Review Cannon Keys Bakeneko60 |

The Cannon Keys Bakeneko60 is one of the best ways to get into the mechanical keyboard hobby. If you’ve watched YouTubers on keyboards and r/mechanical travel keyboards, you don’t need to break the bank to build a keyboard of your own. Starting at just $129.99, Bakeneko60 offers a complete aluminum housing, bouncy o-ring mount, and hot-swappable switch sockets to keep you hooked for years to come (or at least until your next upgrade). Is this the right starter board for you?Find out in our review.


  • Current price: $129.99 (Cannon key)
  • Die-cast aluminum case
  • 700g weight unbuilt, 1.1kg built weight
  • Typing angle 6 degrees
  • O-Ring gasket mounting style
  • CannonKeys Hotswap PCB with ANSI layout (CannonKeys Solder PCB available as add-ons)
  • What is included:
    • Bakeneko 60 . aluminum case
    • CannonKeys Custom Foam Case (Black)
    • 50A . silicon O-ring
    • FR4 . Multi-Purpose Plate
    • CannonKeys ANSI Layout Hotswap PCB (LEDs not supported)
    • C3 Unified Daughterboard (with ESD protection) and JST . cable
    • Microfiber cloth
    • (4) Cherry 2u clamp stabilizer, (1) Cherry 6.25u clamp stabilizer with CannonKeys . wire
    • Due to the mounting style of this keyboard, the screw in the stabilizer is not supported on the back and space keys. We recommend using the included stabilizers.
    • Silicone feet are compatible with custom pads (if you lose them, you can use regular pads)


Cannon Bakeneko60 Keys – Overview and First Impressions

Bakeneko60 aims to impress from the start. The ethos of this kit is that it offers outstanding value for money – and that includes the kit itself and the complete keyboard typing experience. For many years, the starter of choice was KBDFans Tofu. The task here seems to be to make that board obsolete. You get more for your money and a competitive typing experience with double the price tag.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Bakeneko60 is a DIY custom keyboard set from Cannon Keys. As a group of mechanical keyboard enthusiasts, they tackled some of the key issues faced by hobbyist newcomers: price, availability, and the need to visit multiple stores. row to collect everything you need. This release addresses all of that with an affordable price, the right replenishment, and the ability to buy everything you need from the same store.

Like most keyboard sets, it comes with a case, a plate for mounting the switch, a PCB, and mounting hardware. This particular model also comes with a USB board and a JST cable to connect it to the PCB (a positive move given the keyboard’s long-term durability and repairability). That means you’ll need to buy the switch and keycaps separately, so factor that into your overall budget. Cannon Keys also includes a very nice cardboard travel case that sells for $35 (put the keyboard’s actual price at $95, though you can’t buy it separately, which is disappointing) , but the box is still a great add-on).


The unique secret that Bakenko60 offers is its o-ring mounting system. Instead of screwing the switch assembly into the housing, it uses a friction joint actuated by a large 50A silicon o-ring. You assemble the keyboard on the outside of the case then wrap the o-ring around the outside, threading it between the plate and the PCB. This then presses down on the case until it reaches the side-mounted stands. The result is a snappy, even fiery typing experience with every keystroke. The o-ring also insulates the keyboard from its aluminum housing, which adds extra softness underneath your fingers and less vibration as they enter the case for reverberation and reverberation.

This mounting system has its benefits, but it also has what I consider a notable drawback: it only supports clip-in stabilizers. Cannon Keys offers these, which is one more thing you won’t need to worry about paying extra for. The reason they have a drawback is that they easily come apart when you try to remove the keycap. If you forget to push them down, the stabilizer will rattle or won’t work at all. Worse yet, when this happens, there’s a chance the wire will pop out of the stabilizer clamp, which will likely require removing all the switches to fix unless you can fit a mini screwdriver into it. to turn it back on. My results are mixed with that.


The case is made of aluminum, which is uncommon at this price point. Competition boards, like Tofu, cost more or are made of plastic. To keep costs low, Cannon Keys used a molding process instead of CNC milling and color coating (or powder coating for the Black and White colors). These manufacturing processes can cause imperfections in the finish, but the only marks I can observe on the surface that are visible are around the USB port (pictured above). As you can see in the image above, the dent in the surface is small and completely imperceptible unless you go looking for it. In my opinion, the Cannon Keys did a really good job of finishing the job.

In a surprising twist for keyboards in 2022, the Bakeneko60 doesn’t have any kind of backlighting. If you type in the dark, this can be a deal breaker. As for the cost, I don’t mind being short, especially if it means more people will be able to join the hobby. At the same time, RGB isn’t really the biggest area of ​​customization in DIY keyboards: it’s about keycaps.


For programming, the keyboard supports QMK and VIA. This is the same open source firmware available in keyboard preferences and it’s so popular for a reason. Use either QMK . Configurator or more user friendly VIA (instant change, no flicker), you can remap any key and even program advanced functions, like dual action keys. There is a learning curve for more advanced functions but the basics are quick and intuitive. If you are new to the hobby, VIA is the preferred choice as it has fewer steps and does not require a risky flashing process to apply your new firmware.

