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View Full Discussion Hey guys and gals!!
This is a really exciting drop as it is one of the very first drops in mech keys to have a partnership of this caliber involved in the drop! I expect we may see a decent number of new faces around here, which I’m also really stoked about! I wanted to give out a little basic info here just for any newcomers that have been drawn to this set. This drop, which includes the custom keycaps and a keyboard, is perfect for anyone that doesn't already have a mechanical keyboard and wants a quality keyboard & these epic custom caps right out of the gate.
If you don't know me, I'm Andy aka livingspeedbump (long story) aka LSB. I've run KeyChatter.com for years and been actively designing and creating within the mech keys community for years. My first set, Jukebox SA, was the very first SA keycap set to ever run on Massdrop, and recently my GMK Honeywell set won Keycap Set of the Year in the 2017 Deskthority awards. I've also helped design keyboards, like the UNIQEY C70 that recently sold on Massdrop.
One of my favorite parts of this community is watching is grow, and helping out new folks along the way. I know this can be a very intimidating hobby to get into with all the new lingo, available options, customization, mods, etc. My contact info is at the end of this post, so if you are new and have questions please don't hesitate to reach out to me!
Keycaps are just that - the plastic pieces that cover your keyboard. Keycaps themselves are generally interchangeable across keyboards (so long as they have the same, plus-sign stem known as a “Cherry Stem”). They’re easy to put on and take-off of a keyboard. Custom keycap sets are a staple of the mech keys community, and are far more than just a visual overhaul. They often provide an entirely new typing experience to a keyboard. The Scrabble keycaps are high quality PBT with dye sub legends. These legends will never wear off!
The WASD keyboard included in this bundle is a very high quality tenkeyless board (no numpad). I have a comprehensive review on the fullsize, but otherwise identical WASD V2 here: https://www.keychatter.com/2015/08/07/review-wasd-v2/
WASD makes some of the finest production boards on the market. I love the understated design and exceptional build quality!
You may be wondering how you install the caps on your keyboard, and how difficult the process may be. Fear not, it’s VERY easy!
In this case, because you’re getting a separate keyboard and keycaps, you’ll simply have to place the keycap over the proper key, press down, and boom - keycap attached! The larger keys like the spacebar and enter keys can take a little more fidgeting, but they’re just as easy to put on. The only additional thing you’ll need to know for them is that there are additional stabilizers that you’ll need to attach to line-up with the keycap when you put it on.
Hopefully this was of some help for everyone! Again, if you have ANY questions at all please don’t hesitate to reply to me here or send me a message to me at Reddit, GeekHack, or Deskthority (my username is livingspeedbump there as well.)
For those that want to dive into the hobby a bit more, here are a few more resources I've written to help you find your way even deeper down the rabbit hole:
Mech Keys 101: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/2784/mechanical-keyboards-101-an-introduction-to-the-hobbyPhysical
Layouts Explained: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/947/keyboard-layouts-explained-in-detail-many-pics
Happy Scrabbling! -LSB
Is this keyboard backlit? In your description you say it is identical to the V2, but the V2 doesn't have backlighting. I don't notice any backlighting in the photos either, so thought I'd ask.
It isn't backlit! The "CODE" is their line of keyboards with backlighting.
I was confused because in the included section it states,
WASD Code tenkeyless keyboard
If it is the CODE then it will indeed be backlit. Let me check with MD to make sure that it is the code. I will report back with a definitive answer here shortly!
Did you ever happen to hear back on this?
Well I see they changed the keyboard to a WASD V2 in the included section now. Glad I didn't order thinking it was going to be the CODE, like it used to state.
Hi, just wandering if we could be updated as it is the end of September.