About us

Pearl Boards is all about designing premium, One Percent mechanical keyboards. They are very limited, sold years apart, and offered with unseen amounts of options and features.

It starts with vision

All our keyboards, including the first ever project launched, begin with a deep analysis of the current custom and industrial market. I consider current and new form factors and layouts, trending design features, existing keyboards, customer requests, market changes, current prices, and most importantly what's lacking in the custom market. This is something I sleep on and discuss with my team for months.

The most important questions during this time are

  • How can this keyboard be premium and different?
  • How can this keyboard look beautiful and be fully functional?
  • How can this keyboard be robust and feel amazing?

We NEVER ask

  • How can we save money?
  • How can we produce a cheaper design?
  • How can we make this keyboard more available?

Our keyboards are for the 1% of users. I cannot stress this enough. Pearl Boards is not interested in turning a profit on a safe design. Pearl Boards is not interested in fulfilling a market gap. I am not interested in appealing to the masses. Once a realistic vision is realized, the next step is always PCB design.

PCB design follows

For every project, a Printed Circuit Board is first designed from the ground up to have as many premium boxes checked as possible. Think of a PCB as the brains of the keyboard. You will see all the custom industry standard additions such as

  • Large "flex" cutouts for comfortable prolonged typing and feel
  • Smart routing and crystal design for PCB stability
  • Safety components and fuses to protect the PCB from discharges
  • Separate USB-C daughterboard for allowing the PCB to "flex" and stay connected
  • Broken out ISP header for force flashing
  • Lighting such as RGB under glow

And then the 1% of additions added to our PCB's can be

  • Locking indicator lights such as CAPS in various places (under the caps key)
  • Haptic feedback built into the PCB
  • Audio buzzers built into the PCB
  • Various layouts supported such as 10U spacebars
  • Rotary encoder support
  • USB passthrough
  • Audio DAC and jack for headphones
  • Various PCB colors and minimal artwork
  • Power indicator leds for user awareness

Case and plate design is next

The case is always designed around the PCB, not the other way around. We don't use cookie-cutter universal PCB's that have set mounting points and layouts. The cases made at Pearl Boards usually follow the same principals of

  • Premium curves
  • Fillets over chamfers
  • Intelligently placed locking indicator lights
  • Physical cutouts for RGB underglow
  • Accessible Reset switch locations after full assembly
  • Multiple layout accommodations (WKL, HHKB)
  • Tight key tolerances for visual appeal
  • Compact case design
  • Steep typing angles
  • Premium mounting options
  • Large external weights
  • CNC and laser engravings
  • Limited edition markings
  • Large accent pieces
  • Good acoustics when typing

The plates made usually follow these principals

  • Smart flex cuts for comfortable prolonged typing and feel
  • Fixed and Universal layouts for customers to pick
  • Large stabilizer cutouts
  • Smart mounting points
  • Half-plate options
  • Visual art cutouts

Materials and finishes are picked

Pearl Boards sources fine materials available in the market. Our arsenal of raw materials includes

  • Aluminum 6063
  • Brass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • Polycarbonate
  • Pom
  • Fr-4
  • Copper
  • Acrylic
  • Carbon Fiber

From this blend, we can choose different parts of the board to look and feel a certain way, usually based on what the customer wants. Here is where we begin to differ from other sellers. Not only is a Pearl Boards keyboard already unique, we allow you to choose almost everything instead of locking you into 3 or 4 colors and a few custom plate options, which you need to contact the runner for. The typical "One-off" board is our normal purchase.

The Devil is in the details

The final steps to an amazing keyboard are the addons. We want to make sure you get a full experience when buying one of our projects. Included with most of our keyboards is

  • Case sound dampening EVA foam
  • PCB/Plate sandwich performance sound foam
  • Custom premium artisan hand made USB cable
  • RGB diffusing polycarbonate parts
  • 4mm locking indicator leds
  • Build instructions and hand written notes
  • Branded micro fibers
  • Premium packaging
  • Gold mounting hardware

Closing notes

Our unwavering attention to detail and inability to settle is something that we take immense pride in. Thousands of out-of-pocket dollars are invested into prototyping our keyboards to ensure that the designs work as intended. Countless hours are also invested in ensuring every enthusiast is happy with our fulfillment. We are engrained into the custom community and our name is known, even further enforcing us to upkeep our word of quality. Speaking from my heart, I cannot wait for you to own one of my keyboards and be a part of the ever growing Pearl Boards family.

My best from Florida,