When talking about computers, one of the most oft forgotten components is the keyboard. Quite ironic, considering it's what we interact with most when it comes to computers. So what are mechanical keyboards? There keyboards that have a different "mechanism". For the majority of keyboard, a key consists of a key cap, and a rubber dome underneath it. When you press down on the key cap, the rubber dome is pressed down as well, making contact with the circuitry underneath it and telling your computer to input that specific letter. However, rubber domes can be fatiguing and uncomfortable to type on. Mechanical keyboards on the other hand have mechanical switches instead of rubber domes, so the switch is pressed down, makes contact with the circuitry and sends a signal as well. Now, you may think that I'm talking nonsense. Fatiguing and uncomfortable? Really? Yes, I'm dead serious. Though your average keyboard may feel one, once you try a mechanical keyboard, you will never be able to go back. The best thing about mechanical keyboards is there degree of customization. Want something that's nice to type on? Blues. Something quiet and smooth? Reds. A nice all-rounder? Browns. But what exactly do those words mean? What I just named were colors, but they were also the colors of the switches themselves. The industry standard are Cherry MX Switches, and they come in Blue, Red, Brown, and many more colors for more corner cases. However, do not choose your switch based on what your favorite color is. After all, the switches themselves are covered by the key cap. Even right now, I am writing this article using a Blue mechanical keyboard. It's so nice to type on. Here's a brief run down on the most common types of switches.
Feel: Clicky. You press down and feel a click when the key is actuated
Actuation Force: ~60g
Pros: Really fun to type on
Cons: Very loud. Don't use if you enjoy peace and quiet
Feel: Linear. You feel nothing pressing the key or releasing the key.
Actuation Force: ~45g
Pros: Good for gaming as they're light to the touch, and they're quiet as well
Cons: For me, I like some feedback, you can never know if you pressed the key down far enough.
Feel: Tactile. There's a slight bump when the key is actuated
Actuation Force: ~45g
Pros: Good for most cases. A nice mix between clicky and linear
Cons: Not very common, so it may be tough to find.
Well there ya go. My first article in a while.