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Check out this (sort of) keyboard mod I did

#1Corrupt_PowerPosted 8/23/2013 5:58:14 PM
I recently replaced my old keyboard, a Logitech G15, with a new Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical one. It's my first mechanical keyboard, and I absolutely love it. However, I really missed the screen that the G15 had. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that the screen portion of the keyboard functions perfectly on its own. With that, I decided to separate the screen from the rest of the keyboard so I could still use it.

Unfortunately I didn't think to take before and during pictures, but here's a pic of what the keyboard normally looks like:
http://i.imgur.com/I0bF2nH.jpg

From that, I disassembled it completely. Disconnected the membrane switches for the keyboard, as well as the few LED strips inside the keyboard. Next, I used a dremel to cut out top and bottom housing for the screen and circuit board from the rest of the keyboard shell. Reassembled the screen and circuit board configuration and secured the shell together with a few screws holes that I intentionally left intact. Wrapped it in electrical tape to hide the circuit board, and it works like a charm.

Here's a few pics of how it looks after I finished it:
http://i.imgur.com/2mQIpUX.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/cnCn9gT.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KC1Dgn2.jpg
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#2wizardmonPosted 8/23/2013 6:00:08 PM
Personally, the only G15 I liked was the original one with the flip top blue LED. Couldn't into the orange/red scheme they later used.
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#3LyokoNinjaPosted 8/23/2013 6:00:25 PM
Not the most aesthetically pleasing, but really neat. So it's displays your computer's status?
#4Corrupt_Power(Topic Creator)Posted 8/23/2013 6:05:45 PM
LyokoNinja posted...
Not the most aesthetically pleasing, but really neat. So it's displays your computer's status?


Normally I have it set to the CoreTemp applet so I can watch my CPU loads & temps as well as a clock if I've got something fullscreen. When I'm gaming I usually have it set to the MSI Afterburner applet so I can watch my GPU loads and temps, as well as my FPS. And if I'm in Teamspeak, Vent, Mumble, etc. I have it set to their respective applets so I can see who's talking when I don't recognize someone's voice.
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#5TheFeshPincePosted 8/23/2013 6:08:34 PM
That's kind of cool, I guess... you could just use software for that and it wouldn't be so ugly, though.
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#6Corrupt_Power(Topic Creator)Posted 8/23/2013 6:18:13 PM
TheFeshPince posted...
That's kind of cool, I guess... you could just use software for that and it wouldn't be so ugly, though.


I could, and I have a second monitor that they could run on. However, CoreTemp and MSI's desktop monitor screens are pretty bad, and if I'm in Teamspeak or Mumble, I'm usually playing something that means looking away from the game can be the difference between life and death. I prefer being able to just glance down below my monitor and see what I need to see instead of looking over at my second monitor.
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