If you’re a gamer, what kinda of keyboard you should choose for better gaming battle? Mechanical keyboard, undoubtedly? Well, if for me, an entry-level gamer without so much on the budget, the answer will be a little different.
Versus mechanical keyboard, membrane keyboard is also a good choice for more and more people over the years. Some feel good on their fingers; some feel awesome on their RGB backlit which is only seen from mechanical keyboards at the very beginning. Today we will compare the mechanical keyboard and regular keyboard (membrane keyboard) from their benefits and downfalls and provide recommendations about who should use membrane keyboard and who should use mechanical keyboard.
What is Membrane Keyboard?
Till now, most membrane keyboards are made from a dome with printed letters on the top or laser stretched, and then a rubber or silicone keypad comes with domes as the top membrane layer.
What is Mechanical Keyboard?
As the name suggests, the mechanical keyboards use switches to send typing signals. Different switches perform differently, though with a same construction, a base, a spring and a stem. Commonly, most switches are black, blue, brown and red.
Pros and Cons of Mechanical vs Membrane Keyboard
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Durability: longer time to wear out;
Tactility: more quickly to register in or type;
N-Key Rollover: allows you to press many keys simultaneously;
Similar Typing Experience to Mechanical Keyboards;
Relatively Quiet with a High Speed Typing;
More Affordable with the same features;
Louder Typing Sound: depends on the switches used;
Mushy Typing Feels;
Quicker than Mechanical keyboard to wear out;
Which One You Should Choose: Mechanical Keyboard vs Membrane Keyboard?
As you see both keyboards have their ups and downs, not one keyboard is for everyone.
If you’re on an budget and don’t care so much on the keyboard perform, typing at home/office for most of time (who love mechanical feel but silent clicks) or even for an entry-level gaming battle, you could save much of money for a membrane keyboard which suits most of your needs. For example, the Redimp GK100 (see its insight review), which is now on sale at $19.99 with the promo code “REDIMP11” for backlit version; $23.99 with the promo code “REDIMP12” for the RGB version.
If you are a heavy user who uses the keyboard all the time or a professional/master gamer without too much concerns on budget, a mechanical keyboard is recommended. For example, the Razer Blackwidow series; and costs you at least $150.