What is the difference between a mechanical keyboard and a normal keyboard?

From the classic IBM keyboards of the 80s to today, mechanical keyboards have evolved a lot. We’ll give you some information about the different types you can find to help you choose the one that best suits your needs.

Most keyboards use a flexible membrane under the keys. With this type of keyboard, you need to move the key all the way down, with little to no tactile feedback. Without tactile feedback, it is very difficult to type without hitting bottom, leading to overexertion and fatigue in the fingers and hands, which can lead to conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

However, mechanical keyboards use a switch under each key. Depending on the type of switch, you will get a different tactile feel, responsiveness, and click sound.

Difference between Membrane (Normal) and Mechanical keyboard

Mechanical keyboards are designed to last up to 10 million keystrokes, compared to membrane keyboards that typically last between 50-5 million keystrokes. Another feature of mechanical keyboards is that they can register all keys at once as anti-ghosting. This is very useful for those who type very fast or gamers who need to press key combinations quickly.

We will show you the difference between the switches that include mechanical keyboards that you can find in the market. Cherry MX makes this distinction based on colors: Black, Brown, Blue, Light or Red.

The Cherry MX switch consists of a spring and two metal contacts. Cherry MX’s gold-plated switches prevent oxidation, extending their lifespan. Switch types can be distinguished by the color of the base under the keycap.

To keep your mechanical keyboard upside down, you need to place it upside down and shake it to make loose debris fall out. Compressed air will help you remove any remaining debris.