Ever had the urge to replace the switches in your keyboard only to chicken out at the last minute. Trust me, you’re not alone. Desoldering and replacing switches in a traditional mechanical keyboard requires knowledge, tools, patience and soldering skills that not everyone possesses. While it would be beneficial to learn the soldering/desoldering process for future projects, there’s a quick and much easier solution that anybody can use to change switches without any type of specialized equipment: Hot swap sockets.
Today I am reviewing the GK64, a fully aluminum mechanical keyboard that makes use of hot swappable sockets for practically effortless switch replacement. Continue reading to see just how simple… Continue reading
After starting my research for keyboards to rank on this list I quickly discovered the market for wireless mechanical keyboards is akin to a barren wasteland. There seems to be a solid demand, but the supply of quality mechanical keyboards with some form of wireless connectivity just isn’t there yet. Wired mechanical keyboards are somewhat of a small niche themselves (though growing rapidly). Computer and tech enthusiasts willing to pay the premium to own one are almost always looking for the best performance possible, which admittedly isn’t usually offered via wireless devices. This is especially true for PC gamers who require a reliable connection with low latency and no added input lag. Wireless options are mainly coveted for their convenience and portability.
Still, more choices for a good wireless mechanical keyboard with low input lag, durable build quality and reliable Bluetooth connectivity is something the mechanical keyboard community would welcome with open arms. Since I’m currently on the hunt for one of my own I thought I would share what I’ve learned from my research. We’ll be examining five of the best currently available wireless mechanical keyboards to see if we can find a viable keyboard or two that will please casuals and enthusiasts alike.
I don’t even own one myself, though I hope to remedy that in the near future. (Update: I have now tested the Anne Pro and TADA68 Pro discussed below.) Continue reading
The Obins Anne Pro has created a lot of positive hype in the keyboard community. I know it’s been on my radar for review the past 5 months or so. A 60% mechanical keyboard with wireless support (Bluetooth 4.0), true RGB backlighting, Gateron switches, programmability and PBT keycaps for only $80. Sign me up!
A lack of time and backlog of other boards delayed this review longer than expected, but I finally got around to ordering one. I’ve spent the last couple weeks using the Anne Pro as my daily driver. Is the buzz around it merited? Spoiler: Yes. Continue reading
Gateron produces what is arguably the best Cherry MX clone switch out of China to date. Many users even prefer them to genuine Cherry switches because of the extreme smoothness they exhibit even without lubrication. Their smooth action can likely be attributed to a softer stem material and high quality copper click leafs. Continue reading
There are numerous types of mechanical keyboard switches and even more manufacturers producing them. Cheap membrane based rubber dome keyboards may still be the most prevalent, but mechanical keyboards have become extremely popular among gamers and computer enthusiasts over the last decade. Many new companies have been created with the sole goal of filling the gap in mechanical keyswitches. However, one brand was here from the beginning and still stands above the rest. Let’s learn a little about Cherry and their legendary keyswitches. Continue reading