Singapore, 18 November 2021 – Custom mechanical keyboards are now more popular than ever due to the incredible amount of customizability and personalisation available. Today, Dreamcore breaks new ground with the launch of the Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition, bringing together local enterprises Hex Keyboards, Mecha Store, and local artisans in an endeavour to enrich, empower and elevate the local keyboard scene by delivering an unparalleled keyboard customization and typing experience.
Truly Custom Mechanical Keyboards
Many users in Singapore may have had the opportunity to use a mechanical keyboard, but there exists a small but growing community of users that prefer to custom-build their own mechanical keyboards in favour of unique aesthetics, a wider variety of customization options, or just as a hobby.
With the keyboard kit as the base, consumers get to pick their favourite switches, keycaps and more. Many enthusiasts also go many steps further to mod their keyboards, make franken-switches (made up of parts from different switches!), or even hand-make artisan keycaps. This has created a vibrant and creative community of keyboard enthusiasts in Singapore.
Just like in PCs, many curious about mechanical keyboards might not have the time to learn the intricacies of mechanical keyboards. The sheer variety of options can also be daunting to those not in the know. In the spirit of making the first-time mechanical keyboard experience seamless, Dreamcore is linking up with Mecha Store and local artisans to provide a streamlined configuration experience straight to each customer’s dream keyboard.
“Many of us at Dreamcore have had the joy of owning custom mechanical keyboards ourselves, so we understand the potentially intimidating process that users new to the hobby might have to trudge through before they can enjoy the final product,” said Eugene Lim, co-founder of Dreamcore. “Along with Hex Keyboards, Mecha Store and other local artisans, we intend to dissolve this barrier, making it easier for users to own and appreciate a custom mechanical keyboard like the Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition.”
- Limited Dreamcore edition of the Hex.4B by Hex Keyboards, only 100 units!
- Vivid Nightshade purple aluminium case with internal brass weight
- 75% layout, enthusiast-grade custom keyboard kit
- Satisfying and responsive typing feel with O-ring PCB mounting
- Unique, ultimate thock sound with plateless soldered switch mounting
- VIA-compatible, fully programmable PCB
- Premium build and feel with CNC milled aluminium and coated internal brass weight
- Approximately 2.1kg built weight
An unparalleled typing experience
As a homegrown brand, Dreamcore takes every opportunity to support other similar homegrown businesses, and there was no better partner to go to market with than Hex Keyboards. A
Singapore-based designer of custom mechanical keyboards, Hex’s 4B is 100% designed from scratch in Singapore. With the 4B, Hex Keyboards has created a breakthrough plateless design with an innovative O-ring mounting method and meticulously-tested PCB relief cuts.
The typing experience on the 4B is one of responsiveness and satisfaction. While most popular mechanical keyboards on the market use a switch mounting plate and dampening foam, Hex has created a foamless and plateless design that relies on the PCB to hold the switches secure. In terms of feel, this extra flexibility creates a sensation of gentle bounciness with every keystroke; truly an experience to behold. In terms of sound, all of this meticulous engineering comes together to create a thock that is both unique and satisfying.
Dreamcore’s collaboration with Hex Keyboards manifests itself in a unique and custom design that’s exclusively available at Dreamcore. Opening the board up, the coated internal brass weight is precisely stamped with the Dreamcore logo. On the outside, the alluring Nightshade purple sheen on the outer case, the rich bronze of the brass weight and precisely chamfered edges come together for a keyboard that simply shines.
In the spirit of a truly customizable keyboard, Dreamcore is offering multiple configuration options with the Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition. In addition to a barebones kit that users can buy and customize with their own switches and keycaps, Dreamcore will also be offering local customers a limited number of fully-built and customizable units, assembled by local artisan builders.
Customization options include a solid range of linear, tactile and clicky switches, alongside a number of beautiful keycap options that feature high-quality double-shot construction. In the spirit of being a true custom mechanical keyboard, switch modification options are available as well, including lubing and filming. Switch lubing is a process where lubrication is added to contact points inside each switch in order to bring out the smoothest feel and best sound. Filming brings this a step further, adding a thin plastic film to the case, further improving the sound profile.
