Hey typer! Choose your Switches! (Part 1)

“Switches” day! My friends! 

Hey buddy are you alright? Not lost yet in the land of a mechanical keyboard, are you?

Brace yourself! You are joining with me to discover the army of switches and be wise, you are 

Mechanical keyboards are defined by their mechanical switches. These switches play an important role in any keyboards that are enhancing your comfort level when touching the keycaps. This means that mechanical switches are the critical key to the experience you will have with your keyboard. 

 

Knowing about switches means that you have a general understanding of your army thus increasing overall experience.

 

 

Fun fact – Your army strengths over the counterparts:

  • High speed: smooth typing experience that makes you feel 2 -3 times more productive. A mechanical switch provides way more tweaking options than a membrane keyboard.
  • Robustness: Mechanical keycaps are far heavier than rubber dome or scissor keyboards. Hence, they also have more stability.
  • Variation: Wide range of switches from styles, colors to technical dimensions can be found with mechanical switches that provide you a ton of chances to redesign your army and your own mood when using them.
  • The bounce of the key: The spring switch mechanism of the mechanical keyboard ensures you can easily increase key pressing speed, especially in cases where multiple keystrokes are needed on the same key.

 

  • Disclaimer 1: Although many people share the same thought with us, the opinions below are all subjective, not official statements from the manufacturers.
  • Disclaimer 2: Although some certain switches need more strength to register keystrokes ( more suitable for discontinuous typing), it is an interesting experience as for its click-clack sound, minimal time responses!

Based on their technical dimensions, switches are divided into 3 main types:

 

 

A key switch design is coveted for the smooth motion from top to bottom and actuation that are free from “click” or tactile feedback. The Linear itself is about to silent, but simple to bottom out up to the actuation force produced from the spring strength.

Thanks to its efficient speed for multiple rapid presses and incredible response durations as well as smooth operation for minimal spring force, Linear is ideal for fast typists and action gamers.

 

Tactile switches have a distinct “bump” that provides resistance in the actuation, instead of the smooth motion of linear. Tactile itself is commonly inaudible without the click or clack thus making it perfect for accurate typing. 

These switches are versatile soldiers that are able to cope well with various tasks within 03 main strengths: little no hysteresis – no standout strengths – no glaring weaknesses either.

Because of their actuation feedback, Tactile is generally favored by extremely fast typists who desire to optimize their typing speed. Besides, gamers are also fans of these switches since their frequent communication during MMO’s and games is not interfered with by tactile feedback as in clicky switches. 

 

A key switch features a distinct clicky sound that can be heard when the switch is fully actuated. Overall, the Clicky has a very light tactile bump, loud click, rapid actuation, and minimal force to press.

Thanks to its extremely functional as a gaming switch while also maintaining a perfect typing experience, clicky is not only widely preferred by numerous action gamers but clicky itself is also the preferred switch type among heavy typists and those who want a clear indication that a keystroke has fully pressed. 

 

These switches, however, may not be the taste of common officers who want a quiet mechanical keyboard for the office because the clicky noise may disrupt their team members from focusing on the tasks. On the other hand, should you require a keyboard to optimize your typing accuracy, Clicky is ideal for hearing and feeling a click when they press a key, these tactile key switches help ensure accurate data entry.

 

Clicky switches also offer feedback in the form of tactile resistance that must be overcome to actuate the switch and register a keystroke. They often have hysteresis, which is generally considered an undesirable trait for gaming purposes.

 

(To be continued…)

 

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