Building a Custom Mechanical Keyboard for Myself! SINGA V3


Some of you may know that I don’t really
invest in any keyboard stuff. Like I have all these retail boards, and I’ve
built custom keyboards before, but none for myself, always for other people. So when I was given the opportunity to build
this keyboard for review, I was actually really really excited. Especially since I see myself actually using
this as my main for a while. But as always, I’ll be honest in what I
say. I actually opened this a while ago, so I can’t
remember how it was packed and stuff. And it looks like there’s been a little
bit of damage on the inside from someone in the house, and a few marks here and there,
but they weren’t there before. Anyway, I picked out the Velvet colour, obviously
because of Red Velvet. Obviously. The other colours looked pretty awesome as
well, with some traditional, but also other colourful options. Alright, so let’s take it all apart. It’s using hex screws for everything. I have some Philips heads as well, but on
the final one it’ll be all hex. Oh and also, throughout the video you’re
gonna see the red in different lighting. Sometimes it’ll look vibrant, and other
times it’ll look deep, which obviously applies to real life too. First up we have the top aluminium piece,
not much to it, very light, but sturdy as. There’s 2 sets of screw holes, one for screwing
it to the base, and the other for the plate, meaning that it is a top mount design which
we’ll see later. And there’s some grooves for alignment when
putting it together. The bottom piece is what really does pack
the weight. Just a solid chunk of aluminium, like you
can kind of tell here, it’s not shelled out, like you would see on a normal retail
sort of mech. There are some marks and stuff under where
the weight would be, which is fine, it’s totally out of the way, just something to
note. Now the weights are in 2 parts. There’s the Singa brand plate which is made
from 2mm stainless steel and is sandblasted. Picks up oils like crazy, so don’t touch
it too much, but the finish is beautiful, just nice and even. And the logo is classy. Again, you won’t see it much, but you at
least you know it’s there. And then we have the signature Lion Head,
again made from sandblasted stainless steel, except it’s 3mm thick. The plate is in the same stunning deep velvet
red. From what I can see, you can choose whatever
colour you want with the kit. And the finish is so so nice, just so damn
silky. I really do love this colour. It’s made from 2mm thick aluminium, and
you can see the screw holes around the edges for that top mount design. And finally the PCB. I think this is the first Wilba PCB I’ve
built with. And you expect quality when it comes to that
name, and it really does look beautiful. I’m far far from a PCB guy, but purely on
aesthetics it’s gorgeous. It has a transparent solder mask on both sides
which is interesting, so you see all these copper traces running around. The layout is as follows. Apparently it’s a new layout, so probably
different to the V1 and V2 Singas. But yeh, a basic 75% layout with the option
for split backspace. Stepped caps lock, and just a few bottom row
variations with 6u, 6.25u, and 7u spacebars. And as always, you should test the PCB with
some tweezers, but obviously I didn’t do that, because I trust. It also has these snap off bits. Again, something I’m not accustomed to,
so I was a little apprehensive, but they do snap off quite easily. Since this is going to be my keyboard, I did
think about what keyswitch to put in, and I gotta be honest, I am a sucker for lubed
linears, and that’s exactly what I went for. But also, purely to be unique for the video,
I grabbed some Gateron Ink Yellows, and took the time to lube them up. These were extremely difficult to clip in. I did try other keyswitches, and they were
absolutely fine, fit in perfectly. Just these, unbelievably tight that I had
to put in all the keyswitches into the plate first, which I never do, because I just couldn’t
get the leverage to properly click them in. And this did take awhile to get it all down,
and we’ll talk a bit more about the keyswitches later. Putting it back together, and we can see how
the plate screws into the top piece, which we refer to as top mount. Rather than screwing it to the bottom, which
you see on budget cases, and pretty much all retail boards, which would be tray mount. And basically this creates a more even feel,
while also not being too stiff. And here it is all done. This is a chunky boy, especially with the
rear view, it’s just a flat back, with the centred USB type C port. Looking at the side profile, it gets a little
bit more interesting, and I believe that this has an 8 degree incline. The bezels are sizeable. Not thick, not thin, just a good amount to
show off the aluminium. There are chamfers on most of the edges, with
some cutting off before they reach a corner. On the bottom the stainless steel lion head
is the star. It’s a very geometric, kind of angular design
which I like for simplicity. Not too overpowering at all, and I think it
does look lovely with the red. Back to the colour. I can’t get enough of this. It’s just so pretty. The anodisation looks clean and even, and
the two halves look to be matched pretty well. I know for sure a lot won’t agree with GMK
Space Cadet, so here’s GMK Jamon. A more traditional take I would say. Let me know what you think because I definitely
did grow to like the weird combo of Space Cadet and the velvet red overtime. But these aren’t my keycaps anyway, big
thanks to my mate Eric, so I’ll have to buy something to chuck on this in the future. The layout is quite a traditional 75% one,
besides the spacer next to the arrow keys. Some people don’t like the lined up number
row and function row. I don’t mind it personally, but yeh, it
can look a little weird and cramped to some. But as I said at the start, I was pretty excited
for this, since I personally find 75% a very usable form factor. It essentially has the primary functionality
of a tenkeyless keyboard, but compressed to be only 1 column longer than a 60%. The keyboard is configurable via the VIA configurator. But I like it as is, so I didn’t change
anything. Typing experience is awesome. You can’t go too wrong with lubed linears. Paired with the top mount design, it’s a
solid solid typing experience. Bottom out feels slightly dampened. There’s no ping, and the sound is pretty
good as well. The Gateron Ink Yellows. Now because I’m not a smart boy, I didn’t
properly read what these switches were. I knew they were linear, and since Ink Blacks
are everywhere, and I didn’t want the Reds because they’re too light, I got the Yellows. When I first received the switches, I realised
something was off, but I kinda dismissed it, and finally after getting it all together,
I was like, why do these feel weird? And that’s because they have a 3.4mm total
travel, rather than a more standard 4mm. And I just facepalmed. It’s of course a personal preference thing. I prefer the full 4mm, because yeh it just
feels like I’m being prematurely stopped. Definitely got used to it overtime though,
but I’m ashamed to say. I wish I had the Ink Blacks. In stock form, they’re pretty smooth. What you’d expect from Gateron, and wobble
seems just about the same as normal. It does have the different stem though, which
is only on the Yellow. And everything else is standard, so you can
switch stuff around. So all up, I’m just really really happy. I don’t often get these opportunities, so
I’m super grateful. There’s not much bad to say. It’s been executed really well. I like the design, how it looks, and functions. And layout is always a personal thing. I’m not really sure what the differences
are from the previous versions, but the new Wilba PCB is for sure a welcomed addition. And finally, it isn’t a group buy. I can go straight to the singakbd website
and order one. So that’s pretty cool, not often how it’s
done in the custom mech world. So no messing about with group buy woes and
waiting times. And it is a custom, so don’t expect a cheap
keyboard, because it’s all about quality.

