Adafruit Industries shows off a fun DIY project using oversize Kailh key switches to build three ginormous macro keys. The keys work just like the keys on a regular keyboard, only 64 times larger in volume. We want to see someone build an entire QWERTY keyboard with these things.
NuPhy Studio’s compact 75% keyboard combines the benefits of mechanical keys with a slimline profile. It has an aluminum frame, hot-swappable keys, and RGB lighting. It connects wirelessly via 2.4 GHz RF or Bluetooth and has a wired USB-C port. The optional NuFolio V2 is a foldable case with a tablet and phone stand.
This wooden case provides an elegant foundation for your custom keyboard project. It comes in walnut or bamboo wood and has a built-in wrist rest. Inside, you’ll find M2 screw mounting points to hold universal 60% keyboard PCBs, along with a USB cutout. Drop can set you up with the PCB and keyboard components too.
Stack Overflow’s April Fools prank keyboard gets real, courtesy of DROP. Designed by Cassidy, the three-key macro pad known as “The Key” is dedicated solely to the copy and paste key shortcuts. It has Kailh Black Box switches, a CNC-machined aluminum case, and is programmable using QMK. Pre-orders ship starting 12.2021.
KBDfans sells this unique 60% keyboard which features a beautiful case made by swirling together shades of resin. It comes in six color combinations and includes OSA Mustard keycaps. Its translucent case material allows internal lighting to shine through. Available with a wide variety of premium mechanical switches.
Teamwolf’s real stainless steel keycaps give your keyboard a slick and modern look while increasing the durability of its most-used keys. The set includes all 26 letters of the English alphabet, with laser-cut characters to allow backlighting to shine through. Compatible with Cherry MX switches and clones.
Add a splash of color to your desktop while improving ergonomics with these marbled resin wrist rests from IDOBAO. They’re shaped for maximum comfort and an optimal 6º typing angle and have rubber feet to prevent slipping. Available in purple, blue, black, or clear. Shipping starts 2.2022.
Loha Custom Design makes these elegant keycaps from solid walnut wood. They fit all Cherry MX and other MX switch keyboards and are available in 60% (61-key) and 80% (87-key) sets. You can also buy individual keys and custom logo keys if you can’t afford the full set. They also make a matching wrist rest.
Our lives are filled with Zoom calls and other video meetings these days. ChonkerKeys are giant keys that offer quick shortcuts for common videoconferencing functions like mic muting, camera, and screen sharing, and light up to indicate status. Choose from the five-key Original or the reconfigurable 11-key Max model.
The sounds that Jimi Hendrix made with his electric guitar were unreal. Using a modified Hohner Clavinet D6 keyboard with a whammy bar, Aussie musician Lachy Doley rocked the house with a powerfully expressive performance of Voodoo Child. Doley and his band killed it with their cover of Steve Winwood’s I’m a Man too.
Virtually every word written on this website is composed on a clicky mechanical keyboard. If you love the sound of clicky keys too, then take a listen to Mechanical Keyboard Sounds: Recordings of Bespoke and Customized Mechanical Keyboards, an album by Taeha Types and Trunk Records, demonstrated here by LGR Blerbs.
This unique mechanical keyboard has a transparent case in one of six shades. It’s fully customizable with five types of switches and three keycap profiles. It has programmable RGB backlighting, hot-swappable switches, and it supports 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, and USB connections. A matching numeric keyboard is available.
Mood rings use special thermotropic liquid crystals that react to the heat of your fingers. Makers Evan and Katelyn wanted to see if they could create a set of keycaps that change colors in the same way. It took a lot of time and trial and error, but the finished keyboard looks really awesome.
These unique keycaps bring a fresh look to backlit mechanical keyboards. They feature an opaque diffuser on their tops, allowing whatever color light is below to glow through. Lettering has been moved to the sides, so they’re good even if you’re not a touch typer. The set comes with 129 Cherry MX-compatible keycaps.
This pocketable gadget transforms any smooth surface into a touch-based keyboard. It uses a laser to project a virtual keyboard and has the smarts to detect the positions of your fingers and when you type. It connects via Bluetooth or USB and also has a piano layout for playing music using a companion smartphone app.
Elgato updates its awesome 15-key programmable LCD keyboard with several new features. The MK.2 version offers interchangeable faceplates, a new stand design, and a USB Type-C port. The Stream Deck Store offers plugins, icon packs, royalty-free music and sound effects you can link to its keys.
This unique ergonomic keyboard features a beautiful hardwood case crafted from walnut or maple. It has a split butterfly-wing design for separating your hands, sculpted keycaps, adjustable stands, hot-swappable switches, and RGB backlighting. It works with macOS, Windows, and Linux, and is fully programmable.
This unique keyboard lets you extend your desktop onto its top half. It has a 12.6″ ultrawide (1920 x 515) touchscreen and connects to computers or mobile devices via USB Type-C. Compatible with Windows, macOS, and Android devices. Comes in 98-key scissor-switch and 71-key mechanical versions. It looks kind of familiar to us.
DoodleChaos loves to create visualizations of music. While they usually use programs like Minecraft, Planet Coaster, and Line Rider, they made this video with a custom Unity program that reads MIDI files and drops an object each time a key is pressed. As the music progresses, the density of the falling Tetronimoes goes insane.
To celebrate his 500,000th YouTube subscriber, musician PACIL created this lighthearted video in which he plays 50 different instruments, most of which could be considered a piano of some sort. He even included a Keytar, and a couple of those piano mats like the one Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia stomped on in Big.
A few years back, John Lagomarsino of The Verge recorded the sounds of various keyboards and edited them together to create a catchy and rhythmic track. The dozen keyboards used include a vintage IBM PC mechanical keyboard, a classic Olympia manual typewriter, and an Apple eMate portable computer.
The Mad Noodle’s 8-key mechanical keyboard is fully programmable. It has Cherry MX switches, an knurled encoder knob, and RGB LED accent lighting in its baseplate. Outfit it with custom keycaps and make it your own. It runs QMK firmware for ease of configurability. They also make a special Star Trek edition.
The Roccat Pyro RGB mechanical gaming keyboard offers linear-feel switches with a 2.0mm actuation and advanced anti-ghosting tech. The switches are rated at 50 million keystrokes, and a reinforced aluminum top plate further helps with durability. A detachable palm rest offers support and reduces fatigue.
This fantastic-looking set of keycaps is inspired by the warm colors of desert landscapes. WIANXP makes the keys with durable and saturated PBT dye sublimation in shades of orange, brown, yellow, and tan. Available in 108-key and 130-key sets, and compatible with Cherry MX switches and their clones.