I kind of hated building this mechanical keyboard

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If you’ve ever wondered if the mechanical keyboard hobby is worth the heartache, I’m here to tell you that it’s like any other tech-tinkering thing you pour your heart and soul into over the course of a three-day weekend. You won’t finish what you started in a mere three days. You’ll realize you’ve merely begun the journey, and where you’re aiming to go requires a long road ahead of trial and error.

I didn’t want to be too much of a haterater when I first wrote this. But building this mechanical keyboard kicked my ass, and I had to ask my husband for help putting it together. I have a shallow patience threshold. I don’t know if it was the fact that I’d just recently painted my nails or if it was just that I didn’t read enough beforehand about mounting stabilizers on this particular board (it was definitely 100 percent that). This project ended in me walking away and deciding to come back to it later.

I’ve been with the keyboard for a few weeks now, and I don’t resent it as much as when I first put it together. It actually does type quite nicely—the keys that do work—thus inspiring me to keep working at it. Drop restocked the non-standard keys for the keycap set used here. I’m waiting for them to arrive, and then I’ll set some time to take the board apart, readjust the layout, and fix up the short.

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