Why on Earth would anyone pay $200 for
a computer keyboard?!


My last blog post (which was actually
my first ever post on a website) talked about speech to text Apps that
would save you the trouble of typing.

They had their benefits but also some
drawbacks. For those that actually prefer to type, here’s a
comparison between two different types of keyboards.

There was a time when computer
keyboards were all expensive, heavy, and well-built.

If you grew up with computers, chances
are you took for granted the way each key felt heavy and had a
satisfying “click” whenever you typed. That’s all you knew.
There really wasn’t any cheaper (and
cheap feeling) alternative to those robust keyboards. They also
seemed to last forever.

They were known as Mechanical
Keyboards, containing many more parts than today’s average,
inexpensive keyboard. Each key had an individual spring, rather than
having all the keys share the same circuit.

This led to greater speed and accuracy
when typing, and had satisfying tactile feedback.

In the mid to late 90’s PC’s started to
become more and more affordable. Mechanical Keyboards were omitted
to keep costs down, and were substituted with a cheaper and lighter
type.

Dome Switch Keyboards, your average
cheap type of keyboard used nowadays, helped bring down the cost of
buying a computer in a bundle, with everything you needed in one or
two boxes, also including a monitor. Costs had to be cut somewhere
to make it more affordable for the consumer, so why not start with
the keyboard?

The only advantages I can think of with
using one of these standard, cheaper keyboards is of course, the
price, but they also tend to be more spill proof, as the keys all sit
atop a one or two piece plastic membrane.

If you love having a coffee or tea with
you at all times when using the computer, and have had more than a
few mishaps with a knocked over mug on or near your keyboard, stick
with these easily replaceable, garden variety models.

You won’t scream as loud when it stops
working because you spilled something on your desk, and knowing
Murphy’s Law, that liquid somehow ends up on either the mouse and/or
keyboard, your lap, and probably even the carpet below you! It won’t
hurt as much having to shell out twenty or thirty dollars to replace
it.

On the other hand, if you want to be
able to type faster, have more accuracy, and experience tactile
feedback with your fingertips, and are not accident prone, maybe have
a strict rule with the kids about not eating or drinking, or even
sneezing when using the computer. Therefore need to practice what you
preach, so you forgo quenching your thirst and/or hunger while
typing, surfing the Web, or gaming, in case the kids catch you doing
what you specifically told them not to do.

But what if you have money to burn, or
like to live dangerously and will risk getting moisture on your
expensive peripheral because your drink is important to you?

You deserve to have really nice things.
You know a cheap keyboard can do the same job almost as good as a
high end one, but sometimes it feels good to splurge.

A Chevy Impala can get you to the same
places that a BMW M5 can, but they’re just not made the same way.
(No offense to any of our readers that drive Chevy Impalas. They’ve
come a long way and are quite decent). Sorry for the car analogy.
I’ve always wanted to do one. Maybe I’ll save it for my future car
blog.

Gamers have been enjoying the return of
high-end mechanical keyboards for years now, and have made them
popular again. When milliseconds mean the difference between winning
and losing, their faster-responding keys come in handy. When the
look and feel of a heavy, colorful, metallic, and sometimes fully
back-lit keyboard is needed to go with their custom made computer
tower, they shell out the extra money without batting an eye.

But why would you need a more costly
mechanical keyboard if you are not a gamer? Please refer to my car
analogy above, and also take note that they’re not as noisy while
typing, last 5 times as long, and just feel better than your
standard, basic model.

Don’t worry about the $200 price of
admission. There are plenty of models ranging anywhere from

$65 up to $265. Here’s some examples
below:

Entry Level:

The Noppoo Lolita Spyder 85 [Kailh Blue Switch]





Mid tier:

Das
Keyboard Model S Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard

This
high-end model works with both PC and Mac:

Kinesis
KB500USB-BLK Advantage USB Contoured (Black)

This blog post was typed using the
standard keyboard that came with my PC, and although you as a viewer
wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, I can assure you I would
have had even more fun writing this piece if it had been with a
mechanical keyboard!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to
go ask my wife for permission to get one of these bad boys…