Whether you’re new to gaming or a seasoned gamer, a mechanical keyboard is a key in your arsenal. Here are some tips on choosing the best mechanical gaming keyboard for you.
Actuation Force and Distance
Actuation force refers to the force that is needed to press the keys of a keyboard—namely, the key travel distance at which the key can be recognized by the keyboard. Actuation force can range from 35 grams to 350 grams, with most mechanical keyboards ranging from 45 grams to 60 grams. Actuation distance, meanwhile, refers to the distance which the switch needs to depress so that it registers as an input. 2mm is the average rating for many mechanical keyboards. Shorter actuation distance doesn’t necessarily make you a better gamer though, as a lighter feel may cause you to make more mistakes on your keyboard.
The feedback and resistance received while typing is known as “tactility”, often linked with the position the key moves to when it generates a keystroke. Mechanical keyboards are noted for being more tactile while many membrane keyboards are not. Due to their design, membrane keyboards become softened after normal wear and tear. Although membrane keyboards can be engineered to provide tactility, what they lack is the more durable feel of mechanical keyboards.
Depending on what application you’re using, what game you’re playing—or even where you’re playing it—the noise and sound levels on keyboards can be important. Because mechanical keyboards generate clicks at both the beginning and end of keystrokes, they are noisier than most types of keyboards.
The average keystroke per hour is approximately 8000. Think of the number of hours you may spend playing over just a few weeks and you’ll understand why it’s important to have a durable keyboard. The number of keystrokes can increase exponentially! Compared to rubber dome or membrane keyboards, mechanical keyboards are much more durable, leading to their popularity with serious gamers.
The price of a mechanical keyboard can range from $60 to more than $200. If you are happy with an older model, you’ll be looking at the lower end of the price range. Prices also depend on whether a brand is well-known or generic, or if a keyboard is full-size or not. Prices also tend to differ when it comes to the lighting options of your keyboard, depending on whether you want it to come with or without RGB lighting.
While a full-sized keyboard might offer the most functionality, some gamers think they are too large and opt instead for a keyboard without a number pad. A “tenkeyless” keyboard might be something to consider if you are such a gamer.
The Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for Your Needs
Many factors come into play when choosing the best mechanical gaming keyboard for your specific needs. Esports Furniture stocks a wide variety of keyboards for you to choose from. Mechanical gaming keyboards are also built for good ergonomics for a gamer, so if you’re considering one, you might want to look at other corresponding products. After all, when gaming, you don’t want to be taken out of an immersive experience because of physical discomfort!