August 13, 2022

When compared to a regular keyboard, mechanical keyboards are more customizable and reliable. Your mechanical keyboard can be made to perform better and provide a better user experience with a few tweaks. Additionally, this is a lot less expensive than purchasing a new keyboard. Plus, it’s entertaining, especially if you’re like me and enjoy tinkering with technology.

If you have a mechanical keyboard and want to customize it, you should consider mechkey mods. Here are a few of the choices you have.

Custom keycaps

Double-shot PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate) keycaps are recommended if you have a mechanical keyboard with ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) keycaps. They are more expensive, but the quality is far superior. Since PBT keycaps are made by fusing two layers of plastic together rather than printing the letters, they have the advantage of never fading or scratching.

If your mechanical keyboard has RGB lighting, you might want to try out some pudding keycaps. Infusing the LED lights with a uniform, beautiful hue, they look stunning. Custom artisan keycaps can be made to order and can be quite expensive, especially if you want them in unusual colors, shapes, or designs like those described above.

Toggle switches

The keyboard’s most critical component is its key switches. The housing, stem, spring, and metal contact leaves make up the mechanism under each key. Mechanical keyboards with hot-swappable switches are available on some models, while those with embedded switches are more common.

In order to replace the switches, you’ll need to de-solder the old ones and then solder the new ones in place of the old ones. It’s not as simple as it appears….

As a precaution, take care when working with a keyboard with soldered key switches. They require special care, and even the slightest oversight could result in a keyboard that is no longer functional. Even if you don’t intend to change every switch on your keyboard, the cost of keyboard switches can quickly spiral out of control.

To experiment with different key switches for a specific purpose, such as gaming, you can simply swap out the most frequently used ones, such as WASD or arrow keys. In addition, you must ensure that the switches you purchase are appropriate for your keyboard model, as there is no such thing as a universal set of switches.

Stabilizers

You can fine-tune the amount of jiggling in your keys by using a stabilizer. They also help to reduce the clacking noises that can be heard when typing on a computer keyboard. Stabilizers are most commonly seen on the spacebar and enter keys, but they can be used on nearly any key if you find that it is wobbly. Key switches and keycaps are stabilized by placing stabilizers over and under them.

Depending on the provisions, you can either clamp them between the individual switches or under the keycaps. You can use hot glue or some tape to attach the stabilizers if there are no grooves or any sort of assembly. Make sure you don’t overuse the glue.

Films with a key change

In the same way as a stabilizer, these can be used on any of the keyboard’s eight keys. This thin plastic piece is sandwiched between the switch’s upper and lower halves. Using these will eliminate any wobble from the switch stem and stabilize it, resulting in a change in the sound.

O-rings

O-rings are a simple and inexpensive way to soften or dampen your keystrokes. The keycaps have these tiny rubber rings inside of them. Since the key switch and keycap don’t make direct contact with these o-rings when they are installed, there is no clacking or other noises that could be heard.

Modifications to the cable

There are a plethora of online tutorials on how to upgrade and customize your keyboard cable. Cables for most full-size keyboards are attached directly to the PCB board, making them easier to use. A soldering iron and the removal of the keyboard are both required for this upgrade, which again is not an easy task. Detachable cables are available for smaller TKL and compact keyboard models. Higher-quality or even colored versions of these can be purchased, making it easier to replace them. Coiled cables are also available, but they can cost a lot of money and are only suitable for keyboards with detachable cables.

 

If we’re being honest, the sky’s the limit when it comes to keyboard customizations. Online, we’ve seen everything from custom cases to handcrafted keycaps. Module keyboard kits are one of the newest crazes in keyboard customization. You can order and assemble these parts of the keyboard on your own. The advantage here is that you can choose the casing, the switches, and the keycaps to suit your needs. Custom modular keyboard kits like the Glorious GMMK are available.