How are mechanical keyboards different from “regular” keyboards?

Mechanical keyboards are different from “regular” or membrane keyboards in several ways:

  1. Key switches: Mechanical keyboards use individual mechanical switches for each key, while regular keyboards use a membrane layer to register keystrokes. The mechanical switches provide a tactile feedback and distinct click sound when pressed, allowing for more accurate and responsive typing.
  2. Durability: Mechanical keyboards are generally more durable and longer-lasting than regular keyboards. The individual key switches can withstand millions of keystrokes, making them a good investment for heavy typists.
  3. Customizability: Mechanical keyboards often offer a higher degree of customization than regular keyboards. Keycaps, key switches, and even the keyboard’s layout can be modified to suit individual preferences and needs.
  4. Typing experience: The tactile feedback and distinct click sound of mechanical keyboards can provide a more satisfying typing experience for some users. The individual key switches also reduce the likelihood of accidental keystrokes, leading to more accurate typing.
  5. Cost: Mechanical keyboards are generally more expensive than regular keyboards due to their higher-quality materials and construction. However, the durability and customization options can make them a worthwhile investment for some users.