We all use keyboards. Even if you aren’t a developer, typing has become a part of your life.
One of my friends
recently introduced me to the world of custom mechanical keyboards. This shocked me at first. I knew mechanical keyboards existed (I use one for gaming), but custom keyboards? What did that even mean? And what makes a keyboard custom?
Little did I know that answering that question would lead me down a never-ending path and consume hours and hours of my life. But in a good way! Now I’m hooked.
Enthusiast keyboards can be changed in almost any way; from the body of the board itself to the way the switches feel and the keycaps that top it with personality.
If that wasn’t enough, obtaining the materials of the keyboard is only the first step. Modding components of the keyboard are just as important as the contents of the board itself.
Switches can be lubed, stabilizers replaced, tape can be applied to the PCB, and much more. Essentially, each level of the keyboard can be changed or modded at any given point to provide the user with the feel and sound they desire.
Does this sound appealing to you? Maybe, or maybe not. But it does to me!
I particularly enjoy the rich deep sound that can be achieved with custom mechanical keyboards, and the opportunity to express personality through the aesthetically pleasing keycaps.
With nearly unlimited options available, I ordered the necessary pieces for my first custom keyboard!
Here are the components for my first build:
- Keychron Q1 75% Keyboard (arrives Monday!)
- Alpaca V2 Switches
- Mizu keycap look-alikes (I’m on a journey to find GMK Modern Dolch)
- Sorbothane Foam (to dampen the pingy sound caused by the board)
- Krytox 205g0 Lube to mod the switches and stabilizers