What Is A Mechanical Keyboard?
A mechanical keyboard is a keyboard built with high-quality, typically spring-activated, key switches. These key switches vary based on the keyboard’s application or user preference.
While some of the first widely sold keyboards such as IBM’s Model M in the 1980’s utilized mechanical switches, the 1990s brought on a wave of inexpensive rubber dome keyboards that flooded the keyboard market.
Rubber dome keyboards represent over 90% of keyboards in use today and provide an inexpensive but dissatisfying feel and typing experience.
Mechanical keyboards raise the bar in every way. A mechanical keyboard’s switches, framing, functionality, type print methods, key construction, PCB board, LED lighting (sharpness, brightness, adjustability), and a slew of other features are far superior compared to traditional rubber dome keyboards.
Most of these improvements boil down to one thing – feel. Mechanical keyboards simply feel better than rubber dome keyboards.
What Is A Membrane Keyboard?
A membrane keyboard is a computer keyboard whose “keys” are not separate, moving parts, as with the majority of other keyboards, but rather are pressure pads that have only outlines and symbols printed on a flat, flexible surface.
Very little, if any, tactile feedback is felt when using such a keyboard, and error-free blind typing is difficult.
Rubber Dome Membrane Switches.