Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Mechanical Keyboard Switches Explained: Your Complete Guide to Types and Characteristic

June 12, 2024 0 Comments


Welcome to our comprehensive guide on mechanical keyboard switches!


If you're new to the world of mechanical keyboards or looking to upgrade your typing experience, understanding the different types of switches is crucial. In this blog post, we'll break down everything you need to know about mechanical keyboard switches, from the various types available to their unique characteristics. Let's dive in!



Types of Mechanical Keyboard Switches:

Mechanical keyboard switches come in several varieties, each offering a distinct feel and sound. Here are some of the most common types:


Cherry MX: Cherry MX switches are widely regarded as the gold standard in mechanical keyboards. They come in various colors, each indicating a different type of switch, such as Cherry MX Red (linear), Cherry MX Blue (clicky), and Cherry MX Brown (tactile).


Kailh: Kailh switches are Cherry MX clones manufactured by Kaihua Electronics. They offer similar characteristics to Cherry MX switches but may come at a lower price point. Popular Kailh switches include Kailh Red, Kailh Blue, and Kailh Brown.


Gateron: Gateron switches are another Cherry MX alternative known for their smooth feel and competitive pricing. Gateron switches come in a variety of colors, including Gateron Red, Gateron Blue, and Gateron Brown.


Outemu: Outemu switches are budget-friendly switches commonly found in entry-level mechanical keyboards. While they may not offer the same level of durability as other brands, they provide a satisfactory typing experience for casual users.



Characteristics of Mechanical Keyboard Switches:

When choosing a mechanical keyboard switch, several characteristics come into play:


Actuation Force: The amount of force required to register a keystroke varies between switch types. Some switches, like Cherry MX Red, have a light actuation force, while others, like Cherry MX Green, require more forceful typing.


Tactility: Tactile switches provide feedback through a noticeable bump in the keystroke, while linear switches offer a smooth, uninterrupted keystroke. Clicky switches combine tactile feedback with an audible click sound upon actuation.


Sound: The sound produced by a mechanical keyboard switch depends on its type and construction. Clicky switches, such as Cherry MX Blue, are known for their distinctive click sound, while linear switches like Cherry MX Red produce minimal noise.


Durability: Mechanical keyboard switches are rated for a cetain number of keystrokes, typically in the millions. High-quality switches, such as Cherry MX and Gateron, are known for their durability and longevity.


Choosing the right mechanical keyboard switch is a personal decision based on your typing preferences, gaming style, and budget. Whether you prefer the tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown switches or the smooth keystrokes of Gateron Red switches, understanding the characteristics of each switch type is essential. 


We hope this guide has provided valuable insights into the world of mechanical keyboard switches, helping you make an informed decision for your next keyboard upgrade. Happy typing!



Tuesday, June 11, 2024

First Look: Ajazz AK832 Wireless three mode mechanical keyboard (Brown Switch Model)

June 11, 2024 0 Comments


When you think of a mechanical keyboard, a low profile keyboard is not very common and they are kind of pricey. So of course when the Ajazz AK832 was on sale on Shopee, I quickly grabbed it.

 

Although the board is not hotswappable (i.e. t's forever stuck on brown switches it came with), the RGB is only white light and I could not choose the type of switch it came with (the other options were sold out), it was worth the deal at that price to try out a low profile mechanical keyboard. There are other switch options, so you can choose between Red, Brown and Blue switches (depending on the seller you get it from and the variations they are selling).


It might not come with the digital screen like the Ajazz AK832 Pro, but I am happy with it. Delivery did take some time but it came eventually. 


[First Look: CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit Alice-layout Review]



What are low-profile mechanical keyboards?

Low-profile mechanical keyboards offer a unique typing experience compared to traditional mechanical keyboards.  They give an experience similar to typing on your laptop keypad as the keycaps are uniform and short, the switch also has a shorter travel distance - which means that keys do not need to be pressed down as far as a regular switch to register a keystroke, resulting in a quicker typing experience.


[Unlocking the World of Mechanical Keyboards: A Beginner Guide]

[MACHENIKE K500W vs RK71 Mechanical Keyboards]


If you are transitioning from a laptop membrane keyboard, a low-profile keyboard might offer the closest experience if you are already used to typing furiously away on your laptop's keyboard.  When I first started using my first mechanical keyboard with linear switches, it did take some time to get used to the linear switches. There was a slight difference in the amount of pressure to be exerted on the keys. Another thing to get used to was the various different types of keycap profiles!


