This mechanical keyboard has an impressive screen display under its keys

If you think RGB LEDs dancing on your keyboard keys are distracting, you might want to look away from Finalmouse’s upcoming mechanical keyboard. Announced Saturday, the Finalmouse center console is a mechanical keyboard that has its own display that projects moving images through the keyboard’s translucent keycaps and keys for a look that’s as dazzling as it is distracting.

Finalmouse is known for making computers with detailed designs and often limited availability. It usually goes after PC gamers looking for something unique and an exclusive feel to their setup. Now, Finalmouse announces its first keyboard, which takes detailed design to a new level.

Finalmouse didn’t share many details on the screen running below the Centerpiece switches. We don’t know its exact size, brightness, resolution or refresh rate, for example. However, the display is said to be powered by “interactive skins” using Unreal Engine 5. It’s unclear how many skins Centerpiece will launch with, but in its video Finalmouse showed off a variety of possibilities, from swimming koi fish scurrying away when You press a key, to rippling water effect, a grazing lion, and 3D animation.

Mechanical keyboards are some of the most customizable peripherals you can find, but the Finalmouse’s central part is brighter than most, even Asus’ ROG Strix Flare II Animate, which boasts 312 customizable mini LEDs.

We’ve seen mechanical keyboards with a display near the keys before, but the Centerpiece display is front and center. As such, we could see the animations as quite distracting, especially for non-touch typists and people who play competitive games. Wisely, the brightness knob on the side of the keyboard lets you turn off the screen.

Interestingly, Finalmouse says that Centerpiece uses its own CPU and GPU, so turning on the monitor doesn’t take up the resources of the connected system.

Claiming Finalmouse artists can submit skins to play on the Centerpiece screen and have the option to monetize them. No further details were provided, however. The Finalmouse announcement said that people will be able to submit centerpiece variations for use via a Finalmouse Steam app called The Freethinker Portal, which allows Centerpiece users to download designs and switch through up to three via a dedicated key on the side of the keyboard.

The centerpiece is said to be based on what Finalmouse calls a DisplayCircuit Glass stack. As you might imagine, glass is not a material often used in mechanical keyboards. Inside an aluminum frame, it should be decently protected; Although there are still a lot of questions about durability and how it all works. Finalmouse, of course, claims that the keyboard is rugged enough to withstand heavy use.

Further, the company claims that the glass stack is surrounded by gaskets which makes for “typing acoustics and feel unlike anything else.” Finalmouse’s announcement said the keyboard’s sound profile was described (it was never mentioned by whom) as “soft marbled raindrops,” but we’ll just need to hear it for ourselves to know for sure that’s a good thing.

View the screen from a different angle.
Zoom in / View the screen from a different angle.

In addition to the wild display, the keyboard also uses mechanical switches based on Gateron linear Black Ink switches. Gateron key has 4mm of travel and operates at 60g. Finalmouse said the keys on the center keyboard are supposed to act more quickly and have “slightly” different travel specifications. The company will also sell a version of the keyboard’s analog switches with Hall effect sensors, so users can determine the actuation point of the keys (somewhere within the overall key travel) themselves.

The centerpiece, with its truncated design, odd design (including keycaps with only side-printed legends) and high price tag, will be limited to those looking for a bold PC accessory to transform and control their settings and keep themselves, or perhaps online viewers, wowed. Finalmouse said the keyboard will be available early next year for $349.

You can watch a Finalmouse video showing the effects of the centerpiece below:

Finalmouse central keyboard revealed.

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