Ceramic keys are the RGB upgrade the keyboard enthusiast community didn’t know was needed

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You want to get the maximum RGB from your gaming keyboard and the ultimate hitting sensation? Ceramic keycaps are what you didn’t know you wanted. But they’re gonna be a thing now that Cerakey has had its Kickstarter. (opens in a new tab) campaign (via Sweclockers (opens in a new tab)) funded to the tune of half a million dollars.

Considering its original target was just over $6,000, I’d say there’s been some interest in what it claims is an enhanced backlight experience.

And if your keyboard doesn’t have RGB LEDs illuminating your digits, can you really call yourself a gamer? I would say no. But the problem is, no matter how you do it, today’s plastic keys just can’t do all those colors justice.

Well, I guess you could get transparent, but that’s just disgusting, and honestly, the pudding dabs don’t do anything for me except make me hungry. Mmm, pudding. Anyway, the main selling point for us RGB-obsessed gamers is the added light transmission properties of ceramic as a material.

“For plastic keys,” reads the Kickstarter page, “to get better typing feel, you need thicker keys, but better RGB backlit effect requires thinner keys. But ceramic has better transmission of light than any plastic, allows more light to shine through, leading to more dynamic RGB lighting and without influencing the solid keystroke feel.”

Which brings us to what matters most to keyboard enthusiasts who are probably the ones who swap keys outside of maximum LED enjoyment: the actual typing feel. I’m writing this on a cheap mechanical keyboard, with brown Utemi switches and it doesn’t feel right, so I’m most definitely someone who cares about typing feel – one of the reasons I like Mountain Everest 60 (opens in a new tab) so well.

There’s a little demo on the Kickstarter page that sings just for me, in a thick baritone. The deep sound of those ceramic keys hitting the base… yes, I’m into it. The description of a “warm, jade-like feel and silky smooth texture that no other material can compare to” also works for me.

Which I guess makes it sad that the campaign is now over and all the promises are made and dusted off. Although with such a level of support, you can bet that Cerakey will soon fill its online store with full sets.

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