Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Can You Build Your OWN Mechanical Keyboard??

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There are literally

thousands of

imperfect choices for mechanical keyboards out there and

You can customize them a little, add some o-rings here, change some key caps there, Luke actually did a guide.

Luke: "Welcome to the ultimate Mechanical keyboard guide"

but unless you have the know-how to actually build one yourself

You're at the mercy of those that do, or are you?

What if I told you it didn't have to be like that?

What if I told you that there are more options out there than you might have realized what if I told you that?

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Linus Singing: "Do you want to build a keyboard

use any switches that you like

It could be. ahh. ah."

Alright, so let's go over what we set out to accomplish here because when Anthony first came to me with this idea

he had like these grand visions of

programming

microcontrollers and soldering diodes using 3d printed or laser-cut chassis and a bunch of other things that are really cool, but

This is our first rodeo so we decided to focus on getting one working first

So with that in mind then we narrowed our search to parts that can bolt together

relatively easily

Meaning though that we can expect to pay a premium looking at what's available there's a lot of ten keyless components out there

But then even more options for the smaller and simpler

60% layout so we settled on that starting at mechanicalkeyboards.com for some essential supplies

Cherry MX brown RGB key switches

three choices of beautiful

Anodized aluminum cases to put everything into and then a selection of Springs that we can use to actually

customize the feel of our switches

So this way we could make the caps lock key or the function key more difficult to press

Accidentally, and then we could even reduce the actuation force of keys like w,a,s,d

Or even the whole alphanumeric set to improve our speed while maintaining that satisfying tactile bump of the Cherry MX brown

Like the beauty here whoop is that the sky's the limit

for Customizability, but

while it's really fun to play around with a bag full of cherry MXs a

chassis and a bag of key switches a keyboard

Does not make so we are going to need to wire them up now some folks do this manually but a PCB

Preferably one that is well documented is much easier not to mention a lot tinier now

There are lots of options out there

but for our project we turned to banggood where we found not only this nice wooden case actually this thing's really nice and

Wrist rest but also Satan no seriously

We found the satan GH 60 a fully programmable keyboard PCB that seems to check all the essential boxes

It's got macro support and RGB variant

And it is widely used in the DIY community as a budget option

so with the power of satan and a plate to go over it we started to write

I said no soldering for this video

So we just really wanted to make that Satan joke so maybe we'll do a follow up later with the Dark Prince GH60

anyway after some more digging for a plug-and-play option we found this on a store called

Kbd fans the geek customized GK 64 from semi tech

This PCB is pre-built with hot swap terminals, so not only will we not need to solder anything ourselves,

we can much more easily pull our key switches if you want to adjust the springs or

Replace them altogether and it gets bonus points for using a detachable USB type-c connection and having multiple

RGB modes including

Check this out you guys this lit AF sound activated mode

courtesy of a little microphone built into the keyboard

Before you ask that microphone can't be used for sound input and for good reason

I mean imagine your clanmates if you put your headset

microphone right next to your cherry MX blues, right

Anyway, so while we were talking to way over at KBDfans,we also requested his stylish Tina chassis a

full set of key caps and

stabilizers and another plate to fit our GK 64 which finally completes then our

component checklist oh

And we also got these which I caught Anthony working on

And he assured me was productive, but I will let you guys be the judge

All this left now is to put it together and see how well it works um, okay, so let's assemble this thing

So we start with what ?screwing down the PCB? Yes, that was relatively straightforward

So spacebar

Where's the hole I can't do this so that seems to go on that way mm-hmm

What'd they do that on the doodad cool? This is fun?

All good in hood

But it doesn't even sit like evenly like it's bowed up in the middle

So you're sure it wouldn't be faster to clip these into here, and then put the whole thing down hmm

Yeah, it's probably better to do that. Okay, wait, but there's to know there's some wiggle room. Yeah exactly

oh...

Yeah, yeah here, let's grab. Let's grab the stiffer one for the spacebar yeah

Like a much stiffer one. Okay? Where's 100-meter grams cool? Oh?

Okay, cool. Yeah, let's try it

I dont think I'd recommend it

Oh

Wow, it's like. It's like yeah. It feels like it's pushing you away from the table. Okay progress. Let's do a quick light up test

Hey

Not bad

huh all right so now we can put all the

key caps on!

oh,these aren't labeled

or Are they?

Well backspace isn't working. O isn't it working

How concerned out of ten should be beyond that about that?

Here we go and that is one bent ass pin right there

bent right over

Yeah, I would recommend buying some extras if you're gonna undertake a project like this so everything is tested all in all I'd say

that 60%

It's gonna take some getting used to you got a super short shift over here your delete key is way down here

You don't have function keys obviously, but overall

Pretty pleased with the with the end product here. It's compact its programmable

It's super portable. We don't have the ability to RGB sync it with you know

Asus AURA or Razer synapse or anything

but

We could change out its case anytime we wanted we can make adjustments to the force of the individual keys

I mean, it's fantastic

So you might be sitting there thinking gee that sounds great linus does that mean I should do it, too?

well that

Really depends on how much you value your time

And how much you value your money?

Not only did this involve about an hour's worth of work not accounting all the research of finding all the parts and ordering them our

bulk together approach means that our total cost

topped

350 US dollars before shipping or taxes

I mean many people already bulk at the idea of a hundred dollar keyboard

So this is clearly a deep rabbit hole for the amateur the more adventurous among us could

Salvage from old keyboards or even build or 3d print their own cases

But there will always be caveats no matter who you are

You won't get a warranty by going totally custom, so if you care about that

So in the end then while this may not be

Hands-down the best mechanical keyboard ever certainly not for the price

Nor was it quite as down and dirty DIY as it could have been its uniquely ours and for some people

That's gonna be worth it

So let us know would you build your own keyboard in the comments below and let us know if you'd like to see more

DIY keyboard stuff in the future

Maybe next time I'll even let Anthony at the soldering iron

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