why mechanical keyboard


 Because mechanical keyboards can dramatically improve accuracy and provide you with the most satisfying typing experience since typewriters. The tactile response and feedback heard as we type are easy years ahead of us even on the best laptop keyboards.


However, it all comes down to personal preference. I know a few people who actually prefer the low-profile receiver-style keys on their laptop over a clickable mechanical keyboard. 


I may be missing everything I need to understand their choice but I can respect it! So … if you've never used a mechanical keyboard you should at least give it a try.


What Is a Mechanical Keyboard?

Mechanical keyboards use tiny mechanical devices that contain indicators and spring mechanisms called switches under each key to provide the keyboardist with tangible feedback. 


The feel is similar to 90s electric typewriters and can vary depending on the type of switch used. Cheap or out-of-industry keyboards often use rubber domes to provide some feedback. The resistance you feel is due to the squeezing of the rubber dome which will expand again when you release the key. Compared to mechanical switches it is quite "thick". 


Laptop keyboards typically use this technique combined with flat scissor switches which provide an extremely low travel of any key required to adjust the keyboards on thinner and thinner devices.


What’s a “switch”?

First, there are many brands of switch manufacturers; the most common and reliable are the German-based company Cherry (you know German engineering and all that). In order not to complicate things further I will focus only on the Cherry MX switches. 


Each switch contains a mechanism designed to provide the "feel". Compared to rubber dome keyboards and laptops this feedback is sharp and distinct also quite audible while the switches provide a deeper ride for each key.


Why Are Mechanical Keyboards Better

Once you get used to it probably is despite your fingers traveling deeper on each keystroke compared to a laptop keyboard. I improved my typing speed from around 95 rpm on my excellent Thinkpad to a peak of 125 rpm on my Ducky mechanics.


Why to Use a Mechanical Keyboard

You will definitely be more accurate than on a flat keyboard or rubber keyboard. The additional feedback will train your muscle memory and high-profile keys with a deeper ride and shaped tops that "welcome" your fingers easier to hit (though you have to lift your fingers slightly higher) than on a flat keyboard.


Keycaps and Materials

When using mechanical keyboards for many it's all about "sensations" or the soundscape that drives the goose. But the sharp new response and the delightful and audible pressing of Blue Cherry's MX switches are only half the excitement. The other half is the actual materials used in the keyboards, especially the keyboard keys.


Why to Use Mechanical Keyboard for Gaming

Many mechanical keyboards are designed for gaming. They feature additional features like LEDs in full flashing colors macros or even tuning buttons or small screens. If you find them in good taste or if you want to use a mechanical keyboard in practice for gaming that's fine go for it. 


Again personal preference is key. If you only care about writing and how each keystroke feels everything is related to the plastic and the switches everything else is "bells and whistles" that you don't need at all. 


If you have some light on your mechanical keyboard it's nice (as you can also turn it off), but most of us still type blindly so it's not mandatory at least for me. I prefer the delicacy of an unlit keyboard as my work area is bright enough if I need to check where my fingers are located.


Summary

First and foremost mechanical keyboards deal with a passion for writing. No mechanical keyboard is not an excuse for not writing. The artist does the art not the tool.

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