Hyperkin Announces New SNES-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard

Accessory-maker Hyperkin announced the Hyper Clack Tactile Mechanical Keyboard for PC yesterday, with clicky Gaote Blue key switches and a Super Nintendo-inspired design. The iconic royal purple, lilac, and gray color scheme is instantly recognizable to any nostalgic SNES fan. It might be an unnecessary purchase for the office, but it could be a great conversation piece.

Hyperkin, which focuses on controllers and consoles like the Retron5, hasn't entered the PC mechanical keyboard market until now. If you like what you see, the Hyper Clack Keyboard is available for purchase now for $99.99 USD at Hyperkin Labs with a limited one year warranty. Shipping isn't free though; it appears to cost between $6 and $12 depending on your zip code.

"Any SNES fans want a little retro flair for their workspace?," wrote Hyperkin on its Facebook page. Here's the keyboard's feature list:

  • Price: $99.99 USD
  • Key Switches: Gaote Blue. Customizable with with Cherry MX-compatible keycaps (not included)
  • Keyboard Size: Standard 104-key U.S. layout
  • Max Decibels: Unknown
  • Lighting: Backlit accent purple, toggled on/off with key combo. No programmable per-key illumination
  • Cable: Attached braided USB
  • Additional Ports: None

The Hyper Clack Keyboard is entering a crowded market, and it looks like /r/mechanicalkeyboards and /r/retrogaming commenters are already expressing some mixed reactions on its design:

So what do you think?

CORRECTION: At one point, some users reported seeing a $119.99 USD price for the Hyper Clack Tactile Mechanical Keyboard on hyperkinlab.com. A Hyperkin PR rep emailed us to explain that this was not the original intended price, and that the company corrected it once they were notified. The story has been amended to reflect this.