I built my dream mechanical keyboard 2 months ago — now it’s on sale for Cyber Monday

keychron v6 mechanical keyboard
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Update 11/25/23: We're waving a fond farewell to Black Friday, but don't worry these keyboard deals haven't gone away. If you want to build your own dream keyboard just click through to the Keychron website before things start selling out. Want one just like mine? Read on for all of the details.

I  wasn't a keyboard snob until I tried Keychron's K Pro Banana switches and Double Shot KSA PBT keycaps on a review unit of the company's Q6 Pro keyboard. I had to send the keyboard back, and I quickly found myself missing the satisfying sound and feel of that keyboard, so I set out to create a dupe for that expensive keyboard.

Two months ago, I ordered Keychron's full-size V6 Pro barebones keyboard, K Pro Banana switches, and Double Shot KSA PBT keycaps for $120 in total. While it wasn't a complete dupe for the Q6 Pro because it's wired and doesn't have Bluetooth, it came pretty dang close and I've been extremely happy with it so far.

I'd highly recommend this mechanical keyboard build, and lucky for you, this configuration is currently $24 less than what I paid for it! Keychron is running a Black Friday on the site until Nov. 28, so if this keyboard setup sounds like your cup of tea, grab the parts before Keychron's stock runs out.

Check out more of our Black Friday deals before sales are over, including these Black Friday sales under $50 that would make great gifts.

Build my custom Keychron keyboard for $24 less than I did

Keychron V6 Carbon Black Barebones Keyboard: $69 $55 @ Keychron

Keychron V6 Carbon Black Barebones Keyboard: $69 $55 @ Keychron

I was looking for an affordable dupe for Keychron's Q6 Pro, and this V6 Barebones keyboard frame was my first step in the process. It's a full-size keyboard frame that arrives assembled aside from the keycaps and switches that you'll need to buy separately. It's wired, RGB backlit, and impressively heavy and sturdy for the price. You can grab the Carbon Black color I bought or opt for the Frosted Black (translucent) color instead during Black Friday for $14 savings.

Keychron K Pro Banana Switches: $16 $12 @ Keychron

Keychron K Pro Banana Switches: $16 $12 @ Keychron

I had the chance to try these K Pro Banana switches while reviewing a Keychron keyboard, and I instantly fell in love. These switches are factory pre-lubed and feature a dustproof wall design to keep dust and moisture out. The K Pro Banana switches (and the K Pro Mint switches, which are on my wishlist) have an early tactile bump that gives you instant feedback. I'm already a fast typer, but my typing speed improved to over 100 wpm with these switches.

Keychron Double Shot KSA PBT Keycaps: $35 $28 @ Keychron

Keychron Double Shot KSA PBT Keycaps: $35 $28 @ Keychron

I bought the Dark Gray and White Smoke color scheme, but it's sold out right now. My next favorite option is the Light Gray and White set, which features mainly white and light gray keycaps with a red keycap for the Escape and Enter keys. These keycaps are curved ergonomically, oil-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing.  

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