[Mechanical Keyboard Switches Explained: Your Complete Guide to Types and Characteristic]

[Your Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Keycap Profile for Your Mechanical Keyboard]


Here are some other points which might make a low profile mechanical keyboard more appealing to you: 


1. Slimmer Design: Low-profile mechanical keyboards are designed to be thinner and sleeker than traditional mechanical keyboards. This slim profile can be aesthetically pleasing and can also be more ergonomic, especially for users who prefer a lower typing angle.


2. Shorter Key Travel: One of the defining features of low-profile mechanical keyboards is their shorter key travel distance compared to standard mechanical keyboards. This means that the keys don't need to be pressed down as far to register a keystroke, resulting in a quicker typing experience.


3. Quieter Typing: Due to their shorter key travel and often different switch designs, low-profile mechanical keyboards tend to produce less noise compared to their traditional counterparts. This can be advantageous in environments where noise is a concern, such as offices or shared workspaces.


3. Different Switch Options: Low-profile mechanical keyboards typically use switches that are specifically designed for their slimmer profile. These switches often have characteristics similar to traditional mechanical switches but may have a shallower actuation point and overall shorter travel distance. Some popular low-profile switch options include Kailh Choc switches and Cherry MX Low Profile switches.


4. Portability: The slim and lightweight design of low-profile mechanical keyboards makes them highly portable compared to bulkier traditional mechanical keyboards. They are easier to carry around, whether you're commuting to work or traveling.


5. Limited Keycap Compatibility: Due to their unique switch design and slimmer profile, low-profile mechanical keyboards may have limited keycap compatibility compared to standard mechanical keyboards. This means that customizing the keycaps on a low-profile keyboard might be more challenging.


6. Typing Experience: The typing experience on a low-profile mechanical keyboard can vary depending on personal preference and the specific switches used. Some users enjoy the quicker, more responsive feel of low-profile switches, while others may prefer the more substantial key travel of traditional mechanical switches.


Overall, low-profile mechanical keyboards offer a different typing experience that appeals to users looking for a slimmer design, quieter operation, and potentially faster typing speeds. However, it's essential to try out different keyboards and switches to find the one that best suits your preferences and typing style.


Sunday, June 9, 2024

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Mystery Gift Codes List

June 09, 2024 0 Comments

Have you gotten your copy of Pokemon Scarlet or Violet yet? If not, do check out the link below to get your copy to start your adventure! 

You might be wondering what are Mystery Gifts? Well, they are basically Poké freebies (for perpetually almost forever) and who doesn't love freebies? 😁 


They did it with the other Pokemon games such as Sword and Shield, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and The Legend of Arceus. Since Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are ones I started really paying attention to, I'll be having a handy list of the here. 


So check out this page for the latest code for few Mystery Gifts

Below is a full list of the Mystery Gift codes you can currently redeem in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.


