In this Best of Breed, I’ll be looking at kits that use mechanical switches as their input. You would typically think of these as computer accessories, but the love of tactile switches has taken over a lot of the microcontroller market too. Maybe it’s the realisation of how nice the switches feel, the ability to customise them, the ease of a snap fit, or maybe it’s a supply chain issue with many other parts, putting many kits on temporary hold that has brought these products to light? I really don’t know, but they seem to be everywhere, and I like it!
The Adafruit MacroPad received a 10/10! They state: “This is the best kit for adding quality keys to your setup.”
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