After some years of wanting to do it, i finally got the funding and the motivation to build my own mechanical keyboard. Due to the fact that i’m not too good with electronics, this first one will build upon the GH60-Design made by the Geekhack-Forum which is almost exactly what i want.
- GH60 PCB (Satan) – 32€
- Plate – 27€
- 61 Switches – ~50€
- Stabilizers (4xsmall, 1xbig) – 4€
- Keycaps – 35€
- USB Cable – 20€
- Case – 15€
Total: 183€ (without Shipping.)
GH60 PCB and Plate
I got the PCB from eBay, but they are also available from Aliexpress. The Microcontroller is already pre-soldered on this one and a Firmware is deployed, although i think i may do some extras to mine. The plate is also from the same eBay-Seller.
This was a hard one. There are many great keycap sets out there and many of them are ordered via Massdrop.com or directly in the forums which lead to a kind of “keycap elitism”. After some research i found some nice looking keycaps made by Tai-Hao. Those are Doubleshot and seem good, also they have the awesome Miami-Colors available. Altough there is some kind of “Nano Antibiosis technology” on them which many users reported to be bad, because dirt sticks to them. However there is a solution: Get rid of the Antibiosis-shit with some high percentage alcohol.
I’m not sure about this one yet. At first i wanted Cherry Blues, but than i ordered a Switch-Tester with Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Black, Cherry MX White, Cherry MX Green, GATERON MX Blue, GATERON MX Black , GATERON MX Clear , Greetech MX Red, Greetech MX Blue and Greetech MX Brown to test all of them and then decide. Probably the most important part of the keyboard so i want the perfect ones!
Most of the cases for 60%-Keyboards fit to the GH60. There are some cheap plastic ones and also some expensive but better looking aluminium ones out there. I’m planning todo it myself out of wood, we’ll see how it goes.
Not so important for function but for the looks is the USB Cable. At first i wanted to use a standard one but then i found the shop of Pexon. They are a family business buildung awesome cable stuff. So i ordered one which fits the Miami-Style of the keycaps :).
Part 2 of this Build: Building a 60% Keyboard (Part2: Assembling)