3-key Stack Overflow keyboard gets upgraded with RGB hot-swappable switches

What just happened? Programming website Stack Overflow’s April Fool’s Day mechanical keyboard that became a real product is getting an update. Key 2.0 features RGB lighting and hot-swappable switches for its three keys, while keeping the same $29 price tag as its predecessor.

The project started in the spring of last year when Stack Overflow kept displaying a tongue-in-cheek popup notifying users that they had almost no free copies every time they used a key command to copy characters from the site.

“If you wanted unlimited access to copy and paste from Stack Overflow, all you had to do was buy The Key,” said Ben Popper, chief content officer for Stack Overflow. The Key was a 3-key joker keyboard consisting of the Ctrl, C, and V keys, designed for copy and paste.

But people liked the keyboard idea so much that Stack Overflow teamed up with keyboard enthusiast Cassidy Williams and Drop to produce an actual working model. Despite the limitations of its functionality, The Key sold over 10,000 units, which probably explains why we have a new version.

The Key 2.0 comes with the same three keys as before, which can be customized to perform other functions, but this time we have that feature that defines all great keyboards these days: adjustable RGB lighting. It also has an acrylic case that allows all those colors to shine.

Another update is that the keyboard’s three Kailh Black Box switches are now hot-swappable with others, such as the Cherry line. It also comes with a coiled USB cable.

You can preorder The Key 2.0 keyboard from Drop for the same $29 as the original model. The initial print run is limited to 3,900 pieces, which is estimated to ship on July 20, 2022.

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