There is something about the tactile feeling of a mechanical keyboard. The loud key clicks and the distance of travel make the keyboard very satisfying to type on. A whole community has formed around these keyboards. Many custom and commercial versions are available. If you want to go even further down the rabbit hole, there are custom keycaps with all sorts of designs and colors. This custom Lego mechanical keyboard is the work of JK Brickworks. They started with a base; by gutting a Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid and some 3D printed custom Cherry MX compatible LEGO keycaps. This allows Lego bricks to be clicked onto the working keyboard. Kind of similar to the new Lego Dots theme. The finished design features a lot of printed tiles, some of which are extremely rare. The caps lock is a bit more tactile and features a classic Lego hat. The best part is that at any time the keycaps can be changed out with different colors and/or newer printed Lego tiles.
Another earlier version of this project was built up using a membrane style keyboard. Which was gutted and built back up with a Lego Technic skeleton. Not as satisfying as the newer mechanical kind, but still an amazing project.
The designer of the custom Lego compatible keycaps offers them for sale in the Shapeways store. This way you can customize your own keyboard, with out going all Lego.
You too can relive 1984 with this Lego Apple Macintosh 128k. Ryan McNaught built the Mac, and almost everything else on the desk out of Lego. The Rubik’s Cube, Pencil/Pen Cup, the Pens, Calculator, Rolodex, and even that little Pencil are all Lego. The only thing that is not are the wires connecting the keyboard and mouse. This MOC took Ryan over 22 hours to build with some 4,500 pieces. There are so much beige bricks. Some of the best details include the retro multi-colored Apple logo, the keys on the keyboard, and the plates used as the rolodex cards. But the best detail is the screen and icon. This Lego Mac seems a little less happy then normal.
customBRICKS has created this minifigure scale Lego Apple Macintosh. This micro 128k computer is perfectly simple. Every piece has its place, and no Lego piece is superfluous. This little guy is actually a micro version of Chris McVeighs larger Lego Mac “hello.” which can be seen here. I don’t believe the 128k can get any cuter.
There are a few iconic computer designs. One of the most recognizable is the original Apple Macintosh, also known as the Macintosh 128k. With its 512 × 342 black and white display happily greeting the world with a friendly “hello.” Chris McVeigh, aka: powerpig, has created one of the most popular Lego MOCs of one of the most popular computers. There are even free instructions available at http://chrismcveigh.com/cm/welcome.html. You can also buy a custom kit based on the 128k Mac. Hopefully the Lego version is a bit cheaper then the original $2,495 price tag.