Cannon Bakeneko60 Keys – Assembly

Assembling the Bakeneko60 is quite easy. In fact, it’s one of the easiest to assemble you’ll find on a custom keyboard. There are only four screws to hold in the USB subboard. Everything else can be done by hand, no tools required.

The basics of how to build a keyboard still apply here (refer to this guide I wrote Tom’s Hardware for step-by-step instructions). You will need to prepare the stabilizers by lining them and clamping the legs. Because they are clip-in, they simply attach to the board. From there, all you need to do is position the plate and push some switches into place around the outer edge to secure the plate. Once done, you press the switch and the keycaps into place.


When assembly is complete, you stretch the flexible o-ring around the outside of the assembly. It plugs in between the plate and the PCB and is held in place by switches. This means that if you need to remove an angle switch, you will need to remove the o-ring to keep it from getting stuck inside. It’s not as big of a deal as it seems, once the ring is in place, you plug in the JST cable for the USB connector and just press it into the case. There are no screws or anything else that makes it difficult to remove if you accidentally flip the switch.

From there, load into VIA and make sure you don’t bend any pins on the switch. There’s a switch tester built in, so all you do is press each key once and make sure it responds. If not, pull it out, straighten the latch, and reinsert it. Change any keymap you want on the Configure tab and you’re done!

Cannon Bakeneko60 Keys – Our Custom Build

For our build, Cannon Keys sent the same set CXA doubleshot PBT keycaps and linear Lavender switch. Before getting into how I modified the kit and my impressions, it’s a good idea to take a moment to talk about these in-stock products, because if you decide to pick one up, they’re worth recommending.


Starting with the switches, Cannon Keys has gone gold with its new CXA configurable keycaps. These keycaps are made of durable PBT plastic, so they will never shine. The legendary ones are made from an entire second piece of plastic bonded to the first, ensuring they will never crack or fade. The legends are centered and use a sharp, professional font. The word here is cleaning, Ladies and gentlemen. I was sent the Black on White set, but you can also choose White on Black.

What really stands out, however, is the profile of these keycaps. They are the same height and style as the Cherry profile (the same one used by store keycap manufacturers like GMK) but they are spherical, like the terminal style SA keycaps. They really are the best of both worlds and are very comfortable to use during extended sessions.

The switches are also great. They are made by Durock (JWK) and are factory lubricated, so are exceptionally smooth right out of the box. They also have a very nice sound profile, are lightweight, and have a rattle that I quite like. Like many pre-lubricated switches, I noticed that the consistency on the whole wasn’t perfect, so I went back and re-lubricated them and they have improved both in sound and feel. At $45.50 for 70 switches, they cost $0.65 for a switch, which is about average for store switches like this. They are reasonably priced: not too cheap, not too expensive.

Into the actual build! As a keyboard geek, I had to modify the Bakeneko65. Since I’m also writing a tutorial on modifying the keyboard and need more pictures, I’ve done it in full. Here is what I did:

  • PE Foam Mod: I cut a sheet of PE foam to place between the switches and the PCB. This adds some additional “pop”. PE foam is sold as a packaging material for dishes and is quite cheap. This is what I used.
  • Tape Mod: Three layers of green Frog Ice Paint tape on the back of the PCB. This acts as an audio filter to deepen the sound of the keyboard.
  • Stabilizer pads: Foam pads are placed below the stabilizers on the PCB to cushion underneath. Buy from KBDFans.
  • Holee Mod: This mode involves placing a support cloth strip inside the stabilizer. It removes any and all rattles. Applies to spacebars only. Dielectric grease is used on all other stabilizers.
  • Poly-fil case damping: To protect the flex of the keyboard and remove some of the hollow sound from the empty space at the bottom of the case, I put strips Poly-fil. Yes, the same thing is used for teddy bears. The Teddy board is a thing, okay?

Last impression

With the board built in, how does it stack up? No mods, it’s pretty good. Easily one of the most powerful entry-level keyboards you can get under $130. Because of the free space in the case, there’s room for sound to come in and out, so it’s not a big deal. quiet keyboard (at least without the silence switch). The combination of the Lavenders and CXA keycaps produces a slightly deeper percussion sound than the Cherry profile keycaps but still higher than any SA variant currently available. It’s a really great entry level board if you just take it out and build it as is.


Take the time to modify it and it gets even better. Bakeneko60 easily topped Release Carina in terms of sound and feel and is definitely superior to Tofu. I would even choose it over Bakeneko65, which is a more recent release, due to the enhanced typing experience. For anyone choosing this keyboard as their first time, I recommend clipping and attaching the stabilizers and applying tape mode. Both of those things together create a significant improvement in the sound of the keyboard.

Overall, this is a big win for Cannon Keys. The whole package here is really special for $129.99. Aluminum cases and o-ring mounting systems are uncommon at this price point. Pair it with some switches to suit your taste and a set of keycaps to give it a fresh look and you’ll have a companion that can type, play games, and everything in between.

The product described in this article is provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes. Review Cannon Keys Bakeneko60 |

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