Last updated on July 25, 2020
Today we meet Twitch Streamer and pro-keyboard Slimfingers, from Scotland who’s going to tell us all about his handbuilt DZ60!
Hi there, who are you and where are you from?
Hey! My name (online) is Slimfingers and I’m from Scotland in the UK
What were you looking for in your perfect keyboard? Do you think you achieved it?
While I wasn’t entirely sure exactly what I wanted from my first board, I knew I wanted to try moderately light linears to see if that would help with the carpal tunnel I was developing from my previous razer greens. Other than that I knew I wanted lubed switches for the iconic “thock” and stabilizers that didn’t rattle to kingdom come at the slightest press. I wasn’t entirely set on a case size but the price and availability made that decision for me, so from there I set to work on my 60%
Tell us about the case? What did you go for and why?
I chose the low profile aluminium 60% from mechboards UK though I’m pretty sure its a standard design to all who make it. The primary reasons I chose it was that the minimal design it had fitted with my setup and also offered the colour neutrality to work with the RGB of the rest of my setup. Some of the other reasons where that it offered a comfortable typing angle while not being the price of a Tofu or something like that.
What switches did you go with? Why?
For this build, I use Gateron milky yellows lubed with Super Lube (don’t shout at me, its all I had as I couldn’t find any 205g0 that would arrive soon enough for the build stream. It worked though…). I used these switches for the majority of the board while I used Kailh Box Reds for the numbers, also lubed with Super Lube (again, I’m also aware that the lube will work its way out due to the design of boxes but I didn’t know that at the time.) the reason I went for the pretty light liners was 1. For the iconic sound and 2. As previously mentioned, to try and help my carpal tunnel, which they have.
How about the PCB?
I used a DZ60 rev3.0 not realising it had RGB underglow which I must say was a pleasant surprise when I first plugged it in. that was where my satisfaction stopped though. From the day I got the PCB to the end of the build stream, I could not for the life of me get the keystrokes to register. It would work in the VIA matrix tester but not a regular tester. After I don’t know how many hours I finally found the solution by uninstalling ANY HID USB device remotely related to a keyboard then restarting my pc. From there on its been smooth sailing but good god it was a painful process.
Did you use a plate? What’s it made out of?
I again used Mechboards for my plate. I got the 60% universal aluminium in silver to match the case. It arrived slightly bent but with a little bit of persuasion, I got it straight enough that the switches would hold it in place.
And of course… what keycaps are you wearing today?
We have a selection of keycaps from 2 different sets. The first set is some PBT dye-sub white and grey something or other from KBD fans and the second set is the blank PBT caps from mechboards once again. I used the KBDfans caps for the primary legends and the blanks for the modifiers and the top row.
Tell us about the Lube!
Like I said, its Super Lube, I’m not proud but for what it is I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The application took ages but I did it while doing a just chatting stream over the course of around 4-5 hours to lube 70. It was fiddly at first but once I got going i got the hang of it. I’ve since invested in a lube station essentially cementing my investment into this world now…
Anything else went into this endgame build?
Some foam would maybe be good but I don’t really pick up on any hollow sounding noise from the board so its not very high up the list. I would, however, like to switch to either a Brass or carbon plate for some more rigidity and also just to have a little bit of a difference from the silver case. I have already bought myself a VERY high-quality cable from Tokas cable works though and I must say it really adds to the overall look. It also gave me some enthusiasm towards redoing my cable management which was much needed.
Cheeky question… how much did it all cost?
If I could put an exact number on it… I wouldn’t. It pains me to think I initially set out to pay around 150ish USD and all in with the cables and 2 sets of keycaps as well as everything else I think the total is somewhere north of 300 overall.
How long did it take you to build this keyboard from start to finish?
The build itself once the switches were lubed was around 5 hours. Though I built a RoMac macropad at the start of the stream to try and learn a little something before the actual board which also took up some of that time.
If you could change anything about this keyboard what would it be?
Maybe try 65% or NK creams. I have recently been looking into buying some but haven’t yet done it as I’ve been trying to organise some commissions. Another reason is that quite frankly, the thought of completely de-soldering to resolder new switches sounds like FAR too much effort.
Do you have any other keyboards in the works?
Funnily enough, I have a Gherkin arriving within the next 2 days of writing this which will definitely be an interesting experience to both build and then learn to type on. If learning the layout doesn’t go too well though, I will most likely end up turning it into a physical soundboard because who doesn’t like a “nut” button?
Finally… time to promote yourself. Where can we find you online and what do you do?
Ooh ooh. The best part! You can find me on:
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SlimFingerslive
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX1AynexFEiWErGlpzGZ4tQ
- Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/slimfingers
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sf_mechs/
I hope this was at least somewhat readable and I look forward to being able to look back at this once I have some more builds under my belt and see how far I’ve come, that is to say, I move on at all haha.