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How and why I built my first mechanical keyboard

• https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/21/18683728/mechan

For a lot of people, however, much of their appeal comes from customizability. You can buy different keycaps, change their mechanical switches, and in some cases even swap out their USB cables or microcontrollers to get a keyboard that's tailored to your preferences.

Modifying an existing keyboard will only get you so far, though. For the ultimate bespoke keyboard, you have to build one from scratch. The process won't be for everyone. The components can be expensive, you'll need to do a lot of soldering, and there's every chance you might break something if you're not careful. But at the end of the process you'll end up with something that's completely individual to you and your needs, whether it's typing, gaming, or some horrific Frankenstein mix of the two (here's to you Typing of the Dead: Overkill).

Depending on who you ask, mechanical keyboards have any number of benefits. Some people like how long they last, others like the way they feel, and plenty of people claim that their tactile feedback makes them easier to use. For a lot of people, however, much of their appeal comes from customizability. You can buy different keycaps, change their mechanical switches, and in some cases even swap out their USB cables or microcontrollers to get a keyboard that's tailored to your preferences.

Modifying an existing keyboard will only get you so far, though. For the ultimate bespoke keyboard, you have to build one from scratch. The process won't be for everyone. The components can be expensive, you'll need to do a lot of soldering, and there's every chance you might break something if you're not careful. But at the end of the process you'll end up with something that's completely individual to you and your needs, whether it's typing, gaming, or some horrific Frankenstein mix of the two (here's to you Typing of the Dead: Overkill).

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