Why you should buy a mechanical keyboard
If you’ve ever used a standard, cheap keyboard like the kind that comes with your store-bought computer, you may ask yourself why you’d want to purchase an expensive mechanical keyboard. What are the benefits of spending the extra money? What should one expect when making the switch? Let’s take a look at those questions and give you some answers.
Mechanical Keyboard Switches
The distinction that a mechanical switch brings to your typing isn’t readily visible from the outside. When you start typing with them, however, you’ll ask yourself how you’ve gone so long without one. Similar to when you got your first smartphone and realized you could never live without one, the jump is really that large. The tactile feel of the switches can’t truly be put into words, it’s something you need to experience to understand. The keys give pleasant feedback to your touch and snap back to the “ready” position quickly after being released and feel much more lively than a conventional keyboard.
There are different types of switches that specialize in different tasks, which is why we recommend certain mechanical keyboards for gaming, and other mechanical keyboards perfect for typing. There are even different keyboards for different operating systems, here are the best mechanical keyboards for Mac.
For a more technical and detailed guide that details more about switches, their use, and functionality, check out our article here.
The sound of mechanical keyboard switches firing off in rapid succession is lovely and unique in a calming way. Similar to the metal clicks and clacks of old typewriters, there’s something soothing about the sound that flows from the board. Moreover, with most of us on computers all day long, you’ll want a keyboard that you enjoy – not just for the ergonomics but also for the sound. The sound of a mechanical keyboard is not only satisfying but can also be used as a signal to ensure that you’ve clicked properly. Don’t like loud clicky sounds? The great thing about mechanical keyboards is both its functionality and customizable qualities. With the ability to change around keys and other parts of a keyboard, you can definitely make a more quiet keyboard. Check out our article on quiet keyboards here if that’s more your style.
Customize Your Experience
As previously noted, one excellent advantage of mechanical keyboards is they’re incredibly customizable to your liking. Different types of switches offer different typing experiences. Some activate the key press sooner than others, some may spring back quicker, some are quieter than others, etc. You can also customize the look of your keyboard by swapping out keycaps, adding o-rings, etc. This may not seem essential at first but custom functionality can be essential for an everyday typist. It allows you to try out different switches, clean your board for longer use, and most mechanical boards are made to last long via better materials and builds. Other features of many mechanical boards include things like programmable keys, backlights, and multifunctional keys. These functions are known to be quite useful for gamers as they can program shortcuts but I’ve definitely found it useful just for everyday use. Programmable keys are and awesome and underrated feature that can make daily typing much easier. For a full list of keyboard accessories, check out our article here. For a newbie, all of this keyboard talk can be confusing; if you don’t understand some of these concepts I highly recommend you check out our beginners guide for mechanical keyboards.
Why Not Invest Now?
You likely use a keyboard all day at work and then come home and spend a few more hours behind a keyboard. Doesn’t it make sense to make that time a more pleasant experience? You probably spend more than $20 on your mattress where you also spend 8 hours a day, so why not your keyboard? If you’re ready to make the commitment, be sure to read our best mechanical keyboards of 2017 or if you’re just looking to get your feet wet, check out our low-cost mechanical board list.