Reddit user u/Weves11 designed keeb.gg as an automated semi-curated catalog of in-stock parts across vendors. It can sometimes feel like a whole quest to acquire each component for your build, but one check through keeb.gg lets you quickly see where it’s available. The redditor, who works as a software engineer by day, told Input that he thought the site would be a fun side project that could help people find what they’re looking for.
“I built my first keyboard [around] 6 months ago, and at the time I found the massive number of vendors, combined with the lack of in-stock parts, a bit difficult to deal with,” u/Weves11 told us over email. “Some of my friends who were a lot less experienced with the scene were even more intimidated, so I just saw it as a bit of a barrier of entry to a really cool hobby.”
There are similar existing online catalogs, but keeb.gg has already earned some initial approval from keyboard enthusiasts over at r/MechanicalKeyboards, hitting 3.8k upvotes at the time of publishing. And as many of the redditors pointed out in the thread: our wallets are in danger.
Component selection — Being brand new, the website is still somewhat limited and currently only has listings for switches, keycaps, and DIY kits. Also, the vendor list only includes CannonKeys, DiviniKey, KBDFans, KeebMonkey, KeebsForAll, Kinetic Labs, Kono, NovelKeys, PrevailKeyCo, SwagKeys, TheKeyDotCo, and ZFrontier so far.
The creator said he only included the essentials and a slim list of vendors in the U.S., China, and Korea for the moment. The site does currently have several filters, like how big your kit size is if you’re looking for hot swap or solderable sockets, what kind of actuation you want, and what kind of profile you need.
There are prices on all the items on the website and it even has a price per 10 switches to help us get a better idea of final build costs. Most importantly, keeb.gg tells you how long an item has been in stock. u/Weves11 explained in his Reddit post that most vendors use Shopify, which means he have JSON files that can be automatically web scraped for data, including prices. However, the creator said he did filter out some products that aren’t relevant.
The creator told Input that site is updated every three hours, but is hoping to increase the frequency to updates every hour.
To-do list — From comments made on the r/MechnicalKeyboards thread, u/Weves11 will be looking at making several additions to the online catalog. The website’s creator said that adding a comprehensive selection of vendors from other regions outside of North America was on his to-do list.
u/Weves11 is also looking at adding more filters, like wired versus wireless, as well as more categories, like springs and desk mats. On top of new vendors and product types, he told Input that he’s interested in adding some sort of notification system that alerts users when something that they’re looking for comes in stock.
“I'd just say browse at your own risk,” u/Weves11 told us over email. “I take no responsibility for your spending, although I certainly can sympathize as I have my eyes on quite a few new builds.”
While the site is still in its early stages, it looks like it has the potential to be a quick resource to see if a specific part for our keyboard builds is in stock or not. Either way, this website will make building a mechanical keyboard a lot easier for both newbies and veterans. But just remember not to get too carried away, because at some point you have to ask yourself how many mechanical keyboards are too much (editor’s note: You can never have too many).
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