The bespoke Full-Size Custom Keyboard Kit has recently surged in popularity. When companies like Drop (formerly Massdrop), Glorious, and Xtrfy are releasing their versions of popular customizable mechanical keyboard kits, one has to wonder what the appeal of owning a customized mechanical keyboard is.
Simply said, it all boils down to the term “custom.”
By doing a quick search on these customized keyboards, you may come across designs and layouts that aren’t often seen in a mouse and keyboard combo.
Many typists, workaholics, and gamers love a fantastic Full-Size Custom Keyboard Kit at their workstations.
What exactly about these keyboards make them “special” and attractive to the general public?
What exactly is a mechanical keyboard?
As the name implies, a Full Size Custom Keyboard Kit is one that you may change to match your own needs and tastes.
The weight of the keyboard, the feel and sound of the switches, the height of the keycaps, and other elements of the keyboard may all be changed.
These parts are often seen on a keyboard:
● Keyboard foundation, skeleton, or plate
● PCB for a keyboard
● Keyboard shortcuts
Each of these parts may be changed to create a one-of-a-kind mechanical keyboard.
To make things easier for newcomers, firms often provide a “barebones” kit that includes the body, plate, and PCB.
To make things even more personalized, some companies, such as Glorious, may provide extras like foam with their Full Size Custom Keyboard Kit, albeit this is immaterial at the moment.
However, there are keyboard kits that allow you to purchase individual components and assemble the device yourself, resulting in a really unique peripheral that you can be proud of.
With that said, let’s look at each of these components and their roles individually.
The keyboard’s housing or base could be made of glass, acrylic, or even entirely of aluminum.
The basic cost of the custom mechanical keyboard kit will vary depending on the type of base, dimensions, and finish.
Just keep in mind that a custom keyboard is not cheap. A fully machined metal keyboard base can cost anywhere from $150 to more than $1,000.
Consider using an acrylic base for a more cost-effective alternative to brass or aluminum. However, this will have an effect on the weight, feel, and “sound” of the final construct.
The next component of a Full Size Custom Keyboard Kit that we will look at is the printed circuit board (PCB), which is what makes your keyboard operate.
The majority of keyboard enclosures have a proprietary keyboard PCB. With some skillful modification, you may be able to put other PCBs into your selected skeleton.
The installed switches on your custom keyboard will affect how you type and utilize it.
Switches that depress linearly do not provide feedback. When you push the switches down, you should feel a totally smooth drop from the top to the fully depressed position.
Tactile switches, like linear switches, have an additional “bumpy” feeling in the middle of the switch press.
When attempting to push a switch, you will encounter some resistance, as opposed to linear switches.
Stabilizers may or may not be on a custom keyboard, depending on the layout.
Stabilizers are intended to steady long keyboard keys, such as the spacebar, which are prone to becoming imbalanced.
Any force exerted to the edges of a long spacebar keycap that is merely placed on top of a single switch risks dislodging the keycap and injuring the switch’s stem.
Keycaps are the “clothes” of your keyboard, and they are the cherry on top.
They come in a number of colors and settings to fit your specific keyboard. Even better, they can be see-through so that you can admire your keyboard’s RGB lighting!
Keycap sets may be made from several materials, but ABS and PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate) are the two most common.
When compared to similarly priced ABS keycaps, PBT keycaps feel more robust and upmarket, although ABS keycaps frequently have better color vibrancy than their PBT counterparts.