Everyone has their individual preferences. For instance, the unmistakable “click-clack” sound of a mechanical keyboard, while satisfying to some, can be a nuisance to others, especially in a shared or quiet environment. So, if you have received complaints about your mechanical keyboard, you might be seeking a way to reduce the noise.
Fortunately, there are several effective methods to achieve this goal without compromising the keyboard’s performance. Let us explore five proven techniques to allow you to continue enjoying the tactile feedback of your mechanical keyboard without disturbing the peace around you.
Solution #1: Get a desk mat
Sometimes, the bulk of the noise comes from the vibrations produced as you type away on your mechanical keyboard. In these instances, you may find that placing a desk mat under it helps dampen the vibrations and silence everything. Trust us! You will notice a significant difference once you try it out yourself.
Solution #2: Add foam inside the keyboard
If dampening the vibrational noise with a desk mat is not working, you might have to get hands-on and make minor adjustments. A more comprehensive way to reduce the vibration of your mechanical keyboard is to add foam inside it. High-density foam sheets or neoprene foam work best for this purpose. Depending on your keyboard, this can be an easy or challenging process.
To install the foam, you must first unscrew and disassemble your mechanical keyboard to place the foam between the PCB (printed circuit board) and the bottom case. Some boards are held together with plastic clips, so you must work around the edges to loosen everything. As for the rest, you only need to remove several screws.
After placing the foam, you should notice a reduction in shaking noise, spring ping noises, and more! Moreover, the overall sound is less loud and high-pitched, making it more suitable and less distracting in a shared or quiet environment.
Solution #3: Install rubber O-rings
If you are not up for adding foam inside your mechanical keyboard, fret not! There is another simple solution to lower the overall decibel level of your board – rubber O-rings. Not only are they incredibly straightforward to install. They also have an instant impact on noise reduction, as they dampen the sound of the switch whenever it is hit on impact by a keystroke.
Please note that O-rings come in various colours. We recommend purchasing clear O-rings if your customised keyboard features RGB lighting. This way, they will not interfere with the LED lights. The installation process is as simple as removing the keycaps and sliding the O-rings onto the switches.
However, please be aware that rubber O-rings can make your keyboard feel mushy, which may be unpleasant to some users. For this reason, this solution is not for everybody. But if you think you can live with it, please proceed to install the O-rings. Otherwise, we recommend trying the other fixes on our list first.
Solution #4: Lube your keyboard switches
Those seeking to improve the sound and feel of their mechanical keyboard can consider lubing their keyboard switches. While this process is time-consuming, as it takes about 2 hours depending on the number of keyboard switches you have and how experienced you are, it can be worthwhile if you have the time. Doing so can significantly reduce the scratchiness and spring pring of each keyboard switch and prevent the spring and stem from rubbing against each other, minimising the vibration and noise produced due to friction.
Firstly, disassemble the keyboard switches from your keyboard (usually by desoldering) before opening them up and lubricating them. Subsequently, piece the keyboard switches back together and reinstall them. Please be careful not to apply too much lube, as it can cause resistance and turn some of your keys dysfunctional. You should only attempt this fix if you know what you are doing.
Solution #5: Replace your keyboard switches
Sometimes, the root cause of the noise could be the type of keyboard switch you use. For example, clicky switches were made to be loud and are meant for those who desire added feedback when typing. To reduce the noise level, you can replace them with quieter ones.
Linear switches are the best option for those seeking a smooth, consistent typing experience with minimal noise. Meanwhile, tactile switches are perfect for those desiring a quieter keyboard without sacrificing tactile feedback completely.
For some keyboard users, the auditory experience is as crucial as the tactile one. With the solutions outlined above, you can transform your mechanical keyboard into a refined, noiseless companion for your work and leisure. Now, you can enjoy the satisfying feedback from each keystroke without worrying about disrupting your surroundings.
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