Did you know that you can change the keys on most mechanical keyboards? There’s a standard in the world of keyboards called MX and it applies to the switches under each key and the keycaps that fit on top of them with the legends engraved or printed on them. If any of your keycaps become shiny or the letter or number printed on them wears off, you can replace that faulty keycap.
Currently, there’s a growing market in MX keycaps. People like experimenting with new color schemes or even novelty keycaps arranged around fantasy themes like JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or Dungeons and Dragons. There are so many types available and mostly keycaps are made of plastic or PBT, a very hardwearing material that can withstand a lot of key taps.
However, for those who want something a little different, buying MX keycaps made of metal is possible. Some people choose metal keycaps because of their excellent feel, the weight of the keys, their durability, plus they look so good.
Awekeys specializes in making metal keycaps and the company has just announced a Kickstarter campaign to offer complete sets of metal keycaps made from eco-friendly recycled metal. Using recycled metal increases the product’s sustainability and reduces the carbon footprint of making metal keycaps.
The primary benefit of using metal keycaps is the solid sound they make during typing. It’s a much more deadened and positive sound that’s a lot of fun to type with. As well as sounding good, metal keycaps look great and they stand out of the crowd. Metal is an excellent material to personalize a keyboard and make it slightly different from everyone else’s stock model.
The Awekeys metal keycaps will be available in various colors, including Burgundy Red, Royal Blue, Emerald Green, Mint, Lavender, Obsidian Black and Ivory White. As I said, they will fit on an MX-type switch, although they can be pretty hard to take on and off as metal doesn’t yield to the plastic as PBT keycaps do. The keycaps are available in two finishes: Pearl Glossy and Metallic Matte.
Verdict: For those who want a touch of luxury, Awekeys also makes keycaps in three special editions with the keycaps made of Gold, Silver and Titanium Black. I’ve not seen or tested the special metal keycaps, so I can’t vouch for the metals used, but I have seen samples of the colored keycaps and they all seem well-made with clear printed legends. The sound the keycaps produce is fantastic.
Pricing & Availability: A complete set of colored metallic keycaps costs $149. The keycaps have the standard Cherry MX profile, so they should fit and look good on most standard mechanical keyboards. Currently, no macOS keys are available, so Windows users only for now. The Awekeys Metallic Keycaps campaign launches on Kickstarter on September 26. The initial guide price starts at $149 for a complete set. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, do your due diligence before ordering.
More info: www.kickstarter.com