TKC Portico: The ultimate guide (review + mods)

Updated: Dec 19, 2021

Welcome to another I/O Sam’s Ultimate Guide! This time on the chopping block we have The Key Dot Co’s Portico: TKC’s entry level 65%, gasket mounted, hot-swappable injection molded mechanical keyboard targeted at enthusiasts on a budget.


First, we’ll go through its design, quality, sound and software features. Then, we’ll play with the “Tempest Tape” and the “PE foam” mods to see if they can improve the Portico’s sound.


And finally, we’ll go through its pros and cons, and analyze how it compares to the ever-growing competition (NK65 Entry Edition, KBDfans KBD 67 Lite, Ikki68, GMMK Pro and Keychron Q1) in the red-hot market for entry level Mechanical Keyboards targeted at [aspiring] enthusiasts.


In the sound test chapters, you’ll also be able to hear how the Portico sounds with different switches (TKC Tangerines, Cherry MX Black Hyperglides, Infinity Key Cows and Glorious Pandas) and keycaps (ePBT Yolch in ABS and Infinikey Terminal in PBT), both in stock form and modded.





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WEBSITES MENTIONED:


TKC's Keyboard University: https://keyboard.university

TKC Portico Beta Firmware File: https://thekey.company/pages/portico-beta-firmware-update



VIDEOS REFERENCED:


Holy Panda Wars - https://youtu.be/AfdfJ5jq6qM

The tape mod - https://youtu.be/4T8Ov74i4m0

GMMK PRO: The ultimate guide - https://youtu.be/J_axv-TkjkE




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