I type a lot on my computer, and chances are you do too. Another likely scenario is that you are using a rubber dome keyboard with your computer. They work after all, for a while at least. Eventually though, they wear out and need to be replaced. So, you’ll probably go out to the store and buy another terrible keyboard that’ll wear out in a year. Rinse and repeat, year after year. Well, it’s time for a change, and it’s time to switch to a mechanical keyboard!

Now, you might be wondering what a mechanical keyboard even is. A mechanical keyboard is a keyboard that uses physical mechanical switches instead of a rubber membrane to activate the key press. When the switch activates, it completes a circuit, and that information is sent to the computer for interpretation.

There are many different types of switches to choose from. Some are silent and linear such as the Cherry MX Black, while others are clicky, and provide a solid tactile bump such as the Cherry MX Blue.

Why is this better then a membrane? Well, for one, mechanical switches last a lot longer then a rubber dome keyboard. Some mechanical keyboards are still working from the 70s and 80s (The Verge has a great article on the IBM Model M). The other reason to switch to a mechanical keyboard is the feel and sound. Mechanical keys can provide you with more tactile feedback, and some have a clicky sound that is made when the key is actuated. This makes for a far better typing experience.

A mechanical keyboard can also increase your typing speed due to it’s tactile feedback, as you’ll be able to hear and feel when the key actuates before bottoming it out. Also, if your fingers are cramping after a day of typing, a mechanical keyboard might just be the cure as you can get one that has a light actuation force.

Overall, a mechanical keyboard is going to provide a far superior experience then that of a rubber dome counterpart. Be it reliability, typing accuracy, speed and tactile feedback; it doesn’t get better then going mechanical!


Sources: The Verge, Deskthority

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