About Upgrade Keyboards
A word from our President:
I have been a keyboard enthusiast for a couple of decades now. Sometimes I strayed from mechanical keyboards, but I always seemed to find myself back with one after a short period.
My first mechanical was an IBM Model M. I remember my dad walking me into a small second hand computer parts in Houston, TX when I was picking out parts to build one of my first computers. I do not remember what he had at the time that I was using, but I remember the first time I typed on that dusty keyboard sitting in the corner, I was hooked.
Over the last couple of decades, I have seen the keyboard market go through a lot of changes. The rise of artisan keyboards really opened up the market and brought mechanical keyboards to a much wider audience. With that came an influx of options and innovation.
For the last 10 years or so, I have tried to help friends (both real world, and online) with their keyboard problems. I have often found myself building new boards for those with less experience and really enjoyed going that extra mile to see their wide eyes in amazement the first time they used it. Simply put – I just love keyboards.
As the demand on me grew, I started noticing a repetitive request – “I love my gaming keyboard, qmk/tmk is simply too difficult for me to learn, and I just want this gaming keyboard to be better”. And so – Upgrade Keyboards was born.
I have expanded from just basic upgrades into a wide array of services, custom builds, and our very own keyboards coming out later in 2020 or early 2021.
One thing remains constant – I pride myself on the quality of work we do here. I do not strive for “good enough” – It is either perfection, or nothing. I get my hands dirty tearing down boards, lubing switches, doing mods to old boards, and I love it as much now as the first time I tinkered with that original Model M.
When you buy a board from us or upgrade an old board – our goal is not just for you to be happy with your purchase – but to be excited about your new mechanical keyboard.
– Jeff Parker
President, Upgrade Keyboards
Let Us Upgrade Your Current Keyboard
Not everyone has the budget for a brand new keyboard. Maybe you have a keyboard that you have strong feelings about and don't want to replace it (weird, but... we get it)
That is why our BYOK service exists. We take your keyboard, and make it BETTER. (seriously - a LOT better) Nothing highlights our services better than showing our customer a keyboard that they are familiar with, and then showing them what it SHOULD be like after we upgrade it.
Let Upgrade Keyboards show you what your current mechanical keyboard can truly be. We have a wide range of options for every mechanical keyboard on the market.
Tell us a little about what you would like to do, and what type of board you have, and we can give you a quote on the work you would like done. Then, you simply ship us your keyboard, we upgrade it, and send it right back to you!
Artisan Hand Built
Buy a fully custom built keyboard and forget all of the sacrifices you've made with other brand names. Our expert craftsman build it by hand, right here in Texas, and do it exactly the way you want it. More keyboard sizes added all the time, so check back often!
Upgraded Brand Names
If you prefer something a little less customized, but still want to aim for perfection, then shop our upgraded mechanical keyboards. We keep a wide selection of prebuilt and upgraded brand name mechanical keyboards in stock to fit every need - gamers, coders, and more!
From tear downs, desoldering, replacing switches, repairs, or simply lubing and servicing - we can provide any service your mechanical keyboard may need. Send us your keyboard, and we can upgrade it!
Parts & Supplies
From cases to pcb's, we stock it all in Houston, TX. Our stock is generally used for our own services, but they are also available to the public if you prefer to do your own work. Our stock changes rapidly, so don't wait if you see something you want.