Mechanical keyboards and which one should i buy ?
We’ve seen a surge of mechanical keyboards come to the market in the last 2 years. Keyboards have changed so much in the last 5 years, they have become better in quality and offer many more features. Well cover some basics facts of mechanical keyboards and also cover the different types of keyboards switches to give a idea whats good to buy.
1. Basic Facts of mechanical keyboards vs membrane keyboards
Most normal keyboards, like the ones that come with computers, utilize a flexible membrane layer beneath the keys. When you press a key, it causes the membrane to press down and make contact with a bottom layer. We need to depress the key completely to complete the key stroke. The keyboard as such give no feedback. Mechanical keyboards, however, use a switch underneath every key. Depending on the type of switch, they have a variety of response and travel times. Switches on a mechanical keyboard are made to last up to 50 million keystrokes. Think about how many times you press a single key, and you’ll realize that’s a long time! Compare that to membrane switches, which typically last around 5-10 million keystrokes, and you’ll see why the investment in a mechanical keyboard is well worth it. This is helpful for folks who type really fast and need to be able to hit keys in quick succession. Gamers who need to bang key combos quickly to kill their enemy also benefit. Try it on a membrane keyboard and you may be the one who will end up slow and loose 🙂 .
Now lets cover the type of switches in mechanical keyboards and who can use what.
2. Cherry MX Black
These a linear switches. They were the first switches to be introduced for general use. These cherry switches are the ones which dont have any loud click when you press the keys. Liked by gamers due to their smoothness and making double tapping easier.
3. Cherry MX Red
Another switch which is like the cherry black switch as it too is a linear switch. When we say liner and non tactile feeling it means that the feeling of typing is constant through each up down stroke. They differ from the black switch in way that it take less effort to tap these switch. Their really very quick and have a very fast response time. Hence the user will feel that they they are typing faster and smoother. Gaming requires faster response times and hence the cherry mx red switches are very popular with gamers.
4. Cherry MX Blue
These are one of my favorites as they make that typical clicking sound which makes you connected to your keyboard. It feel more like the typical way you would like to type through a typewriter though they are much smoother than the typewriter. These are best for people who do a lot of typing and give you the feel of typing a lot in control. They give a good audio feedback by the click sound which many people may prefer.
5. Cherry MX Brown
The most balanced keyboard which a lot of people prefer. The Cherry mx brown keys have a softer click and click half way through the key. They give a slightly lesser audio feedback compared to the cherry mx blue keys, hence some people who like to type would also like them. Gamers would also love this as it lets you double tap faster.
Buying a keyboard is like investing money in a good cabinet. You may change the internals of your pc but the cabinet and keyboard if you spend good money on it will always remain with you for a longer time. The cherry keys keyboards last much longer, give you a much more enjoyable experience to use and can some times be much more productive due to the extra features and keys provided by different manufactures. I personally used a TVSE gold keyboard which used the Cherry mx brown switches for years together. I would recommend everyone to at-least try a mechanical keyboard for once. I am sure you would never go back to a membrane keyboard.
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