How to change mechanical keyboard switches
Whether you’re a gamer or use your keyboard for work, you can’t go wrong by choosing a mechanical keyboard. It is generally agreed upon that mechanical keyboards offer a superior performance to the other alternatives. However, there is no such thing as the best keyboard switch. That choice depends entirely on your personal preference. Some people prefer a switch that clicks, while others prefer a smooth press all the way down. Finding your favorite switches might help you type faster and gain that one second head start to win your next online battle.
Since there are so many different switches in the market, you might want to try some new ones in order to decide which one you prefer. Therefore, we've tried to help you out with a short guide on how to change your hot-swappable switches.
#1: Identify the right switches
Picking the best mechanical keyboard switches can be challenging!
The first step to changing your mechanical keyboard switches is, obviously, to get some new switches. There was a time when Cherry was dominating the switch technology, but now there are many companies offering really good switches based on your taste. You will have to decide which one you prefer. Whether you prefer the feel and quick inputs of the Cherry MX Red, tactic feedback of the Gateron Brown or the responsive feedback of the Cherry MX Blue. In the end, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to which switch to get. It depends on your personal preference.
#2: Remove the keycaps from your keyboard
The hot-swap keycaps can easily be removed with a keycap puller
If you already have a keyboard, you can remove the keycaps with a keycap puller. Hot swap keyboards do not require you to solder / desolder switches. This makes it much easier to change them. In order to remove the keycaps, you should place the two arms of the keycap puller over the sides of the key, making sure it is properly anchored, and remove the key. There will be a click sound which confirms the detachment of the keycap. A pro tip is to organize your keycaps in a logical manner since you will have to put your keys back on the keyboard.
#3: Replace the switches from your keyboard
Replace your mechanical or optical switches
The next thing you will have to do is to remove the switches from your mechanical keyboard. With the help of the tool provided with your keyboard, or by using a switch puller that you have previously purchased, you will repeat the same process that you followed to remove the keys to pull out your switches. If you have an optical keyboard, you should do the whole process while your PC is on. That way, you will be able to identify through the LED light on the keyboard if you have placed your new switches correctly.
Now all you have to do is put your keys back on... and that's it! You now have a customized keyboard that should have the perfect feel for each key. Your custom keyboard will be ready to accompany you on your future adventures!