How Do I Get Started with Custom Keyboards? – Mecha

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How Do I Get Started with Custom Keyboards?

 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with remote work becoming the new norm, keyboards have become more than mere tools for communication and work—they have evolved into extensions of our daily lives.

As the world adapted to increased screen time, virtual meetings, and the demands of remote productivity, the importance of having a reliable and comfortable keyboard gained prominence.

It's amidst this backdrop that so many have found themselves captivated by a custom keyboard, a device that promises not only functionality but a personalized and typing experience that blows anything else out of the water.


With all that, we get that jumping in head-first is daunting.
Here's a simple guide to help guide you through the options:

Define Your Purpose:

Before diving into the vast array of keyboard options, consider the purpose for which you want a custom keyboard.

Are you a programmer who needs a compact layout for efficiency, a gamer seeking responsive switches, or someone who just wants a visually appealing keyboard?

Choose a Form Factor: 

Now that you've identified the purpose, consider the layout.

Keyboards come in different form factors, typically in: 100%, 96% 80%, 75%, 65%, and 60%.

Consider the functionality required, space available on your desk and your typing preferences to choose the form factor that best suits your needs.

Smaller form factors like 65% keyboards are popular for their compact design and portability, but sacrifice the numpad and function row

Select Switches:

The type of switches you choose greatly influences your typing experience. Switches can be tactile, linear, or clicky, each providing a distinct feel. 

Our catalog while not exhaustive, is hand-picked to comprise of only switches we can wholeheartedly recommend. 
But don't just take our word for it, try them out for yourself at our physical store!

Explore Keycap Options:

Keycaps come in various materials, profiles, and colors.
Choose a keycap profile that aligns with your typing style; Cherry being the most popular, and the safest.

Custom keycap sets allow you to take the aesthetics of the board to the next level.




Assemble or Buy Pre-built:

Pre-built options are convenient for those who want a custom keyboard without the DIY aspect.

Assembling your keyboard from scratch gives you full control over every component, to really tune it to exactly how you want it. 
Don't want to worry about putting it together? We gotchu.

 

Remember that building a custom keyboard is a journey, and there's no one-size-fits-all solution.

Take your time to explore options, experiment with different components, and enjoy the process of creating a keyboard that truly reflects your style and preferences.

Whether you're in it for the aesthetics, the typing experience, or both, the world of custom keyboards offers a vast and rewarding playground for whoever you are.