You can build almost anything out of Lego, and now that even includes your keyboard. The Pixel is a new mechanical keyboard from MelGeek that can be customized with Lego bricks around the rim, the back, or even the keys themselves.
At its core, the Pixel looks like any old keyboard, with 88 keys in all the right places (here’s hoping you don’t miss a num pad). The difference is that the whole thing is dotted with the familiar bumps that stick to Lego pieces – or should we generally say ‘building blocks’, since Lego themselves don’t seem to have been consulted.
Either way, the open spaces around the edges of the keyboard are your playground to decorate with designs, pictures, words, or anything else you can think of to procrastinate when you should be working. The back of the Pixel is also a big canvas for your artistic expression, although we’re not sure how many people will see it down there. You can even peel off the plastic keycaps and stick a brick on each key, with three different color combinations on offer. And no modern PC accessory is complete without some fancy lights. On the Pixel they align the edges and sit above the directional arrows.
It’s not just the appearance of the keyboard that is customizable. If you prefer the feel and sound of each keyboard, the switches can be easily popped out and changed. And the functions of specific keys and shortcuts can be configured using an app.
The keyboard underneath all these gimmicks also sounds pretty solid. It can connect to Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and Linux systems and a range of devices including desktops, laptops, phones and tablets. It can connect via USB Type-C or connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, switching to up to eight devices at the push of a button. If you’re not using the small USB dongle, it tucks neatly into a slot on the right side.
For some people, a keyboard is a very important tool for messing around with tricks, and we totally understand that. But for others, the Pixel might seem like a fun way to express themselves in something that’s usually dull and boring.
MelGeek is currently seeking funding for the Pixel on Kickstarter, where it has already blown its US$50,000 goal 15 times over with more than two weeks left in the campaign. Pledges start at $199, and if all goes well, shipping will begin in January 2023. See it in action in the video below.
Pixel, the world’s first brick-compatible mechanical keyboard