Many people ask, “do I need a mechanical keyboard?” and the answer is “yes”. Mechanical keyboards have many benefits. They’re also much less expensive than they used to be, so it’s an investment that can grow with you.
Benefits of Using a Mechanical Keyboard:
There are many benefits of using a mechanical keyboard.
- Mechanical Keyboards are more durable than rubber dome keyboards. This is because the force of the keys means that parts of a mechanical keyboard are less likely to fail and will last longer.
- Mechanical Keys have better tactile feedback than rubber dome keyboards, as mechanical keys have a greater spring force which gives a more responsive keystroke.
- Mechanical Keyboards are designed to be used with an ergonomic keyboard/mouse combo set, which can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injury (RSI). By using an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, you’ll be better able to type accurately, reduce fatigue, and prevent injuries from everyday typing habits such as poor posture or working in the wrong position.
- Mechanical Keyboards are cheaper than rubber dome keyboards because they’re less fragile and needs less maintenance.
- Mechanical Keyboards use LED backlighting, which frequently becomes brighter and more customizable than the backlighting on rubber dome keyboards. It also uses less power, which is good for the environment and prolongs the life of your hardware.
- Mechanical Keyboards can be customized to make them easier to type, if you find that you have a hard time using your fingers on a traditional keyboard due to carpal tunnel syndrome or RSI (repetitive strain injury).
- Mechanical Keyboards require less maintenance than the rubber dome keyboards.
- Mechanical Keyboards are also more portable than rubber dome keyboards because they are usually smaller and less bulky, and you can strap them to your backpack without a mouse pad.
I use a mechanical keyboard, but I am also one of those who has to constantly clean his keyboards with soapy water out of respect for the hard work that went into making it (and therefore cleaning it). There is still a lot of effort when going from rubber dome keyboard to mechanical keyboard – you have to get used to this difference and come out on the other side still loving your new purchase.
As you can see, mechanical keyboards have a lot of benefits as opposed to rubber dome keyboards. If you’re in the market for a new keyboard, I recommend using a mechanical keyboard over a rubber dome. However, if you already have a rubber dome keyboard and don’t like it, then at least get a mechanical one because they are so much better than a rubber dome.
Will a mechanical keyboard cost me more money?
The answer is yes and no. It will cost you more money if you go for a higher-end product. However, if you get one of the cheaper ones, then it can be very affordable. Some people prefer spending more money to get something of higher quality (like myself). Still, some people would rather spend less to get decent quality and lower the price by adding their customizations. If you go this route, see below for some ideas on adding your personal touches without breaking the bank.
Do mechanical keyboards have to be more expensive?
No. For example, you can get some very cheap mechanical keyboards for under $30-40 dollars. However, because some cheaper ones are available, a high-end mechanical keyboard will not be of better quality. The price of a high-end mechanical keyboard is inversely proportional to the quality of the materials used and the amount of work that went into making it. A cheap metal frame with one of those cheap plastic keycaps will be much less durable than an aluminum alloy frame with a switch plate entirely made from metal.