If you are using a laptop for the most of the days, mechanical keyboard is one of the best upgrades you should make. If you think that mechanical keyboard is only for gaming purposes, then you are wrong. Mechanical keyboards are fantastic for general productivity work too.
That said, it is still all comes down to personal preference. Some people still prefer to use low-profile chiclet-style keys on their laptop than a clicky mechanical keyboard. If you still have not try a mechanical keyboard, you should really give it a try.
What is a mechanical keyboard?
A mechanical keyboard is different from your standard keyboard because there are individual mechanical switches beneath each key versus a single mat of rubber domes. This is one of the main factors that makes a mechanical keyboard more expensive.
Switches are the heart to a body of a mechanical keyboard. The switches are situated underneath each key on a mechanical keyboard, which determine the feel and sound of each key press. There are many brands of switch manufacturers, the most common and reliable ones are the ones by Cherry.
There are 3 main switch types available in the market, these are Linear, Tactile and Clicky.
- Linear: Linear switches do not provide tactile or clicky feedback when you press on them. Their “travel”, or the distance between the top and bottom of the press, is smooth.
- Tactile: Tactile switches are the middle ground between linear and clicky switches. They have a silent “bump” you can feel midway through their key travel. The key registers right you press past this bump.
- Clicky: Clicky switches do exactly what you would think. They click when you press them! This click provides audible feedback, letting you know exactly when the key registers.
To put it simple, it is so you are able to differentiate between the different sounds and feels associated with different switches.
Different sizes of mechanical keyboard
Mechanical keyboards or any keyboards in general come in different sizes. A full sized (100%) keyboard is the classic keyboard with all the F-keys, arrowkeys and a numpad. TKL means “ten keys less” and those omit the numpad for a more comfortable positioning of your mouse. The 65% or 60% ones are “mini keyboards” that can be described as “portable”. Most mechanical keyboards are wired, but there are some wireless variants available too.
Improved Typing Speed
A mechanical keyboard can help you type faster than you would on a rubber dome. This can be explained by examining how the two keyboards register a key-press.
A rubber dome keyboard only registers an input when the key is pushed all the way down, or “bottomed out”. The top dome layer must physically touch the bottom layer to complete the circuit and send the signal to your device. This requires you to press the keys with significantly more force to ensure your keystrokes register.
A mechanical keyboard on the other hand, registers an input, or “actuates”, midway through the switch press. This means you do not have to bottom out each time before moving onto the next key like you do with a rubber dome.
Even if you are a hard typist, there are heavier switch options (measured by force) that come with a higher spring weight to prevent bottoming out. The springs within each switch cushion the down stroke and bounce your finger to the next key in a way that a rubber dome cannot replicate.
When the keys on a rubber dome begin to wear out, many people find themselves compensating by smashing the keys harder and harder to make them register correctly. Beating up your keys like they owe you money is obviously not something you want to keep up in the long run. Especially when something like Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is relatively common in this age of technology. If you want to avoid long term problems in the future, it may be best to consider looking into a mechanical keyboard.
ASUS TUF Gaming K7 Optical-Mech Keyboard
ASUS TUF Gaming K7 is engineered with innovative optical-mechanical switches for precise actuation that’s 25X faster than a standard mechanical keyboard, and supplied with linear switches. IP56 resistance to dust and water ingress, aircraft-grade aluminum faceplate and up to twice the lifespan of traditional mechanical switches for long-term reliability.
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Razer BlackWidow 2019 Mechanical Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow 2019 has been synonymous not just with precision but also tactile and clicky feel of its switches that gamers love. Razer have fine-tuned their mechanical switches to unlock the highest level of gaming performance yet with the latest edition of the Razer Green Mechanical Switch.
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Logitech G512 Mechanical Keyboard
Logitech G512 is a high performance gaming keyboard featuring your choice of advanced GX mechanical switches. Advanced gaming technology and aluminum-alloy construction make G512 simple, durable and full-featured.
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