Last year I took the time to invest in a Chromebook. This year, I invested in a mechanical keyboard. I’d been thinking about getting one for the last ten months or so. There were so many features I like about them. Turned out, it wasn’t easy choosing one, and I had to think about what I wanted. There were requirements I had that affected my decision, and I also had to do quite a bit of intensive reading and research. In the end there were five factors that determined my choice.
In my research, I learnt that there are quite a few colours to choose from with the key switches. It took me a while to differentiate the colours, but it ultimately boiled down to blue or brown. Being a typist, I read that blue switches are the best for typing, with brown being similar to blue without the clicky noises. In the end I chose blue because I wanted something that’d type well, and because it was actually cheaper than the brown model of the keyboard I had heavily considered.
LED Lights or Not
A lot of mechanical keyboards come with a backlit feature. I admit, the lighting tempted me. I debated on buying ones that gave off blue or rainbow lights. In the end I decided against it because if the lights died out one at a time, it’d drive me nuts. Plus, being a touch typist, I really didn’t need the light feature. Sure, it looks super cool, but it’s not a feature I need. Plus, without the lights, the keyboard ended up being cheaper.
Tenkeyless and Unnecessary Buttons
I’m a gamer . . . but not on the PC. I looked at a lot of the gaming keyboards that had all these unnecessary buttons. Just, huh? I don’t need all those things! And I’ve come to realise that I really don’t use the number pad, so I opted to get a tenkeyless keyboard. Not only will it lack all unnecessary keys, but it will be shorter in length because the number pad doesn’t exist — the keys are still full-sized — and that saves me space on my desk.
Compared to my Chromebook, the brand wasn’t a huge factor in my choice. I simply took an easy route and went with what my computer guy recommended. I did consider other brands like Das, Razer, and Corsair, but I found they lacked the above-mentioned features and factors, and then there’s the price factor . . .
I wanted to buy something under $100, but I didn’t want a super cheap one, either. Mechanical keyboards are more durable than their membrane counterparts, but I wanted to strike a balance by investing in a decent one. Realistically, I was looking at something between $50-$100 USD. As a bonus, I also had $71.64 reward points I’d planned to use for this purchase.
I chose the Coolermaster SGK-4000-GKCL1-US CM Storm QuickFire Rapid with a wrist rest. All together, my order cost $22.34. My keyboard came without any weird shipping drama, and I unpacked and started using it immediately. My verdict? I love this keyboard. Typing on this feels way better than my membrane keyboard! The difference is really noticeable tactile-wise and sound-wise — I feel like I am on an old typewriter. The clickety-clackety noise is quite loud, but it really doesn’t bother me. The keyboard feels quite durable, and it’s quite heavy, so the whole thing isn’t moving around whenever I type intensely. As for the tenkeyless layout — I had to get used to the empty space next to the arrow keys, but otherwise, I’m not missing that number pad at all!
To conclude this entry, I am glad I invested in a mechanical keyboard. I’d become sick of my Pucca keyboard, so it was time for something new. I really took a gamble on buying this without trying them out in person, but in the end I chose a good keyboard. If you’re in a store that sells mechanical keyboards, do take the time to give them a try to see which switches you’d prefer by their feel and their noise level. I don’t think mechanical keyboards are for everybody, but it may be good for you!
Do you have a mechanical keyboard? Or have you used one before? Which features did you consider before buying one? Tell me your thoughts about them in the comment!