These options set the Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition apart from other off-the-shelf mechanical keyboards in the market, placing the Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition squarely as a premium custom mechanical keyboard.
To highlight the community element of the endeavour, Dreamcore is working with local keyboard builder catalyticshadow to livestream the building of these keyboards. The livestream allows viewers to learn about how a custom mechanical keyboard is put together, which serves one of Dreamcore’s main objectives – to reduce information asymmetry and provide an educational purchasing experience.
catalyticshadow is one of the pioneers in Singapore’s custom mechanical keyboard community.
Starting his custom mechanical keyboard journey in early 2017, he worked with iLumkb and Hex
Keyboards and has since earned a reputation for being one of the community’s most trusted builders.
Find catalyticshadow on Twitch, or chat him up in the SGMK Discord server @catalyticshadow#0609. Dreamcore and catalyticshadow will release more details about the livestream on their social media pages in due time.
A Community Endeavour
In the spirit of empowering local creators, Dreamcore is also working closely with a few key local artisan builders to serve Singaporean buyers who want to get in on the custom mechanical keyboard hobby but might not have the time to learn the ins and outs of the hobby.
Such buyers also have the option to purchase the Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition barebones kit and reach out to other local artisans to complete their dream keyboard. More information about some of these local artisans can be found in appendices D and E.
Pricing and Availability
Dreamcore has only manufactured 100 units of the Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition mechanical keyboard, making this a truly limited-edition piece.
20 units will be set aside for customers looking for a fully-assembled keyboard, and will only be available to customers located in Singapore. The remaining units will be available internationally as barebones kits, shipped via DHL.
The Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition will retail at $350 for a barebones kit, and prices will start at $500 for fully-assembled units. These units will be available for purchase at hex.dreamcore.com.sg starting 09:00 PM Singapore Time on 19th November 2021.
Previous Hex keyboards have been known to sell out within minutes of release, and Dreamcore and Hex Keyboards are expecting the Hex.4B Dreamcore Edition to follow suit. Customers are encouraged to check out as soon as the sale goes live to avoid disappointment.
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Appendix A: Switch Options
|Budget||Gateron Milky Yellow
A stalwart of the linear switch gang, this switch is affordable, yet one of the best linear switches around.
|Recomme nded||Gateron Lion
Designed by Hex Keyboards, this switch features a
Singapore-themed red and white colour scheme and a slow-curve spring.
|Gopolar Azure Dragon
Brightly coloured, this tactile switch features a 2-stage spring that gives it a unique feel.
|Kailh Box Jade The champion of clicky switches, this switch features a click bar that yields a crisp click with every actuation.|
Known for being very smooth with tight housings, these beautiful switches come in 62 and 67g bottom-out force variants.
|Tecsee Purple Panda Featuring a tactile bump similar to the famous Holy Pandas, this switch features a special material that gives the switch a unique sound.|
Appendix B: Keycap Options
|Black on White|
|White on Black|
Appendix C: Assembly Options for Fully Built Units
|Assembly + Switch Lubing||$60|
|Assembly + Switch Lubing & Filming||$73|
Appendix D: @bel.keyboards
Bel from @bel.keyboards took up the hobby of building mechanical keyboards for free in late 2020, and has since developed a penchant for guiding others on their own mechanical keyboard journeys. Today, she offers build and switch lubrication services to people who have no time or the know-how to build their own mechanical keyboards, and is the perfect builder for new consumers looking for a guided, consultative and friendly build service.
Appendix E: @boog.boards
Known for his stoic demeanour, Boog from @boog.boards lights up a little when talking about keyboards. Starting his keyboard journey by tweaking mechanical keyboards, he’s since developed an affinity for more complex procedures, such as salvaging broken keyboards, converting solder PCBs into hot-swappable ones, and tuning stabilisers. His experience with a wide variety of keyboards makes him the perfect builder for users who may be interested in a more intricate build.