Mechanical Keyboards: Should You Make the Switch?

There was a time when we used to type on noisy keyboards with a distinctive “clicking” sound. The sound itself was annoying to some, but most will agree it invoked feelings of nostalgia whenever they heard the familiar clicking sounds by someone using a mechanical keyboard.

Well there’s good news and bad news depending on which side of the camp you belong in. Mechanical keyboards are making a comeback.

What is a mechanical keyboard? What’s so special about them and should you switch back?

Let’s find out.

What are Mechanical Keyboards?

There are two major types of keyboards, mechanical keyboards and a regular membrane-based keyboard.

A mechanical keyboard uses a physical switch which when pressed, sends the signal and makes a letter appear on screen. The switch is pressed down the right distance when you hear the click.

Regular keyboards on the other hand, typically use 3 rubber membrane with rubber domes instead of mechanical switches.

The feel of using a regular membrane keyboard (like the one at most offices and homes that you’re using right now) is vastly different from a mechanical one.

Who Are They For?

The membrane based keyboards are a lot cheaper than their mechanical counterparts, and they can get the job done most of the times for light PC users or non-enthusiasts.

So even though a mechanical keyboard is a must-have for power users and enthusiasts, regular Joes and Janes would not need a mechanical keyboard for their everyday use.

For blog writers or content writers who need to write for hours at a time, a mechanical keyboard is the better option.

This is because when pressing a key down, a mechanical keyboard does not require the key to be pressed all the way down, just the right amount of depth does the trick.

This makes the overall typing experience (after training yourself to press it down just the right distance) much better than on a rubber membrane keyboard.

This also applies to gamers who want to input their commands in a high-stakes competitive game. Those shaved milliseconds might not matter to the average person, but in a do-or-die session of CS:GO, it may very well mean everything.

Why You Should Upgrade to a Mechanical Keyboard

Aside from being a better option for the keyboard warriors (writers) and gamers as mentioned above, they also typically last longer than a rubber-membrane keyboard.

As compared by PCWorld, a typical rubber membrane keyboard lasts upto 15 million keypresses per key, while a mechanical keyboard lasts for 50 million.

Even if you are spending top dollar for a mechanical keyboard, they will last longer and ensure they are worth the cost. However, you will have to do some research since types of switches, the relatively high cost and other considerations can make selecting or building a mechanical keyboard a tough task.

So, there you have it. Mechanical keyboards are much more satisfying to type on and game on and last longer than their rubber counterparts. They also make typing less stressful. But are they worth the extra premium? That’s up to you to decide.

Do you have one? Or are you looking to get one? Share your thoughts with the readers below.

A techie, Overwatch and Street Fighter enthusiast, and Sub Editor at ProPakistani.