There’s a tendency among PC gamers to love customizing things. Many of us build our own equipment to suit our needs with very modular parts. There are even modular Intel laptops now (opens in new tab). Add to that the choice of peripherals like keyboard and mouse combos, and it’s fair to say that we can be a pretty picky bunch when it comes to customizations.
Keyboards are often one of the biggest options when it comes to customization. There are various types, sizes, keys and even style keys. Plus, many of us use our keyboards for more than just gaming, so there’s a lot to consider. A modular keyboard seems like a smart solution, and this one from Work Louder seems to have all the buttons and dials you could want.
work higher (opens in new tab) is making modular keyboards designed to be customized for their workflows and are currently available for pre-order. They feature 3 primary boards in a modular grid system that can be organized and customized. They consist of a work board for the main part of the familiar keyboard, as well as a nano pad and a loop pad. They can be equipped with different keys or buttons depending on what you want to achieve with this setup.
Many of these customizations are geared more towards the creators than the direct players. There seems to be more utility in some of these components for specific tasks, such as zooming or changing brush sizes in digital art applications, or changing settings while editing music. Although it also has robust macro potential for apps and games.
The Work Louder website (opens in new tab) has some of the most used apps with these modular keyboards are programs like Adobe Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro X. But the list also includes prominent streaming apps like OBS Studio which would definitely make the most of this keyboard.
Modular keyboards come in several different variants, starting with The Starter, which can be pre-ordered for $259.98 (opens in new tab). This configuration includes the base hub with the default work board. Moving closer to The Worker adds the side nano pad, while The Maker option adds a loop pad on top. Lastly, The Creator, which is up for pre-order for $399.99 and appears to be the complete keyboard with all the pads.
No matter the configuration, each keyboard level is designed to be upgraded to The Creator level and promises to work with future released modules. Whether or not they’re good for gaming needs to be tested, but they do have customizable RGB, so we’re at least being courted.
At the moment, Work Louder is also running a competition where you can win a keyboard by sharing your creativity on company discord (opens in new tab).
If you’re looking for a more traditional modular gaming keyboard, check out something like the Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard or maybe the customizable super budget Vissles V84 gaming keyboard. Regardless, these keyboards look like an elegant modular PC solution.