Photo Essay: ATO Keyboard Meetup 2023 in Malaysia
May 23, 2023 Andrew Cheng

There was another keyboard meetup in Malaysia! This time around, it was held at ATO Gaming Cafe in TTDI, Kuala Lumpur. Quite a number of exciting keyboards were brought over by enthusiasts and brands, and even more exciting prizes were given out.

Of course, several vendors were at the keyboard meetup too, including Mecha Store, Hex Keyboards, Sun Cycle, Silkey, and Iconlabs, which came all the way from Vietnam. If you missed the keyboard meetup last weekend, here’s what went down!

One of the most exciting keyboards that was at the keyboard meetup is a prototype of the polycarbonate SINGAKBD Kohaku. It was brought over by SINGAKBD itself, and it’s said to be available as an in-stock keyboard (about 100 units) sometime in the middle of this year; quite exciting.

Aside from that, there were other intriguing keyboards too, such as a SINGAKBD Unikorn with a sweet-looking patina. There’s also a Thermal SEQ2, Geonworks W1-AT, Owlab Mr. Suit, and even Axiom Studios’ Typ 60, which was shown at Mecha Store’s booth.

Speaking of which, let’s talk about the vendors that were at the keyboard meetup. Mecha Store and Hex Keyboards shared a booth, and a number of products were sold there, including switches, deskmats, stabilisers, and carrying cases.

Besides Mecha Store, there were also a number of familiar brands, such as Silkey (it sells customisable cables), Sun Cycle, ThreadyKeycaps, KeebsProject, Zomgkey, and Iconlabs based in Vietnam. The latter had a presentation about its store and user base since its inception too.

Last but not least were the prizes – sponsored by several brands like SINGAKBD, Keybot, and Iconlabs – that were given out at the keyboard meetup. Some of these prizes were given to visitors through lucky draws, and the rest had to be won through contests that ran during the event.

Of course, there was a typing speed competition; two of them, in fact. One is with a standard keyboard, while the other judges who can type the fastest on a split ergonomic keyboard. There was also a “guess the switch” competition, where contestants have to guess nine different switches correctly on a keyboard based purely on typing feel and sound.

It’s always good to see a large-scale keyboard meetup happen locally. It gives hobbyists and keyboard enthusiasts alike the opportunity to try out various keyboards…while also winning some prizes, if they’re lucky enough or can type really, really fast. Here’s hoping more keyboard meetups will be held on our shores!