Topre from the mechanicalkeyboards subreddit wrote to us to express some concerns about our Deck Hassium page:
Hey, are the pictures of the Deck Hassium correct on your site? … Deck’s older keyboards also uses a different double-shot process which includes glue. The keycaps you have on your site suggests it’s not a the tradition two-piece Deck double-shot keycaps.
Topre was referencing the method of key cap construction which was seen on previous incarnations of Deck keyboards. Ripster has some excellent images of them here.
Our Deck Hassium Key caps look nothing like those. Below are some pictures which we took when the Hassiums first landed supplemented by pictures further pictures taken today in anticipation of this post.
Deck Hassium Key Caps
Left: Deck Hassium key caps , right: Mionix Zibal 60 key caps.
Another comparison, the rougher surface of the Deck Hassium Key caps can be clearly seen here.
Three Deck Hassium Key Caps.
Key Caps from left to right: Ducky PBT Dye-Sub, Mionix Zibal 60, Deck Hassium, Ducky Shine II ABS.
On the reverse.
Another close up of the Deck Key caps.
A close up of the reverse of the key caps on a longer exposure so you can see the details.
The reverse of the Ducky Dye-sub PBT for reference.
The Deck Hassium with backlights lit. “A” and “S” key caps removed so you can see just how bright the LEDs really are.
The Paint Thinner Test
We couldn’t get our hands on Acetone but a local carpenter was kind enough to lend us some paint thinner (in a 1.2 litre coke bottle no less!) The solvent used is Digger’s General Purpose Thinner (this is what he told us but it might be All Purpose Thinner or General Purpose Lacquer given that “General Purpose Thinner” doesn’t seem to exist as a product name.) Both the All Purpose Lacquer and the General Purpose Thinner contains 20-30% Acetone.
We will use the Deck (F5) and the Mionix Zibal 60 Key Caps (which we are pretty certain are ABS) and the Ducky PBT Dye-sub as ‘controls’ for this test. We will apply the paint thinner to each keycap and observe the results:
Applying the paint thinner.
It’s interesting that there’s an immediate effect on the top layer of the Dye-sub. After this photo, we start the timer.
After the almost 3 minute mark, you can see that although there is run off from the Ducky Dye-Sub, the letter definition is still pretty good. The Mionix and the Deck both seem unaffected (but the Mionix will be, as we will shortly see).
Sorry about this picture, at some time around the 10 minute mark the camera (which is on a tripod) was knocked off focus . At the 11 minute mark, the the thinner has evaporated too much so we pour a new layer on.
At the 21 minute mark, we decide to end our experiment and wipe away any un-evaporated thinner.
Hard to see in this photo, because it’s still blurry, there’s a touch of blue from the Ducky.
Zoom and enhance!
We wipe the Mionix, oh goodness! >< We wipe the Deck as well but there’s almost no point, the thinner on the Deck has completely evaporated.
The Mionix is stuck to the tissue paper
Oh the horror!
The end result. As you can see the Deck Key cap is almost completely unaffected.
So there you have it folks. The new runs of Deck Hassiums carry true Doubleshot PBT key caps
DISCLAIMER: Our Deck Hassiums are from a June 2013 onwards production run. While I can guarantee every Deck Hassium sold by us is genuine double-shot PBT, I cannot guarantee that every Deck Hassium made ever will be double-shot PBT.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need some fresh air.