The keyboard of the Large Pixel Collider

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We've picked a keyboard that can handle the gaming demands of our supercomputing overlord, the Large Pixel Collider.

Last time we picked new hardware for the LPC, it was our favorite gaming mouse, the Razer DeathAdder 2013. We knew the LPC needed a mechanical keyboard for gaming, too—there's just nothing like the responsive clickiness of mechanical keys. But there are tons of great gaming keyboards out there with identical layouts and the same Cherry MX mechanical switches. The frills vary—this one has customizable LED lights, that one has a billion programmable macro buttons. We skipped all that and went for the $150 WASD V2 mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches.

We picked the WASD V2 because it's incredibly customizable. We chose our key colors and typeface. We chose Cherry MX Red switches because they're faster than the popular MX Blacks. That degree of customization mattered more to us than backlit keys or bloated driver software, and now the LPC has a great keyboard with a matching black and red color scheme.

Click here to see more of the parts we've picked for the Large Pixel Collider.