  1. (No code - Receive via the Internet) Mythical Pecha Berry Gift
  2. NE0R0T0MC0VER Neo-Kitakami Case for Rotom Phone
  3. SUPEREFFECT1VE Expert Belt Expires 28 February , 2025
  4. G0TCHAP0KEM0N 30 Quick Balls Expires 28 February, 2025
  5. Y0AS0B1B1R1B1R1 - Pawmoty Expires  28 February , 2025
  6. NA1CTR1CKR00M Porygon Expires 10 June, 2024
  7. GYARAD0S2023SG - Gyarados Expires 30 June, 2024
  8. L1KEAFLUTECetitan  Expires 31 August, 2024
  9. SWEET0RSP1CY - Sweet Herb Mystica or Spice Herb Mystica  Expires 30 September, 2024
  10. L1K0W1TH906 - Sprigatito with Partner Ribbo Expires 30 September, 2024
  11. TEAMSTARFighting Tera Type Revavroom  Expires 31 October, 2024
  12. WEARTERASTALCAP - Sporty Cap  Expires 30 November, 2024
  13. SEEY0U1NPALDEAChipper Gimmighoul  Expires 30 November, 2024
  14. D0T1STPARTNER - Dot's Quaxly Expires 30 November, 2024
  15. SH1NYBUDDY  Shiny Lucario Expires 03 January, 2024
  16. No code – Get via Internet Master Ball  Expires 03 January 3, 2024
  17. No code – Get via Internet 10 TM223 (Metal Sound)  Expires Mid-January, 2024
  18. THA12022CHAMP - Shiny Grimmsnarl 18 Aug 23
  19. DARKTERA0006 - Dark Tera Type Charizard 31 Aug 23
  20. GETY0URMEW - Free Mew 08 Sept 23
  21. NATSUN0T0KKUN - Sandwich Ingredients 30 Sep 23
  22. LEVELUP -10 Rare Candy Expires 02 Oct 23
  23. REV1VE -5 Max Revive Expires  02 Oct 23
  24. CATCHBYBALL -5 Dive, Dusk, Luxury, Nest, Quick and Timer Balls Expires  02 Oct 23
  25. ENJOYBATTLE -TM082 Thunder - Wave and TM087 - Taunt Expires 30 Apr 23
  26. ROCKANDBATON -TM116 Stealth Rock and TM132 Baton Pass Expires 07 May 23
  27. LETSTERA - TM171 — Tera Blast Expires 31 Mar 23
  28. HAPPYVALENT1NE - Destiny Knot Expires 14 Mar 23 
  29. L0VEL0VEL0VE - 2x Love Balls Expires 14 Mar 23 
  30. T0KUSE1STUDY - Ability Capsule Expires 28 Feb 23
  31. No Code (under "Get via Internet") - Pikachu (Tera Type: Flying) Expires 28 Feb 23
  32. HAJ1ME0R1G1NAL - Sandwich Ingredients 10X: Peanut Butter, Prosciutto, Hamburger, Cream Cheese, Noodles, Rice Expires 31 Jan 23
  33. READY4RA1D - 20,000 League Points Expires 31 Jan 23
  34. HAPPYH0L1DAYS - 50 Ice Tera Shards Expires 25 Dec 22
  35. SALTV1NEGAR - Random assortment of sandwich ingredients Expires 18 Dec 22
  36. PEANUTBUTTER - Random assortment of sandwich ingredients Expires 18 Dec 22
  37. LETTUCEBAC0N - Random assortment of sandwich ingredients Expires 18 Dec 22
  38. T0MAT0SL1CE -  Random assortment of sandwich ingredients Expires 18 Dec 22



How do you redeem Mystery Gift codes?

To redeem the above codes, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Open the main menu in your copy of Pokémon Scarlet or Violet
  2. Select 'Poké Portal', then 'Mystery Gift'
  3. Select 'Get with Code/Password' and input the code to claim your free gift


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Review: Shopping Experience at WildAppleStudio Online Shop

June 05, 2024 0 Comments


Here is the promised experience of buying from Apple’s online shop! 


If you are new here, Apple is an artist in Hong Kong specialising in polymer clay creations ranging from charms, artisan keycaps and accessories. Previously I ordered two adorable and intricately made Miffy and Totoro keycaps from her Etsy store. More about that experience can be found here: 

[Keycap Series: April Artist Featuring wildapplestudio]


This time I tried buying from her online shop instead of Etsy. The shop was easy to navigate and I was able to find what I wanted with her April shopdrop. 🙈 The sleepy Eevee was too adorable, that my hand had a life of its own and I bought it! 


With the many different platforms and passwords we have nowadays, it was a refreshing experience to simply add to cart and check out; without having to create or connect to a Google or another account. The simplicity was what made it all (too) easy to purchase the wonderful delights Apple has in her online store!


In the checkout page, input the address and contact number, then choose the mode of payment - Paypal, Credit card or Apple Pay etc.. I chose PayPal and before I could blink, it was checked out. 🙈 It took about 4 working days for the order to be processed with an email to inform that it has been sent out, and another 6 business working days to arrive in my mailbox! 😍


[Unboxing of Sleepy Eevee Artisan Keycap by WildAppleStudio]



The FAQ section mentions that orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping. So once you have received the confirmation email, just wait for a bit to receive the update that the parcel has been shipped out.


[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


Do note that with dynamic currency conversion, there may be minor fluctuations based on market conditions.

