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Sound Dampening A Mechanical Keyboard, Sort Of?

Updated on July 29, 2019
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Anthony is an IT Systems Specialist for a government agency. He is also a fitness enthusiast, sci-fi nerd, and hobby collector.

Way Too Loud

Click...click-clack....click click SPACE BAR click click

Who doesn't love the sound of a mechanical keyboard slamming into the switches making an extraordinary blur of clicking making you feel like a typist in the 80s?

MY WIFE, that's who.

I can't blame her though because when I get to typing 90+wpm on my keyboard it sounds like black cat fireworks popping off at about the same decibels. So I decided to try and put a stop to the click-clack or at least numb it a bit. Perusing on the old Amazon I found a combo Keycap Puller and Dampening O-ring set. I thought "Hey for 7 bucks it's worth a shot!". So I waited the 2 days for it to show up...

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A Hopeful Fix

The package was tiny and in a small sealed Ziploc bag were the O-rings and the Keycap puller. Seemed simple enough, use the Keycap puller to remove the keys and slide the O-ring on to the key. Easy peasy right? Well it was easy to add these little O-rings to the keyboard but getting the sound to non deafening level proved to be difficult.

The installation process was very easy and not a chore whatsoever. Kind of reminded me of playing with lego's at a young age and gingerly putting pieces together to make some towering masterpiece. However, it soon dawned on me that I was actually just putting mini rubber bands on my keyboard switches in hopes of creating more convenience for me and mine. Sadly, for my keyboard it didnt really help all that much.

LOUD NOISES!

So I might just be the loudest typist ever but the only keys that the O-rings really dampened were the ones I have to reach for, like the top numbers row or the F keys. I will say that the sound difference is night and day though. Much quieter than without the O-ring. On the main row of keys, I still hear the click-clack at about the same volume when I am typing fast. However, when I am typing slower there is a noticeable difference in sound level.

The only issue is that I dont type slow nor do I want to. So for me, as a typist who averages 90+wpm the sound dampening just didnt achieve the level I had hoped.

Contemplation

I will attempt to use these same O-rings on a different style mechanical keyboard to see if it makes a difference. The current keyboard I use is the Redragon K552 and it's excellent. I play FPS shooters and type a lot on this keyboard and it's been going strong for over a year now, not bad for $29 bucks. The nice red backlit led is a plus too.

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A Partial Success!

Adding the O-rings to another "gaming" keyboard I have from Asus had much better results. Granted its not a mechanical keyboard but it is an all metal body so it does get loud during heavy use. The O-rings made an almost night and day difference especially with the space bar. I tend to emphasize my space bar "slam" in the middle of game play rather aggressively.

However, it seems that these O-rings may be best suited for louder membrane or standard style keyboards more so than mechanical keyboards. I have always been what my friends call a "popcorn" typist, which means it sounds like popping popcorn in the microwave when I get going. It's loud and I know my wife just "loves" hearing the sound of my typing all the way down the hallway with the mechanical keyboard. I may switch to a membrane style keyboard just to keep the noise level low as this product does the trick for that style keyboard.

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SM4RT Rating

As far as my SM4RT rating goes for this product, I will have to give a 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:

  1. Easy to use - a super simple quick process
  2. Packaged very neat and well
  3. Rubber O-Rings are good quality and not flimsy
  4. Bonus keycap removal tool included
  5. Maybe not the best for very loud mechanical keyboards and should be marketed that way.

Overall, a great product that may be lacking just a bit. If you suffer from a loud keyboard I say give it a shot. It worked kinda for me and again, my keyboard already got reviews that it was super loud before applying the sound dampening O-rings. I would assume for a somewhat loud keyboard this would be a game changer!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2019 Anthony

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