ULTIMATE Mechanical Keyboard Keycap Replacement "How To" Guide

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  • Published on Oct 9, 2014
  • All you need to know about planning, purchasing, and installing new keycaps and dampeners on your mechanical keyboard, as well as some tips about proper mechanical keyboard maintenance.
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Comments • 2 616

  • typical twat
    typical twat Day ago

    If you play a lot of mil sim games like arma i can see colour codeing caps being useful

  • Killian Hunt
    Killian Hunt 3 days ago

    Where can I find the keycaps luke is using?

  • Avataruls
    Avataruls 4 days ago

    iamadedic

  • Ardel
    Ardel 10 days ago

    pls

  • Their Teammate
    Their Teammate 13 days ago

    I have a black widow chroma. Does that count as a 105% keyboard?

  • AngeloMellow
    AngeloMellow 20 days ago

    This is exactly what I needed.
    Thanks.

  • Action.
    Action. 21 day ago

    The less popular 60% keyboard! Hahaha.... why... ;(

  • I Don't Suck
    I Don't Suck 29 days ago

    Why is Linus Aging

  • hXcFreethinker
    hXcFreethinker Month ago +1

    Every kid in my programming class who thought they knew more than the teacher had one of these.
    Also just take a pic of your keyboard BEFORE you remove anything unless you have a really good memory.

  • The Pokemon Professor

    Hi, late response. I wanna replace my keycaps on my Redragon Dyaus. What keycaps should I use?

    • edor
      edor 4 days ago

      The Pokemon Professor What switches on it?

  • Samuel D'souza
    Samuel D'souza Month ago

    what’re is the best place to find replacements for a ibm model m

  • Dario Miniello
    Dario Miniello Month ago

    Hey any idea where can i get QS1 keycaps in europe? Steelseries is so kind to not ship to this forgotten place, nor offer replacements if you're out of warranty :)

  • George Senda
    George Senda Month ago

    I have a Macally wired keyboard and the " royalty " key next to W key keeps falling off.
    Any fixes for it ?

  • hellurei täällä
    hellurei täällä 2 months ago

    How to silence rgb keyboard without losing rgb glory?

  • Juan Chang
    Juan Chang 2 months ago

    I think you need to lower the light intensity during shooting, you look a little squinty

  • オルソンフィリップ

    no info on lubing the inside of the switch wtf=?

  • TwoKay _
    TwoKay _ 2 months ago

    My keyboard is a inland office headass that I can break with 2 fingers

  • Box Boy
    Box Boy 2 months ago

    6:53 Now this is the porn im into

  • J
    J 2 months ago +3

    "Ultimate" keycap guide.
    >Does not mention anything about keycap profiles
    >Wire stabilisers are generalized to being costar style.
    >Mentions Wasd keyboards as a good keycap producer + no mention of actual reputable keycap manufacturers like gmk or sp, heck, not even maxkeys or jtk.
    >"Only option for keycaps are cylindrical nowadays" no? Flat profiles like dsa exist. Heavily sculpted profiles like sa also exist.

  • TopFootball
    TopFootball 2 months ago

    I’m pissed , just bought some yesterday came today don’t even fucking fit ffs

  • Robert Conde
    Robert Conde 2 months ago

    2mm or 0.2mm?

  • Mr.D
    Mr.D 2 months ago

    8:45

  • olof
    olof 2 months ago

    *ARE YOU GOING TO FUCK YOUR KEYBOARD*

  • lev Meme
    lev Meme 2 months ago +1

    Little did he know the keyboard was a boy

  • OrangeC7
    OrangeC7 2 months ago +1

    I really like the way that shade of orange looks with those greys.

  • Amario Hazario
    Amario Hazario 2 months ago

    What are those key caps at 3:02 I really want those

  • McTrouble
    McTrouble 3 months ago

    SUUUURE! The international standard keyboard layout is the one with the weird enter key.. typical americans. xD

    • McTrouble
      McTrouble 3 months ago

      Chocolate Beast no shit, you don’t say..

    • Chocolate Beast
      Chocolate Beast 3 months ago

      Makle they are Canadian not American also not all Americans are dumb .... just most

  • TTVSilent_Grumpy
    TTVSilent_Grumpy 3 months ago

    who else just got a new keyboard and looking for keycaps?

    • Atlantic Salt
      Atlantic Salt 3 months ago

      Get a tai hao or ducky kit. At the end of the day just make sure it's pbt. If you are rich as fuck get GMK sets.

  • S G
    S G 3 months ago

    That was an extremely uncomfotable intro...

