There is a lot of hype about mechanical keyboards and you’re probably wondering why? That’s why in this article I will explain Why You Should Buy a Mechanical Keyboard in 2021!
The Short Answer
Mechanical keyboards can not only provide you with a satisfying typing experience but they can also improve your speed, accuracy and overall typing experience. Sounds good?
There are numerous things to consider before actually purchasing a new keyboard and it’s all down to personal preference. There are many types of keyboards out there and to make things even more difficult there are also many types of keys and switches!
Let’s start with the basics, the keys of a mechanical keyboard each have their own mechanical switch containing housing, a spring and a stem. These have the potential of providing the user with a remarkable typing experience.
There are many mechanical keyboards to choose from, but when looking for a mechanical keyboard, one of the main things you should look out for is the colour of the switch because that will determine the experience you get.
The different switches
There are 3 main types of switches:
- Linear – Focus on a smooth, consistent and quite non-tactile experience. These are usually Red, Yellow or Black. Here’s what they sound like:
- Tactile – These focus on a bumpy experience that lets you feel the response. They have moderate noise and are perfect for beginners. These usually come as brown or clear switches. Here’s what they sound like:
- Clicky – These focus on producing a tactile bump and loud click. These are also great for beginners and usually come as blue or green switches. Here’s what they sound like:
Hopefully, the sounds above helped you in making a purchase decision. However, I recommend taking it a step further by visiting a computer shop and trying the different keys yourself! Obviously, this may not be possible in every shop, so ask a sales person first!
What’s the difference between a mechanical and a membrane keyboard?
So you’re probably thinking what’s the difference between a mechanical and a classic membrane keyboard?
Membrane keyboards are some of the most common types of keyboards that can be found practically anywhere!
A membrane keyboard works by a small rubber part pressing directly onto the printed circuit of the keyboard. The membrane part is elastic which enables the key to go back to its initial position.
But why should I invest in mechanical?
They look cool! There are many cool looking mechanical keyboards out there, such as the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog pictured below…
Mechanical keyboards often come with awesome looking RGB, not to say that membrane keyboards don’t. I can’t justify it but for some reason, I think the RGB on mechanical keyboards just looks better!
Different Sizes – Full Size, TKL, 65%, 60%
Like membrane keyboards, mechanical keyboards are available in different sizes. A Fullsize keyboard is your typical keyboard, TKL or “Ten Keys less” don’t have the number pad you find on the right-hand side of your keyboard. These are perfect for smaller desks as there is more room for your mouse to move. You can also get the 65% or 60% which are mini keyboards. These are perfect for laptops or if you fancy more space on your desk. I would also recommend them if you plan to take your keyboard with you.
Mechanical Keyboards Feel Sturdy
I don’t know about you but whenever I touch a mechanical keyboard, it feels sturdy. It feels far more weighty compared to classic keyboards.
A more precise and comfortable keyboard allows you to easily improve your typing speed. Ever since I switched to a mechanical keyboard, I was able to improve my typing speed significantly! Not only does the typing feel natural but it feels very comfortable and for some strange reason, it just makes me want to carry on typing making me more productive!
Comfortable to use and Reduced Strain
I don’t know about you but as an IT guy, I use my computer for long hours during the day. A comfortable keyboard is not only key to me being able to do my job but also because it reduces RSI or Repetitive Strain Injury.
Now I’m not saying that a mechanical keyboard will strictly reduce RSI because any decent keyboard that is comfortable to use will and there are many out there, even some that are membrane. However, personally, I still prefer the mechanical.
Last but not least, mechanical keyboards can be fun to use. Not only do they sound great but depending on the model you can mess around with the colours and program keys to your liking!
So What do I use?
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In summary, I think mechanical keyboards are great! By investing in a mechanical keyboard, not only was I able to improve the accuracy of my typing put the speed. The best part is that you don’t even have to be a gamer to invest in a mechanical keyboard, they are great for anyone who uses a computer for long periods of time!
Buying a mechanical keyboard was one of the best investments I made whilst I was at Uni. For those who don’t know, I’ve spent the last 5 years at Uni and my courses included a lot of coding and typing and the mechanical keyboard was great for that.
Do you own a mechanical keyboard? Perhaps you prefer a classic membrane one? let us know in the comments!
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