Blog: mechanical keyboard

TX-CP My first Korean Custom Keyboard

I've had this keyboard kit for quite sometime now but did not know what switches to used on them hence I never really built it and kept it until I figure out which switches do I really like. That I think is one of the reasons why I bought different kind of keyboards to try and get the feel of which switch did I actually like. I tried several type of switches which included an 80g R3 Zealios. In the process I found out that I really like Cherry MX Browns even when it was compared to Gateron Browns. For me Gateron Browns were really too soft and too smooth. I wanted the scratchiness of the MX Brown switches but I had problem with the both of them, both of them feel too soft for me. I tried 80g springs and they were fucking too hard to even be able to use.

I did like my old Cherry MX Blacks and Greens but I had problems with them. The Greens where really hard to press and I do not like clicky switches. The blacks were perfectly fine for me but it didn't have a subtle bump. You see most people complain about the Cherry MX Brown because they cannot really feel the bump, but you see not all people like the cherry mx clear or zealios bump. I think everyone has their taste for food and same goes for fingers and keyboards. For me I didn't want linear but I didn't want a very large bump hence I always liked browns and their subtle bump which I feel is just enough for me. That is when I had the idea to create basically a Cherry MX Black switch with a bump. I was able to acquire some vintage browns from Korea and some 64g Springs. After building the switches they were the perfect switches for me. Spring resistance is just enough and the spring enhanced the brown switch bump to a certain degree.

I finally had the switches I liked to put on my TX-CP. Finally I was able to build the keyboard I always wanted with the springs I was looking for. For me this layout is just about right for home and office use. I like using the numpad for work and if I am doing some calculator stuff. I always wanted a dedicated F-Row for work as well. The size is just about right a tad bigger than a TKL but smaller than a full size keyboard. The lubed vintage browns with 64g springs seems to be the switch resistance that I have been looking for.

This keyboard has just made my KBD75 look like paper in terms of overall weight. I mean the bottom of the case is even heavier than my KBD75

Hope you like my build and here are the specs

  • TX-CP
  • Leeku L3 Compact v1.3 PCB with RGB underglow
  • Titanium Grey Top
  • Silver Bottom
  • Stainless Steel bottom weight
  • Stainless steel plate
  • Vintage Cherry MX Browns lubed with gap films
  • Cherry MX Clear for the function key
  • Cherry MX Silver with 64g springs for the space bar
  • 64g Springs from Korea
  • Original Cherry screw-in pcb mounted stabilizer clipped and lubed
  • Modern Beige Purple Hangul (I plan to use my SA Godspeed set with this until I burn in the switches for a few weeks)
  • Skull artisan from /u/vanexe from reddit
  • White LED leds


Sound Test: KBD75 Oco Modern Beige Purple Hangul Typing Test

Hope you guys enjoy the video and hopefully it provides information on how this combination sounds like

Modern Biege Purple Hangul

Being in the keyboard game means not only talking/dealing about different keycaps and profiles. It also means dealing with different type of plastics used with keycap manufacturing. Aside from ABS which is the common plastics used with your keyboard or stock keyboard keycaps. There is also PBT which has a different texture and also has different qualities compared to ABS plastic. Common reasons people want to use pbt is because they do not shine as fast as normal ABS plastic, they are not as susceptible to fingerprints or dirt accumulation compared to ABS. If you want to know a lot more about PBT plastic Wikipedia has nice information about it.

This modern beige set that I have came from Originative it is basically like Gateron think pbt or maybe enjoypbt. 1.5mm thick and the feel to it is quite nice. PBT is nice to type on from time to time but if you follow this website you would know that I am more on thick abs specially the Signature Plastics SA profile keycaps. Nonetheless think PBT like these are nice for someone who likes cherry profile keycaps.

Here is what my modern beige looks like and what came with the kit that I got

Modern Beige Purple Hangul

KBD75 + JTK PoW (Purple on White) Debut

I've had this JTK Purple on white for quite sometime now and only last week I have decided to slap in on my KBD75. Since I sold most of my keyboards and I only have the KBD75 to play with, I guess it was time to run the set with the custom keyboard that I have. It looks ok to me but some people might find the color combination odd or colors might not match.

If you check my website or even my youtube channel you will find the sound of this keyset and the DSA's almost sound the same. Considering these are doubleshot ABS and waaaay more thicker than the DSA's, I thought that they should have sounded quieter. But anyway I hope you enjoy the album below.


Sound Test: KBD75 JTK Debut (PoW) Typing Test

So I installed my old JTK Debut on my KBD75 with gateron browns. And as the usual me, I did a typing sound test. I am really used to high profile keycaps (OEM profile and above) so please don't mind the slow typing speed as I am still getting used to cherry profile. I have used cherry profile before but I feel like that they are too low and I am having a hard time typing as fast as I type on SA profile keycaps.