Blank key

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A blank key is a key with no legend on the keycap. A blank keyboard with only blank keys can have keys in any colour, different colours on different keys or even a pattern but no symbol.

Blank keyboards were made popular with early Happy Hacking Keyboards by PFU and with the first Das Keyboard by Metadot.


The "Otaku newsletter" by EliteKeyboards.

The term "Otaku" for noting a blank keyboard was coined on June 12, 2009, by keyboard store EliteKeyboards. It was used on their site's product pages and in a newsletter[1] which announced a limited edition of white Filco Majestouch tenkeyless keyboards. On Geekhack, member Majestouch (fronting for EliteKeyboards) explained this was picked as a catchy marketing term[2].

Outside keyboards, "Otaku (お宅 / オタク) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga or video games."[3]

List of blank keyboards

Although many keyboards can be modified with a blank keycap set, some are blank from the start:



See also

  • Realforce keyboards with black-on-anthracite legends (practically Otaku in low lighting conditions)
  • Ninja — Filco term for keyboard with sideprinting