Singapore Mechanical Keyboard Meetup 2022: Full of Clicks and Thoccs
If there is a community that has had a boom in the last two years, Singapore mechanical keyboard the community must be one of them. With COVID restrictions easing, it was time for the long-awaited encounter to take place.
Although day one was a paid (and paid!) event, the community showed up in full force. 200 tickets sold out within hours and it was definitely a sight to behold.
Right off the bat, a steady stream of people arrived, placed their keyboard(s), and allowed the community to do a good type test on the keyboards. There was also a lot of talk, with the event being a great opportunity to catch up with friends who might otherwise just be a username on the Discord channel.
The event was organized by Wayne (otherwise known as Kasterborous) of Hex Keyboard, bringing together MONOKEI, Mecha Store and Jankycaps in one place to meet the Singapore Mechanical Keyboard community.
As the crowd showed up and poured in at a steady pace, every table surface available at the Dreamcore Center soon found itself covered with every keyboard imaginable. For anyone who might be visiting such events for the very first time, it can be a little overwhelming with the sheer amount of amazing keyboard builds on site, but in a good way.
With so many keyboards to test in such a short time, we would be spoiled for choice to find their version of the Holy Grail.
Luckily, with every keyboard on display at the Singapore Mechanical Keyboard Meetup, there’s a nice handy board that gives an idea of the various components that went into the build. We are certain that after the encounter, the prices of certain boards could skyrocket given their well-being in the flesh.
One of the people we met at the event was 16-year-old Joshua Brooks, who had his own custom keyboard design on the storefront.
Featuring a pen rail, Brooks had chosen to include a few metallic spheres similar to those you would find on a Newton’s cradle. According to him, it helps him stay focused and fidget less, which was the inspiration behind the design of the keyboard. In the hand, the spheres would gently roll down the rail from left to right, and there’s something hypnotic about the whole movement.
If you’re pretty much settled on your keyboard and switches, it might be time for a key refresh. The folks at Jankycaps were on hand to help the community create their own keycaps.
After selecting your favorite colors, it was time to pour the resin into the molds and let the team take care of the rest.
The result? Your very own personalized key ring to take home to commemorate the event!
On the contrary, the event was certainly a treat for anyone who made it, and the atmosphere is definitely something we’ve been missing for the past two years.
See you Gater(on) and hope that the next meeting of the mechanical keyboard in Singapore will be an even greater success!
Check out the rest of the gallery to find out what you might have missed. Day 2 (May 22) is open to the public from 1-4pm and if you wish, head to Dreamcore Private Limited, 55 Kim Chuan Drive #09-01 to experience the event for yourself –
If you want to join this wonderful community, check out the Singapore Mechanical Keyboard community on Discord. It’s a crazy rabbit hole, but if you’ve gotten this far into the article, you probably already knew that.
Gerald currently straddles his love of video games and board games. There’s nothing he’s more interested in than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town. He dreams of publishing a board game in the future!
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