100 thoughts on “Building a Custom Mechanical Keyboard for Myself! SINGA V3

  1. can anyone help me find a keycap set? I'm looking for a yellow and black set im still new to mechanical keyboards and yet to find a set that would match my setup.

  2. Next time get ink reds and spring swap them. Easy enough when you’re already lubing switches, and springs are “cheap as chips mate” to borrow a phrase

  3. I like the Jamon better but it wouldn't go with any of my decor. I would have to go with Space Cadet as you did and probably the Hydro Blue case. It depends on your room though. Very nice build.

  4. I like the yellow/red combo, even if you can't see it. I have an issue with weighted keyboards, and the layout doesn't wow me, but the keyboard case is impressive just the same.

  5. If you used switches that you want to switch out, it could be a good time to make a video on how to do that if you haven't already. Or adding hotswap but considering how tight the plate is I doubt that would work.

  6. That price, so cute 🙂 okay I am not wowed because I spend arround 300 usd for keyboard but still not 500-600 usd XD my pockets this time are for just wood material and maxkeys XD metal and plates are a bit too expensive. Though i don't really like 75 percent layout because those functions keys are very optional. More like 60 or 65 percent and probably 1800 and full-size (XD if you go more than 65 than why not full size) guy because I like to grab keyboard (75 is to width) and occasionally use numpad (ordered numpad for my 60% collection)

  7. some PCB detailing makes me almost want to see KB housings similar to game boys or old controllers, give me that semi transparent atomic purple frame~

  8. Uhhh I think I can chill with my $99 cheap-ass plastic Ducky One 2 Mini for now………… Sorry guys cheap peasant can't afford nothing 🙂

  9. Awesome KB, looks really premium plus I really like 75% layout, are those GMK "Screw-in" Stabilizers? I wish i could build one of those but it's really expensive 😀

  10. WHY DOES EVERY INK BUILD SOUND DIFFERENT BUT DELICIOUS IN ITS OWN WAY?!?!?? Now with this video I've decided to get ink blacks instead of the yellows(ew short travel distance) maybe I'll spring swap if it's too heavy for my liking. Thanks for the great video!

  11. Same take on those yellows here. You DO get used to it and they are nice and smooth. Really like the way the spring feels in them. Beautiful build.

  12. Great video and really nice keyboard but but buuuuuuuuuut….. why there is not a spanish layout version for this keyboard? why the ES-LA customers are always forgotten by the mechanical keyboard makers?…

  13. ducky one 2 tkl/ steelseries apex 7 tkl / hyper x aloy fps pro / logitech g pro tkl / razer tournament edition chroma wich to buy

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