If you are looking to get a mechanical keyboard, you might know that they cost quite a lot. Although you still can get a mechanical keyboard under a budget, a custom-made keyboard comes nowhere near a budget one. But what if we tell you that you can actually get a custom mechanical keyboard under just Rs 7,000?
Let’s start with everything you need to build a mechanical keyboard.
The basic components used in a mechanical keyboard are:
- Plate (above the PCB)
The best thing about mechanical keyboards is that you can customize each of these items that suit your needs. Some people might prefer linear switches while others prefer tactile ones. This is why we have included both of them to cater to the majority.
It’s now time to check out the keyboard!
GK61 Barebones Kit (Case, PCB, Plate, Stabs)
This is a barebone wired mechanical keyboard. The Barebone kit includes a case, with a PCB in it along with stabilizers and a plate on top. GK61 is a highly recommended choice to get into custom keyboards and modding keyboards.
The PCB is hot-swappable. Hot-swap means that you can easily pull out the switches from the PCB without going through the hassle of soldering the switches on the PCB. Soldering is a tedious process and a hot-swap PCB is a lifesaver. This keyboard has a USB Type C to A connector which opens another dimension of custom and coiled cables. You can opt for either the black or white colors as both are available.
Switches (Linear and Tactile)
Mechanical switches essentially have three types – linear, tactile, and clicky. Clicky and tactile switches have a bump to them and give better feedback as compared to linear switches. Linear switches actuate pretty fast in comparison to clicky and tactile and are considered better for gaming. At the end of the day, all of it boils down to personal preference. These come in sets of 10 and since you will need 61 keys, getting a few extra will be useful if some were to get damaged later while in use.
Gateron Milky Yellow (Linear)
Gateron yellows are considered one of the best budget linear offerings. These have a milky top housing with black opaque bottoms. They actuate at 50 grams of force and are cherry-style switches with a 5 pin PCB mount. I will also add a link to Gateron milky blacks if you prefer heavier switches as they have an actuation force of 60 grams.
They are now available in two color options –
Gateron Milky Browns (Tactile)
These are Gaterons tactile switches that are available for cheap and perform well. They have a tactile bump in their travel. The actuation is at 45 grams with 4mm of travel. If you like the tactile bump these are a go-to as they come in at a reasonable price for the performance they offer.
In the price range of around Rs 2000-2300, there are quite a few options available as of now. You can get Double Shot ABS keycaps and also get PBT keycaps in this price range. You can select from a wide range on Meckeys and Amazon. Scroll through the links and get the ones you like. Here are some pictures of some of my favorite keycap sets.
Look cool right!
Once you order all these components all you have to do is put them together and you have your custom mechanical keyboard ready. If you want to mod it further you can add foam to the case, mod the stabilizers, lube, and film the switches, and a lot more!
This is a good start for getting into custom mechanical keyboards. Even if you want to use this as your endgame keyboard, it won’t disappoint you. For further help, you can also join the subreddit of the Indian Mechanical Keyboard community known as r/mkindia.
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