Besides the excellent workmanship and the little details on my keycaps, here are what I liked about purchasing from the online store:


💗 Loves

💗 The ease of adding to cart and checking out without the need to create an account. As long as you have your order number, you can still keep track of the order status without needing to log in.
💗 Shipping and taxes are calculated when you check out. Not every online (i.e. Shopify or similar) store has this included, which can be a painful event if your parcel is held by customs waiting for you to pay what is due.
💗 Automatic currency conversion based on your location. Converting the currency to what you are using (based on your location) is something we tend to take for granted and not every online store has this function enabled. For some, even if they have the function and enabled, you would still need to manually click on the function, which is one more step extra.
💗 Simple and clean design for this shop with clear navigation for finding FAQs, contacting Apple, or the latest products etc. It was easy to navigate the taxonomy with the top navigation bar containing the right kind of links for both new and regular visitors.
💗 The About section where we get to know the artist, and the FAQ section which answers to the most commonly asked questions.




Remember to compare prices and shipping costs across different artisans and platforms to find the best fit for your budget!


Artist Info

  • Style: 🧚 Whimsical / Nature-Inspired / Gaming / Anime / Food 🍲
  • Pricing (per keycap)an average of S$15 to S$80+ (US$11 to US$60+)
  • Shipping to Singapore: less than $10 (US$8)
  • Shipping Internationally: depends on your location but should be reasonable. 
  • Wait Time: Orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping (to reach you). 
  • Material: Polymer clay and protected with UV resin
  • Location: Hong Kong 
  • Social Media: 

Have you gotten any keycaps from wildapplestudio? If the answer is yes, let me  know in the comments below what you loved and what did you get! 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]

Monday, June 3, 2024

Your Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Keycap Profile for Your Mechanical Keyboard

June 03, 2024 0 Comments

Did you know that there are many different profiles of keycaps for your mechanical keyboard?


In the world of mechanical keyboards, the quest for the perfect typing experience is a journey marked by personal preferences and practical considerations. Among the many choices to be made, selecting the appropriate keycap profile stands is one of the most basic yet import decision which would impact your experience. 


In this guide, we aim to provide a factual exploration of the more common keycap profiles, shedding light on their characteristics and offering humble insights to assist you in choosing the profile best suited to your needs.



Understanding Keycap Profiles

Keycap profiles are those subtle contours and heights. They play a fundamental role in shaping the tactile landscape of mechanical keyboards. Let us take a look at some of the most prevalent profiles:


Cherry Profile:

  • Notable for its lower stature
  • Features a flat top with a gentle incline
  • Embraces a sleek appearance coupled with a comfortable typing feel.

OEM Profile:

  • Characterized by a modestly curved surface
  • Offers varied heights across rows
  • Balances comfort and affordability in a straightforward design.

SA Profile:

  • Distinguished by its spherical form and elevated stance
  • Sculpted rows promote ergonomic finger placement
  • Conjures a nostalgic ambiance with its vintage-inspired aesthetics.

XDA Profile:

  • Resembles the DSA profile but with expanded dimensions
  • Offers pronounced sculpting for enhanced tactile feedback
  • Fosters compatibility across a wide array of keyboard configurations.

DSA Profile:

  • Presents a uniform height across all rows
  • Boasts a symmetrical and unassuming demeanor
  • Facilitates effortless customization and across diverse layouts.



Choosing the Right Keycap Profile:

Amidst the diverse array of profiles, the task of selecting the optimal one for your mechanical keyboard necessitates a thoughtful approach:

  1. Typing Feel: Reflect on whether a flatter or sculpted profile aligns with your tactile preferences.
  2. Aesthetic Preference: Consider whether a modern or vintage-inspired design resonates with your sensibilities.
  3. Compatibility: Verify that the chosen profile harmonizes with your keyboard layout and switch type.
  4. Ergonomics: Prioritize comfort and finger placement to foster an enjoyable typing experience.
  5. Customization: Anticipate future modifications and assess the profile's compatibility with potential keycap sets.




In the pursuit of the ideal typing experience, the choice of keycap profile play a significant role in the finding the perfect press (along with the right type of switch of course). Hopefully the above information helps you in your journey on finding the right typing profile (e.g.  typing feel, aesthetics, compatibility, ergonomics etc.) to enhance your mechanical keyboard experience and journey. 

Happy typing!


Let us know in the comments below on which us your favorite profile and why?