Why a Mechanical Keyboard is the Best Gift of 2017

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best gift on a desk surrounded by computer necessities!

The art of gift giving doesn’t come easily to everyone. That’s where we come in. We’re here to stop you from giving a gift that will be played with for a week or two then pushed aside, so that you can give the best gift of 2017 – the Mechanical Keyboard.

We’re talking about a gift that will last decades, will provide more than a year’s worth of use, and has lots of follow up gifting options. Starting to sound like a great gift idea yet?

2017 is upon us and whilst the season for giving may be behind us, that doesn’t mean it isn’t ahead of us either. And besides, it doesn’t hurt to plan for the future. Birthdays are bound to happen, Valentine’s day is slowly approaching. Did we mention father’s and mother’s day?

What Makes A Mechanical Keyboard The Best Gift Of 2017?

In this day and age everybody has access to a computer. It’s common for teenagers and grandparents to own a laptop or a desktop of some description. And whilst the desktop may be dying (I know certain communities who say otherwise), one of the often overlooked essential computer accessories is still alive and is taking a step back towards its roots.Keyboard without keycaps

The Keyboard

Coming from typewriters, the keyboard started off mechanically. And, just like how fashion returns to its roots, so has the modern day keyboard. This reinvention has propelled the mechanical keyboard into daily life in many different forms.

Mechanical keyboards were one of the hottest growing trends of 2016. The r/mechanicalkeyboards subreddit hit an all time high for subscribed members. Such a large and fast growing community must be on to something exciting. Don’t believe us? Just have a look at these metrics:

graph showing how mechanical keyboards are so hot right now!

Ooooh, everyone’s favourite! Sweet, sweet, metrics.

 

 

 

 

But Seriously,

Best gift of 2017 is a simple mechanical keyboard like this!

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Quality

We’re talking about an item that will be loved and appreciated (at the very least used) nearly every day until the thing falls apart (not likely).

The quality and design of most mechanical keyboards are so far ahead of traditional keyboards that they’re unlikely to break down or deteriorate for decades. Look back at your recent purchases and you’ll see this is a very rare feat in this day and age.

Mechanical keyboards degrade more slowly than traditional keyboards. They’re also more durable, meaning that after a rough life, they’ll still be dependable. The LEDs used for back-lighting are more likely to breakdown before the switches stop working. Screaming quality yet?

The best gift could be a rainbow colour mechanical keyboard

Construction

Construction of a mechanical keyboard varies with manufacturer and even design. Certain keyboards use solely plastics, whilst others use different types of metals or a combination of both. These all come at the cost of price; however, small manufacturers are producing keyboards that are leagues ahead of their mass produced counterparts. For example, whilst Razer or Logitech do offer mechanical keyboards, they’re best viewed as a great way to be introduced to the world mechanical keyboards but no more than that.

Customisability

Mechanical keyboards are endlessly customisable, meaning that when it comes time for gift giving again, it’s your time to shine, again! Simply recall that you gave the best gift of 2017 and start looking for accessories. Have a look below for just a few differences between keyboards.

Notice something?

It’s the same type of keyboard, just done in three different ways.

Carrying cases, housing cases, cables, wrist rests, and wraps can all be added to a mechanical keyboard to give it that extra pop.

The most defining accessories, however, are the keycaps. The keycaps are what cover the switches, and normally they have the numbers or letters printed on them (sometimes they don’t.) The versatile nature of keycaps allows for some very dynamic and impressive transformations.

The beauty of these accessories is that when it comes time to gift giving you can partner up with someone else and they can give one of these added bonuses!

Still stuck on ideas? Click on the image below or head on over to our Instagram for a plethora of customised mechanical keyboards.

 

But what about someone who likes to construct or make things?

The Mechanical Keyboard Is Still The Best Gift You Can Give!

That’s right. While there are large companies mass producing mechanical keyboards, there are still smaller manufacturers offering some pre-started Do It Yourself kits, and even just barebones DIY kits. Generally the difference of work between the two are;

Assisted DIY KitsBare Essential DIY Kits
Insert SwitchesMachine Metal
Soldering To PCBAffix Plate
Add To CaseInsert Switches
Add KeycapsSolder To PCB
Add To Case
Add Keycaps

This is quite the undertaking as there’s a lot of work involved, so this option is recommended for those looking to challenge themselves. However, the payoff in the end is very rewarding!

Here’s a few examples for you to follow;

Build from a kit.

WhiteFox TrueFox unboxing & build log

Build from scratch.

Custom Built Steel TKL Keyboard – Cherry blues

Watch this 15 minute video below for a tutorial on how to do it;

 

 

There you have it! Convinced that the mechanical keyboard is the best gift you can give in 2017? We’ve provided some links below to get you started.

Sales:

massdrop.com

amazon.com

reddit.com/r/mechmarket

Looking for more information? Have a look at what the communities have to offer.

Community:

reddit.com/r/mechanicalkeyboards

geekhack.com

Still have questions? You can email us or leave a comment.

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Last update on 2019-05-24 at 04:43 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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