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Hot-swap keyboards make it easy to replace switches without soldering. But how exactly does this feature work and what technology is behind it?

Hot-swap keyboards are a revolutionary development in the world of mechanical keyboards, allowing users to swap individual switches without soldering. This feature opens up a whole new dimension of customizability and maintenance that is attractive to both beginners and experienced users. Some enthusiasts can’t live without it.

But what exactly makes a keyboard “hot-swappable”? And how do switches and sockets work with this technology?

This article originally appeared on our sister publication PC-WELT and was translated and localized from German.