June 8, 2020 Log No. 905

Quarantine Hobbies Pt 2: Ariel

My quarantine “hobby” is mechanical keyboards (but mostly just buying keycap sets).

(Is buying things a hobby? Honestly, after spending an ungodly amount of time on r/mk on this subject, I think it is 90% of it.)

Work-from-home keyboard:

keychron-k2-stock

The base template: a Keychron K2 (75% form factor) with Gatetron blue switches



keychron-2-ymdk

While waiting for the first “real” keycap set I ordered to come in, used this cheap OEM set from Amazon.

Keychron2-SA-Vilebloom

First groupbuy keycap set came in! SA Vilebloom from Mechsupply. First SA set and so satisfying to type on. Due to the 75% layout, the gradient in the F row isn’t exactly right.

Desktop keyboard–full-size with Cherry black switches:

rosewill-oem-sideprint

Initially replaced the Rosewill stock keycaps with these cheap sideprint OEM ones off Amazon.

rosewill-typewriter

…and replaced them with these OTHER cheap keycaps off Amazon that seem to match my desk pretty well. Not the most comfortable typing experience but good for “aesthetic”

Penna bluetooth keyboard (75%) from Kickstarter with Gatetron blue switches:

penna-stock

In the process of replacing the stock typewriter-like caps with an SA Atlantis set–mostly just to see if normal keycap sets fit

penna-sa-atlantis

Completed the switch. Looks okay though not great, but does make typing way more comfortable than the original keycaps.

penna-mt3-serika

2nd “real” keycap set, MT3 Serika, from the extras sold on Drop. Japanese sublegends for aesthetic. The MT3 profile is really unique, as is the texture–I like it.

Extra:

Lofree mechanical numpad/calculator from Kickstarter with Gatetron blue switches:

lofree-calculator-stock

Almost stock–replaced 2 of the keys with extras from the typewriter set on the Rosewill.

lofree-calculator-penna-caps

Decided to try to use the caps from the Penna stock set. Had to get creative with some of them as the 75% layout doesn’t have a numpad.

A couple of “artisans” from Etsy:

frog-keycap

It’s Wednesday my dudes

pokeball-keycap

Gotta catch em all

crystal-keycap

Crystal keycap–the crystal allows the backlight to shine through

As is typical with this topic, this is only about half of the things I’ve ordered and I expect the rest to trickle in over the next year. I have 1 more keyboard coming–a standard TenKeyless layout with hotswap sockets–but I want to draw the line there, as I don’t want to be someone with 10+ keyboards I don’t use.


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