For those of you out there who already use one of these magnificent keyboards, you already know why mechanical keyboards are superior to the typical membrane type keyboards.
For those of you who still use non-mechanical keyboards, I’ll present a convincing case for you to throw out your keyboard, drive down to your local Microcenter and pick out a beautiful mechanical keyboard. And trust me, you’ll never look back.
Membrane Style Keyboards
The typical style keyboard uses a membrane key system, which I’ll get more into. The keys are not individual, but instead are resting on a pressure pad and are activated when the membrane is pressed and activates an underlaying electrical circuit.
The main downside to this style is the lack of tactile feedback, which makes typing without mistakes incredibly difficult. It’s similar to typing on a waterbed and makes your fingers feel like they are lost at sea.
Membrane keyboards still enjoy widespread use despite their lack of tactile feedback, due to the fact they are incredibly easy to mass-produce and are very cheap. Over the past few years, however, there has been a resurgence in the usage of mechanical keyboards.
Ok, so why mechanical keyboards?
Each key on a mechanical keyboard contains a switch underneath. The switch is composed of spring inside of a housing. Upon pressing a key, the user receives some resistance from the spring and once the key is fully pressed, the keyboard will make a clicking sound!
It sounds simple, but this design provides the ultimate tactile feedback for the user. It is incredibly satisfying to sit down and click away, for every click is a letter typed. You can customize the clicking sound and spring resistance through a variety of different switch types, some louder than others.
If you want everyone in the office to hear how hard you’re working at your keyboard, there’s switch for that. If you want to be stealthily typing away in the corner of coffee shop, there’s a switch for you too.
If you’re more interested in the different switch types, you can read up on the different types of switches here.
Mechanical keyboards also fix the issue of rollover, one of the common problems of a traditional keyboard. Rollover is the issue of keystrokes not registering when multiple keys are pressed at once.
You can look up the specs for each keyboard specifically by looking at the n-rollover, where n is the number of keys that can get pressed simultaneously.
This makes typing a whole lot smoother for gamers or people who type very fast.
On top of the benefits of tactile feedback, mechanical keyboards are also highly durable!
The switches have a much higher lifespan than a membrane keyboard. The switches are rated for over 50 million keystrokes, a membrane keyboard is only rated for 10 million, or one fifth of the number of keystrokes. That’s a good-looking cost benefit reason to buy a mechanical keyboard if I’ve ever seen one!
Whether you’re a gamer, blogger, programmer, or just a someone looking for an upgrade, you cannot go wrong with a mechanical keyboard. I would recommend checking out a variety of different keyboard and switch combinations to find out what works best for you. Happy typing!