  • Nolan buhler
    Nolan buhler 3 months ago

    these are pretty cool: www.amazon.com/NPKC-Laser-Etched-Switches-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B07GD16CQ4/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2?keywords=carbon+side+print+keycaps&qid=1551447765&s=gateway&sr=8-2-fkmrnull

  • Nolan buhler
    Nolan buhler 3 months ago

    here are pbt doubleshot keycaps for under 10 USD including shipping currently: www.amazon.com/dp/B07N38H3K1/?coliid=I1XIF1O3CAEVZL&colid=25DQIMFPLQR6A&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it&th=1

  • Nolan buhler
    Nolan buhler 3 months ago

    here are some chiclet keycaps: www.amazon.com/dp/B07G5RYCX7/?coliid=I26E8KCQ511V1I&colid=25DQIMFPLQR6A&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

  • Sarge Cabbage
    Sarge Cabbage 3 months ago

    I use rii keyboard

  • Nuclear Sydrome99
    Nuclear Sydrome99 3 months ago

    Who else misses luke

  • Danielsan B
    Danielsan B 3 months ago

    A.N.S.I. is usually sounded out as, basically, "ANTSY".

  • EchoZ
    EchoZ 3 months ago

    Oof when you have a Logitech roamer g keyboard

  • YOGI
    YOGI 3 months ago

    what is the name of that keycaps??

  • Adrien Barret
    Adrien Barret 4 months ago

    Did you know any keyboard with the happy hacking kb pro2 sensation in standard mechanical?

  • Emperor Turtle boi
    Emperor Turtle boi 4 months ago

    Why does my keyboard not have a key stem and the key cap has a plug on it to go in the key board??

  • MrTacoPug
    MrTacoPug 4 months ago

    That intro was tooo long

  • KeyStroke
    KeyStroke 4 months ago

    ANSI, ISO or "Big ass"

  • InspiringRex
    InspiringRex 4 months ago

    I have a problem, I bought corsairs white pbt keycaps for my k70 and when I put them on they seem to be heavier to press in compared to my ABS keycaps, whats wrong?

  • RAY
    RAY 4 months ago +1

    i just got my first mechanical keyboard and im already searching where to buy keycaps

  • yeeezus
    yeeezus 4 months ago

    Me and my keyboard really wanna hit 3rd base HALP!!!

  • Derek Fletcher
    Derek Fletcher 4 months ago

    This might be my favorite lmg video. Just bought a Ducky one 2 mini.

  • Uncle Go-rilla
    Uncle Go-rilla 4 months ago

    I need drivers for my cm storm quick fire rapid!!!

  • Ethan  Gombossy
    Ethan Gombossy 4 months ago

    No offense I got pretty bord on this video

  • Eisenhower303
    Eisenhower303 4 months ago

    what a damn nerd. Α 17 min on key caps....

  • Adam Jh
    Adam Jh 4 months ago +1

    Y’all need to chill with the dubstep fr

  • Animiles
    Animiles 4 months ago

    Can I use GAN lube as well? (cube lube)

  • Earthrocker 42
    Earthrocker 42 4 months ago

    stabilizers look nothing like this

  • Krystal Myth
    Krystal Myth 4 months ago

    Tenkeyless keyboard, also known as a Tickle board.
    Because I'm a freak. XD

  • nottacop
    nottacop 4 months ago

    You can also use those automotive picks to get the keys off. They have ones that are shaped like hooks, but I prefer to use the one that's bent 90 degrees at the end because then I don't damage the keys, switches, or baseplate. For added protection, put tape over the end of the pick or just file down the sharp point.

  • EXO.Crypt
    EXO.Crypt 4 months ago

    Will this work on a Razer Black widow tournament edition?

  • Dazlidorne Jenkins
    Dazlidorne Jenkins 4 months ago

    13:55 Why not take a picture of your keyboard before you break it down and then use that to show you where the keys go.

  • PhantomWizzrobe
    PhantomWizzrobe 4 months ago

    I miss you Luke :(

  • Defcraze
    Defcraze 4 months ago

    I want to buy custom spacebar but i don't know the size. My keyboard is Roccat Suora fx frameless RGB mechanical keyboard

  • SNKRhead Games
    SNKRhead Games 4 months ago +1

    I got shipped a broke switch from amazon brand new and I am pissed off and I don’t have the time to return it how do I fix the the string thing with the plus sign broke off into the key cap it’s self how do I fix this and I don’t have the patients or time to take apart the whole keyboard and solder in back in

  • m67 jackoboy223
    m67 jackoboy223 5 months ago

    What about memchanical

  • Splitty
    Splitty 5 months ago

    People actually lube a keyboard? Why?

