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Why Hot-swappable Is An Essential Feature For Mechanical Keyboard Customization?

A mechanical keyboard’s hot-swappable feature is a very useful feature for customizing your keyboard. It lets you easily swap the keyboard switches to create your very own personalized keyboard.

A hot-swappable keyboard allows you to change the switches by only using a switch puller, so you literally just pull out the switches and plug in other ones; that's easy. 

Keychron Keyboard Hot-Swappable 

For non-hot-swappable keyboards, you need the follow steps to change the switch if you want:

1. Take the whole keyboard apart first.

2. Use a soldering tool to desolder the switches off. There are 2 pins need to be desoldered for each switch.

3. Solder the switches you want on.

4. Reassemble the whole keyboard.

Without the hot-swappable feature, it takes at least 4 or 5 times longer to change switches on a mechanical keyboard.

Soldering PCB Keyboard

Soldering The PCB

Keychron Soldered PCB mechanical keyboard

The Soldering Spot On The Keyboard PCB

The Solution: Socket Hot-swappable

The socket hot-swappable kit is a great solution for keyboards. It has upgraded the PCB by adding a kit of hot-swappable sockets to the PCB circuit. The socket hot-swappable kit allows the mechanical switches to be swapped directly and ready to use.

The socket hot-swappable kit built-in original parts are not easily oxidized and it is easier to change the mechanical switches without changing it. It can also withstand multiple replacements. Socket hot-swappable is the most stable and convenient hot-swappable solution on the market today, but the cost is also high, so lots of big brands don't feature it.

Keychron hot swappable socket PCB mechanical keyboard

The front of PCB with the socket hot-swappable kit

Keychron hot swappable socket PCB mechanical keyboard

The back of PCB with the socket hot-swappable kit

Besides reducing the time it takes to swap switches, the hot-swappable function also greatly reduces the cost of customizing the switches, a very useful feature for keyboard customization.

Keychron's Hot-swappable Feature

Keychron's hot-swappable technology uses the socket kit hot-swappable solution, and specifically supports 5 pin and 3 pin mechanical switches to easily support a variety of mechanical switches. 

You can personize your own keyboard for a short time, and change the switches you you want on your keyboard.

If you want a hot-swappable mechanical keyboard, below are the keyboards we recommend:

Keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k2
Keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k4
Keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k6
Keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k8