Now mechanical keyboards have been around for some time but I’ve noticed that they’ve become the norm of the century especially for gamers. Why do people like mechanical keyboard/gaming keyboards or even waterproof so much and what makes them so much better compared to the typical membrane keyboard that you might be familiar with.
So the typical keyboard that most people know and still use are the typical membrane or rubber dome keyboard. This work with a rubber dome structure holding the keycaps up. Pressing it down hard enough it will collaps the rubber part and makes contact with the circuit board below which send the signals to the different parts within the structure. This type of technology is very cheap and flexible and make popular peripherals like rollup keyboards.
The most common mechanical switch that all gamers should know about is the Cherry MX Mechanical switch. Several different types of components is used to make a good mechanical switch and that’s why mostly the reason these mechanical keyboards comes at a higher price point than the standard keyboard.
Well the best thing is that mechanical switches are better and easy to type on you see with a normal standard keyboard. You have to press to the bottom with your fingers which can be really frustrating when the keys does not register.
MX switch line is used in most mechanical keyboards and their line of mechanical switch types is referenced by a variation of colors. Some of them are clicking, some of them are tactile and others are not, and I’m going to highlight some common types…
The first common type is cherry MX blue. It has a very distinctive clicky sound and tactile feedback for activation. The clicky sound is so distinctive and recognizable, which is why most people associate it with mechanical keyboards. I have the exact same key in my keyboard and I really like it, but the only downside is that it’s very loud.
Another type of switch is the Cherry MX red which has a very light and linear press and no matter how far down you press the resistance is the same down to the bottom. This type of switch also does not click and it has no tactile feedback, and you can feel when you get passed the activation, and their also less noisier than blue cherry. The cherry MX and the cherry MX red is the most common, but you can also get it in grey, green or clear which is less common.