  • Praneeth Mashetty
    Praneeth Mashetty 5 months ago

    This is epic

  • Isaac Z
    Isaac Z 5 months ago

    If you have a Japanese layout keyboard can you switch to English keycaps
    I have a Razer Blackwidow Ultimate with green switches

  • Fat Walrus
    Fat Walrus 5 months ago

    why does it say thay wasd's site is unsecure?

  • Sam Wittsell
    Sam Wittsell 5 months ago

    I don't need a reference for attaching keys in the proper order. I have keyboards memorized, namely US, UK, QWERTY, and Dvorak placement.

  • I Phoenix I
    I Phoenix I 5 months ago

    What keyboard was that

  • Nick M
    Nick M 5 months ago

    anybody know a fitting set for razer blackwidow chroma v2? if possible in white

  • Lukas.
    Lukas. 5 months ago

    Talk slower..

  • Hyper Bomb
    Hyper Bomb 5 months ago

    Ngl ur inner virgin came out at the start

  • Daniel Angelo Maniego
    Daniel Angelo Maniego 5 months ago

    newb question, what is the name of the keyboard in the thumbnail? sorry bad english

  • guillano sullivan
    guillano sullivan 6 months ago

    what's it like to date a mechanical keyboard ?

  • Zynex
    Zynex 6 months ago

    That intro though

  • Chief
    Chief 6 months ago

    I want red keycap

  • Archer Whitehead
    Archer Whitehead 6 months ago

    keybooard sex......... 6:37 XD

  • Jack Hart
    Jack Hart 6 months ago

    "60% also known as Poker"
    Full size, also known as IBM Model M

  • Yunior Gamboa
    Yunior Gamboa 6 months ago

    Great stuff. Your the channel

  • Xezoro
    Xezoro 6 months ago

    YES, MAKE THOSE KEYCAP BABYS

  • Praneeth Mashetty
    Praneeth Mashetty 6 months ago

    This is epic

  • 1k subs with no video
    1k subs with no video 6 months ago

    I bought a 60 anne pro 2

  • Bobby _Vibezz
    Bobby _Vibezz 6 months ago

    1 problem....




    I have romer g switches

  • ttakahashi1210
    ttakahashi1210 6 months ago

    Are GX blue the same?????

    • thor
      thor 6 months ago

      no

  • EskiMojo14
    EskiMojo14 6 months ago

    "finding spherical keycaps is extremely hard"
    *laughs in Signature Plastics*

  • Reado2k
    Reado2k 6 months ago

    2018 refresh plz xx

  • Anon One
    Anon One 7 months ago

    intro is a fucking earrape

  • charwinky
    charwinky 7 months ago

    Can anyone tell me a website where i can buy keycapy with german layout ? :(

  • Jack The God 21342
    Jack The God 21342 7 months ago

    What keyboard is this

  • Dukeman 46
    Dukeman 46 7 months ago

    Or just take a picture

  • bryant nonya
    bryant nonya 7 months ago +1

    Damn! Luke looks exactly the same today as he did four years ago!

  • Huangwei Xie
    Huangwei Xie 7 months ago

    The difference between ABS and PBT is no where near "subtle". To me it's day and night difference

  • jedi last
    jedi last 7 months ago

    this was extremely boring yet mesmerizing

  • Mighty Bear
    Mighty Bear 7 months ago +2

    "it's time for things to go, a little further.."
    **pours* *lubricant* *on* *keyboard**

  • HumorousRalf
    HumorousRalf 7 months ago

    2014 Super cameras...

  • Sh1r4ko
    Sh1r4ko 8 months ago

    ARGH i just cant find azerty keycap layout
    At least that are good looking

  • xXNightmare Xx
    xXNightmare Xx 8 months ago

    I have a mechanic keyboard that is broken i cant do anything to fix it because it cant press anything when im trying to type not a single word

  • Christian Davis
    Christian Davis 8 months ago

    Like for the Linux penguin keycaps

  • v0id
    v0id 8 months ago

    Instructions unclear, shoves my cat in the dishwasher half way through the tutorial

  • Erik Triandafilu
    Erik Triandafilu 8 months ago

    XD

  • James X
    James X 8 months ago

    My god, the music. Turn it the fuck off.

  • Kelvin Thenedy
    Kelvin Thenedy 8 months ago

    The key swtich animation on 6:33 is awesome! Look at the similar speed when he pressed the key!

  • Rom3
    Rom3 9 months ago

    Linus Tech Tips:
    that video dont exist, the one u pointed 2 u hear me? 6:38

  • Nykz
    Nykz 9 months ago

    Der escape Knopf fehlt, der escape Knopf... wo ist er? WO IST DER VERDAMMTE ********