My first truly CUSTOM keyboard – WASD Custom V2 Mechanical Keyboard Review

February 27, 2020

Last spring, I reviewed the CODE 87-key keyboard
with MX Blue switches from WASD, and fell in love with it. It’s been my only daily driver from that
point until the last couple months. I thought it’d be neat to really customize
keys and try something new, so I went back to the good people at WASD and checked out
their Custom V2 keyboard. This time, a full 104 key board and fully
decked out with custom colored keycaps. Let’s take a look. I’m EposVox, here to make tech easier and
more fun here today with a new keyboard review. WASD makes some really cool keyboards and
keycaps, and I wanted to see what their other main keyboard was like. This is a 104-key mechanical keyboard with
Cherry MX Blue switches, and o-ring dampeners on all the keys to help prevent the headache-inducing
sound that can come from MX Blues. More on that in a moment. I used their custom keyboard designer tool
to come up with a nice purple, green, white color scheme against the dark grey-ish, black-ish
base frame of the keyboard. You may hate it, but it doesn’t matter – you
can color it however you want! Or replace the keycaps altogether. Their tool gives you a lot of choice. You can even customize which text style is
on the media keys, home, insert, delete keys, etc. I also chose the Linux tux penguin in place
of the Windows logo. You know where my heart’s at. Overall, I don’t really have any major complaints
about the keyboard. This one is not backlit. I didn’t think I would mind, but I did come
to miss backlighting after a while. The caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock lights
are still super tiny and hard to see – but that’s part of the point. The whole keyboard is unbranded and minimal. Distraction-free. It’s pretty nice. Virtually no flex, this thing is very solidly
built. I had no issues with the build quality of
the CODE keyboard throughout this whole past year, and that seems to hold true for this
one as well. It’s rugged. Cherry MX Blues are still my preferred switches
thus far, and they feel great on here. The problem with my last keyboard, was my
typing kept giving my fiancee headaches. MX Blue keys are prone to bottoming-out from
heavy typers, which results in a very sharp sound from the plastic hitting the base. It’s… not pleasant. So to avoid this, I had them install O-Rings
on these keycaps. These are little rubber rings that go around
the keycap stem and prevent the key from bottoming-out and thus keeps them much quieter. It took a couple days to get used to not pushing
the keys down as far, but it works great. Here’s a sound comparison using a Zoom H1
recorder. Not sure it fully conveys how it sounds in
real life… [sound comparison] Of course, I can’t imagine having to install
O-Rings on a full keycap set myself… that would be quite tedious. The bottom of the keyboard has great rubber
gripping, even on the risers, and I’m always grateful that the USB cable is removable. This makes storing it easier and makes it
easier to run the right size cable to where you need it – very important in a complicated
setup like mine. Their flip-switch system to change the keyboard
to Dvorak, Mac compatible, and so on is also on the bottom. I don’t really mess with that. I did start to miss back-lighting, but overall
this is a fantastic keyboard. If you’re looking for a serious working
keyboard with minimal flair, but to survive as a workhorse for hardcore use – this may
just be the keyboard for you. They have variants with all mechanical switches,
different number of keys – 87, 104, 61, and even have different plastics available for
keycaps. Or, if you already have a keycap set, you
can buy just the barebones board. Very options, such keyboard. I hope you enjoyed this review. If you did, smash the like button and get
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