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Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic

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Finally decided to get rid of your old membrane keyboard with rubber domes and replace it with a new fancy and shiny mechanical keyboard? Knowing what options are open (and useful) to you is very important. This infographic represents a good starting point for anyone interested on entering this world. It can be downloaded for free and it will be updated regularly based on your suggestions.

While if you’re looking for a desk mat based on our infographic, please visit our Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic Desk Mat product page.

Overview

At the time when computers were introduced, keyboards were large and heavy devices with a price somewhere around 100 USD. They came along with a sturdy printed circuit, which was mounted to a metal plate. The mechanical switches most commonly used gave out an audible or tactile feedback when pressed. As a result, people who used these keyboards were able to know whether they successfully pressed on a specific character or not.

Photo: IBM Model M. Source: Wikipedia

However, the prices of computers and components dropped significantly along the years. But the price of a mechanical keyboard remained mostly unchanged and some people did not want to spend that much money on a single device when the entire computer cost kept reducing. This gave life to the rubber dome membrane keyboard. In rubber dome membrane keyboards, the circuit was printed in a collection of flexible membranes; the springs, which used to support the keys, were replaced by rubber domes. However, these keyboards were not as durable as the mechanical ones. External factors such as humidity and temperature could create a visible impact on the functionality and performance. As a consequence, this made people reconsider about going mechanical instead.

Mechanical keyboards are associated with a variety of benefits as well as advantages. Durability and consistency over time are the most prominent. Ok, you will have to spend a considerable amount of money in order to purchase a good and reliable device. However, you will get the opportunity to use that keyboard for a long period of time. To do not mention the “sensorial” benefits: sound and feel are just better in a well-chosen MKB.

Photo: Ducky One 2 Mini Horizon. Source: Ducky

Concept

Depending on who you ask, you might get different motivation for switching to mechanical keyboards. Some people like how their tactile feedback makes them easier to use, some others appreciate customizability. You can buy different keycaps, change their mechanical switches, and go full custom by choosing basically every single component for a tailored experience.

Let’s get to the point: the world of custom mechanical keyboards can be pretty intimidating at first. It’s like going down the rabbit hole. The process to build a keyboard from scratch requires some study, and above all preparation before jumping into action. And that’s where we hope that this infographic will come in handy. The scope is to provide an initial idea of the array of options you will experience, even if it would be impossible to try to list them all here. These are the most common choices out there, along with some general rules.

This is our infographic version 2.0. The idea is to update it regularly to expand the content and add more details. You can download the high-res for free at the link below, print it on paper or even on s mouse pad or a wallpaper. Furthermore, you can order a desk mat from our store page.

SupeRanked 010 Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic V2.0 - Snapshot
Custom Mechanical Keyboard (link below to download and to desk mat)

Details

SupeRanked Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic V3.0
Size: 3.6 MB
Version: 3.0
Published: 26/10/2020

We believe that knowledge should be accessible to all without trade-off. Hence, this download is completely free.

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SupeRanked Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic V2.0
Size: 2.20 MB
Version: 2.0
Published: 27/07/2020

OG Version 2.0. It comes in dark mode and a bit messier layout. We still recommend you to download and use V3.0 instead, as it contains more accurate details.

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Your Opinion

We’d love to hear your your suggestions on how to further improve this infographic. Please let us know in the comments section below, and don’t forget to rate this project. Lastly, you can explore our latest mechanical keyboard concept based on Soldier 76 character from Overwatch.

Your opinion on Usefulness:

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Overwatch Mechanical Keyboard

In 2016, Blizzard—the company behind World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft—announced Overwatch, a hero shooter where every character has a completely unique set of abilities, allowing players to find the style that best fits their needs. This project is a tribute to one of our favorite games and one of its most iconic characters: Soldier 76.

Overview

When Jeff Kaplan announced Overwatch 2 just a few weeks ago, we were in front of the screen watching Blizzcon live. And we started thinking how awesome it would be to work on a mechanical keyboard based on one of their iconic characters. “Say no more!” The day after, we started discussing some of our sketches, and we ended up prioritizing a Soldier 76 inspired design because . . . we missed him too much from the O2 reveal trailer.

Concept

First thing we had to decide was the size of the keyboard. We opted for a mechanical tenkeyless layout as it strikes a good balance between functionality and portability. After that, it was all about infusing Soldier’s style into chassis and color scheme, with the inclusion of a LED add-on that is reminiscent of his visor and it would have a practical function of acting as notification bar for Discord, Twitch, etc. The result of our brainstorm was a vector art mockup.

In the following weeks we’ve been working at the 3D render, which has allowed us to focus on the details. Colors, materials and the structure of the chassis have been refined. The notification bar has passed through a major overhaul compared to what we had in mind during the vector art phase.

The component is now getting even closer to Soldier’s visor design and since it’s supposed to act as an add-on for the keyboard we’ve included a pogo pin connector for an easy swap with other modules for different Heroes.

Other details that it is worth mentioning: portable sleek and compact design (you can decide whether to carry the Hero add-on with you or keep it home), USB Type-C plug, detachable braided cable, two-step angle adjustment and rubber feet for adequate stability.

This is it for now. We will probably get back on this project with some updates related to the add-ons, which we think could resemble some other Heroes from the Overwatch roster.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this project. Please rate this project and leave us a message down below. Let us know if you have any recommendation or if there’s a specific Hero you would like us to explore for the next add-on to the keyboard.

Details

  • Brand: Blizzard Overwatch
  • Source of inspiration: Soldier 76 playable character
  • Designer: Wendi (Indonesia), Danny (Costa Rica)

Your Opinion

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section below, and don’t forget to rate this project.

Your opinion on Identity:

How well do you feel this design represents Soldier 76’s identity?

Your opinion on Style:

How good is this design at proposing something new in terms of style compared to what you usually see in shops?