Next to your smartphone, your computer is probably one of the device that you use daily. It is ,nowadays, a creative tool that you use at work and for some of you at home. The shape and the technology of computer is changing at a blinding speed. However, the way you interact with it and register your input stays the same – through your keyboard.
The technology of keyboard has not change by much. The form and design may have change, you have a slimmer keyboard, but for the most part the function and the mechanics behind them stays the same. There are now touch keyboards where they use a different technology than conventional keyboards, but many people just can’t get use to its feel because of the lack of feedback. As for the technology in conventional keyboards that you get with your computer, is a actually a step backward.
From financial point of view, the rubber dome technology makes perfect sense. It is cheap to make, with an additional benefit of making the keyboard looking sleek which in turn get more people to buy the products. But once you compare these keyboards with its mechanical counter part, there is no competition.
Unlike today’s keyboard, mechanical ones use spring to provide resistance. For this reason, mechanical keyboard can provide a satisfying feedback that many enthusiasts prefer. This is also the reason why most people can type faster and with more accuracy while typing on it. Plus, you can do so without exerting much effort due to the light actuation force of the mechanical switches. While it is thicker and heavier than rubber membrane keyboards, most mechanical keyboards have a better build quality and can last much longer.
Mechanical keyboards don’t come cheap. You have to pay around $80 to get good ones, and some of the best ones can cost you more than $200. But if you want to type faster with more comfort, and have a keyboard that last, then you should definitely give mechanical keyboards a try.