Ever feel like your keyboard was not doing justice to the amount of work you put into it? I’m assuming, of course, that you are here because you spend a great deal of time in front of a computer while typing your day away. The keyboard, in my personal opinion, is one of the most underrated components of a computer set up.
The majority of us just use the regular ones that come along with the system, or perhaps first one we see at a computer store. What’s the difference; they’re all keyboards, right? What a lot of us don’t know is that there is actually an alternative… in the form of a mechanical keyboard!
A mechanical keyboard differs from the regular one that we are so much accustomed to, in the way that it functions. The standard keyboard is fitted with key caps positioned just above rubber domes which in turn are above a plastic membrane covering the whole keyboard. The problem with this platform is that every key stroke has to be depressed completely in order for the computer to recognize the action.
This can pose quite a problem for those of us who are, what I like to call ‘power typers!’ Our professions keep us glued to a chair in front of a computer typing, typing and typing which can get quite troublesome with a rubber dome or standard keyboard.
The mechanical keyboard, on the other hand, works quite differently from the standard. These are built with independent switches that are directly underneath each key cap making every press require less effort to be recognized by the computer, while at the same time making everything more comfortable and easier.
Let’s dig in a little deeper at the advantages of having a mechanical keyboard. Here are 3 of the reasons why I believe that you should trade in your old standard one.
Mechanical keyboards require less force on every key stroke because of its independent switch design. This basically means there is less strain on your fingers and wrists when typing. This is a great advantage for those who spend several continuous hours each day tapping at the keyboard.
In fact, with the efficiency of a mechanical keyboard we are able to extend our productivity levels; meaning working overtime won’t be such a dreadful thought for our hands anymore, of course that is if you’re the type that revels in that thought. Nonetheless, with your fingers being more relaxed, so too are you!
2. Special Features (Macro Capability)
Ever wished that you could type out your name and signature with only a single press of a key? Well, guess what, Mechanical keyboards actually let you do just that! It offers the option to assign macro keys that programs numerous commands into a single key of your preference.
This feature offers a lot to writers, webmasters and even gamers in so many ways. There are mechanical keyboards out there that offer even more features to improve your typing productivity and experience for the night typist such as backlighted key strokes and bright keyboard lighting.
3. Personalized Profiles
There are more than just a few programs on each of our computers. We have those for video editing, photo editing, word processing, gaming and you know what I mean. Each of these applications has different functions and controls for they keyboard which function for various purposes.
These controls could be recorded through Macro Keys, but only mechanical keyboards can create different profiles for each program. Meaning, every time a program is opened, a particular profile with particular set of macro programming is automatically activated. This can be applied to numerous programs of your choice.
Having a mechanical keyboard is like having a personal assistant; it does so much for you without you having to redo programming over and over again. It’s just amazing! I can’t even begin to imagine all the possibilities and advantages of this underrated computer component. I urge you to check out mechanical keyboards on online stores, you might find one that suits your taste and your typing demands!
Author bio: +Aubrey Samson is a a freelance programmer, an annual mountaineer and a former mathematics tutor. During her free time, she spends time watching missed tv series on her 3D tv, listening to music and composing songs as well. Her favorite music genres are pop and R&B.