Unlike standard keyboards, a mechanical keyboard uses physical switches to register keystrokes. These switches fit on an automatic keyboard PCB. They are usually made of metal and spring-loaded, making them durable and resistant to wear and tear. Mechanical keyboards are available in various switch types, allowing users to select the one that best suits their needs.

The most popular types of mechanical keyboards are Cherry MX, Razer, and Kailh. Each of these types offers a different set of features, which makes them suitable for different purposes. For example, Cherry MX keyboards are ideal for gaming, while Razer keyboards are designed for productivity.

No matter your needs, there's a mechanical keyboard out there that's perfect for you. In this article, we'll look at the most popular mechanical keyboards and their prices.

Common Mechanical Keyboard Types

There is a plethora of types of mechanical keyboards, depending on their shapes, size, switches, and layouts. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and serves a specific purpose.

Let’s classify the types and discuss the most prominent ones among them: Keyboard switches. Mechanical keyboard switches are physical switches used to register keystrokes on a mechanical keyboard. These switches are fitted on the PCB assembly and are designed to provide tactile and audible feedback when pressed, which makes them a popular choice for gamers and typing enthusiasts.

There are various types of mechanical keyboard switches, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. The most common switch types are the “linear," “clicky," and “tactile." These switches are also known by their brands, like Cherry MX, Razer, and Kailh, and are designated with different colors, usually blue, red, and brown.

  • Linear switches have a smooth, even keystroke. They are usually red and are most popular among gamers. Cherry MX or compatible red switches are among the most common linear switches.
  • Tactile switches have a bump in the keystroke that provides feedback. They are usually brown and are most popular among typists looking for a fast and smooth typing experience. MX brown or compatible switches and Topre-based boards like Happy Hacking or Realforce are among the best Tactical switches and Keyboards.
  • Clicky switches are similar to tactile switches but also have a clicking sound when pressed. The sound may irritate people around, but it is loved by those looking to revive old typewriter memories. MX Blue or compatible switches are among the most recommended Clicky switches. They are usually blue.

Each type of switch has its benefits and drawbacks, so it's essential to choose the right switch for your needs: Keyboard Layout as per size and design. Apart from switches and keypress feels, the mechanical keyboards can also be differentiated by their layout.

The layout can further be classified into the following segments:

  • Keyboard Sizes: Mechanical keyboards are available in various sizes, including 40%, 60%, 65%, 75%, TKL (Ten Key-Less), and Full Size. Each of these sizes has a different number of keys and serves a particular purpose.
  • Design: We usually stumble upon keyboards that have keys aligned all together on a single board. However, mechanical keyboards are also available in different designs like "Split keyboard." This keyboard can be split from the middle to enhance the working experience and comfort.
  • ANSI and ISO: ANSI keyboards are more common in the United States, while ISO keyboards are more common in Europe. The key difference between the two is the size and placement of the keys. ANSI keyboards have larger keys and are typically arranged in a QWERTY layout, while ISO keyboards have smaller keys and are usually arranged in a QWERTZ or AZERTY layout. Moreover, ANSI keyboards have keys of the same size, while ISO keyboards have keys of different sizes.
  • Key Shapes: Mechanical keyboards are also available in different key profiles (key shapes), and you must choose them wisely for the best experience.

There are two main types of keyboard key profiles: SA and DSA. SA keys have a more traditional, round profile, while DSA keys have a flatter, squared-off profile with high keys. SA keys are generally more comfortable to type on, while DSA keys are more compact with lower keys and easier to pack into a smaller keyboard.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and which profile you prefer.

 

Factors that affect the price of mechanical keyboards

You can buy a high-quality mechanical keyboard at a price ranging between $50 and $200, while its average cost is around $100.

Mechanical keyboards are significantly costlier than standard keyboards. It is due to the cost of materials, types of switches, and design. Additionally, you will have to pay more for advanced features.

Besides the points mentioned above, the following factors also affect the price:

  • Brand: The brand of mechanical keyboards is a significant factor in how much they cost. The more famous the brand, the more expensive it will be. There are many brands of mechanical keyboards out there, and each one offers different price, quality, features and benefits. If you're looking for something durable and long-lasting, check out some of the top brands: Razer, Corsair, Logitech, HyperX, and more.
  • Features: Mechanical keyboards have many different features. Different switches, keycaps, legends, and lighting effects can be added to your keyboard to make it unique. Each feature costs money to produce and will affect the price of your keyboard. Features like Programmable keys, backlit keycaps, and macro functions will cost you extra.
  • The type of switches used in your mechanical keyboard. Many different types are available today, including Cherry MX Reds and Blacks, Alps Switches, and even custom switches like HHKB's "Omron D2FC-F-BTK." The more popular ones are Cherry MX Reds and Blacks because they're easier to install (and repair). Still, some additional costs are also associated with them due to their rarity and demand from enthusiasts who want to customize their keyboards.
  • The color scheme of your keyboard. Some manufacturers offer custom designs for their keyboards—but those designs can be costly!

Conclusion

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