022! We’ll be restocking 50+ boards tomorrow, January 5th 2022 at 7:00PM EST. We’ve been able to speed up the build time a good amount and are already working on the boards in the next batch. There have been a lot of optimizations behind the scenes as far as supply chains and assembly processes go, but unfortunately this will be the last batch at $85 for the foreseeable future.

    Price to increase to 95$ next batch!

    The blog post for the restock of the next batch will go more in depth on the specifics, but the gist of it is that we’ve been hit by the same supply and shipping issues the rest of the world has been dealing with. However, this current batch will remain at $85/board.

    Noteworthy updates for current batch:

    • We’re using 1/16″ hex head screws instead of philips heads to streamline assembly on our end
    • USPS has suspended FCPIS and PMI shipping options to Australia and New Zealand, which unfortunately means that your shipping costs may be doubled compared to what they had been in the past. You can try to look into shipping forwarders for better rates, but the best we can do is ~$60-$80 for shipping in these regions until USPS opens their cheaper option back up.

Update 1/4/2021: We’ll be restocking the EcoSteno tomorrow at 7pm EST, January 5th! In case you miss out, we expect to have the next batch ready either late this month or early next month.

Update 12/9/21: The big order is in and we’re working on assembling over 200 EcoStenos! We’re aiming to get at least one batch out by the end of the month, and we’re also dealing with some new mounting hardware (which will hopefully speed things up even more!)

Update 11/28/21: We’re still waiting on a big order of EcoSteno PCBs to be assembled and shipped (from an order placed months ago), but we should be able to receive, assemble, and start listing them before the end of the year.

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.

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.