KeyChatter is the world’s first daily news blog covering the keyboard industry. Specifically, it focuses on mechanical keyboard news, reviews, how-to’s, and more. If you don’t know what a mechanical keyboard is, take a look at Mechanical vs. Non-Mechanical.
The mechanical keyboard market has grown tremendously over the past couple years, driven by the gaming industry, manufacturers’ efforts to bring mechanical keyboards to the mass market, and growing online communities like GeekHack, Deskthority, and /r/mechanicalkeyboards.
In the past, these communities have been the Internet’s go-to spots for mechanical keyboard news and reviews. I strongly believe in the value of these communities. I also believe that a blog format offers additional, unique benefits to mechanical keyboard buyers and enthusiasts, which is why I started KeyChatter. These benefits include:
- A curated selection of information, in contrast to the free-for-all nature of discussion-based communities.
- Consistent logical and visual presentation of reviews, how-to guides, and other information.
- Centralized organization of information. There is a tremendous amount of mechanical keyboard information online, but it is spread over numerous websites and formats, many of which are not well maintained.
- A consistent, fair, and to the greatest extent possible, truthful portrayal of products, people, and brands within the industry. While public opinion is a crucial part of any community, it frequently results in people ‘repeating something they’ve heard’ without any real data. I don’t claim to be a perfectly unbiased source, but I do promise to prioritize facts and independent investigation over hype.
With KeyChatter, I aim to complement, not replace, existing mechanical keyboard communities.
Core Values and Mission
- KeyChatter’s core belief is that a keyboard is not a detail. If you work in an office job or you work on the computer for a living, your keyboard is one of your most-used possessions whether you realize it or not. If you use a tool for 8+ hours a day, it should be a good one.
- As mechanical keyboards gain traction in the mass market, KeyChatter recognizes and respects the existing enthusiast community. While keyboards are an inherently materialistic pursuit, KeyChatter will never publish any information catering to eBay “flippers” or similar individuals. Bloggers have not respected this boundary in other circles (e.g., retro gaming), resulting in extreme profiteering within the community and sky-high prices for everyone. KeyChatter will never encourage this activity or publish any information intended to help readers “flip” keyboards.
- KeyChatter is committed to creating a friendly and respectful community for all readers and site participants. Disagreements and debates are welcome in the comments. Pernicious trolling, bullying, or other harmful behaviors will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
With these three values in mind, KeyChatter’s mission is to promote mainstream adoption of mechanical keyboards by providing current, high-quality information.
My name is Andy and I am the main contributor here at KeyChatter. The site was originally created and maintained by Aaron Halbert until June of 2015, when it came under my care. I have a degree in audio engineering and can still be found working in studios and running sound at live shows all across the eastern seaboard. I have been happily married to my best friend for over three, even though she still uses a rubber dome keyboard.
I first found out about mechanical keyboards after my brother mentioned that a few people in his office would bring in $100+ keyboards on a daily basis. At the time I thought that was one of the most absurd things I’d ever heard. My natural curiosity got the best of me and I soon found myself lurking the forums. I quickly became fascinated by the keyboards and culture surrounding them.
I settled on an IBM Model F 122 as my first mechanical keyboard. After that I was hooked. Since then my love for the hobby and community has only grown. I started building keyboards from scratch, and eventually designed my first keycap set “Jukebox” for a group buy that Massdrop facilitated.
Personally, the community is as important to me as the keyboards themselves. I think the activeness and creativity set forth by the mechanical keyboard community as a whole is mind blowing. I am so excited to see where the keyboard market goes over the next few years!
I can be found on GeekHack, Reddit, and Deskthority under the handle “livingspeedbump.” I was a former Mod for /r/mechanicalkeyboards until I stepped down in August of 2015.
Feel free to email me at [email protected], or PM me on the forums.
Mentions and Personal Archive
- Important things first! Here is my collection of keyboards. This is always a work in progress as there are always boards I need to keep adding.
- Publicly stepped down as a moderator of /r/MechanicalKeyboards to avoid any apparent conflict of interest due to my involvement with KeyChatter.
- Wrote and conducted an interview with Professor Eiiti Wada, creator of the HHKB, on behalf of the community that is currently published on Massdrop. This was the first interview he has done on keyboards in many years.
- I still moderate /r/keycapdesigners and actively try to be a resource for community members looking to create keycap sets. With my strong ties to SP and MD I’ve helped numerous sets come to fruition.
- Jukebox showcased in Geek.com’s “Everything you need to know about mechanical keyboards before you buy” article.
- Jukebox showcased on AndroidPolice.com’s “What We Use, 2016 Edition: The Stuff Ryan Can’t Live Without.“