HyperX's January keycap was a cute winter kitty and I missed it

HyperX keycaps
(Image credit: HyperX)

For fans of cute keycaps, I have some bad news. HyperX dropped its monthly collectable keycap for the end of January, and it sold out almost immediately. This month's keycap featured a snuggly kitty all rugged up in his winter's best, and if you're anything like me you're a little annoyed that you missed your chance to bag one of these cuddly kitties. 

The aptly named HyperX Cozy Cat Keycap Coco features a little striped tabby to sit atop your key of choice. This light brown kitty has darker stripes, a little pink nose and ears, and a white tum just daring you to rub it. He'd look perfect sitting atop your Escape key, ready to knock something over.

Wrapped around Coco's neck is a teal scarf with knitted line details, a snowflake pattern, and his name printed across the back. Off to one side atop his head is a matching HyperX themed beanie with white pom-pom. Honestly, at this point I'm not sure if I want the keycap or to steal this cat's winter drip for my own. It's a moot point given I can't get my hands on either of them, and it's summer here in the southern hemisphere anyway. 

While Coco may have slipped through my fingers, it's still very cute and a welcome reminder about this keycap collection HyperX is working on. Had I known this cute little guy in a scarf was going to be on offer, I'd have kept a closer eye on the site. With a new cap every month I'm keen to see what's next. The silhouettes teased hint at what looks like a frog, a duck with headphones, and a shiba inu, so I'm pretty hyped for any of those.

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Something worth noting is that these HyperX keys are 3D-printed using the HP's colour 3D-printing techniques. They're really cool, but in my experience do look 3D-printed and not as smooth they are in promo images. 

I happened to snag a couple of HyperX's own printed keycaps back at PAX Aus where I also checked out a tonne of cool computer builds. These caps included the 20th birthday cake keycap you can see you in the display picture at the top of this page. These pics look pretty accurate to the end product to my eyes, so you can get a fair idea of the product you'll be receiving. 

Still, if HyperX's monthly keycaps releases aren't for you then maybe take a dive into the world of artisanal customisable keycaps. You can find all sorts of things from finger-biting dinos to friendly rubber ducks. Most gaming keyboards are compatible with swappable caps you can customise to your heart's content. Even if they might not be cute little kitties snuggled up in tiny winter clothes.

Hope Corrigan
Hardware Writer

Hope’s been writing about games for about a decade, starting out way back when on the Australian Nintendo fan site Vooks.net. Since then, she’s talked far too much about games and tech for publications such as Techlife, Byteside, IGN, and GameSpot. Of course there’s also here at PC Gamer, where she gets to indulge her inner hardware nerd with news and reviews. You can usually find Hope fawning over some art, tech, or likely a wonderful combination of them both and where relevant she’ll share them with you here. When she’s not writing about the amazing creations of others, she’s working on what she hopes will one day be her own. You can find her fictional chill out ambient far future sci-fi radio show/album/listening experience podcast right here. No, she’s not kidding.